Next up in our Summer City Guides series we are heading to Atlanta! Home to Martin Luther King Junior, the largest aquarium in the country, and the world’s favorite soft-drink- Atlanta is a great place to visit this summer. We’ll help you plan your trip with these 10 awesome things to do in Atlanta with kids!
1. Visit the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United States and the second largest in the world. It also boasts the largest aquarium tank in the US, with it’s biggest tank holding 6.3 million gallons of water! Home to hundreds of marine species and thousands of animals, you can see whale sharks, beluga whales, manta rays, California sea lions, African penguins and so much more!
2. Explore the World of Coca-Cola
The whole family will love learning about the world famous Coca-Cola brand and sampling Coca-Cola beverages from around the world! Explore the Pop Culture Gallery to see how Coca-Cola has become a pop culture icon over the years, visit the tasting exhibit for samples of over 100 different Coca-Cola brand beverages, and visit the Coca-Cola store where you can find just about any item imaginable featuring your favorite soft drink!
3. See the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
If you’re looking for a couple of educational things to do in Atlanta with kids, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is a great place to start. This 35 acre park includes an interactive visitors center where kids can fill out a Junior Ranger activity booklet, the birthplace of MLK Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached as a pastor, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and his grave site.
4. Explore the Center for Human and Civil Rights
Continue the learning adventure with a stop at the Center for Human and Civil Rights, an incredible museum dedicated to celebrating human and civil rights. Exhibits highlight the civil rights movement right here in the US, the global human rights movement, the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. and children’s rights around the world.
5. See a Show at the Center for Puppetry Arts
On everyone’s list of things to do in Atlanta with kids should be the Center for Puppetry Arts! Home to more than 200 puppets, you can take a self guided tour of the puppets- including an exhibit on Jim Henson’s puppets, then see one of the center’s brilliant puppet shows. The center also offers numerous hands-on puppet workshops including workshops that explore puppetry throughout the continents of Africa and Europe.
6. Visit Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park was built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and it’s been converted into a public park space in the heart of downtown. The Olympic Rings make a great photo op and kids will love SkyView Atlanta, a 20 story tall Ferris Wheel that offers amazing views of Atlanta! The park is located just a short walk from Coca-Cola World and the Georgia Aquarium so it’s a great place to let the kids run off some steam on the West Lawn Promenade or at the playground before heading back inside.
7. Play on the Roof at Ponce City Market
Atlanta’s ultimate rooftop destination combines rooftop dining with gorgeous views of the Atlanta skyline plus vintage carnival games and even rides- all up on the Roof of Ponce City Market! Grab brunch or dinner then let the kids play the vintage style carnival games and ride the three story tall slide and the super fun Heege Tower!
8. Bike the Atlanta Beltline
Want to get out into nature right in the heart of Atlanta? Then check out the Atlanta Beltline! Formerly a railway, this 22 mile path has been converted into an urban green-way with a ring of parks, paths, and public art. It’s a great place to walk or bike, plus there’s a skate park for kids and the Historic Fourth Ward Park playground also has a splash pad for those hot summer days!
9. Fly High at the Delta Flight Museum
Little travelers will love visiting the Delta Flight Museum where they can ride in the the only full-motion simulator open to the public in the U.S and check out the first 747 ever built! The museum has hands-on interactive exhibits on the history of Delta as well as the future of flight and aviation that will entertain and educate the whole family!
10. Hike Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is a bit outside of downtown Atlanta, but it’s a great way to spend an afternoon exploring! It’s a one mile hike to the tip of Stone Mountain and kids will also love riding the high speed cable car , taking scenic railroad trip around the park, and climbing to new heights at SkyHike- one of the county’s largest family adventure parks! There’s a great putt-putt golf course that’s fun for the whole family and everyone will enjoy the Laser Show Spectacular that starts nightly at 9:30pm.
Of all these amazing things to do in Atlanta with kids, which looks like the most exciting to you and your family?! And don’t forget to check out the other locations in our Summer City guides series to help you plan a summer packed full of fun!
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