The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. Its more than 100,000 freshwater and saltwater fish and mammals include five beluga whales and two whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. A 4-D theater, food court and five galleries entertain all ages for the whole afternoon.
Head to the World of Coca-Cola, where the soft drink's story is told through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and a fanciful recreation of the bottling process. Taste Coca-Cola products from around the world and pick your favorite before raiding the gift shop for souvenirs.
Walk through Centennial Olympic Park, the world's gathering place during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Today, the park features the popular Fountain of Rings and events including Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days, a free event with hands-on activities, April through September. Music at Noon is a free concert series every Tuesday and Thursday during the warm months.
Owned by media mogul Ted Turner, Ted's Montana Grill offers bison burgers, as well as regular hamburgers, with familiar toppings such as chili, cheese, grilled ham and the amusing Kitchen Sink.
For older kids: For children four and older, the Inside CNN Studio Tour is an exciting way to discover how a newsroom operates. Watch the behind-the-scenes action and see what it takes to put a news broadcast together. You can even learn how the weather map works.
For younger kids: The Children's Museum of Atlanta is a museum where children can experience the power of imagination and the delight of learning. Primarily designed for those ages two to eight, Imagine It! features colorful hands-on exhibits and activities in which children look, listen, touch and explore.
Home to the world's largest dinosaurs, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Fernbank uses innovative exhibit design and programming to bring natural history to life through galleries and hands-on exhibits to stretch your imagination. The 315-seat IMAX theater provides a powerful film experience with unbelievable adventures showing in the afternoon and evening.
Explore Midtown's Center for Puppetry Arts, featuring shows, puppet-making and tours. Adult shows complement the children's performances, and the largest museum dedicated to the art of puppetry hosts famous puppets such as Pigs in Space from the Muppets and masks from The Lion King.
Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza where hours of fun are to be had between the 4-D cinema, Kingdom Quest LEGO ride, and test track where you can try out the LEGO car you build on site.
Evening Option #1: Between April and October, catch an Atlanta Braves baseball game. Arrive early at Turner Field and take advantage of activities such as pre-game batting practice and pictures with Scooby-Doo at Tooner Field. Test your hitting or throwing skills at Scout's Alley in the west pavilion or grab a bite to eat at the Chop House, situated right over the Braves bullpen.
Insider's Tip: Since you are allowed to bring in your own picnic, grab dinner at another Atlanta tradition on North Avenue, The Varsity, serving chili dogs, hamburgers and the signature Frosted Orange.
Option #2: Experience Atlanta's indoor sports scene during the cooler months by attending an Atlanta Hawks basketball game at Philips Arena.
Day Two: Spending the Day Outside the Perimeter
With heart-pounding rides and thrilling attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia offers excitement for all ages. This 100-acre park features 40 rides, including thrillers, family fun adventures and a bustling for-kids-only section. From the spine-chilling Goliath, to the overflowing banks of Thunder River, you won't be able to pick just one favorite!
Take a ride on land and in the water on the Ride the Ducks Adventure at Stone Mountain Park. The unique vehicles, modeled afteramphibious boats of the World War II era, offer a comfortable ride. Face the Treehouse Challenge, where girls and boys compete against each other in more than a dozen interactive games. Experience daily life in the 1870s Georgia town of Crossroads, which includes a 4-D theater. The Great Barn is a gigantic structure with interactive games, and old favorites such as the sky lift to the top of the mountain, an antebellum plantation and the Lasershow Spectacular (March-October) will keep you busy.
Stone Mountain Park dinner option: Miss Katie's Sideboard is an attraction in itself with down-home, delicious Southern cooking. Tables revolve and get taller all by themselves and watch out for (literally) hand-tossed rolls coming your way.
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