21 of the Top Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids: A Parent's Guide

February 18, 2020

If you’re visiting Atlanta as a family, you’re in luck!

There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta with kids. From engaging aquariums to sprawling outdoor gardens and interesting museums, this southern city knows how to keeps kids and parents alike happy and entertained.

1. Georgia Aquarium

There’s no doubt about it—kids love visiting aquariums! With seven amazing galleries to explore encompassing over 100,000 animals, there’s a lot to see at the Georgia Aquarium. As a result, families can easily spend hours immersing themselves in life under the sea.

Highlights include:

Dolphin Coast: Home to an indoor stadium, this area of the aquarium features an incredible 30-minute bottlenose dolphin show.

SunTrust Pier 225: Sea lions are the main attraction at Pier 225. Head here to watch a live training session where the sea lions interact with their trainers.

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Ocean Voyager: The whale shark, the largest fish in the sea, is the big catch at Ocean Voyager. A 100-foot underwater viewing tunnel provides optimum viewing of these incredible creatures. This is a “must-sea” as the Georgia Aquarium is the only institution outside of Asia to house the whale shark.

Cold Water Quest: Beluga whales are the highlight of Cold Water Quest, which focuses on animals from the polar and temperate regions of the world. Visitors can also view African penguins here, among other animals.

Tropical Diver: The most colorful exhibit at the aquarium is Tropical Diver as it features living corals and thousands of tropical reef fish. Moreover, it is one of the largest living reef exhibits in the world.

families standing in front of large aquarium with fish at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA2. Zoo Atlanta

When it comes to things to do in Atlanta with kids, visiting Zoo Atlanta is a surefire win for parents. More than 1,000 animals roam the zoo including panda bears and western lowland gorillas. Of course, the zoo is also home to all of the classic animals you expect at a zoo like lions, tigers, bears, elephants, giraffes, and so much more!

Zoo Atlanta caters to kids, too, with free STEM-related programs, a petting zoo, playground, carousel, train ride, and other interactive programs.

close up of panda bear at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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3. LEGOLAND Discovery Atlanta

Kids and LEGO blocks are classic fun! With that in mind, spending time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an easy choice for parents searching for fun things to do in Atlanta with kids. This 30,000-square-foot interactive experience contains numerous hands-on play areas, a 4D theater, two LEGO-themed rides, and a LEGO Miniland recreation of Atlanta. Of course, the most popular thing to do might be the LEGO Master Builder Academy. Here, a team of professionals aids kids in their creations of all things LEGO blocks.

crowd gathered around Earthquake Table at Legoland in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

photo credit: Discover Atlanta via Facebook

4. Children’s Museum of Atlanta

If your kids are 8 and under, this museum is for you! With hands-on activities at every turn, this museum is begging its visitors to touch, play, climb, and be creative! In addition to permanent exhibits like “Gateway to the World,” that lets you explore the Earth, there are also traveling exhibits featuring everything from famous inventors like Thomas Edison to cartoon characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  This Atlanta attraction is sure to spark your imagination and inspire learning.

5. Centennial Olympic Park

In a bustling city like Atlanta, you might think finding some greenspace would be hard? However, that’s simply not true. Centennial Olympic Park has a location in the heart of Downtown, making it an easy and convenient stop for families. While here, enjoy the Fountain of Rings, the world’s largest interactive water show with jets of water aching 25-feet high. This park, which was once the site of the 1996 Olympics, also hosts numerous free events like concerts and festivals as well as seasonal fireworks.

Close up of the Eagle statue in Olympic Park in Seattle, Washington, USA6. Six Flags Over Georgia

On the other hand, if your kids are a little older, you’ll want to skip the Children’s Museum and head to Six Flags Over Georgia. This theme park comprises some of the fastest, tallest and wildest rides in the south! See if you can stomach the 200-foot drop of Acrophobia before you master the art of looping on Blue Hawk. Of course, there are family rides available at Six Flags, too, as well as rides for the tot set. In fact, one can do it all at Six Flags—it really is fun for everyone!

kids on the Joker Funhouse Coaster with Funhouse in the background at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta, Georgia, USA7. Shoot the Hooch

Shoot the Hooch—the Chattahoochee River that is! At this Atlanta attraction, you can canoe, raft, tube, stand up paddleboard and have all-around classic summertime fun. It’s the place to go to beat the notorious southern heat.

8. Andretti Karting & Games

This indoor attraction will keep your kids busy for hours! There are so many things to do, you may not even get them to leave. While here, choose from:

  • Karting
  • Arcade Games
  • Ropes Course
  • Laser Tag
  • Boutique Bowling
  • And more!
A man doing indoor karting.

photo credit: Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando via Facebook

9. World of Coca-Cola

Part of the World of Coca-Cola experience includes sipping on over 100 different beverages from around the world. As a result, you’ll want to arrive early at this Atlanta attraction! This interactive experience gives a behind-the-scenes look at all things Coca-Cola. For instance, you can take a selfie with the famous Coca-Cola polar bear, view more than 1,200 Coke-related artifacts, and get thisclose to the vault containing the secret Coke formula.

10. Center for the Puppetry Arts

Dedicated to the art form of puppetry, this center is home to more than 200 puppets from around the world. The collection includes the bulk of Jim Henson’s puppets featuring The Muppets. Here, you can also see excellent puppet performances, too, as well as learn about the art of puppetry.

Close up of the some of the puppets used in the show Fraggle Rock with a blue wall behind them at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia

photo credit: Center for Puppetry Arts via Facebook

11. Treetop Quest

Come enjoy an aerial playground at Treetop Quest. This high-flying adventure park features over 60 obstacles and zip-lines, each of which introduces new challenges and ways to spike your adrenaline. Keep in mind, while this attraction is geared towards family fun, it is recommended for those age 7 and up.

12. Skyline Park Atlanta

Take your family to the top of Ponce City Market for a one-of-a-kind amusement park experience. Skyline Park, located on Ponce City Market’s rooftop, is an old school carnival-style attraction. Admission is relatively inexpensive, at $10 for ages 12 and up and $7 for kids and under. The rooftop activities include Midway Games such as  Mini Golf, Horse Derby Race, Basketball, Skee Ball, and Break-A-Plate as well as rides like the Three-Story Slide and Heege Tower. Be sure to indulge in treats like funnel cake or hot pretzel while there. You can also have a tasty cocktail or beer at Skyline Park too.

13. Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden houses exhibits both indoors and outdoors. As a result, no matter what time of year you visit Atlanta, you can visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This sprawling 30-acre attraction features a 2-acre Children’s Garden. Here, little ones can dig up dinosaurs, play in a treehouse, walk behind a waterfall, and so much more. Additionally, there are beautiful exhibits to see showcasing flowers like orchids and active amphibian conservation programs.

exterior view of Hardin Vistor Center Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia, USA14. Adventure Air Sports

Take your adventure to new heights at Adventure Air Sports. This Atlanta attraction is a state-of-the-art extreme recreation park featuring extreme dodgeball, flying trapeze, a dunk zone, tumbling lanes, zipline, a ninja warrior course, and so much more! Thanks to foam pits, trampoline floors, and soft mats, kids can tackle all of these fun activities while remaining totally safe.

15. Delta Flight Museum

Do one of your children dream of flying an airplane? If so, take them to the Delta Flight Museum. They’ll marvel at the collection of aircraft at this museum, which ranges from aircraft from the 1920s to modern-day 747s. Plus, there’s also a flight simulator as well as other interactive exhibits that let you get an inside look at aviation.

16. Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Every kid seems to go through a dinosaur phase. If yours is currently all about the prehistoric age, they will thoroughly enjoy a trip to Fernbank. Take a stroll around Dinosaur Plaza, looming large with bronze statues of dinos, then head inside to see Argentinosaurus, one of the largest known dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth. Of course, there’s a lot more to the Fernbank Museum than just dinosaurs. Explore 75 acres of outdoor nature adventures in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, then engage with Fantastic Forces: An All-New Stem exhibit. By combing intriguing exhibits with the wild outdoors, this museum easily wins over kids (and parents)!

Fernbank Museum - Atlanta, Georgia, USA17. Woodruff Arts Center

If performing is the focus of fun for your child, the Woodruff Arts Center should be on your list of places to visit. Families with children of all ages will be able to explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive environment. Enjoy special programs created just for kids as well as events tailored to their specific talents.

18. SkyZone

It can feel like kids are bouncing off the walls sometimes thanks to their boundless energy. SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park, lets them use that energy as they jump on walled trampoline courts, dive into foam puts, play on basketball slam dunk courts, and, literally, bounce off the walls. It’s so much fun, even parents will want to get in on the fun.

19. Stone Mountain Park

Another one of our favorite fun things to do in Atlanta with kids is visiting Stone Mountain Park. In fact, this place was listed in Frommer’s “500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up.” This vast, scenic theme park encompasses a variety of activities that allow for fun in every season. Highlights include:

  • Lasershow Spectacular: Lights, iconic music, lasers, epic fireworks, choreographed drone flights, and flame cannons make this lasershow, well, spectacular!
  • Summit SkyRide: Take a ride in a Swiss cable car.
  • Scenic Railroad: Climb aboard a full-size locomotive from the 1940s.
  • SkyHike: Explore one of the nation’s largest family adventure courses.
  • Geyser Towers: A combination of rope bridges, net tunnels, towering platforms, and, of course, geysers!

little boy in harness playing at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA20. Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get outside and embrace the natural beauty of Georgia at this 127-acre park and nature preserve. Take a hike, view wildlife, take a canoe tour, and more.

21. Braves Truist Park

Any baseball fans out there? You can catch an Atlanta Braves game at Truist Park spring through early fall.

Endless Fun for Kids in Atlanta

As you can see, there are endless things to do in Atlanta with kids. Luckily, most of them are super fun for parents too. With this list from Tripster, you’re ready to bring your family for an exciting vacation you’re sure to remember for years to come.

Written By Ashley


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