If you are planning to visit Atlanta Georgia with your family, you won’t want to miss some of the fun activities in Dekalb County. Located six miles northeast of downtown Atlanta (and including the towns of Chamblee, Doraville, Stonecrest, and Tucker), Dekalb County GA offers lots for families. You could absolutely visit these attractions during a trip to Atlanta.
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Things to Do in Dekalb County GA
The Fernbank Museum offers numerous science and nature exhibits appealing to families. These include dinosaur, weather, and nature exhibits spread out among indoor and outdoor spaces.
The museum is home to WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, a 75 acre space with outdoor exhibits. Fernbank Museum also offers 3D films as well as traveling exhibits that change throughout the year. See their website for specific details of what will be offered while you are visiting.
Fernbank Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets are offered for just the exhibit halls or in combination with the movies.
If you are planning to visit other family-friendly attractions in Atlanta in addition to the Fernbank Museum, you may consider purchasing an Atlanta CityPASS. It includes such activities as the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and CNN Studio Tour. You’ll also have a choice between Fernbank and the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Zoo Atlanta or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. A CityPASS can be a great deal if you are planning to visit several of the included attractions.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Georgia, and offers dozens of activities for families. Whether you like adventure, nature, or history, there’s something for you to enjoy.
Attractions at Stone Mountain Park include the summit skyride that takes you to the top of the mountain. There’s also a ropes course, Dinotorium, farmyard, miniature golf course, train ride, boat tour, 4D theater, and Skyhike.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many activities available at Stone Mountain Park – like hiking, fishing, golf, bike rentals, Segway tours, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Some of the activities at Stone Mountain Park are open seasonally, while others are open year round.
Stone Mountain is also home to many festivals and events held throughout the year, including a popular laser light show in the evenings. Seasonal festivals held at the park include a pumpkin festival and a Native American Festival.
When visiting the mountain, you’ll have the choice of several different ticket options depending on what you are looking to do. An all-attractions pass is offered which gives you access to everything there is to do at Stone Mountain Park. There are also ticket add-on options, including reserved seating for the laser show, or a meal with your attractions tickets.
Kids under the age of 2 are free. Some of the attraction ticket types are only offered online and/or for specific dates, so you’ll want to check out the website before visiting the mountain to make sure you get the best deal.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
On the last day of the conference, we had the opportunity to check out the beautiful Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. This nonprofit organization is home to a popular jazz festival that runs on Friday nights. In addition, fine arts classes are offered in a variety of different mediums.
Where to Eat in Dekalb County GA
During the conference, I had the opportunity to try many different delicious foods in Dekalb County. You’ll definitely want to bring your appetite, because there are plenty of places to check out in the area.
Buford Highway is an ethnically diverse roadway filled with delicious international restaurants. On our afternoon food tour, I had the opportunity to check out three different spots.
Food Terminal is a Malaysian restaurant serving Asian street foods. From dumplings to noodle dishes, every single thing I tried was absolutely delicious. If you love Asian food, you’ll definitely want to visit there.
Further down the street is a plaza with both Sweet Hut Bakery and Roll It Up Ice Cream. Sweet Hut offers self-serve sweet and savory treats. We tried some of the delicious desserts and they were definitely worth the calories. I wish we were more hungry, because there were some great choices.
In the same plaza is Roll It Up Ice Cream, which offers both rolled ice cream as well as nitrogen ice cream. I sampled a bit of both and they are both light, creamy, and so different from other ice cream.
Fox Brothers BBQ catered our last lunch. This independent restaurant, owned by two brothers, has been featured on a number of national television shows. It was all so good and I’d definitely recommend visiting the actual restaurant. Be sure to get the banana pudding, which is the best I’ve ever had.
Matthews Cafeteria is another spot that has been featured on national shows. This local hotspot features a rotating menu with different daily specials. However, their true specialty is fried chicken. It’s located near Stone Mountain Park, so it a good place to stop if visiting the park.
Where to Stay in Dekalb County GA
During the conference, we stayed at the Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area Hotel and I really enjoyed it. This hotel offers a lobby bar/restaurant, coffee shop, sundries shop, outdoor pool, and fitness center. It’s got a gorgeous atrium/lobby, and the rooms are extremely comfortable.
This hotel is centrally located in Dekalb County GA, and it offers free parking. My ride to the Atlanta airport was about 30 minutes, however, it wasn’t during rush hour. I’d recommend renting a car, because the city is very spread out.