Best Outdoor Attractions and Activities for Kids in Atlanta this Summer

Summer's here and ATL's outdoor attractions are fun for the whole family.
  • Atlanta is full of family-friendly outdoor attractions that kids will love. (📷 Kevin Rose,
    Atlanta is full of family-friendly outdoor attractions that kids will love. (📷 Kevin Rose,

School's out for summer! If you're looking for cool things to do, you'll want to head to one of these fun locations for outdoor activities in Atlanta.


Experience outdoor summer fun at Stone Mountain Park

With all there is to see and do, you may want to spend more than just one day this summer at Stone Mountain Park, so take a look at the season pass options. Stone Mountain Park offers so many fun outdoor activities for kids of all ages-everything from hiking and enjoying the scenery to the SkyHike and myriad other attractions. Kids can be active here with plenty to see, touch, climb and explore. Don't miss Summer at the Rock and the Fantastic Fourth Celebration. Plus, be sure to check out the new MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters.

Insider's Tip: Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a change of clothes if you plan on getting wet at the Geyser Towers.


Escape to Wonderland at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden is always at the top of our list of favorite places to visit, but this summer is extra special with the new "Imaginary Worlds: Alice's Wonderland" exhibit. Find Alice and characters in giant topiary form, then little ones can enjoy the children's garden.

Insider's Tip: Bring bathing suits and towels for the kids to play around in the splash pad.


Go wild at Zoo Atlanta

What kid doesn't love animals? No matter what age, you'll enjoy a trip to see all things furry, fierce and feathery at Zoo Atlanta. This summer the zoo also offers fun programs and events like Family Zoo Yoga, Summer Camp and Art Gone Wild, in addition to the animals, playgrounds, a splash pad and more.

Insider's Tip: Before your visit, check out the Zoo Atlanta Events page for upcoming special activities.


Immerse yourself in nature at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum is a winner both indoors and out, but we're touching on outdoor adventures here so you're going to want to add the WildWoods and Fernbank Forest to your list of places to visit this summer. In addition to the beautiful scenery, your family can explore the Nature Gallery, interactive and immersive exhibits for kids and tweens, trail-side experiences and so much more. This is an ever-changing experience because it is directly influenced by nature itself.

Insider's Tip: Don't miss the Big Bugs exhibit through July 21. It's David Rogers' larger-than-life art installation.


Experience hands-on learning at Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center doesn't usually spring to mind when thinking of outdoor activities for kids but let me tell you, there is so much to see and do here. Atlanta History Center is 33-acres in Buckhead and includes numerous buildings, museums and gardens-making for lots of beautiful places to walk, take pictures and explore. The history center also offers summer camps in writing and history, as well as many activities for families.

Insider's Tip: Kids will love a visit to the on-site Smith Family Farm for an opportunity at "hands-on history."


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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