50 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids
What US city offers kids a chance to see giant pandas, zipline through the trees, pick berries, and walk through a shark tunnel? It's Atlanta, of course, and the Southern city offers a whole world of kid-friendly fun activities and events. There are museums galore, indoor play places, festivals, and amusement parks, including the local Six Flags and a stunning children's garden.
There's plenty of things to do with kids in Atlanta, Georgia, for a weekend, a week, or longer. Check out our list below of the 50 best tourist sights and hidden fun before your trip.
1. Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta
Bring your little builders to Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, which offers plenty of indoor play space, interactive building fun, and even a few rides.
2. Braves Truist Park
Catch a game at the Braves Truist Park. Whether you visit the interactive kids’ zone or run the bases after a Sunday home game, there is plenty to keep kids interested through nine innings.
Explore undersea life at the Georgia Aquarium. Photo courtesy of the aquarium
3. The Georgia Aquarium
4. The Center for Puppetry Arts
See a show, an exhibit, or make a puppet at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
5. Decatur Square
6. Starlight Drive-in Theatre
Catch a flick at the Starlight Drive-In Theatre.
7. The World of Coca-Cola
Tour The World of Coca-Cola and try all 64 sodas in the tasting room.
Artist David Rogers’ outdoor installation highlights bugs, insects, and spiders at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Photo courtesy of the museum
8. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
See the dinosaurs, enjoy the interactive NatureQuest installation, and explore 75 acres of outdoor adventures at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
9. Amazing Playgrounds in Atlanta
In nice weather, one of our favorite things to do in Atlanta is to play at one of the metropolitan area's amazing playgrounds. A few favorites: Sandy Springs' Morgan Falls Overlook Park with a giant spider web for climbing, Decatur's Mason Mill Park and its pirate ship and treehouse, Alpharetta's Wills Park and its giant wooden Wacky World structure, and Intown Chastain Park with three giant roller slides.
Kids will NEED to ride down the three-story slide at Skyline Park. Photo courtesy of the park
10. Ponce City Market
11. High Museum of Art
12. Museum of Design Atlanta
Kids will have a blast at the interactive and hands-on exhibits at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the museum
13. The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Find hours of hands-on fun at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, a classic fun thing to do with kids in Atlanta.
14. CNN Studio Tour
Go behind the scenes of breaking news with a CNN Studio Tour.
15. Atlanta History Center
Learn about the city's history from the 1860s to the 1930s at the Atlanta History Center, which hosts kids' programs and family festivals.
16. Southeastern Railway Museum
Let young transportation enthusiasts go wild at the Southeastern Railway Museum where they can ride or explore historic trains.
Steal a special moment with the gorillas at Zoo Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Zoo Atlanta
17. Zoo Atlanta
See the pandas, gorillas, and 1,500 other animals at Zoo Atlanta, one of the top zoos in the US. Cool off at the zoo's water playground, too!
18. Your Dekalb Farmer's Market
Wander through the giant international grocery store and cafe at Your Dekalb Farmers Market.
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Gardens
19. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Explore over 30 acres of beautiful gardens at Atlanta Botanical Garden, including the Children's Garden and the canopy walk.
20. Piedmont Park
Grab a treat on Saturday morning at Piedmont Park’s Green Market, and then head up the hill to play on the Noguchi Playscape. In the summer, Atlanta kids can beat the heat at the park’s public swimming pool or Legacy Fountain splash pad.
21. BeltLine Trail
Tour Atlanta’s neighborhoods by foot or bike on the BeltLine Trail and discover the work of hundreds of visual artists displayed all along the BeltLine corridor.
Hop on the Summit Skyride for some amazing views. Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain Park
22. Stone Mountain Park
Hike the mile-long trail to the top of Stone Mountain for amazing views, or take the Summit Skyride cable car to the top instead. There’s also a scenic railroad, adventure golf, and a fun barn at Stone Mountain Park.
23. MLK, Jr. National Historic Park
Learn all about the iconic civil-rights leader at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.
24. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Check out the replica of the oval office at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
25. Callaway Gardens
Head down to Callaway Gardens and see their Birds of Prey exhibit, the butterfly house, Robin Lake Beach, and TreeTop Adventure and Zip Lines.
26. National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Inspire young minds to learn about the American civil rights and global human rights movements at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
The Chattachoochee Nature Center offers family events and wildlife interactions for all ages. Photo courtesy of the canter
27. Chattahoochee Nature Center
Feel like hiking during your Atlanta visit? Explore the woodland trails at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, where you might just see some of Georgia’s wildlife up close.
28. Malibu Grand Prix
Race go karts at Malibu Grand Prix in Norcross and also check out the miniature golf, bumper boats, water park, batting cages, and arcade.
29. Monday Night Garage
Sip a delicious craft beer while your kids enjoy the play area and outdoor games at Monday Night Garage.
30. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Paddle, hike, fish, or camp at beautiful Sweetwater Creek State Park, only a few miles from downtown Atlanta.
31. Alliance Theatre
Take in a performance with the Alliance Theater’s Family Series or the Theatre for the Very Young.
Make a splash at the sprayground at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Photo courtesy of the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy
32. Historic Fourth Ward Park
Hit the skate park, playground, or splash pad at the 17-acre Historic Fourth Ward Park, located in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward.
34. College Football Hall of Fame
Take young football fans to the College Football Hall of Fame where they can learn about CFB history and enjoy interactive activities.
35. Six Flags Over Georgia
Go on thrilling rides like Batman and Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Check out Illuminarium and feel like you are actually in a different place, like Africa or outer space, without ever leaving Atlanta.
37. The Varsity
Grab a bite at historic burger joint The Varsity, where you will be greeted with "What'll ya have?"
38. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
When it's hot, cool off at Margaritaville Water Park at Lake Lanier and ride water slides for all ages.
39. Indoor Play Spaces
If bad weather hits Atlanta, your kids can work off some energy by bouncing and climbing at one of the city's many indoor play spaces.
40. Atlanta Brick Compayny
Take your Lego fans to the Atlanta Brick Company in Newnan (one of the largest building brick toy stores in the world) to buy, sell, and trade Legos.
41. Treetop Quest
Climb and zip line through the trees at Treetop Quest in Dunwoody, which has courses for kids as young as age four.
42. The Yard Milkshake Bar
Sip on decadent milkshakes, like marshmallow overload and rainbow sherbet, from The Yard Milkshake Bar in downtown Atlanta.
43. Tiny Doors Atlanta
Grab a map of the cute, artsy Tiny Doors all over Atlanta and go on a scavenger hunt.
44. Escape Rooms
45. Fun Farms
47. Kennesaw Mountain
Hike Kennesaw Mountain and visit the museum and battlefield to soak up some Civil War history.
48. Wild Animal Safari
Drive through the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain and feed wildlife from your car like giraffes, zebras, and bison.
49. Tellus Science Museum
Tour the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville for their "Science in Motion" gallery and interactive fossil dig and gem panning.
50. Chick-fil-A Dwarf Houses
Dine at one of several Chick-fil-A Dwarf Houses, modeled after the original restaurant and full of lots of historical pictures and memorabilia. Kids especially love to enter and exit through the child-sized door.
A version of this article was first published in 2015.