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Poole’s Mill Park PlaygroundWhether you’re visiting Atlanta or you’re an Atlanta native, there are so many 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 and you happy.

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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.

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.

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 Truist 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.

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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