Family Fun in Downtown Atlanta
Park the car and explore Downtown Atlanta as a family. The kids can splash around in Centennial Olympic Park's Fountain of Rings, see some Zoo Atlanta baby pandas or take in the views from the SkyView Ferris wheel. The grownups can linger over poolside cocktails, catch a Braves game or enjoy a free sunset concert.
Centennial Olympic Park
This 21-acre park was developed for the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympics Games. Centennial Olympic Park served as a gathering spot for visitors of the games, as well as Atlanta residents. Today, Centennial Olympic Park is the anchor of the Centennial Park District, Downtown's entertainment district frequented by visitors and locals alike. Families are continually drawn to the fun and exciting things to do within the park, especially the Fountain of Rings, the world’s largest interactive fountain shaped like the Olympic rings. If you enjoy music, you and your family can take advantage of a number of the free musical events in the park, including Wednesday WindDown and Music at Noon. The Park is surrounded by a number of highly popular attractions in Downtown, including the Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coca-Cola, SkyView Ferris wheel, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the CNN Center.
The Center aims to educate visitors about historic civil rights movements and contemporary social justice issues. Galleries spotlight the American Civil Rights Movement, the Global Human Rights Movement, and artifacts from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection. Visitors of all ages will leave inspired and empowered.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta gives children the opportunity to learn through various methods of creative play. Kids can learn the fundamentals of food and follow the path from the farm to the kitchen or artistically express their inner Picasso while painting on the walls of an exhibit. This museum has something to pique the interest of every child that comes.
The College Football Hall of Museum is devoted to celebrating college football’s most significant players and coaches across the decades. Visitors can experience all elements of the college football world, from tossing a ball and testing your skills on The Playing Field to a sidelines virtual reality experience at the new AT&T Interactive Virtual Stadium. The Hall is so much more than a museum!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to run an internationally successful news station? The CNN Center gives 55-minute guided Studio Tours Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CNN Studio Tours in Atlanta offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the World Headquarters of CNN. Additional tour offerings include the Morning Express Tour with Robin Meade, the VIP Tour and the Student Tour with Carl Azuz.
Georgia Aquarium stands as the largest aquarium in the world, housing some of the planet's most fascinating mammals, reptiles and fish. Come enjoy the many exhibits that are on display, including the amazing AT&T Dolphin Celebration and the Under the Boardwalk live sea lion show at SunTrust Pier 225. There is definitely something here for everyone in the family.
Grant Park is a sprawling 131.5 acre park that houses both Zoo Atlanta and The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. The oldest park ever donated to the City of Atlanta, Grant Park was given to the City by Lemuel P. Grant in 1883. Today the park houses a recreational public swimming pool, a newly remodeled children’s park, walking/running trails and a number of gazebos that can be used for family gatherings.
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum gives children a scope on life during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Take a look at various pieces of memorabilia, including pictures and artifacts, and an exact replica of the Oval Office. The Library and Museum also curates a series of lectures, readings and book signings for the public.
Learn about the early life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as you visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site. Visit the birth home of Dr. King on historic Auburn Avenue, as well as Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church that Dr. King attended while growing up. Dr. King and his wife Mrs. Coretta Scott King are also buried on the grounds of the center. The Visitor Center houses exhibits that are sure to pique your child’s curiosity about pivotal moments during the Civil Rights Movement, and visitors of all ages are sure to leave inspired.
SkyView Atlanta is one of Downtown Atlanta's most eye-catching attractions. Built on the southern end of Centennial Park in the Tabernacle parking lot, this Ferris wheel stands about 20 stories high and houses 42 gondolas that can hold a maximum number of 6 people each. Your family will experience the thrill of a lifetime as they ride in the gondola that has see-through windows on all four sides. Typically, each ride lasts around 15 minutes. SkyView's ideal location gives you the opportunity to visit some of Atlanta’s other popular attractions, like the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park, to name a few.
Take a tour of this historic location and learn about its early days as a railroad hub that later became a center for entertainment and retail. Or, you can take your family on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Underground, learning about the various historical markers there and visiting the various retail stores and eateries that are housed within.
Woodruff Park Playground
Designed with Atlanta in mind, this playground is shaped in the infamous letters “ATL,” a popular idiom for natives of Atlanta. Conveniently located on the grounds of Woodruff Park, this playground officially opened in July of 2012. Features include two slides, a climbing wall and monkey bars, providing children with tons of fun. The playgrounds location puts you and your family right near Peachtree Street, where there are a number of eateries within walking distance.
The World of Coca-Cola takes you on a trip throughout the history of Coke. Discover what it was like for Dr. John S. Pemberton as he developed this now-famous drink, and explore the evolution of the Coca-Cola brand in various print ads and artwork from around the world. Learn about the bottling process and sample over 100 different Coca-Cola products that are served all over the world.
Zoo Atlanta houses some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. From the giant panda to the roaring lions, there is something there for everyone. Their kid zone includes a carousel, train, petting zoo, playground, rock climbing and a splash fountain for kids to cool off during those hot summer days.