A gem of the South, Atlanta is known for its rich history, trendy restaurants and thriving bar scene. It’s no wonder that thousands of people flock to “Hot-Lanta” every year to take advantage of all the sprawling metropolis has to offer. If a visit to Atlanta is in your family’s future, though, you may be wondering what activities are available for kids to enjoy. Don’t worry; this list of things to do in Atlanta with kids has you covered.
Indoor Things To Do in Atlanta With Kids
1. SeaQuest Stonecrest
For families looking for an incredible, interactive experience, SeaQuest at Stonecrest Mall is the perfect choice. Boasting over 25,000 square feet of fun-packed adventures, SeaQuest is one of the few places on this list that offers both indoor and outdoor activities, making it a great choice regardless of season or weather.
Kids and adults alike can enjoy animal encounters such as petting sloths and feeding stingrays. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can even book your own Sleep With The Sharks adventure, a private sleepover featuring a nocturnal animal tour that includes a night-time shark feeding, a movie night complete with popcorn and an early morning bird feeding experience topped off with a tank-side breakfast.
2. Adventure Air Sports
For the active family, Adventure Air Sports offers indoor state-of-the-art entertainment and physical challenges. Step up to the gigantic trampoline court featuring parkour elements or channel your inner ninja to complete the Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Indoor ziplining is available if you’re interested in experiencing a rush, and battle beams and dodgeball are options for those looking for a more competitive experience.
3. Center for Puppetry Arts
For lovers of Jim Henson productions, the Center for Puppetry Arts is a must-see. While the center features in-depth histories of puppet development and craft from all over the world, many visitors will be drawn to the collection it hosts that is entirely dedicated to the work of Henson. Children will love the live puppet shows the center puts on and enjoy visiting with beloved characters, such as Sesame Street residents and Kermit the Frog.
4. Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is designed specifically for kids from birth through elementary school. It features fun, hands-on exhibits that encourage creative thinking, artistic expression and problem-solving year-round, such as the Gateway to the World and Step Up to Science. It also hosts special exhibits and events, including Superhero Science Day, that allow children to learn about the science behind different superheroes and practice their own superhero skills.
5. Delta Flight Museum
Children interested in flight will delight in the aviation exhibits offered at the Delta Flight Museum. A number of planes are kept on display, including a Northwest Airways Waco 125 biplane from 1928. Visitors can also explore a 747-400, and for those willing to pay, a flight simulator is available for budding pilots to try out their sky skills.
6. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Future paleontologists might enjoy spending time with the dinosaur fossils and interacting with many of the other kid-friendly exhibits housed at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Catch a movie at its Giant Screen Theater and explore Georgia wildlife and cultural garments. Take advantage of the museum’s outdoor experiences, including WildWoods and Fernbank Forrest, both of which are accessible from the museum’s terrace.
7. Woodruff Arts Center
Three outstanding artistic institutions call the Woodruff Arts Center home, including the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Alliance Theatre offers regular performances but also hosts events, such as Toddler Takeover where children from birth to 5 years old are given the tools to celebrate and create art in a one-of-a-kind experience. Over at the High Museum of Art, every Thursday is an event for little ones with Toddler Thursdays designed to help kids connect with their creativity through themed art projects and artworks.
8. World of Coca-Cola
For fans of Coca-Cola, it doesn’t get much better than a trip to World of Coca-Cola, an interactive celebration of the iconic soda. Learn about Coke’s development and influence in pop culture in The Loft, enjoy a 3-D movie in the museum’s 3-D theater and experience beverages from around the world at the Taste It! Exhibit.
Outdoor Things To Do in Atlanta With Kids
9. Atlanta Beltline
Utilizing a former railway corridor, the Atlanta Beltline connects the neighborhoods of Atlanta, creating over 33 miles of trails that can be accessed for walking, running and biking. Along the way, families can have a picnic in one of the Beltline’s many parks or visit art events often featured throughout the year. Stop at the Historic Fourth Ward Park that features a splash pad your kids will enjoy or the Westside Park’s playground for some good old-fashioned family fun.
10. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gorgeous and lush, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is spread out over 30 acres located in Piedmont Park. Children will love the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden and the Edible Garden where cooking demonstrations are often put on. While the gardens bloom best during the spring and summer months, there is still much to see in the fall and winter see as the stunning Garden Lights, Holiday Nights display takes over the landscape.
11. Centennial Olympic Park
Built to be the centerpiece of the 1996 Olympic Games, this 22-acre stretch of land featuring pools, lush grass, artwork and more is now one of the most popular places in the city. Young children will love the Fountain of Rings, a collection of 251 water jets that children love to splash around in and which features four water shows each day choreographed to different songs. Throughout the year, Centennial Olympic Park also plays host to special events.
12. Shoot the Hooch
When the weather is right, the Chattahoochee River opens up for all kinds of water activities for a family to enjoy with activities appropriate for children age 5 and up. For those looking for a more relaxed river experience, tubing offers a pleasant and scenic way to appreciate the river and its views. Kayak rentals are available, as well. More adventurous families may opt to hit the rapids and go rafting down the Chattahoochee River.
13. The Roof at Ponce City Market
The Ponce City Market made its home in a former Sears, Roebuck & Co. store and warehouse, and atop it are attractions that all ages can enjoy with a stellar view in the background. Skyline Park is a rooftop Coney Island-style boardwalk that features rides, including a three-story slide, and carnival games, such as mini-golf and skeeball. Enjoy their fan-favorite Walking Taco, a Fritos bag stuffed with everything you love in your tacos designed for a delicious and portable eating experience.
14. Treetop Quest
If your family is full of adventure-seekers, Treetop Quest offers the opportunity to zip-line through obstacles in this aerial adventure park. Courses are available at all skill levels, with the Chick Pea Course designed for children ages 4 to 6 and the beginner and intermediates courses appropriate for zipliners ages 7 and up. You can even skip the hard work and enjoy an all zip-lines course without the obstacles. For those really looking to push their limits, there is an optional free-fall experience available to interested thrill-seekers.
With all this and more, Atlanta is the perfect place to spend some special time with the ones you love most. Don’t wait; buy your tickets for SeaQuest at Stonecrest and start planning your family’s trip to Atlanta today.