Now Open Attractions in Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

Get out of the house and enjoy the warmer weather at these Atlanta attractions now open for family fun, animals, hikes, and more.

Due to COVID-19, attractions are operating under different conditions. Check out our tips on how to be safe when you’re venturing out.

If You’re Venturing Out of the House:

Parks, gardens and popular Atlanta destinations are adhering to new health guidelines to keep your family safe. Here are some guidelines for a successful family outing.

  • You’re likely to see staff wearing masks, extra sanitization and other safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Have a Plan A for where you’d like to go, and a Plan B if your first choice is too crowded.
  • Look into the procedures of the attraction you plan to visit, so you know the rules and hours of operation ahead of time. Most attractions require you to purchase tickets in advance with a timed entry. Keep in mind that there may be limits on the number of people allowed at these attractions.
  • Wash hands often. Some restrooms may not be open to the public yet, so pack hand sanitizer. Check ahead of time to see if restrooms are open.
  • Wear a mask and remind your kids to maintain a six-foot distance as often as
    they’re able. If you or anyone in your family feels sick, don’t go out, even if you plan to wear a mask.
  • If you’re going outdoors, don’t forget it’s summer – bring water bottles and pack sunscreen. Food options may be limited; you may want to bring your own snacks.

See the Animals

Zoo Atlanta: See animals from all around the world, including elephants, lions, pandas, orangutans, lemurs and more. Indoor venues and experiences, rides, playgrounds and Treetop Trail are temporarily closed.

North Georgia Wildlife Park: View more than 80 animals, including camels, zebras, ostriches and more, from the comfort of your car with their Drive-Thru Zoo. The zoo is open Wed.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in June and July; reservations recommended.

Pettit Creek Farms: Drive-thru this farm to see common farm animals, as well as camels, giraffes, zebras, capybaras, lemurs, llamas and more.

L & R Alpaca Haven Farm: Schedule an appointment to visit this alpaca farm to take a farm tour and visit the alpacas. On June 6 and 7, take a yoga class surrounded by the alpacas.

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary has deer, vultures, a petting yard, a barn yard, lemurs and more. The new owners are committed to providing the resident animals the best life possible with this new experience.

Creekwater Alpaca Farm: Schedule a private tour Mon.-Fri. to view alpacas and barn animals on this 40-acre farm.

Wild Animal Safari: This Pine Mountain attraction features a 3.5-mile driving experience with more than 550 animals, including camels, zebras, American bison and more.

Georgia Aquarium: Explore what’s under the sea and see penguins, manta rays, sharks, fishes, whales, sea lions and more.

Bear Hollow Zoo: This zoo is home to a variety of non-releasable wildlife residents who help to educate visitors about their species and wildlife.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Visit a Garden or Nature Center

Atlanta Botanical Garden: View a new cast of giant plant sculptures based on the characters of “Alice in Wonderland” in “Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined,” on
view through Nov. 1.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens: This botanical garden has 15 themed garden spaces, including a bonsai collection, hydrangeas, camellias, roses and more. See A Garden with Wings through Aug. 1.

Gibbs Gardens: See blooming foxgloves, pansies, rhododendrons, roses, water
lilies and more with three feature gardens: Manor House Gardens, Japanese and Waterlily Gardens.

Chattahoochee Nature Center: This 127-acre center has hiking trails, educational experiences, birds of prey, animals and more for exploring the outdoors. Butterfly Encounter will open on June 6.

Dunwoody Nature Center: Hike the trails, sit in on Free First Saturday classes and experience nature, science and fun at this attraction.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve: This 30-acre green space has trails, including the three-mile Blueway Trail, the Woodland Loop, the Beaver Tail Trail and more.

Stone Mountain

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Stone Mountain Park: Attractions, such as Dinosaur Explore and SkyHike, and natural areas of the park, including Grist Mill, Covered Bridge, Quarry Exhibit and 15 miles of hiking and walking trails are open, as well as the Stone Mountain Golf Club for a chance to practice your swing. Indoor theaters and play areas remain temporarily closed.

Lanier Islands: Head to Lanier Islands to explore nature with walking and hiking
trails, biking, golfing, boating and more. Get LandShark Bar & Grill for delivery or carry out on the weekends.

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area: Head to the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve for a hike on the Mountain View, Mountain Top or Rock Outcrop Trails.

The Rock Ranch: Visit the farm, treat yourself to an ice cream, and purchase a punch card to enjoy select attractions, such as Cow Train, Paddle Boats, Carousel and more. Enjoy a new dining option between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Country Store and Café.

Treetop Quest: This aerial adventure park challenges you physically and mentally as you move through obstacles and ziplines.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands: Soak up the sun on the beach or in the water, play on the water slides, chill in the wave pool, and go boating.

Ready Set FUN!

Indoor Places to Play and Escape Rooms

Tiny Towne: Ages 1 and older can drive on one of the tracks, take a trip on the TT Express train or plays games in the Arcade Room.

Stars and Strikes: These family entertainment centers have bowling, video games, an arcade, laser tag, bumper cars and more for family fun.

Ready Set FUN!: This activity center is open for small group play with an indoor playground, art, dance, yoga, cooking and more.

Top Play: Check out their four-level play structure, Tiny Town with a playhouse, grocery store and café, a jump pad and more.

Nitro Zone: Book a two-hour block of time to enjoy bowling, go karting, an arcade and more.

Buddy’s Indoor Playhouse: This facility has a toddler only soft play area, a driving track, educational games, books and more.

Sky Zone: This jump place’s attractions include Virtual Reality, Foam Zone, Ninja
Warrior Course, Warped Wall, Freestyle Jump and more. Roswell, Kennesaw,
McDonough, Newnan locations are open; Suwanee location is closed.

Hippo Hopp: This eco-friendly indoor playground is for babies to age 10 and plans to reopen on June 16 with limited capacity and new safety protocols.

Adventure Air Sports: Fly high on the indoor zip line, jump around on the trampoline, reach new heights on the climbing wall and more at this indoor center.

Leapin’ Lizards Play and Party Center: This indoor playground has inflatables, hockey tables, free Wi-Fi, a dedicated toddler play area and more.

Escape the Netherworld: You and your team will have one hour to explore mysterious rooms and solve puzzles in this challenging escape room experience.

Urban Air Trampoline Park: With three metro Atlanta locations, enjoy playing on trampolines, battling it out with virtual reality, riding the indoor coaster, climbing, jumping and more.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids: Reserve a two-hour block to play with interactive exhibits for ages 2-12 on Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Enjoy rides, experience 4D movies, learn how to build with LEGOs, meet your favorite characters and more.

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

Visit a Museum

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History: Admission provides access to all exhibitions, movies and the “General” locomotive; the Jolley Education Center and all interactive modules will remain closed.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Marvel at science and history at this museum, which is open from 9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily.

Hudgens Center for Art & Learning: See “Southern Values” and “Stan in Ansel Adams Footsteps” by appointment.

Atlanta History Center: This 33-acre experience features historical exhibitions, such as “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow,” “Seeking Eden,” “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia,” “Atlanta ’96: Shaping an Olympic and Paralympic City” and more, along with summer flowers, farm gardens, forests and more at the Goizueta Gardens.

Marietta Museum of History: The museum’s current exhibitions include “Andrews’ Raiders Room,” “The Man with the Camera: Photographs by Raymond T. Burford” and “Made by Her Hands: The Beauty, Warmth and Stories of Local Quilting.”

Tellus Science Museum: View gemstones and minerals from around the world, marvel at fossils, explore changes in transportation technology and see Leonardo da Vinci’s creations at this science-focused museum.

Booth Western Art Museum: See contemporary Western artwork, presidential portraits, works created by American female artists, Civil War art and more, and kids will enjoy Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Open for three different sessions, reserve time to play in their six permanent exhibits: “Fundamentally Food,” “Gateway to the World,” “Leaping into Learning,” “Let Your Creative Flow,” “Step Up to Science” and “Tools for Solutions.”

Atlanta Contemporary: Register for a timed ticket to see exhibitions “The Life and Death of Charles Williams,” “The End is Near!,” “Black is Beautiful” and more.

Center for Puppetry Arts: The center’s Worlds of Puppetry Museum is now opened with timed entry. See a collection of puppets from around the globe, learn about important puppetry traditions, visit puppets from your favorite movies, and discover more about the legendary Jim Henson.

High Museum of Art: Appreciate more than 15,000 works of art in this museum’s permanent collection, along with their traveling exhibits.

Fort Yargo

Go Fishing

Note: Georgia law requires anyone 16 and older to have a fishing license in their possession.

Georgia State Parks: Georgia State Parks offer fly fishing, bass fishing and trout fishing. The Wildlife Resources Division has a Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, which provides you with rods, reels and tackle box equipment to try fishing without purchasing any equipment. Parks with fishing near metro Atlanta include: Sweetwater Creek in Lithia Springs, Fort Yargo in Winder, Red Top Mountain in Acworth, Don Carter in Gainesville and Chattahoochee Bend in Newnan.

Sandy Springs: Cast a line at the fishing piers at Morgan Falls Overlook Park and Morgan Falls Dam, the trails at Island Ford National Recreation Area or from a boat with three accessible boat ramps.

Azalea Park: This Roswell location allows fishing, canoeing or kayaking and has hiking and walking trails.

Lake Lanier: This is the largest lake in Georgia with 700 miles of shoreline over 38,000-acres, and you can go fishing, boating, camping, kayaking, water skiing, swimming and golfing at this site.

Lake Allatoona: At Lake Allatoona and Acworth Beach/Cauble Park, you can bask in the sun and fish for channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, carp and bullheads.

Lookout Mountain/Rock City

Take a Short Road Trip

Rock City: Travel to the top of Lookout Mountain for massive rock formations, gardens, panoramic views, Fairyland Caverns, Mother Goose Village and more.

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site: Head to this 54-acre site containing six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site and more from the Native Americans who lived there, as well as hiking trails.

Callaway Gardens: Enjoy the garden landscapes, trails, fishing at the lake, biking, golfing and more at this exciting getaway featuring a man-made beach.

For a refreshing time in the water, check out these splash pads, waterparks and more now open.

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