Ten Great Atlanta Destinations for Kids
Atlanta is a terrific destination for both local and visiting families. With a wealth of kid-friendly fun at nearly every turn and a slew of terrific accommodation options on just about every corner, it’s easy to transform a day in the city into a kid-centric shortstack staycation. To help families map out a fun-filled stay in our fair city, Examiner has compiled a list of ten GREAT Atlanta venues that are perfect for pint-sized patrons.
275 Riverside Pkwy SW, Austell, GA 30168, (770) 739-3400
If amusement is what your family has in mind, the rollercoasters, rides and entertainment venues that are sprawled out over 100 acres at Six Flags Over Georgia should be first on your shortstack staycation fun list. From high thrills excitement to kid-friendly fun, there’s a ride and waterslide for Atlanta adventurers of all ages. Accommodations are conveniently located right across the street at the Wingate by Wyndham for those who wish to turn a day at the park into a Six Flags-centered staycation.
2) World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, (404) 676-5151
Fun for the whole family, the World of Coca-Cola is the pause that refreshes. This living museum pays tribute to the history and mystery behind one of the world’s favorite soft drink manufacturers. Tour special exhibits such as “The Vault of the Secret Formula,” “Milestones of Refreshments,” “Bottle Works” and “Pop Culture Gallery,” take in a show in the “Secret Formula 4-D Theater,” and sip soda to your heart’s content in the “Taste It!” room. With any left-over energy, pay a visit to Centennial Olympic Park just across the street to splash in the fountain or explore the playground and trails.
225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, (404) 581-4151
Having set its sights on being the “World’s Most Engaging Aquarium Experience,” the Georgia Aquarium is well on their way as the world's largest with over 8 million gallons of water and a guest list that numbers over 11 million visitors since it opened its doors in 2005. With nautical notions at every turn – including “Cold Water Quest,” “Georgia Explorer,” “Ocean Voyager,” and “Tropical Diver” – and a world-class live-action show “Dolphin Tales,” there’s a wealth of wonder at the Georgia Aquarium to entertain kids of all ages. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, there are a wealth of Atlanta hotels surrounding the Aquarium – making it at cool breeze to turn an aquatic afternoon into a sea-worthy staycation.
4) Imagine It! Children’s Museum
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 659-5437
Created specifically for kids eight and under, ImagineIt! encourages kids to do just that... IMAGINE! With room after room of interactive learning, your little ones will absorb every bit of every moment you spend there. The museum’s morph gallery is designed to change every couple of months, so that virtually every time you and your family visit, you’ll have a new experience.
5) Legoland® Atlanta
3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 848-9252
At LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta, visiting families will find an entirely new way to “connect.” Located at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, LEGOLAND® guests are invited to reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder, take a tour of iconic landmarks in MINILAND®, build and test their own racecar in LEGO® Racers, and so much more! It's the ultimate Atlanta staycation stop-over for LEGO® fans of all ages.
Be sure to check out Shortstack Atlanta Staycations – Part 2 for even more great Atlanta destinations for kids!