We’ve been living in Atlanta now for three years with our family, and I have to say that we love it. One of the reasons that we love it is because the area is so family friendly. There are all types of activities that the kids love to participate in, the city is full of festivals and outdoor events, and the warm temperatures leave us with more sunny days to soak in the fun.
Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places and things to do in Atlanta with kids. This list only is a starting point but we’re sure that it will help you out.
I think that Atlanta is the Festival captial of the world. If you are in need of something to do, then 9 times out of 10, there will be a festival happening somewhere in the Atlanta Metro Area. Festivals are number one on my list because most of the time they are free, they are fun, they have food they are family friendly. Need I say more. Click here to find festivals in Atlanta and for an exhaustive list of festivals and free things to do…click here.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park (located East of downtown Atlanta in Stone Mountain, GA) has completely changed since I’ve been there last. The last time I was there, our son (who is 20 now) was little. And we enjoyed hiking, we played in the park, and we did the paddle boats…typical park stuff. But now, they have all of these fun and exciting attractions such as the Geyser Towers® “Multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser. With its sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots, you can play in the spray or stay high and dry.” Take some time to check out the attractions and plan on spending a few days at the park at least. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their nightly laser show..it’s free!
Centennial Olympic Park
I love Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park is right downtown close to many of Atlanta’s favorite attractions. The park hosts many of Atlanta’s events and festivals as well as a free concert series. There are plenty of playgrounds for the kids. And most importantly, it is home to the Fountain of Rings which is the the world’s largest interactive fountain featuring the Olympic Ring symbol. There is a free water show at the fountain several times a day. Pack a picnic lunch, put swimsuits on the kids, and head down to Centennial Park for an afternoon of fun.
The historic Fox Theater is Atlanta’s premier venue for live entertainment from concerts to Brodway shows. There are about 300 events a year at the Fox with shows for adults and kids alike.
Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts
The Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts is a place where kids and adults can be entertained and educated via puppetry. This hands-on museum has permanent exhibits as well as special exhibits, they have workshops where you can make puppets, live performances, and tours.
The Atlanta Children’s Museum
The Atlanta Children’s Museum encourages creativity and education and of course play. It has a variety of exhibits and activities for a full day of play.
Amusement Parks and water parks
The Atlantic Station Town Center is a great place to take your family, to take a date, to hang out at a swanky cafe and pretend like you’re working..but really there to meet people, or to meet-up with your friends for an afternoon of shopping and eating. It’s located in Mid-town Atlanta and has shopping, a central park where they have concerts and festivals and where you can just relax while the kids play, a variety of great restaurants, and a movie theater. Check out the wide of variety of events they have to offer such as Free Movies in the Park and the Friday Night Free Concert series.
Zoo Atlanta is home to about 1,500 animals that represent over 220 species. It is home to the world’s largest collection of zoological gorillas and orangutans. And let’s not forget it’s collection of pandas. Before you go, take some time to plan your visit as they have a variety of activities.
High Museum of Art
Visit the High Museum of Art to their collection of classic and comtemporary art and their special exhibits from some of the world’s greatest artists. Check our their events page as they have activities for the entire family such as Art & Rec programs, teen programs, toddler programs, film screenings, and weekly happy hour events.
World of Coke
Take a tour of The World of Coca-Cola for a dynamic inside look of how Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most popular brands. You’ll learn about the history of the secret formula for Coca-Cola, you will see a fully functioning bottle line, you will see a 4-D Movie, and you will be able to taste 100 flavors from around the globe (which is my kids’ favorite part.) This is definitely an enjoyable activity for the entire family.
The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium with more than sixty exhibits in more than 10 million gallons of water. “Georgia Aquarium provides an entertaining, engaging and educational experience inspiring stewardship in conservation, research and the appreciation for the animal world.”