Thursday, March 12, 2015

Visiting Atlanta with kids - make your #SpringBreak plans for a city adventure

Are you trying to decide what to do with the family over spring break? If you are in Atlanta, take advantage of our numerous family-friendly attractions and fun festivals that are taking place over the next two months. Not from Atlanta? Maybe you should put it on your vacation bucket list. A big city may not be everyone's first thought for a family vacation, but Atlanta has tons to offer. The Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau website has tons of information about events, dining, attractions, and a hotel search so if you don't quite know where to start your planning, click over there.

Here is a list I published in 2013. Amelia is older now and we have Andrew too, but these attractions still rank as our very favorites. I haven't been yet, but don't forget that Atlanta just recently opened the College Football Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Civil Rights Museum which, I hear, are captivating for older children as well as parents.

The new international terminal welcomes the entire world to the ATL

Visiting Atlanta with children? What to do:
  • The Georgia Aquarium - numerous exhibits through several galleries and an exciting dolphin show. Be sure to check their specials and events via the website for deals and dates.
  • Imagine It! Children's Museum - Winter/Spring 2013 special exhibit was "Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You". But right now, check out "Super Kids Save the World" until May 3rd, 2015. The museum offers various ticket deals as well as special events and summer camps. 
  • Legoland Discovery Center - We took Amelia and out-of-town family to Legoland at Phipps to escape the heat (and have returned a few times since!). Legoland offers several 4D movie experiences, a couple cute rides, and all the Lego building you can handle! Not to mention an entire Atlanta cityscape built from... what else? Legos!
  • Atlanta Braves - I admit, we have yet to take Amelia to a game; I thought she would be bored. My conversations with the Braves folks changed my mind and I can't wait to take her soon! Check out Braves Kids, where you can get special VIP access to child-friendly activities (like running the bases after Sunday games!), free admission to the Braves Hall of Fame, a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich, a letter from a Braves player, and more. And at Turner Field, you can also let the kids release some energy in the Taco Mac Family Zone. And after every Friday home game? Fireworks! Check the most recent information to see what's happening in 2015.
  • Atlanta History Center - Includes one of the largest Civil War exhibitions in the country. They also have something for everyone, with the farm house, Swan House, outdoor areas, and 1996 Olympics memorabilia. In past years, they have offered a "Sheep to Shawl" event - a full day of engaging activities at Smith Family Farm, which includes music and storytelling as well as demonstrations of various period crafts. Check their website for the latest events, exhibits, and dates/times.
  • Stone Mountain - A bit of a drive from the city, but well worth it. Stone Mountain has just about everything for all-day family adventures. In the spring and summer, enjoy Geyser Towers and the laser show. In the winter, Snow Mountain snow tubing is so much fun! Check out the Stone Mountain event schedule for all the info - I could not possibly list everything here!
But wait... there's more! Atlanta also has The World of Coca-Cola, The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Zoo Atlanta, and the Inside CNN Studio Tour. You could entertain the entire family in Atlanta for a week. 

Big cities may not be a first thought for families looking to travel, but I highly recommend visiting Atlanta with children. We have a perfect mix of city culture and good old southern hospitality!

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Georgia Aquarium

We met Freddie the Falcon this weekend!
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