Best Indoor Attractions and Things to Do with Kids this Summer in Atlanta

Summertime in Atlanta means fun for kids, even if it's raining or too hot outside.
  • Atlanta is teeming with indoor attractions to entertain the whole family.
    Atlanta is teeming with indoor attractions to entertain the whole family.

Summer in Atlanta means we have to be up for just about any type of weather. Despite our desire to get the kids outdoors, sometimes the heat or a rainy day means looking for cool indoor activities for kids in Atlanta. If you're wondering where to go in Atlanta when it rains or is just too hot to play outside, we've put together a list of popular indoor attractions and things to do with kids in Atlanta that are sure to keep them happily entertained all summer long.

Kick things off at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Super cool, interactive exhibits are fun for the entire family. Kids and parents select their favorite college team during check in and the exhibits are customized for their team.

Kids will love: Trying their turn at scoring a field goal and running through the touchstone tunnel at the awesome indoor playing field.

Find your inner activist at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

This spot is great for tweens and teens especially, to explore and learn about the rich history of the civil rights movement in Atlanta. There are a variety of interactive displays that teach about civil rights, humans rights and Martin Luther King Jr.

Kids will love: Visiting the Oral History Booth and sharing their own stories.

Spark kids' imaginations at the Children's Museum of Atlanta 

Immersive, hands-on exhibits engage and entertain children while teaching them about art, science and more at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. Don't miss the Doc McStuffins special event this summer, where kids can experience hospital roles and a hospital environment in the McStuffins Toy Hospital, through Sept 8.

Kids will love: Climbing, running, touching and creating in a space designed specifically for them.

Experience art and culture at the High Museum of Art 

It's one of our favorites year around, but summer is a great time to head back to the High Museum of Art. There are plenty of family and kid-friendly programs available all summer including Toddler Thursdays, Family Tours, Second Sundays and even special exhibits like the upcoming Maira Kalman's Books for Children.

Kids will love: Creating their own art and experiencing an immersive gallery just for kids at the new Greene Family Learning Gallery.

Step back in time with a visit to the Atlanta History Center and Cyclorama 

Recently relocated and fully restored, the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama is a must-see for families and all Atlantans. This "longer than a football field" oil painting is one of few in existence in the world and helps visitors travel back in time to the American Civil War. In addition there is an adjoining gallery with artifacts, videos, interactive screens and even a restored locomotive, the Texas, which kids may climb on and explore.

Kids will love: Checking out the immersive experiences, interactive media and museum theater performances in the exhibit, Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta.

Discover magic at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

While the Breman Museum is a worthwhile visit anytime, this summer it is magic. At a special exhibit on Harry Houdini, budding magicians will be enthralled at the opportunity to learn about the fascinating life of the world's most famous magician.

Kids will love: Magic Mondays, where every Monday a staff member or visiting magician teaches a new magic trick performed with things found around the home.

Delve into American History at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum 

Older kids and teens who love history will enjoy a visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. This beautiful museum is home to a large collection of photos, documents, artifacts and videos on President Carter. New this summer is the exhibit, "Georgia on My Screen: Jimmy Carter and the Rise of the Film Industry." 

Kids will love: Visiting the replica Oval Office and free summer movies in the theater, including Marvel favorites, "Black Panther" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Get building at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

Imagine a place with thousands of LEGO bricks to play with (and you don't have to clean up after the fun). LEGOLAND offers build sites, rides, a 4D Movie Theatre and more. Kids get a thrill from the Build & Test area where they can create and test their own LEGO race cars.

Kids will love: Climbing on the Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground.

Make News with a CNN Studio Tour

You can pack a lot of exciting and interesting learning in with this 55-minute tour of the CNN World Headquarters Studio. Kids and tweens will get a kick out of seeing how the news is produced by viewing the newsroom, control room and  maybe seeing part of a live broadcast.

Kids will love: Riding the world's largest freestanding escalator to the tour. Measuring 196-feet long and rising eight stories, the ride is sure to memorable.


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 family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen

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