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Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

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Have you ever wondered what the best activities are in Atlanta? Here is a list of the top ten fun family activities that your kids will love on your visit to Atlanta: There are so many fun family places you can go to in Atlanta that will make the weekend journey to this “city of trees” worth it.

Biplane Rides Over Atlanta. Fly in a vintage open cockpit biplane over the city skyline with a lover as you watch the sun set below the horizon. Not just limited to couples seeking romantic date experiences, this is fun for the entire family. Your kids will love Biplane Rides Over Atlanta!

  1. Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

This is one of the most beautiful natural wonders visible in Atlanta. Plants from around the world have been curated to one location for your botanic pleasure.

2 World of Coca Cola.

Often referred to as the “Coca Cola Museum”, this timeless tourist attraction is not to be missed. Enjoy samples of flavors from around the world!

3 Georgia Aquarium.

At the time of its opening in 2005, this was the largest aquarium in the world. Though it is now the 3rd largest in the world, it is still the largest in the United States. If you are looking for things to do in Atlanta, this ought to be at the top of your list.

4 Stone Mountain.

Arguably the most historic site in Atlanta- and a place for the best family activities in Atlanta, surprisingly might be found just on the outskirts of town. You can make a short drive from the city centre for a hike and enjoy a Georgia history tour while visiting Stone Mountain Village. The civil war carving etched into the north face of the mountain is a can’t-miss. Ride in an enclosed gondola-style cable-car to the top, or hike with your adventure-seeking partner- once atop this historic site, you will have unobstructed views of Atlanta’s natural habitats below.

5 Doc Manget Memorial Aviation Park at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

This airport is the second busiest in the state of Georgia- behind Hartsfield-Jackson International. The playground at PDK Airport is one which your children will love, and the plane-spotting opportunities are endless, as there is a constant stream of private jets, flight school aircraft, helicopter tours, and warbirds landing and departing. The airport park is also a top contender as Atlanta’s best place to host a childrens’ birthday party. Home to Good Neighbor Day- hosted by PDK Airport every year in May, you can’t be bored if stopping at PDK. If you have kids in Atlanta, this is a must-visit locale.

6 College Football Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1951 by the National Football Foundation, this Atlanta must-visit attraction is sure to entertain you for an entire afternoon visit. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment and tourism district, the Chik-Fil-A-sponsored facility is adjacent to the next attraction on this list: Centennial Olympic Park.

7 Centennial Olympic Park.

Although we might argue that the best way to experience this attraction is by viewing it from the open-cockpit biplane, it cannot be refuted that if any travels take you through Downtown Atlanta, a stop at Centennial Olympic Park is a must-do.

8 Illuminarium.

This place is hands down one of the most truly unique experiences in Atlanta. A totally immersive venue of auditory, visual, and olfactory sensory stimuli, it is not a question of if you will go to Illuminarium, but when. Showcasing various different themed attractions throughout the year, this is a place you will want to visit time and again, as different themed experiences go in and out of rotation. Our personal favorite: “Wild: A Safari Experience”.

9 National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Center offers various educational workshops, exclusive venue buyouts for large private events, or tickets available per-person during normal business hours. Plan for about 1.5-2 hours to complete your tour at this center of diversity and inclusion.

10 Ponce City Market

One of the most unique shopping centers in the country- and don’t call it a mall. The eclectic mix of shopping, fitness venues, restaurants and bars have transformed this historically significant former Sears Roebuck building into a must-visit “Mecca” of the city for residents and tourists alike. Our vote for best attribute: the rooftop, which houses Skyline Park, 9-mile Station, 12 Cocktail Bar, and their event space, The Rooftop Terrace.

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