Atlanta has been busy for quite some time, preparing for Super Bowl LIII, which kicks off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown Atlanta on Feb. 3. Lucky for Atlantans, fans are welcome to participate in many of the events that lead up to the game. Grab your friends and family and have a “super” time before you settle down with nachos and wings to watch The Big Game.
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Put this event at the top of your list because it’s free. Head to the public fan village at Centennial Olympic Park Downtown to celebrate Atlanta’s vibrant culture and music scene. There will be concerts produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri as well as family-friendly activities. Do not pass on this one.
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This event does mean you’ll have to buy tickets, but it promises to be lots of fun. It is the NFL's interactive theme park celebrating Super Bowl LIII in Building B of the Georgia World Congress Center Downtown. You can participate in immersive exhibits and interactive games, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, collect free NFL player and Legend autographs, get an up-close look at the collection of all 52 Super Bowl rings, and that’s just for starters. You might get the chance to train like an NFL player or catch a celebrity interview. You'll get a kick out of it.
Kids under 12 get in FREE with the purchase of the $20 adult ticket (valid Jan. 28-30 at the box office only).
Game Day Celebration at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Children's Museum of Atlanta will celebrate the Super Bowl with football and sports programming for the whole family. Among the activities are a chance to learn the science behind sports equipment and an interactive science bar. Kids can build their own mini-goal posts and stop in at the Art Studio and make pom-poms. Don't sit on the sidelines; get in the game.
Big Game Champions Chat at World of Coca-Cola
Head to World of Coca-Cola on Feb. 1 for a chat with three former NFL champions as they swap stories from the glory days, comment on this year's match-up and answer questions from the audience. Desmond Howard of CBS Sports will participate as a panelist alongside legendary defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene and legendary linebacker Carl Banks. Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports will moderate.The event is free with general admission tickets to the attraction. And that’s just part of the fun down at World of Coke. Get in the red zone with these guys.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
While you are Downtown, stop in at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Admission is free through Feb. 28, thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation. Relive or experience for the first time pivotal events from the civil rights struggle in the United States and learn about human rights challenges worldwide. The center is located very near Centennial Olympic Park.
For even more events going on all over the city, check here.
If you do plan to head Downtown to be a part of all the excitement, it is wise to be prepared. MARTA is the best, most-efficient way to get to any of these events. Also, before leaving home, check these helpful Know Before You Go tips from the Super Bowl Host Committee.
More Things To Do
For more family-friendly things to do in Atlanta, try these 12 Best Atlanta Things To Do for Tweens and Teens or take a look Downtown at the murals created specifically for the Super Bowl. One more idea is to enjoy fresh air at one of these easy hikes in metro Atlanta.
Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.