Updated March 2019.
Spring break. What to do? Here’s a great idea: Bring the family to Atlanta, where – we promise – you’ll find a city full of fun things to do for the entire family.
Start planning your Atlanta spring break trip by purchasing a CityPASS, which allows you to save 40 percent (or more) on admission to five of Atlanta's top attractions. And – bonus – CityPASS enables you to skip most ticket lines. CityPASS tickets are valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use so you are free explore at your own pace. Here are the CityPASS attractions:
- Georgia Aquarium. Not only is it the largest aquarium in the United States, it was voted best aquarium in the country by Trip Advisor. Among the 500 species of animals to see are whale sharks, beluga whales, African penguins, harbor seals and so many more water-loving critters.
- CNN Studio Tour. News junkies, wanna-be reporters and everyone interested in how things work will enjoy this tour, which takes you behind the scenes to watch reporters, editors, producers and directors in action as they produce the day's news. Keep your eyes wide open and you may see a familiar face.
- World of Coca-Cola. Meet the Coca-Cola polar bear (and get a photo), journey to The Vault, which holds the secret formula for the soft drink, look back at Coca-Cola promotions through the years. See a small bottling operation. Taste more than 60 Coke drinks from around the world and find souvenirs galore in the gift shop. Admission is always free for active, reserve and retired members of the U.S. military with proper ID.
For the entire month of March, guests can purchase up to four general admission tickets, in any combination, for $50 plus tax. For four adult tickets, that’s a savings of $18. It’s a nice deal for Atlantans planning a spring staycation or out-of-towners looking for a fun spring break getaway.
- Either Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Say hello to the world’s largest dinosaurs at Fernbank, where science comes to life both on the Giant Screen theater and in exhibits that explore, for example, our bodies, animal life and nature’s superheroes.
- The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, home of SEC Media Days, includes 45-yard football field, shrines to the sport’s best players and coaches, a Helmet Wall and a skill zone where you can try your luck at kicking a field goal.
- Either Zoo Atlanta or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Zoo Atlanta is one of only four zoos in the United States housing giant pandas. Likewise, the zoo’s Asian Forest is home to one of the largest zoological populations of orangutans, and the nation’s largest population of gorillas resides in the zoo’s Ford African Rain Forest.
- At the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, walk back in time to the tumultuous days of the American civil rights movement, sit at a mock lunch counter and try to remain calm as angry voices shout insults over headphones. Meet the Freedom Riders and experience the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. (After visiting this exhibit, you may be inspired to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. It's nearby.)
Now that you’ve exhausted your CityPASS options, try some of the following ideas for family fun during spring break in Atlanta:
- Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest organization in the country dedicated to puppetry. CPA’s puppet shows are magical and funny and heartwarming. While you’re there, take a tour of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta enables children ages 0 to 8 to have fun while they learn about the arts, culture, engineering, math, health, literacy and so much more.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center features two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and a whole lot more.
- Six Flags Over Georgia is the largest regional theme park in the Southeast, bringing you more than 40 rides and attractions plus a water park.
- Stone Mountain Park lights up the night sky with its Lasershow Spectacular, projected onto the face of, what else, the mountain. During the day, kids can play among the treetops at Sky Hike or maybe get a little wet at Geyser Tower. Also available are golf, hiking, shops and restaurants. During Spring FUN Break, you'll see wild performances by the Olate Dogs (season 7 winners of America's Got Talent) and other live entertainment.
- The free Atlanta Science Festival is in full exploratory mode through March 23. The annual public celebration of science and technology includes events including a genetics adventure, a STEAM showcase, a chance to meet a scientist and a science riot. The expo takes place March 23 at Piedmont Park and includes interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, performances and demos.
- In addition to all of the above, you can take the family on a tour. Choose a movie tour where you’ll see filming locations of movies and TV shows, a food tour, a civil rights tour, a bicycle tour, a Segway tour or a streetcar tour.
- If you have high-school age kids, consider taking a self-tour of a college campus. Close-in campuses include Atlanta University Center -- Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College, Georgia State University, Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Georgia Tech. A little further out are Kennesaw State University, Clayton State University and Oglethorpe University.
- Finally, if you have time to spare, take a walk along the Atlanta BeltLine, stroll and relax in Centennial Olympic Park and grab a hot dog and fries at every kid’s favorite, The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. Yes, there are car hops.
Here are ideas for kid-friendly hotels, restaurants that kids like and, just in case we didn’t give you enough options, 50 fun things to do in Atlanta. Finally, take a look here at this spring's best museum exhibits in Atlanta.
Journalist Carol Carter, author of the children’s book, “Junior Dragster Dreams: How Sam Found His Own Ride,” writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.