The 1996 Summer Olympic Games live on at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre site that remains one of the city’s premiere public park spaces. The park's main icon—and one of Georgia’s most photographed landmarks—would be the Fountain of Rings, an interactive play area that uses computer-controlled lights and jets of water to display the Olympic Rings. The fountain water show is synchronized to music, and in the warmest months, kids—and even adults—run through the jets to cool off.
Also noteworthy are the park's stone paths, comprised of inscribed, dedicated bricks that line the walkways. The bricks, bought by Atlanta and Georgia natives, as well as by people all over the world, even helped fund the games in 1996. The city hosts an online brick-locator tool to help people find their own bricks or those of friends and family. The dedicated ones make up a significant portion of the nearly 800,000 bricks used to build the park. A multitude of events, including concerts and a large Fourth of July celebration, take place at the park every year.
Centennial Olympic Park is located in downtown Atlanta near a variety of attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and the World of Coca-Cola. A self-guided stroll through is the best way to experience the park, which is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. There are no entrances fees.