Atlanta CNN Center Tours

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The Atlanta CNN Center serves as headquarters for the cable TV news giant, CNN. Inside, visitors can see the 24-hour news cycle in action with an insider’s look at newsrooms, control rooms, production studios, and sets, all in addition to the interactive exhibits that chronicle the network’s history.

The Basics
The 14th-floor CNN Center is an Atlanta icon and one of the city’s most popular attractions. On a guided, behind-the-scenes tour, visitors can learn how television news is written, produced, and delivered. Highlights include the special effects studio, which reveals the technology behind weather maps and on-air graphics; the option to take a souvenir photo behind a news desk; and the glass-walled observation tower in the main newsroom, from where travelers can see writers composing new scripts, camera operators in action, and maybe even a live broadcast taking place. For added value, combine a CNN tour with a visit to the World of Coca Cola, or see the studio with the Atlanta CityPASS, which also includes entrance to other popular attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Studio tours last about 50 minutes.
  • Tours often sell out in advance, so it’s a good idea to book early.
  • The CNN Center houses a large food court and gift shop. 
  • Tours involve climbing down several flights of stairs, and only some tour options offer elevator access.

How to Get There
The Atlanta CNN Center is located in downtown Atlanta on Marietta Street, just south of Centennial Olympic Park. You can get there via bus or the MARTA train.

When to Get There
The center offers several tours throughout the day, and behind-the-scenes tours depart every 20 minutes. While there’s not really a bad time to visit, the studio is particularly appealing as a mid-afternoon, air-conditioned escape from the Atlanta heat.

Tips for CNN Celebrity Spotting
While you probably won’t catch a glimpse of hosts Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper, it is still possible to spot some of CNN’s other anchors and hosts giving a live broadcast. Your best bet is to book a VIP tour around 9am or noon.
Location
Address: 190 Marietta Street Northwest, Downtown, Atlanta 30303, USA
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Hours: Open daily. Tours usually available in the morning or afternoon
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CNN Atlanta Studio Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at CNN’s global headquarters in Atlanta with this guided, 50-minute studio walking tour. Learn how CNN’s news is written, produced and delivered — and maybe even find some of the anchors hard at work on a live broadcast. See all the news feeds from CNN bureaus around the world and check out the high-tech special effects studio. Take home a souvenir photo behind a news desk and don’t forget to explore the shops and restaurants in the CNN Center before or after the tour.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Atlanta City Tour by Electric Car

Whether you’re an Atlanta native or totally new to these southern city streets, this city tour by electric car is the perfect way to see the sights. Sit back and relax as a professional guide and driver transport you through some of Atlanta’s hottest neighborhoods, including Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Midtown. Get an up-close look at civil rights monuments like the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, as you listen in to expert commentary. And venture past World of Coca-Cola Museum and Centennial Olympic Park aboard an eco-friendly car.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Atlanta CityPASS

Experience Atlanta’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Atlanta CityPASS tour. Visit the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and CNN Studio Tours. Then choose between Zoo Atlanta or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame. This Atlanta CityPASS is valid for nine consecutive days from the first date of use. An unused ticket booklet is valid for 6 months from date of purchase.
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World of Coca Cola and CNN Center Combo Tour with Transportation

Get a behind-the-scenes look at CNN’s global headquarters, then explore the history of the world's most famous beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. On this 4-hour, small-group tour, learn how CNN’s news is written, produced and delivered — and maybe even find some of the anchors hard at work on a live broadcast. Then get closer than ever to the vault that holds the secret Coca-Cola recipe, see more than 1,200 rare artifacts and much more. The entrance fees plus a local hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Atlanta Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Discover Atlanta in a fun new way on this 2-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure from Centennial Olympic Park to the CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this capital city of Georgia. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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