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Activities and Tours

While in Atlanta for ASM Microbe 2018, there will be plenty to do and see. Explore the city through a City Bus or Running Tour, stay fit with sunrise yoga, or dive into the tropics at the Georgia Aquarium! Take your pick of fun things to do in this uniquely charming southern city. 

Atlanta City Bus Tour – SOLD OUT! 

Thursday, June 7, 2018 
$45.00 per person
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Atlanta World of Coca Cola Giant Bottles

Buses will depart the Georgia World Congress Center at 1:00 p.m. 

This exciting tour will take you through Centennial Olympic Park and surrounding downtown attractions, including the World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. You will then visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Human Rights, drive past historic homes, museums, and theaters of Atlanta. Not to be missed is the Atlanta Beltline, Ponce City Market, and the former home of author Margaret Mitchell. Your guide will also speak to the history of Atlanta during and after the Civil War. Pre-registration is required. 

CDC/Emory University Tour 

Friday, June 8, 2018
$50.00 per person
1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Take advantage of a rare opportunity for a special two-part tour on the subject of Ebola at the CDC Museum and the Serious Communicable Diseases Program at Emory University—only available if you register for ASM Microbe 2018 by April 26

The CDC Museum exhibit, Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will, looks at the historic 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic and features artifacts, first-person audio testimonials, innovative health communication materials, and documentaries. The exhibition ends with an introspective look at “lessons learned” by CDC and its partners, and the efforts to create a public health and societal infrastructure that can conquer diseases such as Ebola before they become international public health emergencies.

Part two includes a tour of the patient rooms, anterooms, and unit laboratory of The Serious Communicable Diseases Program (SCDP) at Emory University Hospital. The SCDP Unit is designed to care for patients with known infectious disease in an environment that is safe for health care workers, other patients, and the community. Joining the tour will be Dr. Ian Crozier, a physician who became infected with Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone. He was admitted to Emory and spent a month in the SDCP. Through discussion with doctors, nurses and Dr. Crozier, participants will hear about the discoveries that occurred as a result of the clinical care in this Unit.

With only 50 spaces available, ASM will conduct a lottery of those who register by April 26 to randomly selected attendees. Please check the box on your registration form indicating your interest in attending. If you are selected, you will be notified, and a separate fee will be charged for the tour. Please note the tour takes place at the same time as sessions during ASM Microbe 2018.

Georgia Aquarium Night


Friday, June 8, 2018
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. 

$21.95 per person + tax

ASM Microbe 2018 attendees have been extended a special rate to visit the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, June 8. The Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, committeed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium inspires, educates, and entertains its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. Explore over 13 acres of wonder featuring Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Beluga Whales and the NEW Puffins exhibit. *Dolphin Presentation and Sea Lion Presentation are not included.

Access all of the available Aquarium’s exhibits, shows and galleries, all at one low price. Registration is open!

Atlanta Running Tour – SOLD OUT (both dates)!

Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. 

Hosted by RunWestin, runners will participate in a guided running tour of Atlanta, beginning in the lobby of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Tour will occur rain or shine.

Call for Volunteers! 

Do you like mentoring and giving back to students and postdocs? We are looking for volunteers to participate in a session at ASM Microbe 2018 to review resumes from trainees. The session takes place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sign up today

Sunrise Yoga – SOLD OUT!

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
6:00 a.m.–7:00 a.m.

Start your morning off right with an energizing yoga class from Atlanta Yoga Instructors. Yogis are encouraged to bring their own mats, however there will be mats provided. Class will take place at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.