If you’re looking for a location for your next weekend of family fun, how about Atlanta? If you live in the South, there is a good chance you’re within driving distance of this massive metropolitan area. From ferris wheels to the NFL, there is surely something that the whole family can agree on! There is no way you can experience everything Atlanta has to offer in one weekend, but this guide is a good place to start!
Free Places to Visit
The Atlanta Beltline
The Beltline trail system is based on former railway lines that encircle the city and when complete, will form a 22 mile loop. There are numerous parks, restaurants and places to enjoy along its path.
This prized Atlanta park is connected to the Atlanta Beltline and is a wonderful setting for a picnic lunch!
Atlantic Station is a huge outdoor retail area in the heart of downtown. It has wonderful shopping and dining options. At Christmas time there is a massive Christmas tree and they even make it “snow” in the square several times a day!
Centennial Olympic Park
This downtown park is not only a testament to the 1996 olympics, but it is also the center of a thriving tourist district, with its very own splashpad!
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
The library is free for kids 16 and under! Presidential libraries are known for their educational value, so it would make a great addition to a family vacation.
MLK National Historic Site
Walk where the great MLK walked, see the home he was born in, and visit the church where his mission began.
Woodruff Park Reading Room
This open-air reading room is located in the northern portion of the Woodruff Park. Carts are stocked with books, newspapers and periodicals. Best of all, it’s totally free!
Stone Mountain Laser Show
Disclaimer: You will need to pay $10 to park, but the laser show itself is free to view! Pack a picnic and enjoy!
Admission Required Atlanta Fun
Visit one of the most beautiful places Atlanta has to offer!
Take the family out to the ball game! Enjoy a night of America’s past time in the brand new stadium!
If you make it to town during the Fall, try to catch a Falcons game for the sports fans in your family.
Atlanta History Center
This 33-acre property includes houses of historical significance, gardens and interactive exhibits for people of all ages.
Atlanta Movie Tours
This is the perfect way for movie buffs to spend the day! See the shooting locations for films like Driving Miss Daisy and Hunger Games!
Bike Tours of Atlanta
Want to see the city at a faster pace than walking? Here you go!
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Come and learn more about Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, both past and present.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
This renowned museum has exhibits for kids of all ages! Located downtown, a visit can easily be fit in while exploring the city!
College Football Hall of Fame
In The South, we like college football so head to the hall of fame to see why!
The aquarium is world famous and once you visit it will be easy to see why!
Legoland Discovery Center
Let the young builders in your life spend an afternoon creating at the Legoland Discovery Center!
The World Of Coca Cola
If you love Coke, this is the the mothership calling you home!
Animal lovers will surely enjoy a day spent checking out all of the exhibits at Zoo Atlanta!
Towering over downtown, Skyview Atlanta allows you to see the city from an entirely different perspective! Nervous about the weather? Don’t be! The gondolas are climate controlled!
Atlanta Must-Try Food
This breakfast and lunch establishment can only accommodate parties of up to 6 people and does NOT take reservations, so make sure to arrive early!
Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Mary Mac’s opened in 1945 and is committed to serving you the same quality, made from scratch food that all of its customers have enjoyed for the last 65 years!
The Flying Biscuit
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner – all with a Southern flair!
South City Kitchen
They’ve been voted Best All Around restaurant in Atlanta and have been a downtown mainstay for over two decades!
Atlanta Little Italia
Made to look authentic, you’ll feel like you’re in Sicily while you dine in Atlanta’s version of Little Italy!
Torrey Swan is a former pediatric nurse who now spends most of her time chasing two red-headed daughters. Her favorite hobby is cooking with a proclivity for mexican food and margaritas. She has resided in Nashville since the age of 11 and has been married to her husband, a Blackhawk pilot for the Army, since 2008.