Kid Friendly Activities in Atlanta
Atlanta may be home to more well-known attractions like the Braves, Falcons, Coca-Cola, CNN and Gone With the Wind, it is also a city packed with family-fun activities that may not be on your radar.
Did you know that Atlanta has the world’s largest zipline canopy ride? The Screaming Eagle at Banning Mills is the largest and longest zipline canopy tour with 6 levels to choose from and 10 miles of zipline. Located about a half hour’s drive outside Atlanta, the adventure park also has climbing walls, kayaking, paddle boarding, freefall rides, trails and nature events. There are age, height and weight requirements so be sure to check those out ahead of time, but Historic Banning Mills should be on your list if you have any adrenaline seekers in your family!
If your family likes sports – basketball in particular – then check out the refurbished public basketball courts throughout the city. Contributed and transformed by the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, four courts have been retrofitted with sleek black tiles painted in the team’s red and volt green, new hoops, and the iconic Pac-Man logo at center court. Courts now open are in neighborhoods like Grant Park, Kirkwood, and College Park, but plans include transforming 25 before 2020. Even if your kids don’t play basketball, these state-of-the-art courts are for anyone to enjoy and worth checking out!
For little kids, try some of the great neighborhood parks throughout the city including the local favorite, Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre park with activities to entertain the whole family year-round. In the hot and humid summer months, kids cool off in the Fountain of Rings, a huge interactive water show with jets of water synchronized to music. The park also boasts concerts, festivals and festivals making a fun outing for the whole family. And, during the winter, kids can look at the holiday lights or try ice skating at the rink.
For indoor fun for little ones, check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta where kids can blow off energy on the many play stations or create their own fun painting, building or exploring. Or, the 7,500-square-foot Worlds of Puppetry Museum, which is home to 3,00- international puppets and 500 Muppets from Jim Henson’s creations. While the museum caters to smaller kids, the puppet exhibits should take any grownup back to fond childhood memories.