Every year we plan a vacation around our kid’s birthdays. We look for a special destination that will offer something for everyone in the family. This year we chose Atlanta, GA because they have so many fun things to do with kids!
Things to do in Atlanta with kids
From outdoor adventures to shopping to sporting events, Atalanta has many things to do for the entire family. We wanted to make our vacation to Atlanta special since we were celebrating my daughter’s seventh and my son’s 11th birthday. We wanted to plan special surprises for each of them, as well as educational experiences and fun activities for the entire family. We found a great blend of culture, food and fun in Atlanta. Here’s the top five things you won’t want to miss.
My daughter absolutely loves American Girl dolls. We were thrilled to visit the American Girl Store in Atlanta. The dolls come to life in displays that encourage children to touch and play with them. I’ve been to several American Girl stores in other cities, but I loved the American Girl store in Atlanta because the dolls weren’t all behind glass display cases. My daughter was able to touch and feel the dolls, accessories and books. We also ate in the Bistro and had a birthday celebration! My daughter enjoyed having her dolls actually sit at the table with us and they were also served with doll-sized plates and cups.
My son watched his first professional baseball game at Turner Field. Even though it downpoured during the game, we didn’t let the rain damper our fun. They delayed the game a bit and while we waited, we shopped in the Atlanta Braves Store, grabbed a bite to eat and toured the stadium. You can get the true baseball experience at Turner Field, enjoying peanuts and cracker jacks and all!
I can’t believe that I only live four hours away from Atlanta and I had never been to Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain was amazing! The entire family had a blast playing mini-golf, watching Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Movie, admiring the Confederate Memorial Carving and riding the train. The absolute best part though was hiking up the trail to the top of Stone Mountain! My family took the Summit Skyride to the top of Stone Mountain while I took the trails and we met at the top. I don’t believe that walking to the top of the mountain is best for kids, as it was quite a hike and I don’t think little legs would enjoy the walk. However, for adults, it is not only great exercise, but you can enjoy the beautiful view from an angle that you just don’t get from the Skyride.
Kids can let their creativity flow at the children’s museum of Atlanta. There is a grocery store, art space, tools station and money exhibit that kids can enjoy. This experience allows kids to learn through hands-on play. It’s a must-see attraction for anyone with kids under the age of 12.
Jodi wrote a great post about visiting the World of Coca-Cola. We also loved this museum. My kids favorite park was drinking all of the Coca-Cola from around the world and leaving with their very own Coke in a glass bottle.
Have you been to Atlanta? What do you like the best? I’d love to hear from you!