12 Indoor Things to Do in Atlanta

The weather in Atlanta sending you indoors? Don't be bored. There is still so much to do.
  • See a show at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
    See a show at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
  • All ages love the AT&T Dolphin Celebration experience at Georgia Aquarium. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    All ages love the AT&T Dolphin Celebration experience at Georgia Aquarium. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Atlanta offers premiere shopping.
    Atlanta offers premiere shopping.

Updated Jan. 2019

What's on your Atlanta bucket list? Perhaps you want to visit a museum with your family or be entertained by the latest shows. Maybe you're the dine out and grab drinks with friends type of person. We know the weather can be unpredictable, so whether you see a heat wave or rain in the forecast, this list of 12 indoor things to do in Atlanta ought to keep you both busy and comfortable. 

  1. Center for Puppetry Arts – It's a great visit for the young at heart, ages 2 through 102. CPA features a puppetry museum housing the largest Jim Henson collection in the world among its exhibitions. And the center hosts workshops and provides puppet theater for all ages. 

  2. Love aviation? The Delta Flight Museum features rare artifacts, cutting edge technology, interactive displays and more.

  3. Ready, steady, strike! – Bowling is a great activity for everyone in the family. You can make a date night, invite some friends or take the kids out to enjoy on a hot or rainy day. There is no shortage of fun spots to knock down a few pins in Atlanta.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park – OK, it's not totally indoors and you might need to bring your umbrella for this one, but it’s worth it. The MLK historic site features his birth home, the International World Peace Rose Garden and so much more. Learn more about civil rights in Atlanta

  5. High Museum of Art – Hardly stuffy, this museum jewel of the Southeast boasts a permanent collection of more than 17,000 pieces and welcomes several traveling exhibitions each year. The High has programs for families and youth as well as a stellar gift shop.

  6. Head to the mall for great shopping. If shopping is your game, you’re sure to be a winner in Atlanta, which is home to not one but two upscale malls. Here are 5 things you must do at Phipps Plaza as well as Lenox Square Mall.

  7. Georgia Aquarium – "With more than 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you've never seen before," according to the museum. You'll want to tour each of the exhibits and galleries downstairs, then head upstairs with your little ones to check out Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone.

  8. See a show. See what's playing at Fox Theatre and Alliance Theatre. Catch Broadway shows at Broadway in Atlanta. View the latest production by Atlanta Ballet

  9. Gaming more your speed? Race around a 1/4-mile indoor karting track at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. Grab lunch, then play a game of pool or laser tag. Enjoy arcade games and challenge your family to a round of bowling. Speaking of bowling, here are 6 Atlanta locations to knock yourself out, bowling. Enjoy contemporary lanes, food and beverages and more. 

  10. Grab drinks with friends. Cheers to Atlanta's bar scene

  11. Dine out for date night. Foodies, take note. There is no shortage of fab spots to dine in Atlanta. Search the dining page by cuisine preferences, location and more. Here are 10 cozy Atlanta restaurants to heat things up. Looking for live music? We've got you covered

  12. Don’t cancel the play date. Let the littlest ones get out some of their energy at one of these fun indoor play locations in Atlanta.

Checked all of these off your list? Well, we've got more ideas at 50 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta


Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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