35 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids
Atlanta may be famous as the genteel home of Gone with the Wind, but these days it's a diverse, cosmopolitan Southern city with lots of fun for the whole family. There are museums galore, offering a world of kid-friendly culture and history, and Atlanta is one of only a few US cities where you can see giant pandas and walk through a shark tunnel. Kids will also have a blast at the many outdoor amusements, including the local Six Flags and a stunning children's garden.
There's plenty to do for families in Atlanta, Georgia, for a weekend, a week, or longer. Check out our list of the 35 best tourist sights and hidden fun before your trip. See our US City Guides for more great places to visit with kids.
1. Bring your little builders to Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, which offers plenty of indoor play space, interactive building fun, and even a couple of rides.
2. Catch a game at the Braves SunTrust 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
4. See a show or an exhibit, or make a puppet at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
6. Catch a flick at the Starlight Drive-In Theatre.
7. 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. See the dinosaurs, enjoy the interactive NatureQuest installation, and explore 75 acres of outdoor adventures at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
9. Splash in the Centennial Olympic Park fountain.
Kids will NEED to ride down the three-story slide at Skyline Park. Photo courtesy of the park
12. Try hands-on STEM and design activities at the Museum of Design Atlanta; second Sundays at MODA are FREE for families.
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. Find hours of hands-on fun at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta.
14. Go behind the scenes of breaking news with a CNN Studio Tour.
15. 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. Let young transportation enthusiasts go wild at the Southeastern Railway Museum where they can take a ride on or explore historic trains.
Steal a special moment with the gorillas at Zoo Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Zoo Atlanta
The new Imaginary Worlds exhibit is magical! Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Gardens
20. 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, beat the heat at the park’s public swimming pool or Legacy Fountain splash pad.
21. 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. 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. Learn all about the iconic civil-rights leader at the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historical Park.
26. 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. Explore the woodland trails at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, where you might just see some of Georgia’s wildlife up close.
29. Sip a delicious craft beer while your kids enjoy the play area and outdoor games at Monday Night Garage.
30. Paddle, hike, fish, or camp at beautiful Sweetwater Creek State Park, only a few miles from downtown Atlanta.
31. 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. 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.
Roam the grounds of this gorgeous Hindu place of worship. Photo courtesy of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
34. Explore the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a spectacular Hindu place of worship.
35. Go on thrilling rides at the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park to cap off your tour of this charming city.
A version of this article was first published in 2015.