Fun Things to Do in Atlanta With Children

Overview

Atlanta, Georgia, having transformed itself after being burned to the ground during the Civil War, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Some people know Atlanta as “Hotlanta,” whereas others know it as the “Capital of the New South.” Besides having been home to “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, Atlanta was also the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., and home of the Carter Center, a human rights advancement center founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Atlanta has historical interest to offer, and visitors and residents find plenty of fun things to do in Atlanta with children.

Indoor Attractions

It rains a lot in Atlanta, especially during the summer months when you want to get out with the kids. Don’t fret, because you and the children can have a wonderful day at many of Atlanta’s indoor attractions. The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to puppetry in the United States, where you can see innovative, educational and entertaining shows.

The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium, with more animals than any other aquarium in the world. Not only is this aquarium fun and awe-inspiring, it is educational as well.

The World of Coca-Cola is a great place to quench your thirst in the exhibit’s highlight, the tasting room, where you can try 60 different Coca-Colas from all over the world.

Biking

The Silver Comet Trail is a converted railroad line used mainly for cycling. You can also walk, rollerblade or walk your dog along its 61 miles of paved off-road trail. The trail begins in Smyrna, Georgia–an Atlanta suburb–and ends at the Alabama state line. When you go, be sure to bring something to drink. Some of the rest stops are far apart.

Parks

Stone Mountain Park sits on 3,200 acres, 15 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Some attractions are set up especially for children, such as the Sky Hike trek through the treetops, the Summit Skyride cable car ride and the Scenic Railroad. Don’t miss the major feature of this park–the Confederate memorial carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

Centennial Olympic Park sits right in the center of Atlanta, and children enjoy the Fountain of Rings there. Synchronized water dances to songs with special lighting effects.

Kennesaw Mountain, located in a North Atlanta suburb, is a site of the Civil War battle. Hike up to the top of the mountain, or choose between many other hikes that take you past national monuments.

Outdoor Attractions

Zoo Atlanta has plenty of programs to keep your children interested. Sign up for Zoo’s Clues, where families navigate the zoo to track down mysteries. Children also enjoy mazes, craft areas and animal shows besides walking around and looking at the animals.

The Yellow River Game Ranch gives city children another way to see animals. Located near Stone Mountain, the Yellow River Game Ranch lets children walk along a mile-long trail to see birds and animals that are indigenous to Georgia.

Wildlife

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River and provides an outdoor recreation area in the midst of an urban city. Parts of the river runs near downtown Atlanta at Peachtree Creek. You and your children can float down the river, river raft–known by locals as “shooting the hooch”–hike the trails along the riverbanks, fish or relax. You may even spot a river otter.

About this Author

Based just outside of Atlanta, Laura Agadoni has been writing since 2000. Her feature stories on area businesses and human-interest articles appear in her local newspaper. She also writes and edits for a grassroots outreach effort. Agadoni has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.