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.
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.
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.
When it comes to beach vacations, Atlanta residents have so many choices. From Destin to Hilton Head to Orange Beach, families can have toes in the sand in a matter of hours. Check out our post on twenty five beaches near Atlanta we love. But why not keep things in-state at one of Georgia’s many beaches? Here are our favorite ways to explore Georgia’s coast.
Hot Springs, Arkansas, a quick plane flight from Atlanta, 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.
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. Here are some favorite places around town to visit on your next day trip, on Main Street and beyond.
Located in the heart of Georgia, Macon is an hour south of Atlanta and hosts many fun, kid-friendly things to do. You can find local delights off each of the three interstates surrounding the city. I lived in the city for 14 years; here is my local perspective on awesome stops.
Chattanooga is one big playground for families. Enjoy the Incline Railway, Rock City, Creative Discovery Museum and more in this nearby, tourist friendly city.
The land of crimson and “Roll Tide” is just a three-hour drive from Atlanta and offers lots of kid-friendly fun. Take a road trip to this classic, college town and experience why people stay there for more than four years.
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.
Just a few hours west of Atlanta, travel to the “Magic City” for the weekend. Enjoy walking through Sloss Furnaces, picnicking at Vulcan Park, taking a photo at the color tunnel.
This beach community is a sparkling jewel on the Emerald Coast. The beach, of course, and daily dips in the Gulf are the big draw. Nature lovers will want to visit Henderson Beach State Park for wildlife-watching, an easy hike or a picnic.
Music City, AKA Nashville, is full of fun, history and good eats. It’s an easy four-hour drive from metro Atlanta. Make sure not to miss Adventure Science Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Loveless Café.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond the Southeast
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.