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.

The Southeast

Georgia Coast with Kids

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.

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.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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.

Helen, Georgia

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.

Macon, Georgia

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.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is one big playground for families. Enjoy the Incline Railway, Rock City, Creative Discovery Museum and more in this nearby, tourist friendly city.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

When it comes to mountain towns, nothing beats Blue Ridge, Georgia. Here’s why we think it’s the perfect package for family fun.

Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia

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.

Brasstown Valley Resort and Lake Chatuge

Nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Towns County offers everything families are looking for in a fun vacation. Lake Chatuge provides endless opportunity for families to reconnect, with fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

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.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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.

Athens, Georgia

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.

Birmingham, Alabama

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.

Destin, Florida

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.

Nashville, Tennessee

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.

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Asheville, North Carolina

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.

Legoland Florida

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.

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. The centerpiece of New Fantasyland is Snow White’s The Seven Dwarf Mine Train featuring train cars that swing back and forth.

Tips for First Timers at Disney World

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.

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.

Beyond the Southeast

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Visiting London, England 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.

Washington, DC

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.

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, France

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.

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.

Denver, Colorado

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.

Seattle Skyline | Laura Powell

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.

Detroit, Michigan

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

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.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

Exploring National Parks with Kids

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.

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.

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.

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.

Best Travel Destinations with Kids Near Atlanta and Beyond
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