What is there to do in Atlanta this weekend with kids?
Atlanta is known for being one of the most vibrant cities in the south, with tons of museums, attractions, cultural events, and outdoor activities for all ages and interest levels. You might be surprised to learn that Atlanta is super fun for kids! If you’ve only got a weekend to get a taste of what Atlanta offers, check out this list of best things to do in Atlanta with kids, and prepare to fall in love with this city.
- Do your kids love trains? Check out the Southeastern Railway Museum. Your kids can tour rail cars, take a ride on a restored caboose, and more.
- Crazy about planes? The Delta Flight Museum will definitely appeal to your kids, with its interactive exhibits, rare artifacts, historic aircraft dating back to the 1920s, and maybe even a chance to walk on an airplane wing!
- Got a history buff? The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is rich with history, as is the APEX Museum, the Atlanta History Center, the Anne Frank exhibit, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Michael Carlos Museum at Emory University has a variety of collections that adults would like, but the youngsters will love looking at the Egyptian mummies.
- Want to stimulate imaginations? The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has a lot to offer, and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) regularly has kid-friendly classes and camps (including 3D printers!). The Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Fernbank Science Center are also superb, and kids can learn all about the history of money at the Atlanta Monetary Museum (you can even watch old money get shredded!).
- Love art? Explore the exhibits at the High Museum, or even take yourself on a tour of Atlanta’s street art murals, or go on a hunt for the whimsical Tiny Doors.
- Is coke your favorite soda? Drink it to your heart’s content while learning more about this iconic brand at the World of Coca-Cola.
- Water kiddos? You’ll also enjoy the Georgia Aquarium, featuring everything from beluga whales to penguins to starfish.
- Atlanta is a sports town and children will love attending games of local colleges, such as Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe University, Kennesaw State, Georgia State, Agnes Scott and Emory.
- For professional sports, we truly have something for everyone. There’s the Atlanta Dream for professional women’s basketball, the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta United Soccer and the Atlanta Rollergirls (roller derby).
- Want to play in the water? Check out the splash pad at Historic Fourth Ward Park, or the famous fountains at Centennial Olympic Park, or you can even hop in an inner tube and float down the Chattahoochee River.
- Looking for thrills? Head over to Six Flags Over Georgia or Six Flags White Water and ride the rollercoasters.
- Keen to enjoy nature? Walk among the incredible flowers, plants, and sculptures at Atlanta Botanical Garden, particularly the Children’s Garden, which has buried dinosaur bones, a waterfall, and a treehouse.
- Ready to hike? Explore the trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park, Chattahoochee Nature Preserve, or Stone Mountain Park (which also includes a playground, train rides, mini golf, and the Lasershow Spectacular).
- Like carnival games? Check out Skyline Park on the rooftop of Ponce Market.
- Want to picnic? Enjoy Piedmont Park, Grant Park, Chastain Park, and Candler Park.
- Got a sports-lover? Explore the interactive exhibits at the College Football Hall of Fame, or take in a game hosted by one of Atlanta’s teams: Atlanta United (soccer), Braves (baseball), Falcons (football), or Hawks (basketball) game
- Enjoy skateboarding? Don’t miss the Historic Fourth Ward’s Skatepark!
- Got an animal lover? Zoo Atlanta has more than 1,300 animals in residence, some of which you can feed!
- Want to see downtown? Ride the ferris wheel at SkyView
- Love puppets? Definitely check out the Center For Puppetry Arts, a museum which features a collection of more than 200 puppets from around the world, and regular productions of puppet plays.
- Crazy for cars? Trek down to the Atlanta Motor Speedway and see if there’s a car show or drag race taking place. You can also check out Tiny Towne!
- Keen to visit several Atlanta attractions during your visit? Check out CityPass, which gets you admission for 5 different popular attractions at majorly discounted prices.
- Want to play? Head over to LEGOland Discovery Center for an afternoon of fun and imagination, plus lot of Lego tips!
- Looking for indoor adventure? Andretti Indoor Karting, Xdrenaline Trampoline Park, and iFly Indoor Skydiving all have plenty of thrills.
- Like to roller skate? Roll into Sparkles Family Fun Center or Cascade Skating Rink.
- Love to read? Swing by the Little Shop of Stories to browse books or even hear a story read aloud
- Let kids really cool off by ice skating. There are two rinks, in Center Ice Arena in Sandy Springs and the Ice Forum in Duluth, that provide great exercise and for those new to skating, there are lessons throughout the year.
- You’ll have kids jumping (literally) for joy at several trampoline parks in the metro area. Among the best are Adventure Air Sports in Kennesaw, Jumpstreet Trampoline Park in Lawrenceville and XDrenaline in Marietta. Families will enjoy spending the day at Tiny Towne, a family-oriented, high-tech “edu-tainment” center that gives kids, ages three and up, driving experience. The cars and tracks are designed to accommodate kids of all ages in a safe and controlled environment.
If you’re keen for a mini-road trip and want to venture just outside of atlanta, here are a couple of ideas:
- Babyland General Hospital is where Cabbage Patch dolls are “born”. There’s an actual hospital, with doctors and everything.
- Margaritaville at Lanier Islands includes water slides, a wave pool, and lots of entertainment.
- The Wild Animal Safari is worth a trip , giving you a glimpse of giraffes, tigers, zebras, and much more.
- Pick fruit at one of the many orchards and farms around the city
- INK is a museum in Gainesville in which each room is a small, kid-sized part of a neighborhood, including a tiny grocery store, post office, bank, train, and more.
Examples of kid-friendly places to eat:
- Breakfast places include Highland Bakery, Rise-n-Dine, and Le Petit Marche.
- Lunch places include Treehouse Restaurant and Pub, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, and the Varsity.
- Dinner places include Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, Zoe’s Kitchen, and Holy Taco.
These are just a few — well, more than a few — suggestions to do with children in Atlanta. But, the best thing to do is just be together and explore this wonderful city.