Top 3 Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Atlanta
Celebrate Leap Year 2020 by attending some of the exciting events planned in Atlanta! We first traveled to Atlanta several years ago as we made a driving loop from Texas through Tennessee, to Washington DC, down the Atlantic coast, through Atlanta, and back to Texas. We spent three days exploring the city and found that Atlanta is a perfect destination for a day trip or a week-long vacation! Atlanta offers a little bit for everyone – whether you are into events for history, art, family-friendly offerings, singles’ events, or adult beverages, there is something there for you.
When I plan a trip, sometimes I know exactly where I want to go (or at least, I think I do!). I always combine my prior knowledge and perceptions with specific research and friend-sourcing. I suggest starting with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau because it has one of the best city websites I’ve used in our travels. With specific information about activities, dining, hotels, and events, the information is indexed and includes details you need to know to be prepared. Don’t forget other information sources such as AAA to plan road trips, find pet-friendly hotels, locate good gas prices, and access roadside services. It’s easy to add your AAA member number to your Hilton Honors profile so that those discount prices appear in your booking options.
World of Coca-Cola
Once you’ve made it to Atlanta, there are three must-see spots to put on your list. The first is the World of Coca-Cola located very near Centennial Park. As a family who loves their Cokes, we found the tour and exhibits both informational and fun. There were activities and exhibits for all ages, including games and hugs from a very special polar bear! We each received our choice of an aluminum bottled drink as we entered and a lanyard made from a recycled soda bottle as we left. The lanyard is surprisingly soft and durable. Each day as I carry my work keys, I’m reminded of our trip to Atlanta. Don’t miss out on the gift store with a huge selection of novelties, home décor, clothing, and games.
As long as you are in Centennial Park, I recommend booking your own scavenger hunt through Let’s Roam. An app-based scavenger hunt on your own time is a perfect family activity. Tighten up your laces because you’ll be walking just less than a mile and a half. Everyone can be involved in the tasks, even your littlest members, because there are opportunities to solve puzzles, take photos, and explore the city. A little bit competitive? Kick it into high gear to compete with other finishers for the fastest time in Atlanta!
Civil Rights History
Finally, you cannot leave Atlanta without spending time learning about the Civil Rights history in Atlanta and Georgia. There are multiple options to engage, but the most important thing you must remember is that while many of the events and tours are free, they require a ticket or reservation and sell out quickly. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is informative and touching. The Center provides thoughtful discourse, touching storytelling, and a continuing history told through photos, artifacts, and first-person stories. Follow up your time at the center with our favorite stops – a tour through historic Oakland Cemetery (offered on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays in February) and a visit to the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
No matter how you choose to spend your days in Atlanta – and there are so many more options available – you will enjoy the vibrant community-centered near Centennial Park and the history available within a 20-minute drive. Head to Atlanta, where adventure and history await you!