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Whether you’re visiting the city 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 lots of ideas to keep kids and you happy.

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Adventure Air Sports

Adventure Air has activities for the whole family! The fun includes a giant trampoline court, ninja warrior obstacle course, virtual reality experience, zip line, dunk zone, climbing wall and arcade.

Atlanta Braves

Watch the Braves compete on their home field – enjoy Friday Night Fireworks specials and summer concerts, including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lady Gaga. On Family Sundays, the first 3,000 kids get a free giveaway!

Carlos Museum 

Spend the day a world away on us! Enjoy free admission to the Carlos Museum at Emory select Sundays this summer. Visitors can experience the permanent collection galleries as well as special exhibitions, including Indigo Prayers: A Creation Story.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Family-friendly summer productions include “The Little Pirate Mermaid,” “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” and “Aesop’s Fables.” In addition to live shows, explore the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, Build-a-Puppet Workshops and special events.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

This summer, walk the new River Trail Boardwalk, hike the trails, enjoy a Family Canoe Day or see a live concert at this 127-acre preserve. Celebrate pollinators at the annual Butterfly Encounter and even have breakfast with butterflies!

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Hands-on summer adventures await! Don’t miss the new exhibit, “Wild Kratts®: Creature Power!” where kids can learn about the secret lives of animals. The museum’s interactive exhibits let kids travel the globe, discover science and get creative.

City of Norcross

Explore museums, architecture and outdoor sculptures and murals in Norcross. Visit Discovery Garden Park or play in the splash pad at Lillian Webb Park. Don’t miss the Red, White and BOOM celebration on July 3!

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Discover natural wonders at Fernbank, including summer exhibits “Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family” and “Habitat,” an outdoor walk-through experience. See a film in the giant screen theater, explore the WildWoods and walk through Fernbank Forest.

Funopolis Family Fun Center

Find all-day summer fun, indoors and out, at Funopolis, with arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, inflatables, an escape room, laser tag, mini bowling, a rock wall and much more.

High Museum of Art

This summer, “Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books” showcases work by the popular author and artist. On Second Sundays, admission is free; families can explore the museum, create art and see performances.

Historic Acworth

Plan a visit to Cauble Park and enjoy swimming or boating on beautiful Acworth Beach, playgrounds and picnic areas. Take a walking tour of historic downtown, shop, or hop in a golf cart to explore this visitor-friendly city.

Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands

A lakeside adventure with fun for all ages! Cool off in the giant wave pool, enjoy the beach at Landshark Landing, or race down a waterslide while younger kids enjoy the Family Fun Zone with mini waterslides, sprinklers and a beach.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series

Summer puppet shows include whimsical adaptations of “The Dragon King,” “Hansel & Gretel,” “Pinocchio,” “The Squirrel Stole My Underpants” and “Animal Amigos.” Purchase a summer puppet pass and see five shows for the price of four!

SeaQuest at Stonecrest

Learn about creatures of the land and sea at SeaQuest! Explore ecosystems of the world and see exotic reptiles, fish, tropical birds and more, and get up-close and personal with sloths, wallabies and otters in an animal encounter.

SkyView Atlanta

Get bird’s-eye view of Atlanta – climb into a private, climate-controlled gondola for amazing views of downtown and beyond on this 20-story Ferris Wheel in Centennial Park.

Southeastern Railway Museum

Explore locomotives, cabooses, passenger cars and much more at this fun and educational museum; admission even includes a train ride. Don’t miss special summer events like Model Railroad Days and the Trains, Trucks and Tractors show.

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

All aboard! See the famous “General” Locomotive and learn with video interactives, toy trains and a children’s education center. This summer, jump on the Brain Train, a family-friendly STEAM program with hands-on experiments and problem solving.

SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond

Take a journey across the galaxy at Illuminarium’s out-of-this-world immersive experience! Fly though a technicolor nebula, kick up moon dust, see Saturn’s rings and weave through an asteroid belt – SPACE will take visitors on a giant leap into the unknown. Opens June 29.

Stars and Strikes

There’s something for everyone at Stars and Strikes – bowling, arcade games, indoor bumper cars, laser tag, axe throwing and much more. Kids can bowl two free games every day this summer – register at

Summer Reading at Your Local Library

There’s an “Ocean of Possibilities” at the library this summer! The free reading program lets kids win prizes while learning and having fun. Check your local library for special events and programming.

Zoo Atlanta

Time for summer fun at the Zoo! See larger-than-life LEGO animals at Sean Kenney’s Nature Pop!, learn and play during Adventure Cubs and Twilight Tots, explore the Zoo after dark on a Twilight Trek, or have a Wild Encounter with elephants or lemurs.

Lane Southern Orchards

Take a self-guided tour and see the peach-packing process, then relax and enjoy homemade peach ice cream while kids play on a farm-themed playground with real tractors. Stop at the farm market for fresh produce and treats!

Museum of Aviation

Explore a fascinating collection of historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles, cockpits and exhibits at this museum – admission is free! For an extra fee, take a ride on a virtual reality simulator and experience a Spacewalk, Wing Walker or Prehistoric Dive.

The Best of Atlanta

Best Splash Pads, Pools and Water Playgrounds in Atlanta

From pools and water parks to splash pads and beaches, there are plenty of ways to stay cool in metro Atlanta.

Top 10 Best Attractions in Atlanta

Our city has so much to offer – these must-see attractions are favorites of locals and tourists.

75+ Playgrounds and Parks

Kids will love burning off some energy at these outdoor playgrounds in metro Atlanta.

Best Museums for Families in Atlanta

These museums take an in-depth look at history, puppetry, modern and ancient art, human rights, and more.

Baby and Toddler Activities Around Atlanta

Special events and attractions that young children fun and educational concepts.

60+ Free and Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

Enjoy the best of Atlanta without breaking the bank.

Not-to-Miss Exhibits Around Atlanta

These interactive, kid-friendly exhibits make learning fun.

Screaming Eagle at Banning Mills

Experience the Outdoors in Atlanta

Best Zip Line Adventures in and Around Atlanta

Zip through the trees and enjoy a bird’s eye view of woodlands, lakes and rivers.

Best Kid-Friendly Nature Centers

Explore nature and local wildlife while enjoying the outdoors at these nature centers.

Best Picnic Spots Around Atlanta

Pack a lunch or snacks and enjoy these scenic views around Atlanta.

Atlanta A-Bloom: Best Gardens Around Atlanta

Whatever the season, these beautiful gardens put on a show.

Family-Friendly Walks and Races

Get exercising as a family at one of these upcoming walks or races.

Biking With Kids Around Atlanta

Check out our favorite local trails for biking with kids – and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

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Year-Round Atlanta Favorites

Roller Skating Rinks Around Atlanta

Seasoned skaters and not-so-steady beginners will love these local rinks.

Kid-Friendly Bowling

Bowl a few frames at these local alleys, from traditional lanes to high-tech features.

Best Mini Golf Courses

A lineup of kid-friendly outdoor and indoor putt-putt courses.

Best Jump and Trampoline Places in Atlanta

Grab your socks and get your bounce on at these indoor play places.

Top Indoor Play Spaces

Indoor playgrounds, interactive experiences, art, and more are a great way to spend an afternoon.

Family-Friendly Rock Climbing 

These indoor rock-climbing spots have equipment and lessons for all ages and experience levels.

Guide to Dollar Movie Theaters in Atlanta

These theaters offer a chance to see recent or current movies without the expensive prices.

Best Mall Play Places

Nothing beats mall play areas for free, energy-burning fun!

Sensory-Friendly Places to Play

These special events and activities are designed for kids with autism or sensory processing disorders.

Indoor Water Parks and Pools

Kids and families can splash all year long at these indoor pools and parks.

Best Drop-in Art Studios

Let kids express their creativity at these drop-in art places.

Brook Run Park Playground | Paul Ward

Atlanta Great Places to Play: Playgrounds and Parks

13 Top Playgrounds

These outstanding playgrounds are worth the drive!

75+ Playgrounds and Parks

Kids will love burning off some energy at these outdoor playgrounds in metro Atlanta.

Best Accessible Playgrounds

Play areas with extras like ramp access, sensory experiences and adaptive swings for kids with special needs.

Playgrounds with Something Special

From artistic structures to airplanes and cows, these playgrounds have extra-special appeal.

Best Green Spaces for Kids

These beautiful outdoor parks and green spaces are a great place to connect with nature.

Skateboard Parks

Kids can practice their board skills on the ramps, bowls and pipes of these local parks.

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary

Animal Encounters

Best Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Petting Zoos

Get an up-close look at native and exotic animals at these zoos and wildlife parks.

Yoga With Kids and Animals

Take time to relax, recharge and meditate with the animals at these yoga sessions.

Horseback Riding Around Atlanta

Saddle up at these spots for beginners and experienced riders.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Hiking and Camping

20 Best Nature Walks and Hikes for Kids

Get outside and enjoy nature on one of these metro-area walks and hikes.

Best Family-Friendly Waterfalls to Visit in Georgia

Enjoy the outdoors with a walk or hike to one of Georgia’s many beautiful waterfalls.

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes at Georgia State Parks

These state parks have great trails for kids and families to hike.

Guide to Camping and Campgrounds in Georgia

Whether you prefer a tent, cabin or camper, these campgrounds have something for everyone.

Guide to Yurts and Glamping in Georgia

It’s camping without giving up the comforts of home! Find a great place with our list.

Ponce City Market | Gregg Willett

Explore Metro Atlanta

Best Skyline Views of Atlanta

Our favorite places to get a view of the city’s beautiful skyline.

Guide to Truist Park

There’s lots for kids to see and do in Truist Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves.

Eye-Catching Public Art Around Atlanta

Where to see inspiring outdoor sculptures, art installations and sculptures.

Scavenger Hunts in Alanta

Explore the city by searching for clues and solving puzzles.

8 Places to Learn About History 

These museums are a great way for kids to learn and appreciate the history and heritage of Atlanta and the South.

Top Ghost Tours Around Atlanta

Explore the haunted side of the city on a guided ghost tour.

Transportation Attractions for Kids

Find planes, trains, streetcars and more at these Atlanta spots.

Cool Atlanta Neighborhoods to Explore

You’ll find one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and activities in these neighborhoods.

Best Local Book Stores

From local independent stores to national chains, here’s where to shop for books around town.

Local Toy Stores

Skip the big-box stores and head to your local Altanta bookstore.

Volunteer Opportunities for Kids

These organizations give kids the chance to make a difference.

Hunt for Tiny and Secret Doors

Go on a family scavenger hunt for the tiny and hidden doors of Atlanta.

Working Tours Around Atlanta

Take an inside look at these local businesses, restaurants and organizations.

Big Easy Sno-Balls

A Taste of Atlanta

Best Family-Friendly Farmers Markets

Shop for fresh produce, baked goods and more at these Atlanta-area markets.

Apple Orchards Around Atlanta

Pick your own apples or shop for fresh produce, baked goods and more at these orchards and farms (call or check websites for availability).

Our Favorite Frozen Treats in Atlanta

Here’s the scoop on where to find the best ice cream, popsicles and snow cones.

The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

Atlanta’s food scene has lots of great kid-friendly restaurants.

Kids Eat Free Restaurants in Atlanta

Eating out with the family can sometimes be pricey – here’s a list of the places where kids eat free.

Best Donuts Around Atlanta

Our favorite spots for traditional and not-so-traditional flavors.

6 Atlanta Candy Stores to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth

These stores offer nostalgic, old-fashioned candy and homemade treats.

5 Places to Grab a Bagel in Atlanta

The best places to visit for a sweet or savory bagel.

Family-Friendly Breweries

These local breweries have yard games and places for kids to play.

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

These local shops have menu items with plenty of kid appeal!

Cat Cafes Around Atlanta

Enjoy a drink or a snack while visiting with the furry residents of these cafes.

Treetop Quest

For Teens and Adventurers

10 Best Teen Activities in Atlanta

Roller coasters, rock climbing, escape rooms and more – Atlanta has great things for teens to do.

Escape Rooms in 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.

Best Zip Line Adventures in and Around Atlanta

Zip through the trees and enjoy a bird’s eye view of woodlands, lakes and rivers.

Whitewater Rafting Near Atlanta

Grab a paddle and get ready for a wild ride at these rafting spots.

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