Cool Things to Do in Atlanta for Teens and Tweens

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 this list of cool things to do in Atlanta for teens and tweens. 

Discover Atlanta through a Tour

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Kids of all ages love history this sweet. (Photo by Akhil Yerabati)

Wondering how stuff works or curious to know what’s behind that door? Sign up for a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite Atlanta attraction or tour Atlanta in a fun and unique way.

Encounter Sea Life at Georgia Aquarium

Encounter Sea Life at Georgia Aquarium
Teens can suit up and get in the water with beluga whales. (Photo courtesy of 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. Or, you can suit up and get in the water with beluga whales. Even more daring? Consider the aquarium’s Shark & Ray Interaction.

Get Arts and Crafty

Bring a friend or make new ones at Teen Night at the High Museum in Atlanta
Bring a friend or make new ones at Teen Night at the High Museum of Art. (Photo by Alphonso Whitfield)

Go on a Scavenger Hunt to Explore Atlanta

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Take a Tiny Door tour around Atlanta. Here’s one at Grant Park. (Photo by Will Myers)

Play Like Kids

Skyline Park on THE ROOF at Ponce City Market
Share laughs and create memories while you play like kids on The ROOF at Ponce City Market. (Photo by 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. Grab your favorite adult to drive you around.

Find Thrills at Six Flags Over Georgia

Water play all day to keep cool at Six Flags Over Georgia
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 is home to 11 roller coasters plus thrill rides and water rides (and three children’s areas for little brother and sister). During summer months, bring your swimsuits and enjoy Six Flags Hurricane Harbor with water features including wave pools and wild water slides. If you’re a teen age 16 and older and are in need of a summer job, Six Flags might be the gig for you.

Try New Stunts at an Atlanta Skate Park

Try new stunts at Old Fourth Ward Skate Park
Skateboards and trick bikes are welcome here.

Skaters rejoice. Atlanta is home to some great skate parks. From Old Fourth Ward Skatepark, 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

“Shoot the 'hooch” on the Chattahoochee River
Pick your vessel – kayak, tube or paddleboard – 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. Or check out these fun activities and things to do at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Grab Good Eats and Sweet Treats with your Besties

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These doughnuts from Five Daughters Bakery will have you drooling. (Photo by 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. Check out our guide to Atlanta’s best food halls, where everyone in your group can get what they want and still sit together to enjoy it.

Are you a budding chef? Atlanta is a great place to experience a plethora of cuisines. Find the freshest ingredients at Atlanta’s farmers markets or take a cruise down Buford Highway to explore a vast array of cuisines from other cultures.

Another fun idea? Take cooking classes at a variety of places around the Atlanta metro area. Check out Young Chef’s Academy, The Cook’s Warehouse or Marcus Jewish Community Center classes for tweens and teens. 

Spend the Day at Stone Mountain Park

Spend the Day at Stone Mountain Park
Summit Skyride promises great views above Stone Mountain Park. (Photo by 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.

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

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. (Photo courtesy of 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

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If you don’t take a picture, were you even there? There is plenty of wall art to choose from on the Atlanta BeltLine. (Photo by Levi Purk)

Strike a pose for Instagram or do the latest TikTok trend. 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.

Give Back to the Community

Volunteering is a great way to get involved and give back to our community. Here are some volunteer opportunities for teens and tweens in Atlanta. 

Still searching for something to do? Explore our list of 50 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta for more ideas.

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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