Fun Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

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Whether you’re visiting Atlanta or you’re an Atlanta native, there are so many reasons to love our city.  Don’t miss our 250 things to do with kids in Atlanta. From top museums to the best thrill-seeker attractions, from quirky spots to the best restaurants for kids, we have tons of ideas to keep kids happy.

Top Playgrounds and Splash Pads

  • Centennial Olympic Park – Dance in the iconic Fountain of Rings – the largest interactive fountain in the world.
  • Piedmont Park – Take a stroll, splash at the Legacy Fountain, or enjoy the fun playgrounds at the crown jewel of parks in Atlanta.
  • Historic Fourth Ward Park – Make a splash at this park that draws families with playground structures, splash pad, and open green spaces.
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden – Wonder through the paths of fragrant and bright flowers and enjoy the Children’s Garden and spray fountain.

Best Museums

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Historical Fun

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center – Visit Dr. King’s his birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Freedom Hall.
  • Atlanta History Center – Explore our city and state’s history from the perspective of Civil War soldiers, Native Americans, and civil rights leaders.
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights – Connect the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements with powerful imagery, artifacts and activities.
  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum – Walk into a life-scale replica of the Oval Office and more interactive exhibits displays about President Jimmy Carter.
  • Wren’s Nest – Tour the home of author Joel Chandler Harris, where he penned Brer Rabbit tales.

Free Things to Do

  • Atlanta BeltLine – See Atlanta in a new way with trails, walkways, shops, and playgrounds connecting local neighborhoods.
  • Georgia Capitol Museum – Tour the “Gold Dome” and learn about Georgia’s history and government.
  • Fernbank Science Center – Bask in the 4K resolution laser system as you learn about the solar system.

Not-to-Miss Family Attractions

  • Zoo Atlanta – Meet animals of all species or climb high above like tree-dwelling animals in the new Treetop Trail.
  • Georgia Aquarium – Enjoy the dolphin and sea lion shows and thousands of of fish and sea life.
  • World of Coca-Cola – Visit The Vault, sing along to Coke commercials, and taste drinks from around the globe.
  • SkyView Atlanta – Take in the great panoramic view 20 stories above Centennial Olympic Park.

Transportation Attractions for Kids

  • Atlanta Streetcar – Experience downtown in a new way by riding the streetcar.
  • Delta Museum – Experience the rich history of Atlanta’s hometown airline and get up-close and personal with some massive airplanes.
  • MARTA – Avoid the hassle of driving to well-known attractions, popular events and off-the-beaten path adventures.
  • Southeastern Railway Museum – See about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars, vintage buses, and classic steam locomotives.
  • The Southern Museum – Experience the history of railroads in the South through models and hands-on activities.

Family-Friendly Eats

  • The Varsity – What’ll ya have? No visit to Atlanta is complete without a meal at The Varsity.
  • Ponce City Market – Once an Sears distribution center, PCM is now full of delicious eateries and popular shops.
  • The Colonnade – Serving up delicious fried chicken – and plenty of other Southern classics – since 1927!
  • Sweet Auburn Curb Market – Foodies will love the options from barbecue to crepes to soul food. Kids can indulge in burgers and dogs, too.
  • Original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House – Grab a chicken sandwich and fresh lemonade at the first restaurant in the vast CFA empire.

Theatre for Kids

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  • The Center for Puppetry Arts – See a world-class puppet show and puppetry exhibits from different eras and countries, including lots of Muppets!
  • Alliance Theatre – Catch a show for kids 0-5 as well as performances for older children and teens.
  • Serenbe – This rural planned community has a chill vibe and fun outdoor theatre shows.

Nature Fun

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Activities for Teenagers

  • Escape Rooms Atlanta – Bring problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude to an outing at an escape room.
  • Get Spooked – Walk around old mansions, cemeteries and paranormal hot spots for spooky frights.

Action Packed Things to Do

  • Six Flags Over Georgia– Thrill-seekers looking to soar on roller coasters, or those looking for a more tame adventure, will love this park.
  • Indoor Skydiving at iFly – Thoroughly enjoy the adrenaline rush of indoor skydiving on Cobb Parkway in Atlanta.

Quirky Things to Do

Best Shopping

  • Ponce City Market – Browse top-notch shops including big names like JCrew and smaller stores like Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop.
  • IKEA at Atlantic Station – Parents love IKEA for its functional, affordable furniture, and kids love its play area (Småland) and yummy snacks.

Best Tours

  • CNN Center – Tour the CNN studios and the learn about the creation of live global news broadcasts.
  • Atlanta Movie Tours – Get the inside scoop on the film industry in Georgia.
  • Braves SunTrust Park – From the children’s area to a huge Braves symbol made of LEGOs, there is so much to do before the first pitch.
  • Atlanta United – Get excited with thousands of Atlantans about the new soccer team in town.
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway – Visit to see a NASCAR race, Thursday Thunder race or jump into the seat of a racecar in one of the driving schools. 
  • The Fox Theatre – Stop by this landmark for a show, or take a behind-the-scenes guided tour.
  • Public Art Tour – Take a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Atlanta by visiting more than 100 unique works of art.

Take in the View

Cool Neighborhoods to Explore

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  • Buckhead – This posh area of town has plenty to offer parents and kids.
  • Marietta Square – Historical sites and tree-filled parks blend with contemporary attractions and huge festivals.
  • Inman Park – Enjoy parks, treelined streets, and plenty of opportunities to eat and drink.
  • Grant Park – Play and eat in Grant Park, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most eclectic neighborhoods.
  • Decatur – Decatur is a hub of good food, lots of fun, and ample places to enjoy fresh air.
  • Brookhaven – Brookhaven is an oasis in the city with tree-lined streets, parks and lots of family-friendly activities.
  • Midtown Atlanta – A vibrant arts hub, families will encounter world-class shows and art displays.
  • Smyrna and Vinings – The Smyrna-Vinings area is a hot spot for outdoor and indoor fun, family festivals, and unique restaurants.
  • Acworth – Acworth provides many leisure opportunities for families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
  • Avondale Estates – Visit Avondale for unique food, coffee, shopping, and greenspace.
  • Roswell – Roswell is a fun place for families to learn, play and experience art and nature.
  • East Cobb – The green spaces, popular attractions, outdoor events and tasty restaurants offer plenty for families to do.
  • East Atlanta – Its residents, pretty much the epitome of cool, frequent the area’s funky shops and amazing restaurants.
  • Stone Mountain Village – Explore buildings standing since the 1800s, the Freedom Bell, the city’s original train depot and a 1914 train caboose.

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Have fun with your family peddling all over the city and suburbs.

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Nothing beats mall play areas in Atlanta for free, energy-burning fun.

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Summer Bucket List

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  • Adventure Air Sports – Swing on a trapeze into a foam pit, jump on trampoline areas, or challenge friends to the large ninja warrior obstacle course.
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden – Follow Alice down the rabbit hole with new creations in the Skyline Garden and more through Oct. 27.
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Experience hands-on learning through play with exhibits and programs. Visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital and play doctor at “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” from June 8-Sept. 8.
  • Historic Atworth – Enjoy the July 4th concert and fireworks and the Classic Car Cruise.
  • City of Marietta Parks and Recreation – Don’t miss the Juneteenth Celebration or the Glover Park Concert Series.
  • Wiggles at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – The successful children’s entertainment group performs on Aug. 19.
  • Discover Dunwoody – Don’t miss Dunwoody Restaurant Week in June or the Dunwoody 4th of July Parade, featuring lots of patriotism.
  • Dynamo Swim – Swimming programs for ages 4 months-adults available at six metro Atlanta locations.
  • Fernbank Science Center – The center has daily planetarium programs and an exhibit hall with live reptiles. Celebrate International Asteroid Day and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
  • High Museum of Art – Enjoy special family events, such as Second Sundays, and the exhibition opening of “The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children” starting June 22.
  • Jack N’ Elle Playhouse – This boutique play experience and family event venue hosts activities catered for many, including kids and family yoga classes, art classes and parent workshops.
  • Jimmy Carter Library and Museum – Film screenings of “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will be shown to celebrate the exhibition “Georgia on My Screen: Jimmy Carter and the Rise of the Film Industry.”
  • Legoland – Legoland boasts 12 great family attractions, including Miniland, Kingdom Quest and Pirate Adventure Island. Visit “Lego City: Report for Duty” through June 30, or “Lego Ninjago: Master Wu’s Mission” from July 6-Aug. 31.
  • Margaritaville at Lanier Islands – Try the water slides or wave pool, and be entertained by the sights and sounds at Lanier Island’s newest addition.
  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Get behind-the-scenes access with 90-minute tours that explore the field to the locker room.
  • River Tubing – Go tubing on the Chattahoochee River right in Atlanta. They provide the life vests, tubes and shuttle service needed for a day on the river.
  • Roswell Cultural Arts Center – Shows this summer include: “Jungle Book,” “The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
  • Southeastern Railway Museum – Explore 90 pieces of historic locomotives. Kids can discover all things trains, see giant wheels and ride in cabooses.
  • Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History – The Jolley Education Center offers numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits that are fun for the entire family. Participate in Civil War History Day and Railroad Rendezvous.
  • Tellus Science Museum – Galleries include dinosaur fossils, weather, magnets and sound exploration. Attend Rockfest and Build + Blast! Model Rocket Workshop this summer.
  • Woodruff Arts Center – The free Family Fun Day is July 14 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Zoo Atlanta – Meet animals of all kinds. Experience dynamic cultures from around the world during Wild World Weekend.

Beyond Atlanta

  • Babyland General Hospital – Self-guided tours allow for plenty of time to tour Babyland and play with Cabbage Patch Kids.
  • Chattanooga
  • Cool River Tubing – Tube down the Chattahoochee River and finish the day exploring Helen, a Bavarian-themed town in the North Georgia Mountains.
  • Funopolis – Funopolis has many attractions, including an arcade and mini golf, or challenge your family to the Escape Room.
  • SummerFest at Gaylord Opryland Resort – Music and entertainment with atrium gardens, poolside fun and an array of dining found year-round.
  • Lane Southern Orchards – Roadside Market and Café is home to the best peaches and pecans in Georgia. Take a self-guided tour and watch the peach packing process.
  • Martin County Florida – This beachside county has several events this summer, including Hobe Sound Nature Center Turtle Walks and a July 4th air show.
  • The Rock Ranch – This agritourism destination gives kids a taste of farm life. Hop on the train, ride ponies or camp overnight in a wagon.
  • Towns County – Families can reconnect with each other and nature through a variety of activities, such as fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming and hiking.
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad – This moving museum offers interaction with history to a time when railroad travel was a way of life. Train rides are 55 minutes to day-long trips.

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