Posted by: Mickey Goodman | August 19, 2013

The Top 10 Must See Places in Atlanta for Kids

ImageIf you didn’t get your fill of fun things to do during the summer, it’s definitely not too late to make plans for Labor Day weekend. Hotlanta is chock full of fun things to do with kids and you can turn a weekend into a Staycation and reap the best of all worlds — playing tourist in your own home town and sleeping in the comfort of your own bed.

If you plan on taking in a number of sites, purchase a CityPASS online  at ($74 adults, $54 children) that includes the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola,  Zoo Atlanta, CNN Tour, Fernbank Science Center, the High Museum and more. In fact, purchase tickets online all venues to reap savings, guaranteed entrance and no waiting in long lines.


 1. The Georgia Aquarium – the world’s largest and right in our own backyard — features beluga whales, whale sharks, manta rays, penguins and so much more. Don’t miss the ATT’s Dolphin Tales that combines talented human and dolphins in a live show equally as exciting as a performance at Sea World. (Adults $40.45; Seniors $33.45; kids 3-12 $27.95). Note: Dolphin Tales is included in the price, but reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating. Plan to spend at least three hours exploring the undersea wonders.

2. The World of Coca-Cola – Even if you prefer that OTHER popular soft drink, Atlanta is home to the biggest company of its kind world wide. You can learn the legend of the secret Coke formula at the 4-D theater (3-D plus moving seats) and see the vault where the famous formula is secured. Taste over 100 flavors from around the globe in the beverage room and watch a fully-functioning bottling line. Little ones will love a hug from the 7-foot tall, cuddly,Coca-Cola Polar Bear. (Adult $16; senior $14; youth $12; 0-2 free with adult.)

3. Don’t miss the city’s newest downtown attraction, the 200-foot-tall SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel at Olympic Park. Each 15-minute ride makes four revolutions in a climate-controlled gondola and affords spectacular views of the city and environs. (Adult, $14.45; senior and military $13; child, $9.10. Children under 2 go for free. Each gondola must have an adult riding with the children)

4.     The CNN Atlanta Studio Tour offers a real-time look into the global 24-hour station’s headquarters. (Adults $16; seniors and students $14, 4-12 $12)

5.     The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for the under eight crowd is full of interactive, educational exhibits and programming and is fun for kids and adults alike. Tip: Bring bathing suits for the kids who will want to romp in the dancing fountain at adjacent Olympic Park. ($12.75 for ages 1-100!)

6.     Legoland  in Phipps Plaza  is a hands-on site for budding engineers. Experience interactive rides, a 3-D movie, ceiling high climbing center and more. (Adults 13 and over $19.00; kids 3-12 $15). Be sure to check online pricing for special offers and family saver tickets.

7.      Zoo Atlanta – Located in Grant Park, the newest additions, twin male panda cubs, were born on August 3 (watch them in action from your own computer on the Panda Cam at Don’t miss the gorillas at the Ford Rain Forest and hundreds of other endangered species. Kids will also love the carousel and train and parents will like the ability to bring a lunch and avoid concession stand prices. (Adults 12 and over $21.99; kids 3-11 $16.99; seniors, military and college $17.99; under 2 free)

8.     The Atlanta Cyclorama. Located Just outside the gates of Zoo Atlanta, the massive 360-degree painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta is 15,030 feet long and weighs 10,000 pounds. It was painted in 1885-1886 and has been in its present location since 1921. Visitors sit in the center in moving seats that encircle the enormous painting while listening to the story of the Battle of Atlanta that helped change the outcome of the Civil War. (Adults $10; seniors and ages 4-12 $8; 3 and under free)

9.     Atlanta Braves. The Bravos are red hot this season (15 games in the lead at this posting). What says relaxation and excitement more than an evening at Turner Field? Make sure your Little Leaguers bring their gloves in case a stray fly ball comes their way.  (Tickets range from $10 for general admission to $30.) Easy access from downtown via Underground Atlanta and a shuttle bus to the stadium.

10.  The Margaret Mitchell House at 990 Peachtree Street provides inspiration for budding authors who will marvel at “The Dump,” the tiny apartment where Margaret Mitchell pecked out “Gone With the Wind” on her manual typewriter in 1936. Furnished with pieces of the period, it provides a glimpse into the not-so-glamorous life of the Pulitzer-Prize winning author whose book has been translated into nearly every language in the world. (Adults $14; seniors and students 13 to 18 $10; kids 4-12 $8.50 (


11. Stone Mountain Park combines Mother Nature at her most beautiful with the largest granite carving of its kind (even bigger than Mt. Rushmore). The commanding carving pays homage to the heroes of the Confederacy — Robert E. Lee, Andrew “Stonewall” Jackson and Jefferson Davis. Add in kid’s activities like Geyser Tower, SkyHike (not for sissies!), a climbing wall and you have a recipe for a wonderful day. With biking, hiking, swimming, boating, golfing and more, you’ll never run out of things to do. Check dates and times for the spectacular laser show and for park specials (Adventure Pass includes most activities (Adults: $28 ; Kids 3-11 $22 )  (



  1. Labor Day weekend: selective viewing of Dragon Con (late nights can get PG-13 or even X-rated the later it gets).

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