No one can argue that Alicia Hagan, a mom of two kids, ages 3 and 10, knows Atlanta like the back of her hand. As the editor of the blog AtlantaMoms.com, she gets around town. Alicia has been to the big and little attractions of Atlanta and following is her list of top 10 kid friendly places to visit. A word of warning–after reading Alicia’s list, you’ll want to book your next family vacation to Georgia ASAP.
1. Chattahoochee Nature Center – Alicia’s family’s favorite outdoor outing is a trip to Chattahoochee Nature Center. Besides walking through CNC to view the eagles and turtles, kids of all ages enjoy the new Discovery Center featuring interactive exhibits, and her 10 year old’s favorite, the Nature Exchange. Camps, classes, programs, and festivals are scheduled throughout the year.
2. Zoo Atlanta – Open 9:30am-5:30pm 363 days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, Zoo Atlanta has been a family favorite for many years. Kids of all ages enjoy viewing approximately a 100 different native and exotic snake, turtle and lizard species, while 40 species of mammals are also represented at Zoo Atlanta. And of course, the famous Giant Pandas call Zoo Atlanta home as well. Check their website for the different camps, classes, and special events Zoo Atlanta offers.
3. Georgia Aquarium – Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest and most engaging aquarium. Don’t expect to spend less than 3-4 hours here. Your child’s jaws will drop when they see the Whale Sharks gracefully glide through the Ocean Voyager exhibit and kids are amazed at the shrimp touch pool in the Georgia Explorer gallery. Oh, and the food is amazing too!
4. East Cobb Park – For a day of play and relaxation on a smaller scale, Alicia recommends a visit to Cobb County’s East Cobb Park. Featuring an all abilities playground, large pavilions, grass fields, walking trails, and stream overlooks, East Cobb Park is perfect for the entire family.
5. Imagine-It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Imagine It! is a family-friendly space filled with interactive and educational exhibits for children age eight and under. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to spark discovery and creative thinking. Open 7 days a week, 363 days a year.
6. Amicalola Falls – For a day of hiking and natural beauty this is the place to go. One of Georgia’s most popular state parks, Amicalola Falls is the home to the tallest cascading waterfall (729 feet) east of the Mississippi River. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see an Appalachian Trail display, nature exhibits, live animals and a gift shop.
7. Atlanta Botanical Garden – The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers over thirty acres of unmatched beauty in the heart of Atlanta, with breathtaking gardens, woodlands and more. One of the largest permanent orchid displays in the world Interactive children’s garden, rare and endangered plants from deserts and tropical rain forests, an exotic frog collection the children love, and a gift shop and outdoor cafe. The Children’s Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden combines plant education and interactive entertainment.
8. Fernbank Museum of Natural History – History comes alive at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Explore cultural treasures and ancient fossils, experience the thrill of a film in the IMAX® Theatre, enjoy science interactives and marvel at the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. Fernbank Museum isn’t just another museum—it’s a journey to another time and place. With distinctive special exhibitions, there’s always something NEW to discover.
9. Stone Mountain Park – Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction, drawing nearly 4 million visitors each year. With over 3,200 acres of natural beauty, the Park is a unique and fun destination where families and friends can enjoy the outdoors together, while experiencing an exciting variety of attractions, entertainment and recreation.
10. Centennial Park – Centennial Olympic Park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Children’s Garden and Playground features a slide and several activity centers. The Fountain of Rings is one of the park’s main attractions allowing kids to frolic and splash in the water on hot days. There are daily water shows.
About Alicia Hagan: Alicia grew up in Orlando and moved to Atlanta at the age of 11. As well as being a wife and stay at home mom for her two kids, ages 10 and 3, Alicia is the founder and editor of AtlantaMoms.com, TheMommyInsider.com, and GadgetGoddess.com. Working from home and raising two energetic kids keeps Alicia busy (and teetering on the brink of sanity) and she finds that being active is the best way to entertain herself and the kids.
Alicia loves to knit, she’ll let us know when she finishes the placemat she started about a year ago. She also loves anything to do with kid’s stuff and gadgets.
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