If you’re traveling to the Atlanta area this weekend, you may be deep into research for fun family things to do to fill up your itinerary. Lucky for you, Atlanta is full of exciting and family-friendly museums, parks, and experiences that the whole family will love.
Atlanta is a city that is surrounded by natural beauty, filled with American history, and is a cultural hotspot for the arts and sciences. Depending on the age of your children and what your budget is, you’ll have no problem filling up your trip with memory-making experiences. You may not be able to fit it all into one trip!
If you’re looking for what you can take the family to do while visiting, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top attractions Atlanta has to offer so you can take the guesswork out of planning.
Aquariums are such a great way to spend the afternoon experiencing and learning all about undersea life. America has many amazing aquariums to offer, but Atlanta Aquarium may be one of the best, considering it is the largest in the country.
You can easily spend a few hours wandering around their various immersive exhibits and paying a visit to all of the exciting sea creatures that call the aquarium home. Tickets can be purchased online or when you arrive at the aquarium.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is an excellent place to bring the whole family to spend some quality time together in Atlanta. Unlike many natural history museums, Atlanta’s Fernbank allows for exploring indoor exhibits as well as immersive outdoor exhibits.
The outdoor exhibits allow you to let your kids burn off some energy, all while learning about the natural world around us. The WildWoods exhibit takes you through a series of elevated walkways to an observation deck, while the Fernbank Forest offers miles of forest paths to explore, all while right in the middle of the city!
The museum is open daily from 10 am-5 pm, and tickets have to be purchased in advance.
Centennial Olympic Park
If your family is interested in seeing where the 1996 Olympic games were held, pay a visit to Centennial Olympic Park. There is no admission fee, and you are free to explore at your leisure. There is a stunning fountain feature that offers water shows at various times throughout each day.
This park also offers concerts in the summertime and is the perfect place to come for an afternoon spent lounging, playing outdoor games, or having a picnic.
Take the whole family to see lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, giraffes, and more at the Zoo Atlanta. You’ll have hours of entertainment with all of the different animal exhibits to explore, and you can catch one of their wildlife presentations if you have kids that are really interested in wildlife.
Open from 9 am-5 pm, the zoo also offers kids and parents the option to go behind the scenes of some of the animal exhibits and get up close and personal with the wildlife if you book ahead. Tickets can be bought online, as well as booking special experiences.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is a must-visit place if you’re going to be in Atlanta. Just outside of the city, this park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and attractions, all nestled on over 3,000 acres and situated next to the picturesque Stone Mountain.
Some of the attractions include the Dinotorium, the Summit Skyride, Geyser Towers, SkyHike, and the Scenic Railroad. One of the more popular activities at the park is the daily Lasershow Spectacular, which runs from May 27th-July 31st.
The show features fireworks, lasers, lights, music, and fire effects. Be sure to check online for reservations for the various attractions and activities.
World of Coca-Cola
This attraction is a great place to spend some time during your visit to the Atlanta area. The World of Coca-Cola offers an in-depth look at the popular soda’s creation and history throughout the years.
You’ll have access to immersive exhibits, and with the booking of a tour here, you’ll be able to try out different Coke flavors from all over the world. The whole family will enjoy sampling flavors of the soft drink that you won’t be able to get anywhere else in America.
Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta
Legoland Discovery Center offers tons of interactive and exciting displays for children and families. If you have younger children, it is a great place to let them run and explore the colorful displays around them.
There are also rides, a 4D cinema, and the Duplo village to keep your kids engaged and entertained for hours.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
If you want another experience that will have the family spending an afternoon outdoors, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the place for that. There are tons of themed displays, like the towering structures of the Origami Garden, that will keep younger kids engaged.
Older children and adults will love walking around the gardens and exploring things like the Japanese Garden. The best part is that the gardens are always changing up the displays and exhibitions, so no visit is the same thing twice.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
If you’re looking for a way to get your kids playing, learning, exploring, and entertained, the Atlanta Children’s Museum is the perfect addition to your itinerary.
There are immersive exhibits ranging from nutrition, engineering, art, the sciences, and the world around them. Your kids can play on a rocket ship, explore the layers of the Earth on a climbing structure or create something beautiful in the art studio.
Delta Flight Museum
Engaging and fun for the whole family, the Delta Flight Museum is a great way to pass the time in Atlanta. The entire family will learn about Delta’s history and the overall history of aviation.
They have planes from different eras on display, so you can see how airplanes have evolved over the years. They also offer simulator experiences and immersive displays.
If you’re heading to Atlanta this weekend, you’ll have no shortage of exciting attractions and experiences to take the family to. Depending on what your family likes to do or what you are interested in, you can find a way to make your visit here memorable!