Atlanta is the “unofficial” capital of the southeast and there are endless reasons why you and your family may decide to make a trip to the ATL. We have put together these tips for you – whether you want to visit as a “tourist” or spend your time like the “locals,” here is your guide to visiting Atlanta with kids.
Things to Do
Atlanta is rich with history and there are plenty of ways to make your family trip educational, fun and relaxing for everyone! If you are traveling with elementary kids or older, the Center for Civil and Human Rights is a must-see. College Football Hall of Fame is a favorite because of the interactive experiences for all ages. Nearby, you can visit the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola all located within the same city block and next to Centennial Olympic Park. For one of the best views of the city, make reservations for Skyview Atlanta. If you are interested in visiting more than 2, check out CityPASS Atlanta for the best deal!
Other favorite spots include:
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta (check their website to make reservations or information on any special event happenings)
- CNN Tour (connected to Phillips Arena)
- Fernbank Museum
- Zoo Atlanta
- Atlanta History Museum and Cyclorama (opening in a new location in 2018). Don’t miss out on the historic Swan Coach House – make reservations for a southern lunch. If you are fans of Hunger Games, see if anything looks familiar 😉
- Woodruff Arts Center – if you are in town on a Sunday, check out Create- ATL their FREE Family Fun Day
- Carter Presidential Museum
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
- Center for Puppetry Arts
Depending on the time of year, check out a local sports team and their venues:
Kid Friendly Eats + Drinks
- Flying Biscuit Cafe
- Buttermilk Kitchen (there is often a long wait)
- West Egg
- Waffle House (founded in Atlanta!)
- Highland Bakery
- Sun in My Belly
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat and caffeine, check out our favorite coffee spots here.
- Taco Mac
- Fox Bros. BBQ
- Mary Mac’s Tea Room
- South City Kitchen (nicer option for dinner)
- Krog Street
- Taqueria del Sol
- Ponce City Market
- Red Hare Brewing (serve root beer to the kids!)
- Wild Heaven Beer
- Reformation Brewery (worth the drive!)
- Monday Night Brewery
Places to Sleep
Hotel options are endless. We suggest finding a hotel close to where you will be spending most of your time, however, if you want something a little more fun then your basic hotel we found a couple of unique places to stay:
The actual city of Atlanta is fairly small if you compare it to what is considered the metro-Atlanta area. One of the neatest things about the area is the number of smaller neighbhoordns and cities that have their own character. If you have access to a car when you visit, we encourage you to visit one of these local neighborhood squares. Each offer local small businesses that we love and some of our favorite spots to grab a bite to eat and drink.
There is no shortage of places to shop in Atlanta. Many of the city squares have unique boutiques that offer locally made goods. Some of our favorite that feature local artists and products include:
If you are looking for a discount, check out one of the popular outlet malls (each are about an hour outside the city).
Seasonal Festival and Events
Depending on the time of your visit, you can most likely find a festival or some sort. Check out our calendar for events.
- Dogwood Festival
- Inman Park Festival
- Farmers Markets (everywhere!)
- Fourth of the July Fireworks
- While we hope you don’t need it, Atlanta is home to one of the greatest children’s hospitals, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. They have 3 hospital locations within metro Atlanta and numerous urgent care facilities. You can find a list of their urgent care locations here.
- Don’t lug all the baby equipment with you. Check out Tot Travels to reserve your baby and toddler equipment needs.
Depending on your agenda for your visit, you can use MARTA, however, it is best to have the option to travel by car so you can experience more of the city, especially some of the outlying areas.
If you’re local to Atlanta, please feel free to comment and let us know what we should add to this list. If you are a tourist to Atlanta, we hope you enjoy these tips and our city! Please feel free to leave a question and we’d be glad to answer you- or contact us on social media @AtlMomsBlog. Tag us in your adventures and let us know what you love about our city!