Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Atlanta
2021's Best Places for Kids in the Atlanta area
The best places to take kids in and around Atlanta, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. Of course, there is LOTS more to do in our area, all year round! Get great ideas here at KidsOutAndAbout.com! Use what is listed below as the starting point, then browse through our calendar and resource lists to find lots more! Sign up for our fabulous weekly e-newsletter, and be sure not to miss our Everything Free page.
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1. Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the City of Kennesaw’s botanical garden. Recognized by Cobb Travel & Tourism as one of the Top 10 places to visit in Cobb County, the 17-acre property is rich with botanical, artistic and historic treasures. Fifteen themed garden spaces, anchored by the reconstruction era Hiram Butler House, contain more than 4,000 curated plant species. The award winning “Garden with Wings” butterfly house (open every July) promotes conservation of beneficial Georgia native pollinators.
2. Zoo Atlanta
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta saves wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences. The Zoo Atlanta experience connects people to animals and inspires conservation action.
3. Tellus Science Museum
Because science matters, we engage, educate, and inspire visitors to make scientific connections through dynamic exhibits and enriching experiences.
4. LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and it's like you've just jumped in to the world's biggest box of LEGO bricks! Now open in Phipps Plaza!
5. Atlanta Botanical Gardens
The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.
6. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The Braves compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division.
7. Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium contains more than 10 million gallons of water with over 500 different species. Georgia Aquarium is a nonprofit committed to inspiring awareness and preservation of our ocean and aquatic animals worldwide.
8. Andretti Indoor Carting
High-speed super-karts, European-style tracks, a state of the art arcade, XD motion theater, racing simulators, ropes course and attractions such as cosmic rock wall, zip line, laser tag and bowling. Each location is also home to The Andretti Grill, a full bar/ restaurant capable of serving our 10,000+ square feet of event and meeting space. Locations in Roswell and Marietta
9. Atlanta United FC
Atlanta United joined Major League Soccer in 2017 and won the 2018 MLS Cup in just its second season, the earliest an expansion team has won the title since 1998. The club has set multiple league records including season tickets sales (36,000-plus), single-game attendance (72,548), single-season average (53,002) and total home attendance (901,033). Owned by Arthur M. Blank, and led by club President Darren Eales, Atlanta United plays its home matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
10. My Local Library
Of course, the libraries in the Atlanta area are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication. They're proud that locals voted them to the list of the best places to take kids this year!
11. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of the Southeast’s premiere ensembles. The ASO presents a variety of concerts each year, with programming that ranges from classical masterworks to movie soundtracks to contemporary compositions. Family-friendly offerings, including the Family Concert Series and Music for the Very Young, designed for children five and under, allow kids of all ages to experience the thrill of live music.
12. Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre is committed to producing quality, professional theatre for the Southeast, North Georgia, and our most ardent supporters—the residents of Gwinnett County. We will serve these communities by offering entertainment that nurtures a love of theatre and develops a new generation of theatergoers.
Currently in our 23rd Season, Aurora Theatre has become the largest arts organization in Gwinnett County and the fastest growing professional theatre in the state of Georgia.
13. Chattahoochee Nature Center
A private, non-profit nature center located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell with the mission to connect people with nature. 127-acres of native plants and gardens showcasing the beauty of Georgia and the Chattahoochee watershed. The Discovery Center, with the southeast's only Nature Exchange, features hands on exhibits and live non-releaseable native wildlife. There are 2.5 miles of hiking trails and a wildlife walk which are home to over 50 species of wildlife. Special activities and events throughout the year include family fun days, canoeing, concerts, zipline, and programs for families, children, and adults.
14. Berry Patch Farm
15. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division.
16. Fernbank Science Center
Welcome to Fernbank Science Center...where science truly becomes an adventure! Visit today and experience the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium and the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory. In addition to the Apollo 6 command module, our Center host many child friendly exhibits.
17. Atlanta Gladiators
The Atlanta Gladiators are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Duluth, Georgia. The Gladiators have played in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference.
18. Children's Museum of Atlanta
Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta, presenting educational programs and exhibits designed for young children ages 0-8.
19. Atlanta Contemporary
Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists’ cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. We play a vital role in Atlanta’s cultural landscape by presenting over 200 consequential artists and creatives from the local, national, and international art scenes through our various exhibition, project spaces, and programs each year.
We commission new works, paying particular attention to artists who have not had a significant exhibition in the Southeast. We organize over 125 programs annually including Contemporary Kids, Contemporary Cocktails, Contemporary Talks, and more! Atlanta Contemporary provides 13 on-site subsidized studio space to working artists through the Studio Artist Program.
20. Museum of Design Atlanta
MODA is the only museum in the Southeast dedicated exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. Formed in 1989 as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, MODA has grown and evolved over the years to become the Southeast’s only design museum.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in three categories. Here were their choices.
Top Arts EducatorAtlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education provides an opportunity for everyone in the community to discover the joys of dance.
Top Sports EducatorAtlanta School of Gymnastics
The Atlanta School of Gymnastics was started by Tom Cook in 1976 and has been a member of the community for over 40 years. We have been competing in the USAG program for over 30 years and are grateful to have found some of the best coaches in our state to coach within our program. All of our coaches are professional members of USAG, background checked and safety certified through USAG.
Top STEM EducatorFernbank Museum of Natural History
Come face-to-face with the world's largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of hands-on exhibitions and more! Take a walk on the wild side as you explore 75 acres of new outdoor nature adventures. WildWoods and Fernbank Forest combine to highlight the natural world through immersive trails, educational programming, hands-on exhibits, and beautiful scenery. Fernbank’s outdoor areas are open year-round, rain or shine, but may be closed in the event of dangerous conditions.