Atlanta Family Attractions

Atlanta family attractions have blossomed from Downtown parking lots in 20 years. The pieces started coming together for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Then one by one, family attractions came on board to reach critical mass. Now families have a large swath of choices Downtown and at Six Flags amusement park.

Centennial Olympic Park
DESCRIPTION: In a rags to riches tale, this 21-acre public space evolved from an eye-sore parking lot to become the beautiful premier meeting place of the 1996 Olympics; today this historic park features Fountain of Rings, the world’s largest fountain with Olympic rings and 25 water jets. It also contains the Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights, which is a must visit.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 7a-11p; water shows at 12:30p, 3:30p, 6:30p, 9p
ADDRESS: International Blvd at Techwood Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PHONE: 404-222-7275

Georgia Aquarium
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2005 as one of the largest aquariums in the world, thanks to a $200 million donation by the Home Depot owner. It features more than 55,000 animals from 500 different species in over 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water. Benefiting from the design and operational experience of older aquariums, has made this one of the top two aquariums in America. Families love that it is located next to the new World of Coca-Cola and across the street from CNN and Centennial Olympic Park.
ADMISSION: $20 adults, less for age 3-12, Age 55+
DAYS & HOURS: Sun-Fri 10a-5p, Sat 9a-6p with extended Summer hours
ADDRESS: 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: 1,600 parking spaces onsite
TRANSIT: Peachtree Center Station
PHONE: 404-581-4000

World of Coca Cola
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2007, it features more than 1,200 artifacts ranging from bottles of Coca-Cola to a capping machine. Coke was developed as a soda fountain drink in 1886. The tour is a trek into the history, present-day and future of Coca-Cola. One exhibit lets you sample the various flavors of Coke. Weekend and holiday waits to enter can exceed 1/2 hour. Use the nearby parking garage or take any MARTA train line to Five Points.
ADMISSION: Ages 3 and under FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-7:30p, Sun 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: Georgia Aquarium garage
TRANSIT: Peachtree Center Station
PHONE: 404-676-5151

IMAGINE IT! Children’s Museum of Atlanta
DESCRIPTION: IMAGINE IT is a place where children experience the power and joy of imagination while learning. The museum is primarily designed for children ages 2-8, the sight and tactile experience is oriented to their level and they can touch everything.
ADMISSION: Children 2 and under Free, Children 3 to Adults $1
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-4p, Sat-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: Georgia Aquarium and World of Coke garages
TRANSIT: Peachtree Center Station
PHONE: 404-659-5437

Philips Arena
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1999, this state-of-the-art arena is home for the Hawks NBA basketball teams, major concerts and family events. The front entrance signature “Atlanta” is constructed of columns set at angles. Every seat has great sight-lines and there are plenty of concession stands and restrooms. It seats 18,700 for basketball and hockey, for a step up there are 1,866 Club Seats and 92 Private Suites.
ADMISSION: Atlanta Hawks NBA price range and concerts
DAYS & HOURS: Hawks season November-April
ADDRESS: 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: several paid lots surrounding the arena
TRANSIT: Omni Station on East/West line
PHONE: 404-878-3000

Mercedes-Benz Stadium
DESCRIPTION: This multi-purpose retractable roof stadium located is home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and the Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). It replaced the adjacent Georgia Dome (now demolished), which was the Falcons’ home stadium from 1992 through 2016. Mercedes-Benz Stadium holds the record of the world’s largest halo board and it has a pin-wheel retractable roof. The total cost was estimated at $1.6 billion and officially opened in August 2017. It seats 70,000 and has 180 Luxury Suites, 7,500 club seats.
ADMISSION: Atlanta Falcons NFL price range
DAYS & HOURS: Falcons season September-December
ADDRESS: One Georgia Dome Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: paid lots surrounding the dome
TRANSIT: Omni MARTA Station or Vine City MARTA Station
PHONE: 404-223-4636

Georgia State Stadium
DESCRIPTION: 1996 Olympic Stadium morphed into Turner Field to host Atlanta Braves baseball. It seats 47,000; the north side of Turner Field hosts the Atlanta Braves Baseball Museum, which features more than 500 Braves artifacts and traces the team’s circuitous history from Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta. Located at the northwest exterior of Turner Field, Henry “Hank” Aaron Monument, is a 10-foot bronze statue by Ed Dwight, commemorates the man who hit 755 homers to become major league baseball’s all-time home-run champ. In his distinguished 23-year career, Hank also became the all-time Major League Baseball leader for RBIs (2,297) and Total Bases (6,856). He was inducted in the Baseball Hall-Of-Fame in 1982. The Braves played the final game at Turner Field on 2 October 2016. In 2017, the team moved to the newly SunTrust Park, located in nearby Cobb County. As a result, this stadium has been reconfigured for college football as Georgia State Stadium.
ADDRESS: 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: $8-12 parking lot next to the stadium
PHONE: 404-614-2311

Grant Park
DESCRIPTION: Established in 1883, it is known as the People’s Playground. The park is home to Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Pool, Grant Park Recreation Center, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field, a playground, picnic spots, pavilions, several historic features, and one of the best views of the city skyline. Visit the historic Lion Bridge, Milledge Fountain and Erskine Fountain, all recently restored by the Grant Park Conservancy. Have a picnic in the bandstand, and enjoy the view from the overlook at Salaam Springs, the park’s largest water feature. On Sundays April-December, 9a-1p, visit the Grant Park Farmers Market, consistently voted one of Atlanta’s best farmers markets. Stroll down its shady paths and enjoy towering oaks and native plantings throughout the park. Spot hawks and other wildlife as you explore Grant Park’s 90+ acres of green space.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily sunrise to sunset
PARKING: Gateway Parking Facility (east side): 759 Boulevard SE, Atlanta GA 30312; Zoo Atlanta Parking Lot (west side): 800 Cherokee Avenue, $3 per hours, max $12
ADDRESS: Atlanta GA 30315, Atlanta, GA MAP

Zoo Atlanta
DESCRIPTION: A complete day for family outings, in addition to modernized animal encounter habitats, the zoo offers rock climbing, a KidZone Playground, Endangered Species Carousel, and a Norfolk Southern miniature train. The kids will really like the bird encounters show at the Wildlife Theater.
ADMISSION: Ages 12+ $18, Ages 3-11 $13, Military & Age 55+ $14, Ages 2 & under free
DAYS & HOURS: 9:30a-5:30p
ADDRESS: 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: free parking lot
PHONE: 404-624-9453

Fernbank Science Center
DESCRIPTION: Fernbank astronomers talk you through the events to be seen in the heavens at the Planetarium; there’s a Black History Month Celebration and Aerospace Education Laboratory, admission fee; The Arbor Day Celebration and Flower Arranging Workshops are heaven for flower lovers.
ADMISSION: Planetarium Adults $4, Students $3, Seniors $3
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Wed Noon-5p, Thu-Fri Noon-10p, Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: free parking lot on premises
PHONE: 678-874-7102

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
DESCRIPTION: A spectacular museum where you’ll see our unique architecture and fascinating permanent and temporary exhibits such as: Giants of the Mesozoic, A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Sensing Nature, Cultures of the World, and Star Gallery; an IMAX Theatre is on the premises requiring a separate admission fee; visit every Friday for Martinis and IMAX.
ADMISSION: Adults $15, Students & Age 62+ $14, Ages 3-12 $13, Age 2 and under free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu, Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p, 10p
ADDRESS: 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: free parking lot on premises
PHONE: 404-929-6300

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
DESCRIPTION: The center consists of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn. It features attractions ranging from the Kingdom Quest ride to amazing recreations of the area’s most iconic buildings, with fun for LEGO fans young and old.
ADMISSION: From $11 online offer
DAYS & HOURS: Sun-Fri 10a–7p (Last admission at 5p), Sat 10a–9p (Last admission at 7p); Adult Night will take place on a quarterly basis, on that day we will close admission at 5p and re-open the attraction to adults-only at 7p
ADDRESS: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA MAP
PARKING: free parking lot on premises
PHONE: 404-848-9252

Stone Mountain Park
DESCRIPTION: 3,200 acre park featuring sky-lift to top of Stone Mountain, paddle wheel riverboat, golf courses, steam-driven locomotive, antebellum plantation, wildlife petting zoo, miniature golf, laser show plus many other activities.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-7p, hours vary by attraction
ADDRESS: Highway 78, Stone Mountain, GA MAP
PHONE: 770-498-5690

Six Flags White Water
DESCRIPTION: Rides, rides and more rides, including The Cliffhanger, 
one of the tallest free falls in the world; Run-A-Way River, a 735-foot tunnel raft ride with “explosion curves” and “power dips” that accelerate riders and send them scaling the sides. Wildwater Lagoon, Slippery Ridge and so much more are included. There is a height requirement of 48” for most rides.
ADMISSION: Buy online for Adults $30, Juniors (48″ & under) $27, Age 2 & Under Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-7p
250 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA MAP
PARKING: free parking lot
PHONE: 770-948-9290

Six Flags Over Georgia
DESCRIPTION: Five new rides supplement the park’s reputation as a haven for thrill rides. Attractions include Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster, Gotham City Crime Wave, Superman Ultimate Flight, Mind Bender, Ninja, The Great American Scream Machine (wooden roller coaster), The Georgia Scorcher, The Georgia Cyclone, Batman The Ride, Free Fall, Acrophobia and so much more. If you are a rides fan, check out their FastLane service to reserve your place in line.
ADMISSION: Everyone can purchase online for $30
DAYS & HOURS: seasonal
ADDRESS: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA MAP
PARKING: paid parking lot
PHONE: 770-948-9290

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