9 History and Arts Family Field Trips in Atlanta

Whether you're spending a couple hours out or going on a day-trip in Atlanta, here are some family-friendly destinations in the city.

  • Visit Stone Mountain, just one great family-friendly field trip option.
    Visit Stone Mountain, just one great family-friendly field trip option.
  • Learn some history with the family at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
    Learn some history with the family at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
There are a variety of cultural attractions to visit in Atlanta, from history to the arts. In addition to being fun, interactive experiences for kids of all ages, they are also educational and feature special programs just for the little ones. Here are nine "field trips" to add to your family's summer to-do list.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site 
    Hop on the Atlanta Streetcar for a trip to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site where you can see firsthand where great moments in the civil rights movement took place. Make sure to tour Dr. King’s birth home and stop by Ebenezer Baptist Church and the tombs of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Another must is standing in the footsteps of civil rights leaders on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, where the shoe prints of heroes such as Rosa Parks, President Jimmy Carter and many others are embedded in a concrete memorial.

  • The Atlanta Streetcar
    For your lunch break, hop on the Atlanta Streetcar and make a stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market where you will find a little bit of everything.

  • Inside CNN Studio Tours
    For children 4 and older, the Inside CNN Studio Tour is an exciting way to discover how a newsroom operates. See history in the making as you watch the behind-the-scenes action of news reporting and see what it takes to put a news broadcast together. You can even learn how the weather map works and can sit at an authentic news anchor's desk.

  • Fox Theatre 
    In addition to live entertainment, The Fox Theatre is home to the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, which features current and classic films. Sign up for a 60-minute guided program that will showcase the must-see details of the Fox and its remarkable history. Highlights include the orchestra pit and Mighty Mo’, the second-largest theater organ in the world.

  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
    Find interactive displays and fascinating exhibits that the entire family will enjoy. The museum of the Jimmy Carter Library includes photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency. A permanent exhibit of significant events occurring during Jimmy Carter's life and political career includes photographs with interpretative text. Experience "A Day in the Life of the President," step into the Oval Office and take a virtual trip with the Carters to fight disease and promote democracy around the world.

  • Atlanta History Center 
    Explore two historic houses, six signature exhibits and the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia in the world. Great for the entire family, the Atlanta History Center also offers gorgeous gardens and two on-site dining options.

  • High Museum of Art
    Visit the Midtown Arts District and gaze at more than 12,000 works in the High Museum of Art. Every Thursday, families can explore the High’s collection through letters, numbers, color and shapes during Toddler Thursdays. Come on the weekend for interactive guided tours and art-making activities for the whole family. Stop by The Greene Family Learning Gallery (home to hands-on activities) and pick up a free scavenger hunt. Next, stop by Wieland Pavilion Coat Check to borrow one of the museum’s colorful backpacks for a 30- to 45-minute engaging do-it-yourself gallery adventure. Inside the packs are art projects, puzzles, books, games and more.

  • Center for Puppetry Arts
    Visit the largest museum dedicated to the art of puppetry and see performances, workshops and films celebrating the art form. Kids will love seeing a live puppet show and staying after for puppet-making and tours. 

  • William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum 
    Located next door to the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Breman is home to exhibition galleries, the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education and the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History.

  • Stone Mountain Park
    Get a duck’s-eye view of World War II as you experience one of the most innovative transport vehicles in military history during a Ride the Ducks Adventure at Stone Mountain Park. The Duck vehicles are 1940's era Army DUKWs, converted into comfortable open-air vehicles. Then stop by the Plantation, the perfect place to introduce your family to Georgia history. Here you can learn about Georgia's colonial life, antebellum life or the Civil War all set among historically restored, preserved and relocated buildings from around the state. Experience daily life in the 1870’s Georgia town of Crossroads, which includes a 4-D theater. Old favorites such as the sky lift to the top of the mountain and the Lasershow Spectacular (March-October) will keep every member of the family busy.
Sarah Johnson is a guest blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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