Atlanta has no shortage when it comes to fun things to do with your family. The city’s home to several unique museums, thrilling amusement parks, and vast urban spaces that are filled with entertainment for all ages. You have most of the city’s most prominent family attractions within easy reach from one another in Downtown Atlanta.

    Start at Centennial Park, where you can watch the Fountain of Rings gracefully dancing in sync to symphonies. Head up to SkyView Atlanta, just across the road, for a fun ride with panoramic views over the city. Or hop into the world’s only World of Coca-Cola nearby to learn more about the history, flavours, and birthplace of the world-famous fizzy drink. Here’s a roundup of Atlanta’s best family-friendly places, for an idea of all the fun you can experience.


    SkyView Atlanta

    Fun ride with breathtaking views over Downtown

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    Across the road from Centennial Olympic Park, this Ferris wheel takes you on a ride of around 4 turns, with its peak some 20 stories high. Take in breathtaking panoramas over the park with its concert stage, the Fountain of Rings, and the skyline of Downtown Atlanta in view. There are 42 air-conditioned gondolas, with 5-seater VIP gondolas featuring leather seats and see-through floors for added thrills. Regular tickets are from $13 for adults and $9 for kids under 12.

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    Location: 168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

    Open: Sunday – Thursday from 12 pm to 11 pm, Fridays from 12 pm to 12 am, Saturdays from 10 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 678-949-9023


    Georgia Aquarium

    Get up close with amazing sea life

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    Be amazed at the graceful motions of oceanic giants such as whale sharks and manta rays or be amused by the antics of sea otters and African penguins. As one the world’s largest aquariums, Georgia Aquarium has plenty to see and do. Families can have a fun and educational day out here, filled with amazing sea life encounters. Besides seeing its real-life specimens, you can enjoy a stereoscopic 3D short film that takes you on a deep ocean dive to see underwater wonders.

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    Location: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm (Saturdays from 8 am)

    Phone: +1 404-581-4000


    Six Flags Over Georgia

    Ride high-speed rollercoasters

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    Looking for a thrilling day out in Atlanta? Six Flags Over Georgia is an amusement park that’s filled with over a dozen different rollercoasters. They also offer splashing rides in the onsite waterpark. Younger kids aren’t left out of the fun, with milder rides such as mini truck and train rides they can enjoy. Some coasters are comic-themed, such as the Superman: Ultimate Flight, which takes you on a series of high-speed ascents, as though “leaping tall buildings in a single bound” – 11.5-storey buildings to be exact.

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    Location: 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168, USA

    Open: (July – September) daily from 10.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 770-739-3400


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    Zoo Atlanta

    Visit the cute pandas

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    Zoo Atlanta is among America’s oldest. It has over 1,000 animals from over 200 world species, promising something for even the youngest animal lovers. The highlight of Zoo Atlanta is its pandas, of which it arguably has more than any other zoo in the States. You’ll see many gorillas, very well camouflaged Sumatran tigers in their realistic habitat, and lions in African savannah enclosures. Younger kids can enjoy ziplining or playing in the zoo’s splash pad (remember to bring a towel!).

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    Location: 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +1 404-624-5600


    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    Walk under Mesozoic giants

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    Most kids will love the thrills of simply walking under and around enormous dinosaur displays. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is home to the rare restored remains of Argentinosaurus, which is known to be among the biggest titanosaurs to have ever roamed the Earth. You can walk under it and other Cretaceous displays in Fernbank’s Great Hall. Check out the NatureQuest tree clubhouse, where toddlers can explore hundreds of interactive nature and science activities. The IMAX theatre showcases immersive documentaries in 4K and 3D.

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    Location: 767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 404-929-6300


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    World of Coca-Cola

    Have you ever tasted different Coke flavours?

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    The one and only World of Coca-Cola is a fun place to learn about the birthplace and history of the world-renowned soft drink. Inside, you’ll find exhibits and memorabilia that hark back through the brand’s history, with iterations of its bright red logos and different bottle forms. In their “tasting room”, we advise you to take only small sips to avoid a sugar rush – there are over a hundred different flavours of Coke from around the world to try! Tickets are around $18.

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    Location: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 404-676-5151


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    Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Fun kids’ activities beyond serene ponds and flowerbeds

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    Beyond its rare plants and flower collections, Atlanta Botanical Garden offers families an inspiring day out with its combination of natural and manmade artistry. Fountains in the park cradle brightly coloured blown-glass masterpieces. Kids will love the enchanted garden features, such as the Earth Goddess, which is beautifully composed of sculptures formed and grown from flowering plants, looking like something out of a fairy tale. They can also have plenty of fun in a dedicated children’s garden, with its bird’s nest-like treehouse.

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    Location: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA

    Open: Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 404-876-5859


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    Centennial Olympic Park

    A vast playground for the whole family

    Built for the Summer Olympics in 1996, Centennial Olympic Park now serves as a giant playground for families in Downtown Atlanta. The park itself has dedicated play spaces with padded surfaces, spinning seats and monkey bars. The main highlight for all ages at the park is its Fountain of Rings, where the little ones can safely splash about to their hearts’ content, with its colourfully illuminated waterjets dancing beautifully in sync to The Beatles, Sinatra, and John Williams’ symphonies.

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    Location: 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 404-223-4412


    Children's Museum of Atlanta

    A playful place for fun learning

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    Just across the road from World of Coca-Cola, you can take the kids for various hands-on learning experiences at this children’s museum. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta offers art lessons, science experiments and exhibits, and great options for creative playing. The museum celebrates special holidays and occasions from different cultures across the globe, so it can be a great place for the kids to learn about the world. Various fun workshops are held throughout the day, including cooking classes and craft-making.

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    Location: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 404-659-5437


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    Center for Puppetry Arts

    Exhibits and workshops to inspire young and old

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    This longstanding puppet museum and workshop is a great place for fans of Jim Henson and all kinds of practical effects that are usually used in movies. Some of the exhibits pay great homage to some of Henson’s work, ranging from Kermit the Frog to props, puppets and costumes that appeared in his cult-classic masterpieces, The Labyrinth and Dark Crystal. Exhibits also include a Global Collection Gallery, which showcases the various puppetry histories and traditions from countries around the world.

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    Location: 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA

    Open: Tuesday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 404-873-3391


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