50 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids

Expore the Children's Garden at Atlanta Botanic Gardens. Photo courtesy of the gardens
Expore the Children's Garden at Atlanta Botanic Gardens. Photo courtesy of the gardens

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.

Looking for fun stuff to do in Atlanta this coming weekend? We've got the weekend events here. Plus, see our US City Guides for more great places to visit with kids.

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

Walk through the shark tunnel at the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world.

4. The Center for Puppetry Arts

See a show, an exhibit, or make a puppet at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

5. Decatur Square

Visit Decatur Square to dine, shop, or enjoy a festival, like the Decatur Book Festival held the first weekend of October, where you can meet bestselling kids’ authors.

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

Grab a bite to eat at Ponce City Market's bustling food hall and then head up to the roof to play a round of mini golf or ride down the three-story slide at Skyline Park.

11. High Museum of Art 

Pick up a Discovery Pack in the museum and go on a do-it-yourself art adventure at the High Museum of Art. And little kids will love their interactive Toddler Thursday program. 

12. Museum of Design Atlanta

Try hands-on STEM and design activities at the Museum of Design Atlanta. (Or try one of our at-home STEM and science activities.)

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.

33. Festivals

Take part in Atlanta’s many festivals throughout the year, from the Dogwood Festival to the Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival.

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

36. Illuminarium

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

Test your cleverness by booking an escape room. Atlanta has several, many of which have options for kids like Big Escape Rooms, Time to Escape, and Amazing Escape Game.

45. Fun Farms

Spend a day at a fun farm, like Warbington Farms or Southern Belle Farm, which have different activities depending on the season, like strawberry picking, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. 

46. Halcyon

Visit Halcyon in Alpharetta, a family-friendly shopping-dining center. While parents enjoy a beverage from Cherry Street Brewpub, kids can kick soccer balls and play in a sandbox. 

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. 

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