Family Activities in Atlanta, GA
From amphibians and reptiles to birds and mammals, over 1,000 animals call Zoo Atlanta home. Come take a peek at the animals including their world-renowned panda exhibit, complete with cubs. A number of tropical plants have made Zoo Atlanta their home away from home. Don’t miss the fabulous seasonal displays of Elephant Ears, gingers and more. When you need a break from the heat, you and the kids can take a ride on the Endangered Animals Carousel, or hop on the popular Express Train for an educational tour of the Zoo’s outer perimeter. To commemorate your visit, create a custom photo album or pick up some ZooStix, oversize peel-and-stick animal pictures that are great for decorating a child’s room.
Want to discover your green thumb? Take a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens the next time you and the family want to get back to nature. Walk 40 feet in the air through the treetops on the Canopy Walk before making a stop at the Edible Gardens to see how the vegetables and herbs we eat can also make a beautiful landscape. Step inside the greenhouse to learn more about how climate affects plants around the country and the world, from the tropics to the desert. Kids can explore the 2-acre Children’s Garden, complete with gnomes and Peter Rabbit, and the entire family can have fun taking a Scavenger Hunt through the Japanese Gardens. With over 30-acres to traverse, the Gardens can be a fun destination whether for just an hour or for an entire day.
Take me out to the ball game! The Atlanta Braves are as famous as their tomahawk chant, and hometown fans turn out in droves in hopes to see a win at “The Ted.” Get there early to receive special fan merchandise, and grab upper-deck seats for great views and budget-friendly prices. Post-game on Sundays, kids can get their shot at running the bases. Turner Field isn’t just a great destination during the season, though. Off-season, join a tour of the stadium, which includes the Braves Museum and Hall-of-Fame, the Broadcast Booth and the Dugout. Special educational tours are also offered, covering the game of baseball from the view of math, social studies and history.
Although the Olympics are long gone from Atlanta, the memory of this momentous event remains. There’s no better place to find it than at the Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. The 21-acre park, originally designed as a retreat and gathering spot for visitors and media during the 1996 Olympics, is now a hub of daily activities including concerts, seasonal celebrations and even an ice rink. The fourth Saturday of each month (from May through September) is dedicated to families with free, educational and interactive events. On the hottest Atlanta summer days, let the kids run free in the park’s signature Fountain of Rings. You might just want to join them, yourself! Parking is abundant nearby, but pay attention to the posted parking payment guidelines in each lot, as each one can differ.
There’s something for the entire family at the Center for the Puppetry Arts. Learn about this classic art form through performances at this interactive museum, and discover more about puppets throughout time and around the world. Classic tales are brought to life and are sure to leave an impression long after the last curtain falls. Kids can even create their own puppets through hands-on workshops offered for students in grades K-12. The Center isn’t all play, however; it’s the largest non-profit of its kind in the United States dedicated to the art of puppetry.