SkyHike at Stone Mountain Park

How will you spend spring break? Make the fun last for days with these great ideas. Plus, be sure to check out our list of Spring Break Camps.

Fun All Day Long

Enjoy favorite attractions, such as Dinosaur Explore, golf, SkyHike and more, at Stone Mountain Park’s Spring Fun Break from April 3-11. Special live entertainment includes the Pompeyo Family Dogs, recently seen on “America’s Got Talent,” and juggling duo Double Juggle. Stone Mountain.

Zoo Atlanta

At Zoo Atlanta, see animals from all over the world, including African Elephants, lemurs, Giant Pandas, snakes and more. The African Savanna is home to Kelly, Tara and Msholo, and features the Abana Pond, Chishimba Falls, Kalambo Falls, a feeder activity wall and the Zambezi Elephant Center. You’ll also see a mixed-species habitat space for giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats. Atlanta.

View aquatic creatures at Georgia Aquarium. The Sharks! Predators of the Deep Gallery is now, allowing visitors to learn about the fascinating world of sharks with multiple different species, and those wanting a closer look can even experience the cage dive. Other animals at the aquarium includes manta rays, whales, sea lions, penguins, dolphins and alligators. Atlanta.

Enjoy extreme thrills with exciting rollercoasters, like BATMAN: The Ride, Dare Devil Dive, Goliath and more at Six Flags Over Georgia. Less daring family members will love Acme Trucking Company, where little drivers steer on a kid-sized highway, or a water battle with Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters. Austell.

Go Museum Hopping

Head to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to see The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! A Mo Willems exhibit, where Willems’ lovable characters and stories come to life. Permanent exhibits include exploring food at Fundamentally Food, traveling around the world at Gateway to the World, understanding nature at Leaping into Learning, playing with colors and sounds at Let Your Creativity Flow, learning more about the human body and science at Step Up To Science and using the six simple machines at Tools for Solutions. Other activities at the museum include art-making, on-stage performances and STEM experiments. Atlanta.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History has special attractions exploring science, nature and history, such as the Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed with discoveries about the ancient civilization in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, or the outdoor Microsculpture with an up-close look at different insects from around the world. Explore more than two miles of paths through 65 acres of Fernbank Forest, and walk along the elevated WildWoods to immerse yourself in green views, challenge yourself with Adventure Outpost and more. Atlanta.

Special exhibits at Tellus Science Museum include Science Fiction, Science Fact with a look at the predicted technologies from science fiction stories that have become true; celestial and Space Age jewelry designs at Out Of This World! Jewelry In The Space Age; and the world of inner microorganisms at Zoo in You. Learn more about gems, minerals, fossils, transportation technology and more at the permanent exhibits. For extra, you can travel through the solar system to the edge of the galaxy at the Bentley Planetarium. Cartersville.

View amazing artwork in the permanent and special exhibits at High Museum of Art. Glimpse Persian art highlighting the cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, paintings from David Driskell, artworks made exclusively by women, French art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and a cinematic video installation featuring impressive performances from musicians. Atlanta.

World of Coca-Cola includes the new exhibit Scent Discovery featuring aroma profiles and Coca-Cola beverages. Explore the history of this iconic beverage with artifacts, film and an engaging walk, take photos with the Coco-Cola Polar Bear, get a behind-the-scenes look at bottling and more. Atlanta.

At the College Football Hall of Fame, find your favorite football college team on the three-story Helmet Wall. Use augmented reality displays to discover in-depth stories and videos of amazing football players and coaches. Test your own football skills by kicking a field goal, throwing like a quarterback and taking on the obstacle course. Atlanta.

Travel Through Time

The Atlanta History Center offers exhibits, stories, gardens and more. See the story of Atlanta hosting the Centennial Olympic Games and the tenth Paralympic Games in 1996. View the 132-year-old, 49 feet tall “The Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting. Explore the life of Atlantan golfer Bobby Jones, who won four major tournaments in the same year. Walk through the 33-accre Goizueta Gardens with woodlands and trails. Atlanta.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the history of civil rights to human rights challenges today. View the stories of individuals who helped to transform the U.S. from Jim Crow laws to equal rights, along with a tribute to Dr. King and other martyrs in Rolls Down Like Water: U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Other exhibits include explorations of human rights issues and advocates, Dr. King’s writings and photos of children from around the world. Atlanta.

Explore the childhood, life and legacy of the civil rights icon at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. Take a self-guided tour of the campus, which includes his childhood home, the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Freedom Hall. Walk through the outdoor exhibition Celebrating 40 Years to learn more about the life experiences and significance of Dr. King, and see beautiful roses at the peace garden. Atlanta.

Oakland Cemetery Photo Credit: Historic Oakland Foundation

Historic Oakland Cemetery contains 48 acres of history, gardens, sculpture, architecture and flowers. Explore the historical areas, including the original six acres, the Jewish Flat and Jewish Hill, Historic African American Burial Grounds, Bell Tower Ridge and more. The cemetery is the final resting place of more than 70,000, including Ivan Allen, Jr., Julia Collier Harris, Bobby Jones, Maynard Jackson and more. The arboretum contains more than 1,400 trees, from young saplings to 200-year-old giants, and flowers include daffodils, irises, tulips, azaleas and magnolias. Atlanta.

Spring Break Adventures, Here and There

Saddle Up!

Local Spot:
At Georgia Frontiers, go horseback riding through beautiful horse trails to view the nature, with different levels for novice to experienced riders. Minimum age is 9. Canton.

Go on a Day Trip:
See the rolling countryside of Serenbe on a horse at Serenbe Trail Riding. You can also book a package with a picnic lunch by the waterfall. Minimum age is 12. Chattahoochee Hills.

Other horse riding spots:
Sunburst Stables.
Barnsley Resort. Adairsville.
Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Madison.
Gold City Corral & Carriage Company. Dahlonega.
FDR State Park. Pine Mountain.

Water and Waves

Local Spots:
Bethesda Park Aquatic Center is an indoor leisure pool with a giant waterslide, a river channel, water play structures, a vortex and more. Lawrenceville.
Bogan Park Aquatic Center. Buford.
South Cobb Aquatic Center. Austell.

Go on a Day Trip:
Great Wolf Lodge Georgia’s
Spring Breakout celebration includes reforestation scavenger hunt, arts, spring-themed crafts, sing-along, activities and more. LaGrange.

More water parks:
SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland.
Nashville, Tenn.
Wild Bear Falls Water Park. Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Natural Beauty

Local Spot:
See thousands of beautiful orchids with Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Orchid Daze, and during the spring months, you’ll also see tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths. Other highlights include the Children’s Garden, Water Painting Wall, sculptures, water features and more. From April 5-9, enjoy special family activities, including art, storytimes, scavenger hunts and more. Atlanta.

Go on a Day Trip:
Head to Rock City atop Lookout Mountain featuring ancient rock formations, gardens, Fairyland Caverns, Mother Goose Village and more. Lookout Mountain.

More Gardens:
Gibbs Gardens.
Ball Ground.
Atlanta Botanical Garden. Gainesville.
Callaway Resort & Gardens. Pine Mountain.
State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Athens.

-Emily Webb

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