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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Atlanta


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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Atlanta. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens & Sculpture Gardens 

Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Art on the Atlanta Beltline
The Decatur Artway
Cator Woolford Gardens
Red Oak Lavender Farm
White Hills Farm (lavender)
Lavender Lamb Farm



Get Wild on a Hike

  Vickery Creek Trail
Island Ford Park Trail 
Reynolds Nature Preserve
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Red Top Mountain State Park
Lullwater Park
Big Trees Forest Preserve
Sawnee Mountain Preserve


Time Travel Today

  Fernbank Museum of Natural History
William Root House Museum and Garden
Seabrook Village
New Echota


Make Life a Beach

Acworth Beach
  Lake Allatoona
Lake Lanier
Lake Chatuge
Robin Lake Beach
Lake Sinclair
Lake Oconee


Splash into Some Water Fun

Great Wolf Lodge - LaGrange
  Six Flags White Water
Terminus Wake Park
Lanier World Water Park
Seven Springs Water Park 
Splash Island Waterpark at Wild Adventures Theme Park
Soakya Water Park


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Children's Museum of Atlanta
High Museum of Art
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
The Youth Museum
Georgia Aquarium
Tellus Science Museum
Marietta Fire Museum
Interactive Network for Kids
The Magical World of Cabbage Patch Kids
Computer Museum of America


Explore These Cities

Locust Grove
Chattanooga, TN 
Birmingham, AL


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Museum of Aviation
Delta Flight Museum
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Locust Grove Train Watching Platform 
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Southern Belle Farm
White Oak Pastures
Berry Patch Farms
Johnston Family Farm 
Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze and Farm


Play Ball!

  Georgia Swarm Lacrosse
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Atlanta Gladiators
Atlanta Dream
  Atlanta Silverbacks
  Atlanta Braves
  Atlanta Falcons
  Atlanta Hawks


Treat Yo' Self

  8 Farhenheit Ice Cream
Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Paolo's Gelato
  Butter and Cream
  Honeysuckle Gelato
  King of Pops
Queen of Cream
  Jake's Ice Cream
  Morelli's Gormet Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

The Parks at Ansley Park
Springvale Park
  Providence Canyon State Recreational Area
Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
Lullwater Preserve at Emory University
Japanese Garden at the Grand Hyatt


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Six Flags White Water
  Six Flags Over Georgia
Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
Alabama Splash Adventure


Talk to the Animals

  Zoo Atlanta
Warbington Farms
Georgia Aquarium
North Georgia Wildlife Park
Bear Hollow Zoo
Wild Animal Safari
Tanglewood Farm Miniatures
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  IrishFest Atlanta
Atlanta Chinatown
Stone Mountain Highland Games
Atlanta Caribbean Festival 
  Atlanta Majuu Festival
  Atlanta Arab Festival


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Chattahoochee River NRA - Johnson Ferry Trail
Chattahoochee River NRA - Snope Creek Trail
Sweetwater Creek State Park -White Trail
  Sweetwater Creek State Park - Red Trail
Arabia Mountain NHA - Cascade Trail
  Yellow River Park Trail
  Cascade Springs NP Trail
  Cochran Mill Park - Henry Mill Falls Trail
  Lullwater Preserve at Emory University
  Roswell Mill - Vickery Creek Trail


Get Active Indoors

  Sky Zone - Roswell
I Fly
Atlanta IceForum


Challenge Yourself

  Urban Adventure Quest
Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
SkyView Atlanta
Atlanta Symphony
Shady Grove Dude Ranch
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia


Shop Your Heart Out

  Little Shop of Stories
Rhen's Nest Toy Store
Kazoo Toys
Blabla Kids
Learning Express Toys
Seed Factory

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Atlanta. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away