7 Hours in ATL on the 30th. Which Sky Club

Old Dec 17, 18, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by estedman View Post
Go to the D concourse skyclub, it's a magical experience.
Disney Magical?
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Old Dec 17, 18, 4:40 pm
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Originally Posted by HWGeeks View Post
Nope, It's a connection. I arrive at 11:30 JFK to ATL and the flight to SDQ is 7 hours later.

The direct from JFK was too pricey for me and want to be home for the New Year.
pvn's/my question wasn't aimed at you for booking a 7-hour connection, it was aimed at KenfromDE suggesting you not bother leaving the airport because of what could go wrong even with a 7-hour connection.

If 7 hours is too risky to leave the airport then it seems to me that consistent thinking would dictate that arriving any later than T-7h even for an originating flight would be equally risky...
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Old Dec 17, 18, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by HWGeeks View Post
Disney Magical?
As soon as you walk in you wish it could disappear.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by HWGeeks View Post
Nope, It's a connection. I arrive at 11:30 JFK to ATL and the flight to SDQ is 7 hours later.
That question was for KenfromDE.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 10:12 pm
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I could go for a SkyClub Crawl anytime. The last time I had one planned my flight to ATL diverted to CHS, and I was stuck there so long that I missed out on my connecting flight to OAK.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by HWGeeks View Post
Actually, I think the aquarium is on the top of my list right now. I have heard great things about the atl aquarium but never have gone. The last aquarium I went too was the one in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic and most of the animals were dead.
If the aquarium is already in your list, this is a perfect opportunity to do it. One of the best big attractions in the city IMO - enough that I live here and still go to it every so often. And if you breeze through that, it's a 5 min walk to world of coke, CFB hall of fame, or civil rights museum. MARTA is fine. Sunday afternoons they'll be running every 15 min or so...seems like a long time when you're just sitting there waiting but it's not actually too bad. Grab an Uber if you're really worried about it but to go downtown/Midtown I'd put myself on MARTA.

I can recommend a whole pile of local restaurants as well, but you already said something about not wanting to eat a ton before your flight.

Notice that all of my suggested options involve leaving the airport.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by estedman View Post
Go to the D concourse skyclub, it's a magical experience.
Well if its the one near D12 then sure its magical that there is only one unisex bathroom....

If you are talking about the one by D27 that is by far my favorite in ATL, I like the basement feel and that club is almost ALWAYS empty. Plus the staff in there (DL employees and Sodexo) are SUPER nice!! (not sarcasm either )
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Old Dec 18, 18, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by Zorak View Post
pvn's/my question wasn't aimed at you for booking a 7-hour connection, it was aimed at KenfromDE suggesting you not bother leaving the airport because of what could go wrong even with a 7-hour connection.

If 7 hours is too risky to leave the airport then it seems to me that consistent thinking would dictate that arriving any later than T-7h even for an originating flight would be equally risky...
My only point was/is it is hard to plead the flat tire rule when the airline delivered you to the airport with 7 hours to spare.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 11:52 am
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I'd be cautious about some kid oriented museums on a Saturday during the holiday school break period. Some of these places could be mobbed, so I don't think this is such a good day to try to see the aquarium and World of Coke. YMMV.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by KenfromDE View Post
My only point was/is it is hard to plead the flat tire rule when the airline delivered you to the airport with 7 hours to spare.
I think they understand that people might want to leave the airport for 7 hours.

How far does your reasoning extend? If you book an itinerary with a 12 hour layover, and/or an overnight layover, do you remain airside the whole time?

Everyone should do what they're comfortable with, of course, but this seems excessively risk-averse to me.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 2:46 pm
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If you have a ukulele or some maracas, or even a harmonica, I would recommend you take Marta to the North Avenue station (bring your luggage!) sit right near the top where the stairs come out, break out your ukulele/ maracas/harmonica...and begin playing, loud, louder and loudest! Don't worry about being skilled, just be earnest and sincere with your effort...The folks in Atlanta love our buskers, and we will gladly open our wallet, if you make a small sign saying you are trying to get home for Christmas I can assure you that you will make plenty of tips!
Once your finish there, walk a half block to the varsity and buy a Frosted Orange + a chili cheese slider....

it will take about 5 minutes of playing to make enough for a dinner for 4, and if you put in enough time it will pay for admission to the Georgia Aquarium...
also it is customary for our buskers to jump over the turnstile or reach and walk through the handicap entrance...it would be tacky to pay for a train ride if you just solicited from hard working Georgians!
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:16 am
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Aquarium sounds like a good bet, as is the High Museum. You can get to both direct from MARTA. I doubt you have enough time for 2 different things, though. Your 7 hours will pass in no time.

Don't be afraid of taking MARTA. It'll be fine. And the station is right there at the main terminal--no L-O-N-G walks.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by hotturnip View Post
Aquarium sounds like a good bet
if you do visit the Georgia Aquarium, be sure to set an alarm on your phone for the time when you have to head back to the airport. It is very easy to completely lose track of time when you visit there.
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