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.
Southeast Travel with Kids
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.
Sea animals, beach time, knockout sunsets, fruity drinks, and a relaxed vibe –what could be better? Spend a long weekend exploring Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades, and Key West.
Planning a trip to visit our neighbor to the South? Check out fun things to do in the Sunshine State.
The beach, of course, and daily dips in the Gulf are the big draw in Destin. Nature lovers will want to visit Henderson Beach State Park for wildlife-watching, an easy hike or a picnic.
Today’s Sarasota is a modern, growing city, but you’ll still find pockets of the “Old Florida” that seem unchanged since the state’s early days as a tourist attraction. Visit Siesta Beach, Sarasota Jungle Gardens and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium for ocean and animal adventures.
Located on the east coast of Florida, beautiful Martin County boasts almost 22 miles of beaches, 77 parks, over 100,000 acres of parks and conservation land, which lead to plenty of affordable outdoor adventure, golf and a region overflowing with culture to welcome visitors.
There’s more to Orlando than just that magical mouse – or Harry Potter. Legoland’s relaxed, family-friendly fun was the elixir needed to mend past theme park damages.
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. The centerpiece of New Fantasyland is Snow White’s The Seven Dwarf Mine Train featuring train cars that swing back and forth.
Stay at the Walt Disney World resorts, divide and conquer, get your FastPass first, as soon as you enter the park, and more advice for first timers.
Do you have a couple of days to burn, but you’d rather not spend them on an airplane or driving for hours? Try a staycation in our fun and beautiful city.
You may think Athens is a town exclusively for college students, but there’s more to it than football and late-night study sessions. On our visit, we discovered fun playgrounds, nature trails and other kid-friendly things to do.
Here are our favorite ways to explore Georgia’s coast.
It may look like you’ve left Georgia, but the Alpine village of Helen is only about an hour and a half north of Atlanta and it’s a great place for adventures with the kids.
Located in the heart of Georgia, Macon is an hour south of Atlanta with kid-friendly things to do.
When it comes to mountain towns, nothing beats Blue Ridge, Georgia. Here’s why we think it’s the perfect package for family fun.
Twisting waterslides, lily pads, magic wands, treats, games, and crafts will keep your kids having fun. We’ve compiled our best tips for enjoying Great Wolf Lodge.
Nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Lake Chatuge provides endless opportunity for families to reconnect, with fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming.
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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.
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.
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.
International Travel 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.
From massive wonders at world-class museums to small moments at beautiful parks in London, here are our favorite kid-friendly experiences in London.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.