Things to do in the Atlanta aerotropolis, besides catching a flight

Sitting around the airport? Boring. Checking out some of these southside places? Awesome.


What exactly is in the Atlanta aerotropolis? The airport, of course. But the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance’s new blueprint says there are a number of potential tourist stops and interesting locales that could make the area itself attractive to people from all over. Here are some of the sites in the flyover area that surrounds Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Aerotropolis

Chick-fil-A headquarters tour

At Chick-fil-A’s College Park headquarters, it offers what it calls a “Home Office Backstage Tour.” Expect to see the trademark cows. And don’t expect it to be free. Admission: $10 or $20 per person, depending on whether you choose The Original or The Deluxe tour. (PHOTO: ELISSA BENZIE / AJC FILE)

Aerotropolis

Delta Flight Museum

Delta Air Lines’ headquarters sits on the north side of the airport, and the headquarters campus also includes the Delta Flight Museum, housed in two historic hangars. For $12.50 adult admission, you can see exhibits, a variety of airplanes from Delta’s history and try your hand at a flight simulator. (PHOTO: CURTIS COMPTON / AJC FILE)

Aerotropolis

Porsche Experience Track

The Porsche Experience Center, opened in 2015 at the northeast corner of the airport, features a test track and off-road courses, a human performance training facility, meeting rooms, a classic restoration center, fine dining Restaurant 356 and the Carrera Cafe. It’s definitely not free. You can book an hour and a half of driving in a 718 Boxter for $300 or in a 911 Turbo for $750. (PHOTO: BOB ANDRES / AJC FILE)

Aerotropolis

Historic Jonesboro

Jonesboro has historic homes and is known as the home of Gone With The Wind. You can visit The Road to Tara Museum ($7 adult admission) to see items from the movie and Civil War artifacts. (PHOTO: AJC FILE)

Aerotropolis

East Point 

“The East Point Industrial District on the National Register is a perfect example of the coolness factor as it ties to the area’s heritage,” the aerotropolis blueprint says. (PHOTO: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC FILE)

Aerotropolis

Historic Hapeville

Hapeville’s historic downtown along the railroad tracks has a historic Depot Museum and some interesting shops like Chapman Drugs' soda fountain, a beer growler shop and a wine bar. (PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OQUENDO / SPECIAL TO AJC)

Aerotropolis

Movie studios

The aerotropolis is home to EUE/Screen Gems, Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Tyler Perry Studios (at Fort McPherson, above), making it a movie-making mecca. (PHOTO: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC FILE)

Aerotropolis

Velodrome

“The Velodrome of East Point is a perfect example of a unique destination that draws a specialized crowd and can be utilized to promote the area,” the aerotropolis blueprint says. (PHOTO: EPVA / SPECIAL TO AJC)

-- LEARN MORE: What would the aerotropolis look like? | More Atlanta airport news


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Chevrolet announces all-new Chevy Blazer in Atlanta
Chevrolet announces all-new Chevy Blazer in Atlanta

Chevrolet unveiled the newest vehicle in its lineup, the Chevy Blazer, in Atlanta Thursday night, reviving the discontinued Trailblazer with a smaller version of the utility vehicle. Alan Batey, General Motors’ North American president, made the announcement at an event at The Fairmont in Atlanta, showing off a model of the mid-sized SUV, which...
Mayor Kasim Reed aides got late term promotions to Hartsfield-Jackson
Mayor Kasim Reed aides got late term promotions to Hartsfield-Jackson

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration transferred two employees from City Hall to high-paying positions at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the final days of Reed’s term. Both worked closely with Reed, one as an executive assistant to the mayor and the other as a scheduling coordinator, and both were promoted to the...
Hiring in metro Atlanta powers state in May; unemployment rate down
Hiring in metro Atlanta powers state in May; unemployment rate down

May was a good month for hiring in metro Atlanta as the region saw solid job growth and an unemployment rate falling to its lowest point since 2001. About 12,400 jobs were added, according to the state Department of Labor. But the most-cited economic number is typically the unemployment rate. In most years, that rate holds even or rises from April...
Kempner: Trump and non-Trump business partners agree on refugees, jobs
Kempner: Trump and non-Trump business partners agree on refugees, jobs

I met a Trump supporter and a not-Trump supporter the other day. Funny thing: they were getting along. Even when they were talking politics. It turns out they have a lot in common. Chris Chancey and Luke Keller are friends and co-owners of an unusual and growing for-profit Georgia staffing agency that specializes in placing refugees. Amplio Recruiting...
Porsche announces investment in Croatian electric car company

German car manufacturer Porsche announced Wednesday it has purchased a 10 percent minority stake in Rimac Automobili, a Croatian manufacturer specializing in electric sports cars and electric car parts. The investment is the latest move by Porsche towards an increased focus on the electric car market. Porsche, which has its North American headquarters...
More Stories