Anyone who knows me knows I watch way too much cable television news. I can't help it, I worked at a newspaper for six years, so I guess I'm a bit of a news junkie. Needless to say, I was excited to visit and tour the CNN World Headquarters while in Atlanta with our CityPASS.
|Senior (65 and older)||$15|
|Student (ages 13–18 or with College ID)||$15|
|Child (ages 4–12)||$13|
|Toddlers (ages 0-3)||Free|
The tour was a 50-minute guided walking tour, starting every 20 minutes. Andre' and I were stoked, but we weren't sure if the kids would be into it. Fortunately, there was so much to look at and see that all three kids found things they were interested in.
Highlights from our tour:
- CNN's social media wall
- A peak into a working CNN studio
- Behind the scenes of a live working newsroom
|A mock CNN set|
The escalator is definitely the focal point of the entire building at eight stories tall. We're told that this is the worlds tallest and longest freestanding escalator. It takes a couple minutes to get to the top, where the actual tour will begin.
|CNN En Espanol|
|This is what you see when stepping off the escalator.|
A look into the inter-workings of a CNN studio:
|Anchor desk and chair|
|Learning how the teleprompters work|
We visited a working studio and I believe that was the best part of the tour for our kids, especially our oldest daughter, who volunteered to help the tour guide by standing in front of the green screen to demonstrate how the meteorologist technology works in the newsroom.
|Future meteorologist in training|
|In front of the green screen demonstrating how the meteorologist technology works in the newsroom|
|Our little star was lucky enough to get to sit in the anchor chair.|
We enjoyed our tour and I loved that the kids got something out of the experience. I must say, I wish we could have seen a live CNN broadcast, even if through glass, but I believe if you upgrade to a VIP tour that may be possible. Might consider that in the future. The tour consisted of a walk through the head quarters, peaking through windows, including a newsroom and control room, but no real en-depth behind the screens live action. All and all it was a good experience and worth the money to introduce the kids to something different.
There is so much to do and see in and around Atlanta, our family really enjoyed spending time downtown.
Not a sponsored post, just my thought!