Tweens and teens test their climbing skills at Stone Mountain Park.

Skaters pop ollies at Old Fourth Ward Skate Park.

Go behind the vault at the World of Coca-Cola.

12 Best Atlanta Things to Do for Tweens and Teens

Are you between the ages of 11 and 19? No doubt you’ve probably uttered the words “I’m bored” a time or two. Having a list of boredom busters (aka awesome experiences) up your sleeve is never a bad idea, and you’re going to love these 12 best Atlanta things to do for tweens and teens. 

Play like kids

Share laughs and create memories while you play like kids. (📷: Joleen Pete)

As teens and tweens, you play harder than the little ones, but I don’t need to tell you that. Here’s where we bust out the list of action-packed sports and activities available in the Atlanta area.

Find thrills at Six Flags Over Georgia

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Water play all day to keep cool at Six Flags Over Georgia.

If there is one thing teens love, it’s a good theme park and fortunately Atlanta is home to the largest theme park in the Southeast. Six Flags Over Georgia boasts 11 roller coasters, thrill rides and water rides (plus three children’s areas for little brother and sister). During summer months, bring your swimsuits and enjoy Six Flags’ extensive water features, from wave pools to wild water slides. If you’re a teen ages 16 and up and are in need of a summer job, Six Flags might be the gig for you.

Try new stunts at an Atlanta skate park

Skateboards and trick bikes are welcome here.

Skaters rejoice. Atlanta is home to some great skate parks. From Old Fourth Ward Skate Park, which was opened with an appearance by Tony Hawk, to the 27,000-square-foot lighted Brook Run Skate Park in Dunwoody, Atlanta offers skating for every skill level. Another local skate park of note is McKoy Skate Park in Decatur.

Keep cool with water play

Pick your vessel – kayak, tube or paddle board – and “shoot the hooch”.

On the hottest days, you probably will want to get out onto the water. How about something a little different with an afternoon on the Chattahoochee River? “Shoot the Hooch” via kayak, tube or paddleboard, or take a canoe trip with an experienced guide at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Take a tour at a favorite Atlanta attraction

Family friends pose in front of a large Coca-Cola cap statue outside World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kids of all ages love history this sweet. (📷: Joleen Pete)

Wondering how stuff works or curious to know what’s behind that door? Sign up for a tour. Atlanta is host to some pretty cool companies, and you can see how they work behind-the-scenes. 

Encounter sea life at Georgia Aquarium

A teen girl getting a kiss from a beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium, as she participates in the aquarium's Journey with Gentle Giants program.
Teens can suit up and get in the water with beluga whales. (📷: Georgia Aquarium)

Lovers of animals who live beneath the water will enjoy spending time and viewing exhibits at Georgia Aquarium. Tweens and teens can sign up for a live animal encounter with penguins, otters or dolphins to experience these animals up close and personal by booking an animal encounter. Or, you can suit up and get in the water with beluga whales. Even more daring? Check out the aquarium’s new Shark & Ray Interaction. There are even virtual programs to enjoy at home, including guided tours and Virtual Yoga by the Water classes in various levels of difficulty.

High Museum of Art offers teens more than art

Two teen girls holding up tote bags they printed during Teen Night at the High Museum of Art Atlanta.
Bring a friend or make new ones at Teen Night at the High. (📷: Alphonso Whitfield)

Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the Teen Team at High Museum of Art. It is a year-around commitment and paid position for 15 creative students interested in learning about art and the workings of a museum, as well as serving as ambassadors for the High. All the details can be found on the website. For younger teens through rising grade 8, there are summer camps available with various themes. The beloved Teen Night is currently on hold.

Grab good eats and sweet treats with your besties

These doughnuts from Five Daughters Bakery in PCM will have you drooling. (📷: Joleen Pete)

Get your friends together and visit one of the best restaurants in Atlanta for some good eats or sweet treats. Search by location, type of food or iconic dishes for the perfect spot. Visit the food hall at Ponce City Market, and everyone in your group can get what they want and still sit together to enjoy it.

Spend the day at Stone Mountain Park

A blue Summit Skyride tram makes its way down Stone Mountain.
Summit Skyride promises great views above Stone Mountain Park. (📷: Joleen Pete)

While Stone Mountain Park appeals to all ages, it offers some attractions especially suited to tweens and teens, particularly those of you who prefer a little adrenaline rush. Geyser Towers and SkyHike offer fun and challenging rope courses with a variety of obstacles for an active adventure. Teens also enjoy a ride on the Ducks (1940s’ era Army DUKWs) through Stone Mountain Lake — a great way to cool off and learn some history. And while these attractions might be enough, Stone Mountain is loaded with more permanent and seasonal offerings. Just check the daily schedule online.

Go on a scavenger hunt to discover Atlanta

The world — errr, Atlanta — is your oyster. (📷: Benjamin A. Pete)

A little bit adventure, a little bit sightseeing. Scavenger Hunt ATL hosts purposeful wandering daily. Choose from a variety of adventures, ranging from a city-wide hunt, Amazing Race-style hunt, wilderness adventure and more. There is even a shopping mall option if you want to stay in air conditioning.

Root for your team at Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame 

You’re the real winner at Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.

College football fans love visiting the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. Teens especially are excited by the amazing technology. At check-in, choose your dream college (or maybe mom’s alma mater) and your visit will be customized. You can try the augmented reality booth for a 365-degree look at amazing historical moments. Warning: Visiting during the off season makes fans seriously crave the return of college football.

Strike a pose

If you don’t take a picture, were you even there?

Strike a pose for Instagram or do the latest TikTok dance. Atlanta is filled with public art that screams to be a colorful background in your next selfie. Check out locations like the Jackson Street Bridge (famous for its appearance in the hit series “The Walking Dead”), Little Five Points with its fun architecture and street art, and the Atlanta BeltLine with its numerous murals and art installations. For a great starting point, check out our list of the best Atlanta street art by neighborhood.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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