This summer our family went on an eleven-day, 1900 mile road trip that began in Atlanta, Georgia. Our first stop, before we even checked into our hotel, was the World of Coke. I will admit that this was one of the stops that I was most excited about on the trip, so I didn’t even mind going straight there from the airport.
Upon arrival, you’re greeted with a choice of Cokes in mini cans. The options were Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coke Life. (Don’t worry, there are so many more options later in the tour!)
The experience begins with an eight-minute introduction to the history of Coke, followed by a short video presentation, during which I’ll admit to crying. This is the only guided portion of the tour. After that, you’re on your own!
What to see at the World of Coke
The Vault – World of Coke
As soon as a new group is let into the main area inside the World of Coke, the line for the Vault fills up. This is the entrance to the high-security vault where the secret recipe for Coca Cola is stored. (Note: It absolutely is not that at all.) The employees do a great job of making this a fun (and terrifying) experience for the kids in the room, sternly instructing them to stay back from the door of the vault.
Bottle Works – World of Coke
Take a walk through this recreation of the inside of a Coca Cola bottling factory to get an idea of what it takes to create the Coke we see in stores. The “factory” features real moving parts that move at a much slower speed than the real thing so that you can see what the process really looks like.
Taste It! – World of Coke
This was the moment we had been looking forward to. Head upstairs where you’ll find a giant (sticky-floored) tasting room. The main room features five islands with beverages from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
You will also find Coke Freestyle machines where you can mix your favorite flavors, as well as dispensers with popular flavors like Coca Cola and Cherry Coke (this still remains my favorite Coke flavor!)
We all had a blast tasting sodas from around the world, including a sour plum soda from China that everyone reported tasted like barbeque sauce.
Your experience ends at the gift shop which is filled with every Coca Cola branded product you could imagine. My daughter came home with a stuffed polar bear, my son chose a vintage Coke glass and my husband picked a Christmas ornament.
Normally, I like a hot shower and a cool hotel room as soon as we leave the airport, but this stop was the perfect way to kick off our road trip and I would absolutely recommend adding the World of Coke to your itinerary if you plan to be in the Atlanta area.