Best Travel Destinations with Kids Near Atlanta and Beyond
At Atlanta Parent, we love to travel with our kids. Check out some of our favorite places. We include tips on things to do, what to eat, where to go and more.
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Southeast Travel with Kids
100 Kid-Friendly Places to Play in the Southeast
There are so many great, kid-friendly places to travel within a few hours of Atlanta. Ride on a train, splash in a water park, visit wild animals and more at these fun places.
Best Staycation Ideas in Atlanta
No need to leave the city for a vacation – plan a fun weekend right here in Atlanta.
Explore Georgia’s Beaches
Our favorite ways to explore Georgia’s beautiful coast.
Georgia Out-of-the-Box: Our Favorite Attractions
Tree spirits, the Laurel and Hardy Museum, Bigfoot and more – here are our some of Georgia’s more unusual attractions.
Best Things to Do in Athens
Explore the many kid-friendly activities in Athens.
Insider’s Guide to Helen
This Alpine-inspired village is a great place for adventures with kids.
Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Macon
Just an hour south of Atlanta, Macon has attractions, local shops and more.
Why You’ll Love Blue Ridge
Hiking trails, railways, upscale dining, water fun and more make Blue Ridge a must-visit town.
Best Things to Do at Great Wolf Lodge
This indoor waterpark and resort is a great weekend getaway for families.
Brasstown Valley and Lake Chatuge
Less than two hours from Atlanta, you’ll find outdoor activities and upscale accommodations.
50 Best Things to Do in Florida
Planning a trip to visit our neighbor to the South? Check out fun things to do in the Sunshine State.
South Florida With Kids
Explore the natural beauty of Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades and Key West.
Beautiful beaches, water attractions and great dining make this Florida city a great choice.
Martin County: Florida Unfiltered
Martin County offers miles of beaches, parks, outdoor adventures, and upscale dining and shopping. (Sponsored content)
Family Fun at LEGOLAND
Find plenty of action for LEGO fans and young thrill-seekers at this amusement park.
Disney World’s Fantasyland with Toddlers
New Fantasyland, the largest expansion to the Magic Kingdom theme park in decades, goes beyond the walls of Cinderella’s Castle and brings the other Disney princesses into the park.
Tips for First Timers at Disney World
Stay at the Walt Disney World resorts, divide and conquer, get your FastPass as soon as you enter the park, and more advice for first timers.
Just a few hours west of Atlanta, travel to the “Magic City” for the weekend. Walk through Sloss Furnaces, picnic at Vulcan Park, taking a photo at the color tunnel.
Take a road trip to this classic, college town and experience why people stay there for more than four years.
Hot Springs, Arkansas is considered The American Spa because of its natural hot springs. Thermal waters (average temperature of 143 degrees Fahrenheit!) drew famous people from around the world to “take the baths.” If you’re considering a visit, check out these kid-friendly spots we love.
Known for romance, history, and parties, New Orleans also offers plenty of things to do with kids. Catch a cheap flight or drive a few hours from Atlanta to New Orleans for these fun things to do.
Nature abounds in Asheville –and it’s an easy three-hour drive from Atlanta. Don’t miss these things to do on your next visit.
Explore bustling downtown Greenville, family-friendly museums, sports, and food in this walkable and charming city. Here are six creative ideas for a trip to Greenville.
Chattanooga is the perfect place for your next trip! Enjoy the Incline Railway, Rock City, Creative Discovery Museum and more in this tourist-friendly city.
Music City, AKA Nashville, is full of fun, history and good eats. Make sure not to miss Adventure Science Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Loveless Café and more.
Smoky Mountains Kid-Friendly Fun
Families will love the nature opportunities and kid-friendly attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge —all within about 30 minutes of each other.
International Travel with Kids
Visiting Holland with Kids
There’s so much more to Holland than windmills, clogs and tulips. From world-class museums and historic parks in Amsterdam to kid-friendly activities in the Hague, the Netherlands make a perfect place to explore the sights and sounds of Europe.
Visiting London with Kids
From massive wonders at world-class museums to small moments at beautiful parks in London, here are our favorite kid-friendly experiences in London.
Switzerland with Kids
A small country about the size of the state of Colorado, Switzerland packs mountain terrain, city life, and an awesome transportation system into a small package.
Paris is other-worldly. There’s no place where you can experience better art, architecture, food, and culture—and there’s no need to leave your kids at home. From tasty cafes to world class museums, we’ve rounded up our favorite kid-friendly experiences in Paris.
U.S. Virgin Islands
It’s all about the clear blue water of the Caribbean – swimming, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking. It’s building sandcastles, watching sunsets and enjoying the slower pace of island living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Western United States Travel with Kids
Cruising in Alaska
An Alaskan cruise may be the perfect vacation for your family. There’s fun for all ages on the cruiseship and the scenery is breath-taking. Kids and parents alike will enjoy hiking, rock climbing, biking, and fishing.
From exploring nature nearby to staying busy in the city, Denver is a great destination for families year-round.
Ready, Set, Ski: Visit Colorado for a Memorable Ski Experience
If you have never skied before, the idea can be daunting. We jumped right in and took the kids to Keystone Resort in Colorado for an unforgettable experience. With these tips, you, too, can plan your first ski trip. Also check out our post, Insider’s Guide to North Carolina Ski Resorts.
Exploring the Pacific Northwest
See bustling city life, breathtaking mountain vistas, and kid-friendly museums and attractions in the Pacific Northwest –all within about a five-hour drive. A trip to the Pacific Northwest will spark a love for you and your kids of urban spaces and wide-open nature.
Visiting Southern California with Kids
Considering a trip to Southern California? Only about a two hour drive apart, San Diego and Los Angeles can be intimidating with kids, but with a little preparation, both cities are well worth the trip.
Park City, Utah
Visiting Park City gave our family plenty of bonding opportunities, from learning to ski in a picturesque setting to fun things to do beyond skiing. Here are our tips for planning the perfect trip to Park City.
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Travel with Kids
A short and inexpensive flight from Atlanta, there’s plenty for families to do in Detroit and nearby West Michigan. You’ll love the museums, sports and cultural venues, and green space in Detroit. Rent a car and enjoy Lake Michigan and the seafaring towns of Ludington and Holland, just a few hours northwest of Detroit.
Philadelphia is a walkable city with an excellent public bus system and lots of fun to offer families. We learned about our national history, saw awesome folk art, went to the most unique museum we’ve ever seen, and more. Plan for stops at these fun places.
Vermont: The Great Feast
What a delight it is to wander through Vermont with kids. Explore the funky college town, Burlington, and get your fill of ice cream, syrup, and cheese throughout the Green Mountain State.
One of the hardest things about visiting Washington, DC is paring down your list of things to do during your visit. We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up our favorite things to do in DC. Kids will learn about United States culture and history and have lots of fun along the way.
Taking a road trip with the kids to experience the national parks can be unforgettable. We share our five favorite national parks throughout the United States.