Fall Bucket List for Kids: 40 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta This Fall
Fall in Atlanta is pretty much the peak of our seasonal activities—there are just so many things to do in Atlanta this fall with kids. We've got leaves changing colors, amazing weather (not too cold, not too hot), and lots of fall festivals. Atlanta families are also all a buzz about football season, apple picking, Halloween, and all the opportunities to get outdoors without breaking a sweat. In fact, there are so many fun fall things to do in Atlanta with families that we decided to narrow it down with a list of merely 40 ideas.
Forty ideas isn't enough for you? We've got more where that came from in our Fall Fun Guide for Atlanta Kids.
Fall Bucket List for Kids: Top Things To Do in Atlanta This Fall
1. Pick Apples
2. Play Outside
Soak up that crisp fall weather at one of our favorite Atlanta parks and playgrounds.
3. Cheer on our Atlanta Falcons
Nothing says fall in the South like football! Buy tickets and watch the Atlanta Falcons in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Tip: Join the Atlanta Falcons Kids Club for perks and discounted tickets.)
Your family will not be thirsty after visiting an Atlanta attraction like World of Coca-Cola.
4. Visit an Atlanta Attraction
5. Explore Corn Mazes
6. Drive to Helen, Georgia
7. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Don't eat too much candy before boarding the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia!
8. Get Spooked at Six Flags Over Georgia
9. Craft for Fall
We have the cutest ideas for Thanksgiving Crafts (50 of them)! Some standouts include painting with corn on the cob and making toilet-paper pumpkins.
10. Tour Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG)
11. Take a Day Trip
Fall is a great time to take a vacay, just for the day. Need inspiration? See our list of 14 Fabulous Fall Day Trips From Atlanta.
12. Visit Fall Festivals
13. Watch a Not-So-Scary Movie
Have a family movie night with one of these Halloween-themed movies.
14. Explore a State Park
You don't have to go far to see fall foliage— hike and make family memories at one of these state parks near Atlanta.
There's nothing that says "fall" more than pumpkin picking at a local pumpkin patch.
15. Pick Pumpkins
There is no better time for a family camping trip than fall in Georgia. Escape to one of these family-friendly campgrounds, which range from basic tent sites to glam cabins.
17. Take a Ghost Tour
Get brave and go on a ghost tour of Historic Oakland Cemetery (ages 6+), take a Roswell Ghost Tour (tweens/teens), or tour the oldest city in metro Atlanta with Lawrenceville Ghost Tours (tweens/teens).
18. Bake with Pumpkin
Bake pumpkin pancakes, make pumpkin parfaits, cook pumpkin pasta, and do even more in the kitchen with pumpkins! Our list of easy pumpkin recipes goes beyond pumpkin bread (but we like that too)!
20. See Animals
21. Head to the Drive-in
Yes, drive-in movies still exist and fall is an excellent season for taking the family to one of these drive-in theaters around Georgia.
22. Carve Pumpkins
No need to be intimidated by this messy project that involves sharp objects. We have free links to easy, cool pumpkin carving stencils and tips for how to make this fall activity fun and safe.
23. Watch a Puppet Show
Since Atlanta is home to the Center for Puppetry Arts, kids get to see adorable puppet shows this fall like How to Snag a Sea Monster and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
24. Visit the High Museum
The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area is home to endless kid-friendly attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities.
25. Take a Weekend Vacation
26. See a Show at the Fox Theatre
27. Experience Stranger Things
Teens who are fans of the Netflix phenomenon (filmed right here in Georgia!) will want to get tickets to The Stranger Things Experience, coming in October.
28. Visit Babyland General
If your family hasn't made the pilgrimage to Babyland General, to see where Cabbage Patch Kids are born, fall is a great time to do it. You'll spot beautiful fall leaves and rolling hills on your drive to Cleveland, Georgia.
29. Play for Free
Some of our favorite free playtimes, like Discovery Day Kids Club (Wednesday mornings at Halcyon) and Avenue Kids (last Tuesday of the month at Avenue East Cobb), feature seasonal songs, books, and crafts during fall.
30. Climb Indoors
On especially crisp fall days in Atlanta, get the wiggles out at one of these indoor play spaces.
Look for creative scarecrows in Alpharetta, usually designed by local residents and organizations.
31. Find Silly Scarecrows
Lots of areas of Atlanta boast amazing and funny scarecrows in the fall like Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth.
32. Pack a Picnic
Dust off that picnic blanket and head to one of Atlanta's beautiful parks for a fun fall picnic.
33. Visit the College Football Hall of Fame
Take your little football fan to the home of all things college football at this sports-lover's museum. It is football season after all!
34. Get Your Nature On
Head to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for a family canoe trip, see some wildlife, or take a Halloween hike.
Take a walk on the supernatural side at the Woodland Spirit Exhibit at Fernbank Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
35. Walk in the Woods
36. Sleep in a Tree
A treehouse, that is. Here are some super cool treehouses your kids will love.
Come out for the Youth Day Parade.
37. Watch a Parade
38. Dine al Fresco
After surviving a hot summer, families can comfortably opt for outside dining at one of these Atlanta restaurants with great patios.
39. Ride Bikes
Enjoy the fall weather and colors biking one of Atlanta's family-friendly bike paths.
40. Jump into a Pile of Leaves
If you don't do this after your parent rakes the leaves, have you even experienced fall?!
Unless otherwise noted, photo by author.