Ultimate Three Day Family Fun
The kids will have a ball in Atlanta. From puppets to roller coasters, kangaroos to dinosaurs, there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.
Day 1: Kids Downtown
Downtown Atlanta has lots to discover, especially for families.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. 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 will entertain all ages for the whole afternoon.
Head to the World of Coca-Cola where the famous soft drink's story is told through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and a fanciful representation of the bottling process. Taste Coca-Cola products from around the world and pick your favorite before raiding the gift shop for souvenirs.
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 CNN Studio Tour is an exciting way to discover how a newsroom operates. Listen to behind-the-scenes action of the actual newsroom, see what it takes to put a news broadcast together and even learn how the weather map works.
Insider's Tip: Don't spend your vacation time waiting in line. Make reservations beforehand for the 45 minute tour.
For younger kids:
Imagine It! 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 ages two to eight, Imagine It! features hands-on, colorful exhibits and activities in which children look, listen, touch and explore.
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 a wide variety of events including Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days, a free event with hands-on activities, April through September.
Insider's Tip: Music at Noon is a free concert series every Tuesday and Thursday during the warm months.
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 pep rallies and posing for 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. Tables are located right inside the ballpark's entrance.
Option #2: Experience Atlanta's indoor sports scene during the cooler months by attending an Atlanta Hawks basketball game.
Day 2: Spending the Day Outside the Perimeter
You might hear locals joking about being outside the perimeter (OTP) versus inside. The actual perimeter is I-285, encircling the city. Take a trip OTP to one of the locations below for an action packed day.
Take a ride on land and in the water on the new Ride the Ducks Adventure at
Stone Mountain Park. The unique vehicles, modeled after the amphibious DUKWs of the WWII 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.
Day Three: Culture Kids
Atlanta abounds with culture for kids. From crafts to creations, creatures and critters, Atlanta's culture is entertaining for all.
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.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has an amazing children's garden with special enclaves including the Laugh Garden, providing a space for little ones to wind through a maze beginning at a colorful caterpillar's mouth and ending at the Butterfly Pavilion. Dig for fossils at the Dinosaur Garden, learn about carnivorous plants in the Soggy Bog, and experience the singing stone at Rocky Pointe.
Mary Mac's Tea Room is an Atlanta tradition with Southern favorites like chicken legs and macaroni and cheese. Kids will enjoy writing their menu order on an actual ticket, which the server collects.
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. Opening March 2011, Nature Quest is a cutting-edge, innovative children's wing featuring interaction with live animal habitats and exploration of ecosystems found throughout the world.
The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead is a world of exploration. The museum offers exhibits on regional history, and the historic Tullie Smith House teaches children the basic skills needed to operate an 1840s farm. Stroll through nature trails while searching for animal sculptures and visit the 1910 Swan House mansion. The center has special programming for families throughout the year.
Have dinner in nearby Lenox Square at California Pizza Kitchen, with many choices for kids. Or, Maggiano's Little Italy is right down the street and serves family-style Italian eats.
Explore vibrant and distinct experiences that can be found only in the USA.