7 Great Places to Visit in Atlanta with Kids
Atlanta, the state capital of Georgia, is the most populous capital state city in the United States of America and home of the busiest airport in the world, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is one of the most historic cities in the country as well, playing a prominent part in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King in the 60s. It is also the last American city to host the Summer Olympics in 1996 as of this writing.
Atlanta is also world renowned as the home of Coca-Cola, one of the most recognizable global brands. The city also houses the headquarters of other giant corporations such as AT&T mobile, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Newell-Rubbermaid and Cable News Network (CNN). But Atlanta is not just about corporate America as it also has lots of great places to have fun and learn, which children will love. Here is a list of places to create happy memories with your kids:
1. Centennial Olympic Park
This former Olympic Village is aptly named for being the venue for the biggest quadrennial sporting event in the world, which incidentally celebrated the 100th year of the modern Games in Atlanta in 1996. This 21-acre public park is very popular to visitors not only for its own features, but also for its location to other Atlanta landmarks and tourist spots such as The World of Coca Cola and the Georgia Aquarium.
The most popular feature of the park for kids and adults alike is the Fountain of Rings, in which the five interlocking rings symbol of the Olympics are laid out in a plaza with 251 jet streams that shoots water 12-35 feet in the air. Not only that, the fountain forms a splash pad for the kids to play in, it also becomes a musical show fountain four times daily when the computer-controlled water jets synchronize with lights and music to the delight of the audience. Show times are 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm and 9:30pm. The park is open to the public daily from 7am to 11pm.
Address: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Telephone: +1 404-223-4412
2. Georgia Aquarium
This is the largest aquarium park in the Western hemisphere with about 10 million gallons of water serving as the home for several hundreds of species of marine and freshwater creatures numbering more than 100,000. An excursion to Georgia Aquarium will truly be a memorable experience for kids and adults alike as it is very entertaining and highly educational.
Here, you can closely observe the magnificent giants of the sea from the viewing theater, such as various species of dolphins, whales, sharks, manta rays, and more. Georgia Aquarium is the only facility outside Asia that houses whale sharks. They also have on display rare 11-foot Beluga whales. Besides the five major aquarium galleries representing five different aquatic environments and the creatures that live in it, the park also has petting tanks where kids can touch turtles and fish, such as bonnethead sharks and cownose rays and starfish.
The other notable features of the park are a 4D movie theater and the interactive multimedia display called Open Ocean Touchwall wherein you can learn about various aquatic species with a touch of your finger on the projection screen.
Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Telephone: +1 404-581-4000
3. The World of Coca Cola
From Pemberton Place (named after John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola) in Atlanta, on which grounds stood the global headquarters of the company that brought us the most famous beverage brand in the world, The World of Coca-Cola opened its doors to the public in 2007. This museum houses thousands of Coca-Cola memorabilia since the turn of the 20th century to the present. This includes a collection of vintage cans and bottles, ad and promotions materials and pop art by various famous artists such as Andy Warhol that further elevated Coca-Cola into its cultural icon status.
Your kids will surely have a blast having their pictures taken with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear mascot right at the spacious lobby. They will also witness a fully functional bottling plant in action, producing special commemorative 8 oz Cokes with specially marked crowns, which later on will be given out to each visitor as souvenirs. Among the other features of the museum that your kids will enjoy are the 4D Theater and the ‘Taste It’ exhibition wherein you can sample around 64 kinds of Coca-Cola products.
Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Telephone: +1 404-676-5151
4. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Hear your kids squeal, laugh and giggle as they bounce, tumble, roll and dive on a pile of soft foam. This 32,000 square feet facility of wall-to-wall indoor trampolines offers a lot of fun and safe activities not only for the small ones but also more for bigger kids and the kids-at-heart. You can do freestyle somersaults, play 3D dodgeball with friends and loved ones, and do high-flying basketball slam-dunks in this giant play land. What a fun way to entertain yourself and your family while getting a good dose of exercise at the same time!
They have 3 convenient locations in the metropolis of Atlanta that are open daily from 10am to 10pm except Sundays with shortened business hours of 11am to 7pm. Ticket prices start at $9 for 30 minutes of play. They also have Birthday Party packages and Skyrobic fitness classes and special evenings for teens and young adults.
SKY ZONE KENNESAW
Address: 1650 Airport Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Telephone: +1 678-426-4400
SKY ZONE ROSWELL
Address: 1425 Market Blvd. Suite 100-A, Roswell, GA 30076
Telephone: +1 678-745-9900
SKY ZONE SUWANEE
Address: 560 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee, GA 30024
Telephone: +1 678-745-9900
5. Lego Land Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Centers around the world are actually smaller versions of Legoland Theme Parks. Currently there are 6 locations in the United States, 2 in Germany and 1 each in UK, Japan and Canada. The one in Atlanta has an area of around 30,000 square feet filled with fun, excitement and stacks of creative possibilities, if you pardon the pun.
Besides the whimsical play fortresses, the features that are popular for kids include the 4D theater where their favorite Lego characters virtually come to life, and the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride wherein they can zap dragons, ogres, vermin and other critters to save the princess. The whole family will also enjoy the virtual factory tour hosted by Professor Brick-a-Brack and other themed displays in the centre including the Lego Mini Land that showcases Lego play bricks recreation of famous Atlanta landmarks.
There are also available function rooms for birthday parties and scholastic trips. There is also a café and of course a shop wherein you can purchase LEGO play sets. Business Hours is 10am to 5pm daily.
Address: 3500 Peachtree Rd G-1, Atlanta, GA 30326, United States
Telephone: +1 404- 848-9252
6. Chattahoochee Nature Center
A tour to any place in the world will not be complete unless you took the time to explore the beauty of nature in the area. Sure, man-made wonders such as theme parks, resorts, buildings and other landmarks in the locale are probably what you came for to see in the first place, but you should not miss the rich marvels of God’s creation in your trip.
Make it a point to include Chattahoochee Nature Center in your itinerary when you are visiting Atlanta with your kids or even by yourself. This 127-acre of preserved woodlands and wetlands along the Chattahoochee River will be a great place to cultivate in your children’s psyche an active love for nature and its preservation. There is an onsite wildlife clinic that operates on and rehabilitates injured reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey and then releases them back in the wild.
Activities that you can do here include a guided canoe ride in the river, bird watching, and exploring hiking trails. They also offer excellent Day Camp programs for families, schools and other groups.
Address: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30326, United States
Telephone: +1 770-992-2055
7. Stone Mountain Park
This place gives you the best of both worlds—the modern amusement that you can get from a theme park and the great sense of awe from nature’s beauty. One of the attractions that you should not miss here is the Summit Sky Ride. The high-speed Swiss cable car suspended more than 825 feet above the ground will give you a close view of the famous Confederate Memorial Carving, a bas relief sculpture on the side of Stone Mountain originally started by Gutzon Borglum who did the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and eventually completed by sculptor Roy Faulkner in 1972.
Another attraction that you should not miss in this place is the nightly Laser Show with its awe-inspiring state-of-the-art lasers and fire effects that will surely delight you and your kids. You can enjoy this show for the price of the parking fee to enter the park but the best place to view this spectacle is at the Laser Show Snack Terrace. The parks other features are an 18-hole golf course, nature trails, a railway, camp and picnic grounds and a mini golf-course.
Address: 1126 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain GA, United States
Telephone: +1 770-498-5690
We hope that what we featured here will be enough to help to make your trip to the heart of Georgia truly memorable. And to be clear, the numbering in our list does not represent ranking, they are simply seven of our own personal picks. In fact, there are other great things to do and places to see in Atlanta with your kids so make sure you open up some time to explore other things.
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