Must-see Atlanta Itinerary

Atlanta is filled with must-see attractions and fun activities that make for memorable family vacations. From puppets and Legos to whale sharks, dinosaurs and plenty more, get your adventure on at one or more of these must-see attractions in Atlanta. 

1. CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK

You’ll find plenty of must-see attractions in Atlanta, beginning in the heart of the city. Centennial Olympic Park, the world’s gathering place during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, features the popular Fountain of Rings and events taking place throughout the year. Be sure to bring a change of clothes; the little ones will enjoy running through the fountains.

Whether you’re a local or visitor, Downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Park District offers the iconic experience you’re looking for. Walkable, safe, vibrant and fun, you’ll find world-class attractions, renowned dining, exquisite hotels and a host of entertainment options all around Centennial Olympic Park.

Address: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 45 minutes

View of Olympic Rings in Centennial Olympic Park
View of Olympic Rings in Centennial Olympic Park.

2. GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 fish and mammals, including whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and a 6,000-gallon touch pool featuring rays and sharks. A 4-D theater, food court and five galleries entertain all ages for the whole morning.

Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 3-4 hours

3. WORLD OF COCA-COLA

Everyone loves World of Coca-Cola, where the soft drink’s story is told through fascinating exhibits, classic ads and a fanciful recreation of the bottling process. Coca-Cola products from around the world are available for tasting before it’s time to depart through the gift shop, which is packed with Coca-Cola souvenirs. 

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 2 hours

Taste it Sampling Area at the World of Coca-Cola, with more than 100 flavors available from all over the world.
Taste it Sampling Area at the World of Coca-Cola, with more than 100 flavors available from all over the world.

4. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA

Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a place where children can experience the power of imagination and the delight of learning. Primarily designed for children ages 2 to 8 years old, the museum features colorful hands-on exhibits and activities in which children look, listen, touch and explore.

Address: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 1-3 hours

5. SKYVIEW ATLANTA 

On the edge of the park is SkyView Atlanta, a Ferris wheel, rising 20 stories high andhousing 42 climate-controlled gondolas.

Address: 168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Estimated Time: 30 minutes

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6. NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movements. The individual galleries engage visitors through a combination of powerful imagery, compelling artifacts and poignant storytelling.

Address: 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 1 hour

7. CHICK-FIL-A COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame features a 45-yard indoor football field and over 50 engaging and interactive exhibits. From the huge helmet wall featuring school helmets of every college team in the country to the augmented reality booth where you can get a 365 degree look at moments in sports history, the Hall is the closest you can get to that game day feeling without being on a campus.

Address: 250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Estimated Time: 1 hour

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA
Get that game day feeling at Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.

8. ZOO ATLANTA

Zoo Atlanta exhibits more than 200 species from the African plains and Asian forests. Visit giant pandas and one of North America’s largest captive gorilla populations. Kids will have a blast riding the train or cooling off at the splash fountain. Zoo Atlanta also hosts year-round fun events including Brew at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo, Gorilla Egg Hunts and more.

Address: 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours

9. ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Located in Midtown adjacent to Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban oasis of more than 30 acres. Visit the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory to see a rare collection of high-elevation orchids never before grown in the Southeast. Spend some time with the kids at the Children’s Garden swimming in the Sunflower Fountain or exploring the Venus flytraps in the Soggy Bog. The garden is a must-see for any family in Atlanta.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban oasis of more than 30 acres
Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban oasis of more than 30 acres.

10. LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER ATLANTA

Hours of fun await at LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. To name just a few of the things to do, there is a a 4-D cinema, along with the Kingdom Quest LEGO ride and the test track where kids can try out the LEGO car they build on site.

Address: Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours

11. CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS

Midtown’s Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest museum dedicated to the art of puppetry in North America, features puppet making, tours and shows for both adults and children. The Worlds of Puppetry Museum includes The Jim Henson Collection and The Global Collection. 

Address: 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

Midtown’s Center for Puppetry Arts features puppet making, tours and shows
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12. FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Fernbank Museum of Natural History uses innovative design and programming to bring natural history to life through galleries and hands-on exhibits to stretch the imagination. The 315-seat IMAX theater provides a powerful film experience.  

Address: 767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
Estimated Time: 2 hours

13. SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA

With heart-pounding rides and thrilling attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia offers excitement for all ages. This 100-acre park features rides including thrillers, family fun adventures and a bustling for-kids-only section. From the spine-chilling Goliath to the overflowing banks of Thunder River, the adventures make it difficult to pick just one favorite.

Address: 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168
Estimated Time: 3-4 hours

14. STONE MOUNTAIN PARK

Kids love exploring nature and attractions at Stone Mountain Park. At the Treehouse Challenge, girls and boys compete against each other in more than a dozen interactive games. The 1870s’ Georgia town of Crossroads includes a 4-D theater. The Great Barn is a gigantic structure with interactive games. Old favorites such as the sky lift to the top of the mountain and the Lasershow Spectacular (March-October) will keep the family busy.

Address: 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Estimated Time: 3-4 hours

Family does high ropes course, Skyhike, at Stone Mountain
Family does high ropes course, Skyhike, at Stone Mountain.

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