Atlanta may be famous as the genteel Southern home of Gone with the Wind, but these days it's a diverse cosmopolitan city with lots of fun for the whole family. There are museums galore offering a world of kid-friendly culture and history, and it's one of only four cities in the U.S. where you can see giant pandas and walk through a shark tunnel. Or you can have a blast at the many outdoor amusements. There's plenty to do for families in Atlanta for a weekend, a week or longer.
1. Bring your little builders to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, which is like a mini LEGOLAND.
2. Walk through the shark tunnel at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world.
3. See a show or an exhibit, or make a puppet at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
4. Visit Decatur Square to dine, shop or enjoy a festival, like the famous Decatur Beach Party every June, when six tons of sand are dumped in the plaza.
5. See the dinosaurs and explore the interactive NatureQuest installation at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
6. Explore 65 acres of trails through the original hardwood trees in the Fernbank Forest.
7. See the pandas and 1,500 other animals at Zoo Atlanta, one of the top zoos in the U.S.
8. Pick up a Discovery Pack and go on a do-it-yourself art adventure at the High Museum of Art.
9. Try hands-on STEM and design activities at the Museum of Design Atlanta; second Sundays at MODA are free for families.
10. Find hours of hands-on fun at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta.
11. Go behind the scenes of breaking news with a CNN Studio Tour.
12. 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.
13. Learn all about the iconic civil-rights leader at the Martin Luther King Jr Historical Site.
14. Check out the replica of the oval office at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
15. Splash in the Centennial Olympic Park fountain.
16. Study American history and see the world’s largest oil painting at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum.
17. Catch a flick at the Starlight Drive-In Theatre.
18. Tour The World of Coca-Cola and try all 64 sodas in the tasting room.
19. Drop in for exceptional storytelling on Saturdays at The Wren’s Nest.
20. Explore the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a spectacular Hindu place of worship.
21. Go on thrilling rides at the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park.
22. Or get wet and wild at Six Flags White Water.
23. Learn about the city's history from the 1860s to the 1930s at the Atlanta History Center, which hosts kids' programs and family festivals.
24. Let young transportation enthusiast go wild at the Hapeville Depot.
25. Wander through the giant international grocery store and cafe at Your Dekalb Farmers Market.