Cool Things to Do Near Atlanta
We visited Atlanta and the nearby areas during our Spring Break one year. Once you’ve explored the city, you may be looking for more fun things to do near Atlanta. Here are some of our favorite places to visit that are within about an hour of the city center.
When we went to Stone Mountain with our kids, I was so impressed by how much it had changed and how many fun activities they had added. The park is about 30 minutes east of Atlanta and is easily accessible by car.
Of course the must-see attraction at Stone Mountain is the Confederate Memorial Carving , which is the largest high relief sculpture in the world, depicting three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Our favorite way to view the sculpture is to take the Summit Skyride to the top, explore the mountain, and then walk down (if there is time).
Another favorite activity was the SkyHike, which features three different levels of high ropes courses. It was so exhilarating to complete the first level of course myself and even more exciting to see my 7 year old son achieve success on the first two levels with little fear.
My boys also enjoyed The Great Barn, an indoor play area where kids can run, climb and perfect their aim shooting foam balls at targets (including parents). It’s a great place to head if the weather outside turns too hot, too cold or rainy in Atlanta.
To plan your adventure to Stone Mountain, visit http://www.stonemountainpark.com/.
Six Flags Over Georgia
My kids were younger during our last trip to Six Flags Over Georgia so our visit was mostly about meeting characters, seeing shows and riding kiddie rides, and we had a great time. Now, my older son would enjoy the larger, thrill rides, based on characters like Batman and Superman. We have similar rides at our local Six Flags which are scary-fun!
I definitely recommend a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia. It’s about 20 minutes west of Atlanta and you can often find discounts online or on Coca-Cola cans. Visit their website to figure out how you would most enjoy the park at http://www.sixflags.com/overGeorgia/index.aspx.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is in Atlanta, about 2 miles from the city center. The famous reverend’s birthplace is the basis for this national historical site. The highlight is a guided tour of his grandparent’s home where Martin Luther King lived and was raised for 12 years. Guided tours are free and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis with no advanced reservations available.
So, the first thing you should do when you get to the historic site is to go to the Freedom Hall Complex to sign up for the next available tour. There is much to do at this famous location so explore the different buildings and exhibits. Make sure to include some time to pay your respects to Dr. King at his final resting place on the premises.
Get more information at http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm.
Where to Stay
When you’re exploring things to do near Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta provides a convenient location from which to explore. Hilton Atlanta Airport is also conveniently located for trips to Six Flags, Stone Mountain, and of course, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
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Ellen B works for the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand marketing team. She has two thrill-seeking sons, ages 8 and 10, who love sports, roller coasters, and all kinds of animals.
Know Before You Go
- Visit in the spring for cooler weather and festivals!
- Use the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for an easy way to get around.
- Head to West Midtown for delicious food – it’s an up and coming foodie neighborhood!