Looking for fun things to do in Atlanta for the whole family? Atlanta has plenty to keep even the smallest explorers engaged. Best of all, these spots please adults just as much as youngsters.
As the largest aquarium this side of the globe, the Georgia Aquarium is a must-see when visiting the city. Its 10 million gallons of water are home to beluga whales, sea dragons, sharks, and more. Kids can climb through a 100-foot underwater tunnel and touch starfish, stingrays, and anemones in special pools.
Before leaving, check out Aquanaut Adventure, a 45-minute interactive quest that ends with an official Georgia Aquarium Aquanaut certificate. Wind down with a show at the 4D theater, or possibly catch a live performance. The sea lions and bottlenose dolphins love to show off.
Visit the rooftop Skyline Park and step back in time. Children can play old-fashioned games like ring toss and skeeball or opt for bigger thrills with the three-story slide and free-fall tower. A concession stand offers carnival fare to keep everyone energized for a lively round of mini golf.
The view from the top is its own attraction. Ten stories above the ground, the park boasts a panorama of the Atlanta skyline that’s perfect for a family photo.
Stone Mountain Park
Save a whole day for this outdoor adventure park on the east side of Atlanta. Along with the historic exhibits and farmyard, Stone Mountain Park is full of kid-sized entertainment. Climb aboard the Summit Skyride for a bird’s eye view of the park — and an easier way to get to the top of the mountain with a stroller and young children.
Active kids enjoy climbing the Dinotorium jungle gym, getting soaked at Geyser Towers, and taking a treetop hike. Bring a blanket for the evening laser show.
World of Coca-Cola
For Coke fans of all ages, World of Coca-Cola takes you on a nostalgic trip through memorabilia, quirky ads, and a special brand of bottled happiness. In the Vault of the Secret Formula, kids take over and create virtual flavor mixes while protecting Coke’s trade secret formula in a team game.
The real draw is the finale, an all-you-can-drink journey around the world of Coca-Cola products. Along with the classics, kids can take slurps of unusual soft drinks featuring the guaraná berries of Brazil, the spicier colas of India, and more. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the family with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear before you leave.
Let the kids show their wild side with elephants, lions, alligators, monkeys, and more at Zoo Atlanta. Thanks to Georgia’s temperate climate, the residents are active even in winter months, guaranteeing you have plenty to see during your visit. Favorites include the largest gorilla population on the continent and the giant panda twins.
For extra entertainment, there’s a train, carousel, splash fountain, petting zoo, and even a naked mole rat tunnel playground. Special events, such as dance parties and trainer talks, take place throughout the year too.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
More of an educational playground than a traditional museum, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta has a good mix of serious exhibits and wacky fun. The chemical lab, human anatomy kiosk, and multi-level treehouse are prime examples.
Designed especially for children 8 and younger, everything at the museum is hands-on, from art to machines, kids can interact with the exhibits. Babies and toddlers even have special areas that allow them to discover science in their own way.
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