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Atlanta is more than just sweet tea, peaches, and peanuts. It’s rapidly on the rise as one of the best cities for families and has recently surpassed Hollywood in film production. Here are 5 things to do in Atlanta with the whole family. 

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5 Best Things To Do In Atlanta With The Entire Family

Atlanta is rapidly on the rise as one of the best cities for families. Here are 5 things to do in Atlanta for the entire family!

Beltline Bike Tour

Because of Atlanta’s mild winters, you are likely to experience good weather just about any time of year! There are all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy in Atlanta, but currently one of the most popular hot spots is the Beltline. Rent a bike and ride through beautiful Piedmont Park, the “Central Park” of Atlanta. There’s a great playground for younger kids right near the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, which is open during the summer and only $4 for adults. Follow the Beltline Trail to the Freedom Parkway Overpass and veer a left to grab a natural and refreshing popsicle at King of Pops.

Ponce City Market

This can be added to your beltline ride, or it can be a whole other day all on it’s own- there’s certainly plenty to see and do! Ponce City Market was once a Sears building and has recently been restored to host numerous shops and restaurants. There’s also a rooftop entertainment space that includes carnival style games, mini-golf, carnival food, and a bar. If you walk right across North Avenue, you will find Old 4th Ward Park. There’s a beautiful pond and amphitheater, as well as a playground and a splash pad.

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Fernbank Museum

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a great spot for people of all ages. It has your traditional museum exhibits for those who like to stroll and browse, but it also has many interactive activities. Watch an educational film on the giant screen or visit the NatureQuest room where children can run around, climb the tree house, and touch everything! There’s also a beautiful, brand new outdoor area called Wildwoods, which has something every member of the family can enjoy.

5 Best Things To Do In Atlanta Georgia With The Entire Family

Centennial Olympic Park

This area holds some of Atlanta’s trademark attractions. First, you can walk through Centennial Olympic Park, which was built when Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics. There’s a fountain that has a synchronized light show, a few great playgrounds, and in the winter there’s an ice skating rink. All within walking distance are the recently renovated Coca-Cola Museum, the Georgia Aquarium (second largest in the world), the new Civil Rights Museum, and the Children’s Museum. If you want to see a good view of the city, ride the Atlanta Ferris Wheel or have dinner at The Sundial, which literally (slowly) rotates 360 degrees while you dine!

Downtown Decatur

Decatur is a beautiful city located within the perimeter of Atlanta, and there are so many family friendly activities. Start your day by visiting Dancing Goats Coffee Bar off Ponce Avenue, and then if you have little ones, walk up to the Toy Park. There’s also a wonderful bookstore that has a really cool Harry Potter themed play area, called Little Shop of Stories. Grab lunch at Raging Burrito or ice cream at Jeni’s, and stroll through the square. You could also head to the Dekalb Farmers Market for a look at fascinating foods from all around the world.

There are so many more things to do in Atlanta, including amazing local restaurants and live music. This is just the tip of the iceberg- so, you’ll have to be sure to plan another visit!

Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Aaron and Clare. She loves to travel (even with kids!), find a good bargain, and enjoys an iced chai latte with soy milk every now and then. When she’s not wrangling the kids at the playground or the zoo, she can be found practicing hand lettering, reading about pregnancy and natural childbirth, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.