17 Best Fall Activities for Families in Atlanta

We’re knee-deep into pumpkin, corn and apple season, and there is so much going on. If you’re anything like I am, you love a good old-fashioned fall to-do list to make sure you don’t miss anything. Go ahead and consider this your fall bucket list. Print it out and check ’em off. You can do it. Chances are you and your family are going to have a veritable cornucopia of fun getting out and seeing Atlanta in the fall.

1. Fall festivals

Music, arts and crafts, beer. Atlanta is full of can’t-miss fall festivals. For year-around fun, check out these family fun ideas for kids in Atlanta

2. Go apple picking

Visit a North Georgia orchard. Drink apple cider and bring home your favorite apple baked goods. Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay hosts the Apple Pickin’ Jubilee on fall weekends through October. In addition to apple picking, you may milk a cow, watch swimming pig races, take a wagon ride and plenty more. Go to Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge for pies — fruit pies, fruit pies with no sugar added, pecan pies, pumpkin pies, fried pies — plus wine, cider and hard cider, gifts galore and, well, just everything. There are many fun daytrips from Atlanta to try.

3. Go pumpkin patching

What’s fall without pumpkins?

Pick the perfect pumpkin. Most local pumpkin patches offer hayrides and yummy pumpkin-flavored goods. In Dawsonville, visit both Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch and Burt’s Pumpkin Farm.

4. See beautiful fall foliage

Take a day trip to North Georgia and dare to hop a ride at Blue Ridge Zip Line and Canopy Tours or take a tour on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. If you’re sticking around town, visit one of Atlanta’s top parks for autumn leaves peeping or stroll through the gardens at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.  

5. Navigate through a corn maze

There are several nearby farms with corn mazes, where you can also enjoy games and activities including popcorn pillow jump, corn box, pony rides and more. Washington Farms in Watkinsville is home to a 6.5-acre corn maze. Buford Corn Maze covers five acres. Try the Cornball Slider while you’re there.

6. Catch college football fever

Everybody, young and old, loves the College Football Hall of Fame. (📷 Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame)

College football is a sure indication that fall has arrived. To up your college football experience, stop in at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.  

7. Take a family field trip

Grab the fam, don your fave fall outfits and see if you can find all of Atlanta’s Tiny Doors.  

8. Go for a hike

Take in the crisp, cool air and admire all that autumn has to offer at Chattahoochee Nature Center or at one of the many hikes in Atlanta and nearby.

9. Celebrate Halloween during Boo at the Zoo

Hurry to Zoo Atlanta in late October for Boo at the Zoo. Sample treats throughout the zoo. Enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume.  

10. Pro Sports

Cheer on the Atlanta Falcons during a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Welcome the Atlanta Hawks back for a new season after a stellar playoff performance last season. Catch the soccer spirit at an Atlanta United game. There is always a game to catch with Atlanta sport events.

11. Bring your inner ghost to World of Coca-Cola’s Halloween event

During FANTAstic Halloween at World of Coca-Cola, enjoy family-friendly Halloween décor, take part in spooky interactive activities and photo opportunities​, detect new fall aromas at Scent Discovery, follow the FANTAstic Flavor Hunt to discover the new FANTA flavor and remember to wear your Halloween costume.

12. Visit Atlanta’s oldest cemetery

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours is a popular fall activity. (📷 Oakland Cemetery)

Historic Oakland Cemetery is a beautiful place to see fall colors. Another great reason to visit is Oakland’s festive events. Fall favorites include Sunday in the Park at Oakland, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours and the 14th Annual Run Like Hell 5K.  

13. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

Atlanta History Center honors National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the Latin American holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Join the fun for a fiesta with stories, crafts, songs and dance.

14. Have Halloween fun at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Bring the little ones to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for Halloween Storytime and Halloween Dance Party.

15. Kick off Turkey Day with a run

The entire family can run (or walk) in the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K and Kids Dash. With prizes and awards for the top finishers, as well as plenty of swag for all participants, the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K is the perfect way to start your holiday.

16. Enjoy Christmas classics

Hermy and Young Rudolph return to Center for Puppetry Arts. (📷 Center for Puppetry Arts)

Before we know it, we’ll be decking the halls and listening to our favorite Christmas albums on repeat. Christmas classics will soon be on display on Atlanta’s favorite stages. Be sure to reserve tickets early for these popular performances  — “A Christmas Carol” at Alliance Theatre; “The Nutcracker” at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  

17. Do the Monster Mash at Center for Puppetry Arts

See the “Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow” at the Center for Puppetry Arts or attend the Monster Mash, which includes trick or treating.

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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