Whether you’re having an Atlanta staycation or traveling from somewhere else, this list of family-friendly hotels and spa resorts guarantees families will enjoy their stay in the A-T-L. With a metro population of six million people, Atlanta boasts world-class museums, sporting events, theaters, shopping, and restaurants, as well as fantastic hotels and spa resorts. Whether your family desires outdoor amenities, like fully loaded pools and water features, or indoor attractions, like family movie nights, these Atlanta spa resorts and hotels are perfect for guests of all ages.
We’ve also rounded up kid-friendly spa resorts way beyond the perimeter (still within 90 miles of Atlanta). If you’re looking to play golf, take a horseback ride, sail on a lake, or just relax by the pool, these nearby spots in The Peach State are worthy of a visit. When you book your hotel or spa resort stay, confirm amenities as staffing shortages may disrupt pool, fitness center, and restaurant hours of operation.
Family-Friendly Spa Resorts & Hotels in Atlanta
The Atlanta Evergreen Resort at Stone Mountain Park has everything for a family-friendly getaway including two 18-hole golf courses, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a fitness center, and over 300 recently renovated pet-friendly rooms with balconies. Choose from multiple dining options including a coffee shop, poolside grill, and two restaurants at the lakefront hotel.
Since the hotel is located inside the 3,200-acre Stone Mountain Park, take advantage of 15 miles of hiking and biking trails, a playground, historical buildings, miniature golf, and fishing. For more fun, purchase the attractions pass, which includes a train ride, ropes course, 4D movie, dinosaur exhibit, and cable car to the mountain’s peak.
Synonymous with high-end luxury, the AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Hotel offers over 200 smoke-free rooms and suites in an ornate high-rise Midtown building. Cribs, rollaway beds, and highchairs are available upon request. Call the concierge before check-in for a childproofed room, welcome cookies, a play tent, and kid-sized bathrobes. In addition to an indoor saltwater pool, sun terrace, and rooftop garden, this spa resort provides a scavenger hunt and board games for families. Plan to visit the High Museum of Art and Piedmont Park, both within walking distance.
For an all-suites hotel to spread out while staying amongst downtown tourist attractions, Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park is a great option. Start your day with the complimentary made-to-order breakfast in the expansive atrium. Order a picnic box from the on-site Kwan’s Deli to enjoy at Centennial Olympic Park while your littles splash in the fountains. After touring the nearby Georgia Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and World of Coca-Cola, your kids will want to relax at the outdoor swimming pool. All that activity works up an appetite —the hotel offers a complimentary reception with beverages and snacks before the dinner hour. In addition to Ruth's Chris Steak House, the hotel has a fitness center and laundry facilities. Cribs are available upon request.
Located in Alpharetta, The Hotel at Avalon is a wonderful stay for families. Photo by Bill Leffler
The Hotel at Avalon provides access to outdoor shopping, restaurants, and a movie theater without having to jump in a car. All rooms include a mini-fridge and cribs are available upon request. Start your morning with a cup of java at the Starbucks located in the lobby. Then explore the surrounding area on complimentary bicycles, followed by a dip in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. When you get hungry, head to the first floor to dine at South City Kitchen. Check out events at Avalon, including live music every Friday night April through October, an Easter egg hunt, Santa visits, and a holiday ice-skating rink.
The Omni CNN Center Hotel boasts 1,000 non-smoking rooms with turn-down service and cribs available upon request. At check-in, kids ages 10 and under receive a Junior Chefs tote bag filled with organic snacks, juice, an activity book, and crayons. When children color and turn in the Say Goodnight to Hunger postcard to the staff, the spa resort donates a meal to someone in need. When booking, check out the family-friendly offers such as the You Paused Now Play: Georgia Aquarium which includes free breakfast, parking, and tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. Lastly, don’t forget to pack bathing suits as the heated outdoor swimming pool is open throughout the year.
Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta bridges sports, fun, and Atlanta sightseeing. Photo by Rebecca Leffler
What’s not to love about The Battery Atlanta with tons of restaurants, events, and shopping? Stay on-site at the Omni Hotel Battery featuring an outdoor pool and sun deck on the fifth floor. It’s also the perfect place to stay when attending an Atlanta Braves game at Truist Park (or watch the game from your hotel window!). Cribs are available upon request and parents who don’t want to use the fitness center can ask for an in-room fitness kit. Just like its sister hotel downtown, kids ages 10 and under receive the Junior Chefs tote. When you book the See Truist Park package, you’ll receive free breakfast, parking, and tickets to tour Truist Park, as well as kids’ turndown service with milk and cookies.
St. Regis Atlanta is the ultimate spa resort, with fun kids amenities like an in-room camping setup.
St. Regis Atlanta, another AAA Five Diamond Hotel, offers a luxurious, spa resort getaway for the entire family. Kids enjoy child-size robes, slippers, and a step stool, as well as milk and cookies with turndown service. The concierge provides a custom itinerary to explore Atlanta, as well as popcorn and soft drinks for a movie night in your room. In addition to cribs and rollaway beds, the renowned butler service provides families with strollers and any other items needed. While at the hotel, enjoy the swimming pool on the sixth-floor piazza, spa services, and afternoon tea at Astor Court. If mom and dad want a romantic date night, the hotel keeps a list of babysitters to watch your children in the hotel room.
Kids love the indoor pool with a retractable roof at this downtown Atlanta Sheraton property. All rooms and one-bedroom suites offer courtyard views and include a mini-fridge. Request a crib free of charge or a rollaway bed for $25. If you have dogs under 40 pounds, bring them with you for a non-refundable $50 fee per stay. After visiting nearby downtown attractions including the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and riding the Ferris wheel at SkyView Atlanta, your kids will get a goodnight's sleep in the soundproof rooms. Pick up grab-and-go food items and coffee at The Market and enjoy burgers and wings at Fandangles, both located inside the hotel.
Family-Friendly Spa Resorts & Hotels Beyond Metro Atlanta
Barnsley Resort, 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing family retreat with inn rooms and pet-friendly cottages. Tour the restored gardens and Manor House ruins of the 1848 Italianate villa, canoe or fish on the 10-acre lake, hike or bike on wooded trails, and play disc golf. The resort offers an air rifle introduction for kids ages 5 and up, introductory axe throwing and archery classes for kids ages 8 and up, and horseback trail rides for kids ages 11 and up. Younger kids can enjoy animal encounters at the farm and beginner corral rides, while parents appreciate quality family time at the saltwater swimming pool, evening s’mores, and family bingo. Other resort offerings include a spa, fitness center, 18-hole golf course, shooting range, and three restaurants.
There's so many activities at Callaway Resort and Gardens Lodge and Spa. Photo by Rebecca Leffler
Nestled in the heart of Callaway Gardens, just 75 miles south of downtown Atlanta, lies the Lodge and Spa. Each spa resort room contains a refrigerator, Wi-Fi, and balconies. Dine at the Piedmont Room, eat outside at Cason’s Tap Room, or enjoy other restaurants sprinkled throughout the gardens. Ride along 10 miles of bike trails, visit the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, watch the Birds of Prey show, zipline, enjoy beach activities, and much more. For those families signed up for the Summer Family Adventure program, enjoy trivia night, s’mores, and weekly fireworks during the evenings. Lodge rooms are available, but many families book the 2-bedroom cottages with screened-in porches, kitchens, grills, and coin-operated laundry facilities for more space.
All overnight stays at Great Wolf Lodge include full access to the 93,000-square-foot water park boasting slides, a lazy river, and wave pool. Non-water activities include gem mining, miniature golf, ropes course, climbing wall, and gaming den. Kids love the Wolf Den and Kid Cabin-themed suites, both with bunk beds. There are multiple dining options, from pizza and barbecue to Ben & Jerry's ice cream. If it's hard to get kids to leave all the fun activities for mealtime, food and drinks can be delivered to pool cabanas (available for rent). Cabanas also provide a central gathering spot before attending kid-friendly events, such as storytime, yoga, and character appearances.
Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge's draw for families is nearby Margaritaville Water Park.
Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands features exclusive use of the heated saltwater pool, fire pits, and a game room with foosball and pool tables. Guests can bring dogs under 75 pounds for an additional $100 fee. While Lanier Islands provides hiking trails, lake activities, and golf, the biggest draw during the summer is Margaritaville Water Park. When booking your stay at the Legacy Lodge, look into the Family Fun Package which includes four tickets to the water park and breakfast.
For a vacation that will please parents and kids alike, visit the Ritz-Carlton on Lake Oconee, 85 miles east of Atlanta. Your children can sign the guest book at check-in, go on a scavenger hunt, and take a 10-minute locomotive ride. Reserve the in-room camping package where this spa resort sets up a tent with sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, stuffed animal, and storybook for your little ones. The Ritz Kids Clubhouse provides an aquarium and play space with arcade games. Sign children up for the half-day or full-day Ritz Kids Lake Adventure with fishing, sports, and nature programs. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis, and complimentary bicycles, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Get pampered at the spa with its whirlpool, sauna, steam room, lounge, and cold plunge pool.
Thirty miles south of downtown Atlanta, the 1,200-acre Serenbe community allows families to reconnect with nature. The Inn at Serenbe offers plush accommodations with rooms and cottages featuring complimentary breakfast. The Inn has horseback rides, animal feedings, hayrides, hiking trails, and evening bonfires (with s’mores kits). During June and July, book a five-night stay for a guaranteed spot for children ages 3-12 at Camp Serenbe (an extra $350 fee). While little ones enjoy camp activities, parents can relax at the spa, take a yoga class, or eat at one of the farm-to-table restaurants.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the resorts and hotels