12 Great Places to Take the Kids in Atlanta

Ready to kid around? Head to these 12 attractions in the Atlanta area that will keep those youngsters busy.

What is there for kids to do in Atlanta? Plenty! (I’ve got three at home, so trust me on this one). Here, 12 of our personal favorites for everyone from toddlers to teens. Here are 12 fun things to do in Atlanta:

Andretti Karting & Games, Roswell, Georgia

Andretti Karting & Games

High-speed super karts, video games galore, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, a rope course, a zip line, plus billiards, bowling and basketball (oh, my!)—seriously, what’s not to love? Your kids will definitely love you if you take them here. 11000 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 770.992.5688

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Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia

Centennial Olympic Park

Locals gather at Centennial Olympic Park to savor the sun and people watch; kids love to get wet in the Fountain of Rings, the world’s largest interactive water show where jets of water are synchronized to music. Plus, you’re right in the thick of things, within walking distance of all the Downtown attractions. 265 Park Ave. West NW, 404.222.7275

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Geared to little ones (ages 8 and below), this hands-on museum offers lots of fun games and activities for kids to touch, load, lift, climb and explore. Exhibits cover everything from food to tools, painting to fishing. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., 404.659.5437

Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia

Center for the Puppetry Arts

The largest museum of its kind is home to more than 200 puppets from around the world, including the bulk of Jim Henson’s collection (as in The Muppets). Plus, the performances are simply outstanding. 1404 Spring St. NW, 404.873.3089

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Located along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the 127-acre park and nature preserve offers bird walks, canoe tours, hiking trails and more. Lots of wildlife and an Interpretive Center with interactive exhibits round out the fun. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 770.992.2055

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is all about dinosaurs, but there are plenty of other activities as well including kids adventure rooms and an IMAX theater. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, 404.929.6300

Legoland Discovery Center

This 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction is like stepping into a big box of LEGO bricks. There’s lots of hand-on play areas, a 4D theater, two LEGO-themed rides and LEGO Miniland, which recreates landmark Atlanta buildings out of—what else?—LEGO bricks. Phipps Plaza, 404.848.9252

Shoot the Hooch

Make like a local, grab a raft, canoe, kayak or tube, and then spend a couple hours—or the whole day—leisurely floating down the Chattahoochee River. Floats range from 1.5 miles to 6.5 miles; don’t forget your cooler. You can launch at six different sites; shuttle service is provided. 203 Azalea Dr., Roswell, 770.650.1008

SkyZone

The world’s first indoor trampoline parks feature walled trampoline courts, trampoline dodgeball, foam pits and basketball slam dunk courts. The locations are outside the Perimeter (that's OTP in Atlanta speak), but worth the drive. 560 Old Peachtree Rd., Suwanee, 678.745.9900; 1650 Airport Rd. NW, Kennesaw, 678-426-4400; 1425 Market Blvd., Roswell, 678-745-9902

Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

Stone Mountain Park

Listed in Frommer’s “500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up,” this is Georgia’s No. 1 attraction. Hike to the top of the rock, catch the Lasershow Spectacular, take a ride aboard the scenic railroad, try the ropes course or get wet at Geyser Towers. US Hwy. 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, 770.498.5690

World of Coca-Cola

Visitors can check out a 4D movie, memorable Coke ads and more than 1,200 Coke-related artifacts at the World of Coca-Cola. But all that pales in comparison to the tasting lounge, where you can sample 70 different Coke products from around the globe. 121 Baker St. NW, 800.676.COKE

Zoo Atlanta

More than 1,000 animals call Zoo Atlanta home but the star attractions are the giant panda bears and Western lowland gorillas. A kids area features a carousel, train ride, rocking climbing wall, petting zoo and playground. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, 404-624-5600

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