30+ Ways to Safely Get Out and About
If you’re looking for fun things to do with your kids, heading outside is a great way to entertain in a safe manner.
Fall Outdoor Fun:
From Thur.-Sun., enjoy a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, lawn games and a sunflower field. Sept. 30-Oct. 24.
Lane Southern Orchards
Wander the six-acre corn maze, take a hayride, visit the pumpkin patch, and play pumpkin checkers and corn cannon. Oct. 1-31.
Kinsey Family Farm
Enjoy seasonal crops and pumpkins, barn animals, feed the fish, orchard shop and more. Oct. 1-31.
Berry Patch Farms
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, eat fried pies and ice cream, play on the playground, and visit with farm animals. Oct. 2-30.
Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch
Solve the hay maze or corn maze, see farm animals, go on a hayride, visit the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and more. Oct. 2-31.
Wander the corn maze, view the pumpkin patch, take a hayride, and kids while love the play area and farm animals. Oct. 2-31.
B.J. Reece Orchard
Pick apples, enjoy a wagon ride, try cow milking, watch pig races, play on the giant slide, and more. Through Oct. 31.
Shop the orchard’s farm market and bakery, and enjoy the petting farm, apple picking, jumping pillows, wagon ride and playgrounds. Through Oct. 31.
Pick up apples and other fresh produce, while kids enjoy the playground, barnyard, giant sandbox, corn maze and antique farm equipment. Through Oct. 31.
Take a tractor ride through this 300+ acre orchard of seasonal fruits and veggies. Through Oct. 31.
Red Apple Barn
This orchard offers apple picking, tractor rides, farm tours, games, cider and doughnuts. Through Oct. 31.
Play the corn maze for adults and a mini-maze for kids, visit the pumpkin patch, view pig races, play yard games, see an animal barn, and more. Through Oct. 31.
Pettit Creek Farms
Take a hayride, solve the corn maze, view the petting zoo, and play on inflatables. Through Oct. 31.
This farm has a corn maze, corn cannon, fossil and gem search, duck races, hayride, pumpkins and more. Through Oct. 31.
Randy’s Pumpkin Patch
Ride the trackless train, visit the bunny petting zoo, walk the haunted house, play on the inflatable corn maze, go on a pony ride, and more. Through Oct. 31.
Sleepy Hollow Farm
Take a tractor ride, solve the corn maze, visit the pumpkin patch, explore the farm playground, and see animals. Through Oct. 31.
Big Springs Farms
Explore the pumpkin patch, take a hayride, see farm animals, play on the bounce house, and walk through the corn maze. Through Oct. 31.
This farm has fun for all ages, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, slides, corn crib, swings, barnyard animals, concessions and more. Through Oct. 31.
Copper Creek Farm
Featuring giant and kiddie corn mazes, this farm also has hayrides, zip lines, gem mining, mechanical bull, pig races and more. Through Nov. 6.
Walk the seven-acre Colonel Cobb’s corn maze, wander the smaller corn maze for younger kids, purchase pumpkins, and go on a hayride or the cow train. Through Nov. 7.
Experience a quest through six acres of corn maze, ride the pumpkin train or hayride, play on the apple cannon or farm slide, pick pumpkins, and watch duck races. Through Nov. 7.
Southern Belle Farm
Watch pig races, ride the cow train, play with the corn cannon or jumping pillow, walk the corn maze, visit the pumpkin patch, and more. Through Nov. 7.
Shop the country store and pumpkins, and go on a hay ride. Through Nov. 10.
Buford Corn Maze
With a corn maze and a Kid’s CORNer, this farm has fun for all ages, as well as hayrides, pony rides, a Haunted Forest, farm animals and more. Through Nov. 14.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze
Enjoy the outdoors with a 15-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, goat walk attraction and hayrides. Through Nov. 14.
Haunted Hunt at Oakland Cemetery
Enjoy a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery with three different difficulty levels. Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
Secret Doors of Decatur
Discover this series of more than 30 miniature secret doors, each created a local artist and inspired by the idea of fairy doors. The doors are tucked in unexpected locations around Decatur.
Tiny Doors ATL
Whimsical doors, created by local artist Karen Andersen Singer, are located throughout the city – everywhere from the Swan House to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Clue Town Books
This series of walkable hunts leads your family searching around Atlanta with clues. Use landmarks to solve puzzles and the solutions reveal how to get to the next checkpoint.
Scavenger Hunt Atlanta
Sign up for one of these adventures, which are custom designed for each family or group. Explore new neighborhoods, visit local landmarks and learn about Atlanta with the City Scavenger Hunt; solve puzzles and riddles with the Escape Adventure; or try survival challenges, geocaching and wildlife watching with the Wilderness Adventure.
The Urban Adventure Quest
This website offers another option to hunt around downtown Atlanta starting at Centennial Olympic Park. Follow clues from your phone, complete challenges and earn points, and since the challenge is guided by your phone, you can complete at your own pace.
Enjoy Sleepy Hollow’s Whimsical Fairy Garden, which is filled with fairy cottages and gnome houses. Visitors can also purchase fairy houses, doors and other creations built by former Disney Imagineer Art Millican. Blairsville.
The Rock Garden
Located behind the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Calhoun, this garden has miniature stone castles, bridges and buildings. Walk through this peaceful garden, and in spring, spot beautiful blooms. Calhoun.
Travel to Summerville to visit this unique attraction. Created by Howard Finster, this delightful display shows odd objects, tools, antiques and curios as artworks and sculptures. Summerville.
View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Through Oct. 31.
Outside the Lines
Play in this accessible environment designed for those with physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities that features tactile and interactive elements at Sifly Piazza. Through Nov. 28.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center has exhibit stations filled with drawings, music and poetry. Through Nov. 30.
See Beautiful Blooms
This sunflower farm boasts 900,000 sunflowers, and horse riders can bring their own horses to try the miles of trails. Opening Sept. 29.
Still Family Farm
See colorful zinnias at these farm, wander the pumpkin patch, play on the kiddie climb, go on a hayride, and more. Through Oct. 31.
This farm has sunflower fields, a petting zoo, jumping pillows, a cow train, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Through Nov. 7.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Flowers in bloom alternate throughout the year, so each visit brings new colors and smells. In the fall, see beautyberry, liberty apple, orange tea-olive, spider orchids, mums and more. In the Gainesville garden, walk through trails lined with blooms and play on the Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden.
Atlanta History Center
This property is covered with 22 acres of gardens, woodlands and trails. Visit the Swan House Gardens with fountains and roses or the Frank A. Smith Memorial Rhododendron Garden bordered by rhododendron plants.
This world-class garden is famous for its daffodils, but a fall visit includes wildflowers, azaleas and Japanese maples.
This garden is famous for their rows and rows of daffodils, but the area also offers a large Japanese garden, a rose garden, sculptures and more.
Lake Claire Community Trust
The community-run garden relies on visitor donations and is built piece by piece over time, resulting in something new each visit. Artistic installations, ponds, paths and a variety of flower beds bring the area together, including a child-focused garden.
The Great Outdoors
Sweetwater Creek State Park
This park offers a wooded trail along a stream leading to ruins of the Manchester Textile Mill. Other trails wind through forests, ferns and wild azaleas. Try the red trail for the easiest route. Lithia Springs.
Dunwoody Nature Center
Hike around Wildcat Creek, the wetlands boardwalk or make your way through two miles of Piedmont forest. Stop by the awesome playground, practice music at the Play Me Again Piano named “Bennett,” enjoy the tree swings, spot all the colorful bee hive murals and more. Dunwoody.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Walk along three miles of hiking trails with cave-like overhangs, scenic views of the water and tons of wildlife and wildflowers. In warmer months, paddle a raft, canoe or kayak. Sandy Springs.
Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
Hiking the easy, less than two miles, part-paved, part-dirt trail round trip takes you by the remnants of a stone springhouse (with moat) and Civil War-era trenches on this former battlefield site. Plus, there’s a small waterfall. Atlanta.
This weird spot shows off quirky Doll’s Head Trail, filled with folk art created by local Atlanta artists and park volunteers. All of the art is made from natural items. Atlanta.
Roswell River Walk
This seven-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River offers trails, water access and multiple playgrounds. You can go on to boardwalks adjacent to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Roswell.
Big Trees Forest Preserve
This 30-acre plant, tree and wildlife sanctuary has has three hiking routes, including a one-mile loop trail beneath white oak trees. Be sure to grab the nature trail guide at the entrance of the forest and try to clasp hands around one of the giant oaks. Sandy Springs.
Big Creek Greenway
Stroll your choice of flat, easy trails in Alpharetta or Forsyth with paved and boardwalk areas. Observe wildlife in the wooded and wetland settings. Alpharetta and Forsyth.
More than three miles of gravel trails runs beside the Chattahoochee River. Check out both woodlands and marshes, and all the animals that inhabit them. Marietta.
Reynolds Nature Preserve
Try the looped trails, all under two miles, and spot ponds, antique farm equipment and resident critters. In spring and summer, check out the Pollinator Garden and the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail to see the areas buzzing with activity. Morrow.
Murphey Candler Trail
A pond is at the center of this moderate two-mile flat loop. Adjacent to a playground, this tranquil spot is a great place to see ducks, turtles, geese and other water fowl. Brookhaven.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
Enjoy nature, historical artifacts and wildlife. The outdoor animal exhibits include ducks, a rabbit, an African Spurred Tortoise, chickens and three Dwarf Nigerian Goats. Johns Creek.
Lost Corner Nature Preserve
Lesser known than other Atlanta nature centers, the passive nature trails of Lost Corner have a lot to offer! Go in search of a host of native trees, plants and animals, including birds of prey, deer, turtles, wild turkey, rabbits, foxes and more. Sandy Springs.
Morningside Nature Preserve
More than 30 woodland acres in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood surrounds South Fork Peachtree Creek, and walk along a cool suspension bridge over the creek to try both of the trails. Bring your furry friends to try out the “dog beach.” Atlanta.
Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
This 28-acre sanctuary includes wetlands, upland forests and pine forests along a floodplain, and a 1.5-mile trail perfect for kids learning about Georgia’s climate and native living things. Decatur.
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
With 2,910 acres, Chattahoochee Bend is one of Georgia’s largest state parks with 12 miles of trails and an observation platform for nice views of the river and forest. In the warmer months, enjoy boating, fishing, paddling and kayak and canoe rentals. Newnan.
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site
A preserved Civil War battlefield, see constructions built by Federal and Confederate troops and an authentic 1800s pioneer cabin. The site has four miles of trails. Dallas.
Don Carter State Park
Don Carter is on 38,000-acre Lake Lanier and features paved hiking trails, such as the 0.5-mile Parallel Trail, the Overlook Trail and the 1.5-mile Woodland Loop. You can also hike longer trails, go on a paddling trail, or go on a horseback riding trail. Gainesville.
Take in the View
Red Top Mountain State Park
This park boasts more than 15 miles of wooded trails, and you can even explore a reconstructed 1860s homestead. For seasonal fun in the hot months, swim, water ski or fish at Lake Allatoona. Acworth.
Stone Mountain Park
Explore 15 miles of walking and hiking trails, including the one-mile trail to the top of the mountain. The Nature Garden trail is an easy walk around large oak trees. The hike to the top is more challenging, but includes great views of downtown Atlanta. Stone Mountain.
Arabia Mountain PATH
Amazing views await at the summit of the crater-filled Arabia Mountain. The trail is short, but along the way, plenty of unique land forms and plants entertain. Lithonia.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
This 2,965-acre battlefield preserves a Civil War battleground. The Mountain Trail is steep with some level terrain that leads to the peak, where a panoramic view of Atlanta is the reward. There are also many easier trails and activities at this historic battlefield site. Kennesaw.
Panola Mountain State Park
Part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop. The park has 25 miles of trails, including the .75-mile Outcrop Trail and 1.25 mile Watershed Trail. Stockbridge.
Sawnee Mountain Preserve
Mostly known for the Indian Seats natural rock formation at the peak of the mountain, Sawnee has an easy short hike best for younger children. The brief round trip leads to a tree house and a fairy houses trail. Another short–but steep–climb leads to an observation deck. Cumming.
Catch a Movie
The StarLight Drive-In
This drive-in theater shows the latest films and special features and boasts multiple screens. Shop the flea market to find fun goodies. Atlanta.
Watch a variety of films from the safety of your vehicle. Atlanta.
The Springs Cinema & Taphouse
This theater also offers a drive-in movie experience on Friday and Saturday nights. Sandy Springs.