School’s almost out. The humidity is on its way. It’s time to get ready for summer, y’all!
Looking for something to get you and your kids out of the house and into fun?! Here are 67+ things to do in Atlanta with kids this summer. Did we capture your must-do summer activity? If not, let us know!
Adventure at a Georgia State Park – Think there’s only hiking at the state’s 60+ parks? Think again! There are so many ways to explore, adventure, and have fun at the parks -- including some really great beaches!
Atlanta – explore for FREE – Low on funds? (After summer camp payments, we are too!) Here are 52 FREE things to do in and around the city, including free days at the High Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Atlanta!
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival – (Virtual in July 2021.) This fun event at Piedmont Park includes a variety of health and wellness agencies, fitness routines, and much for the entire family. Of course, the feature is ICE CREAM!
Backyard Camping – Camping is always a fun option for families. Read this article to find the Best Campgrounds in North Georgia, or just campout in your own backyard!
Beach at Don Carter – Spend the afternoon at Georgia’s newest park, taking in the beach, nature trails, and playgrounds. If you’re looking for a siesta, this is a wonderful place for a cottage stay on the lake.
Bike Ride Beltline Tour - As a kid, a bike gave you freedom. I’m not sure my children feel the same way, but it’s still fun to hop on the Atlanta Beltline and see where it takes you.
Blairsville – explore for FREE – The mountains are cooler in the summer, and there are super waterfalls and fun adventures for families, all for FREE.
Blueberry Picking – Spring is for strawberries, but summer is for blueberries. My favorite fruit. Take the kids to a pick-your-own farm. Bring them home and make pies, jelly, ice cream.or just eat them as-is. Yum!
Callaway Gardens – Tour the gardens, the butterfly house, and more! Fridays offer music on the beach, a farmers market, a high-flying circus, and nighttime movies! Enjoy the awesome bike trails here. Wow!
Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center for Civil and Human Rights gives you a platform to talk about human rights issues from the global human rights movement to the American Civil Rights Movement. A visit here is an emotional experience, but one well worth doing.
Celebrate America. At The Rock Ranch, this event features all day family fun, concerts on the lawn, and the best fireworks show in the state of Georgia, as there is little to no light pollution at the ranch. The Rock Ranch has suspended operations in 2021.
Center for Puppetry Arts. Catch a puppet show at the amazing Center for Puppetry Arts! Make time to visit the Worlds of Puppetry Museum while you're there.
Chastain Park Playground – This new park was designed by kids, so you know it’s great. It’s also (primarily) in the shade.
Chattahoochee Nature Center Butterfly Festival – (June 5 & 6, 2021) Live butterfly releases, butterfly encounters, arts and crafts, vendors, ice cream, live music...it’s a weekend of fantastic fun.
Children’s Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens – The Children’s Garden has been revamped with exciting new features, a splash pad, and familiar favorites for summer. (The splash pad is currently closed due to COVID-19, but make sure to check their website for updates.)
Coca Cola Summer Film Festival at Fox Theatre – I love that summer offers a chance for the general public to experience Fox Theatre for an exceptional price. If you don’t want to bring the littles, this also makes a great summer date event.
College Football Hall of Fame: You don’t even have to be a big college football fan to enjoy this museum! There are lots of interactive elements here, and an indoor field to test your throwing and kicking skills.
Connor Brown Trail at Atlanta History Center – This short trail meanders the garden, passing play houses for the kids and winding in the shade. Explore the Quarry Garden, or take a break inside with the newly-redesigned Olympic Games exhibit.
Downtown Atlanta Staycation – Have you explored everything Downtown has to offer? Visit the Georgia Aquarium, or the World of Coca Cola, or take a spin on the Ferris Wheel near Centennial Olympic Park. Why not plan a family staycation getaway!
Explore Helen. With two state parks, a double waterfall, museums and delicious eats, Helen is the ideal mountain escape. Outdoor excursions and historical walks back in time can fill an itinerary for a week or more. Need help planning? Follow our link!
Explore Atlanta with ClueTown Books Scavenger Hunts. Looking for some fun things to do outside? Try a scavenger hunt. I am a sucker for a good scavenger hunt, and Cluetown Books are a fantastic way to explore specific areas of the city, like the BeltLine or Piedmont Park!
Farmer's Market – Bring the kids, let them help you pick out some tasty yummies, and then make an afternoon of preparing a great meal together. Fix a veggie pasta, or how about a berry pie? We enjoy the one at Marietta Square because it is close to us, and it has a great train park and fountain for the kids to play.
Federal Reserve Tour - The Federal Reserve in Midtown Atlanta offers a FREE tour. Watch the bill counter spin through $10s or $20s; the cash bus that moves bags of money in and out of the vault and see the shredded money fountain. NOTE: Tours and walk-in visits to the museum will be closed through the end of September 2021, due to COVID-19.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Visit WildWoods and Fernbank Forest in the morning, and then cool off by going inside the museum to visit the dinosaurs! If your kids still have energy after all that, make sure to stop by the super fun play area on the top floor!
Festival Fun – There are myriad festivals in the city this summer – here are 50+ that we adore, with notes about their family-friendliness.
Food Truck Park – Any food truck will do, but we love the Food Truck Park off Howell Mill Road. Parking is easy, there is a playground tucked in this area, and every darn food truck here is fabulous! Summer was made for eating outside!
Fountain Play at Centennial Olympic Park – The heat is on, and Centennial Park is the perfect place to cool off. Pack a picnic and head to this downtown green space, or grab a bite at Googie Burger once you get there. Nothing says summer like playing in the fountains! Bring some extra clothes, and you could finish the day at SkyView, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, or Imagine It!....all within walking distance, even for short legs. NOTE: The fountains at Centennial Olympic Park are currently closed due to COVID-19. Check here for updates.
Fun playground – Find a new playground, or indulge at your usual hotspot. We recommend Haw Creek, which is in the shade, Caney Creek Preserve, Morgan Falls, and Piedmont Park.
Geocache – Teach your kids about the awesome art of real-world scavenger hunts. There are geocaches all over the state, or participate in the new Georgia State Parks GeoTour and collect GeoCoins from four different regions.
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Festival – (June 3-5, 2021) Helen is fun by itself, but add dozens of hot air balloons, and watch out! Grab a sandwich at Hofers or the Market at Old Sautee Store, and set up a picnic on the lawn in Helen. Watch the balloons air up and start the race! My son absolutely loved it. Tether rides available.
Hike and Picnic at Big Trees Forest Preserve – The creek that runs through here is clean and crisp. We love taking this hike with a picnic, as the creek has a large clearing near the end of the hike where you can set up “camp” and enjoy the day munching on treats and wading in the water.
Hit the Mountains – Want to head into the mountains to cool off? Here are over 120 ways to explore North Georgia! Find a new place to build memories.
Hurricane Harbor – Hurricane Harbor is the newest mega water park in Atlanta, right in the Six Flags park. There is a wave pool, slide towers, thrill rides, a children’s water play area, plus cabanas, food and much more!
Jr Ranger Program – We love this program, full of kid’s activities for doing within the parks and at home. There are multiple badges within the Ga State Parks system, and different programs at each National Park, also. And it’s free!
King of Pops – Check the calendar, see where they will be, and prepare to get your popsicle on! These are the best popsicles in the universe! Save me a mango jalapeno, and my boys say, “Pass the Peach!”
Liberty Bell Swimming Pool, at FDR State Park – FDR provides 42 miles of trails, geocaching, star gazing, canoeing, and more. The kids will love taking a dip in the Liberty Bell swimming pool! Note: The swimming pool will be closed for the 2021 season.
Library Summer Reading Programs – Your local library has a summer reading program for the kids. Most libraries also have regular programs associated with these, like jugglers, magicians and such.
Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands – Enjoy fun slides, relaxing beaches, wakeboarding, and lake adventures. There is a Fun Park, Big Beach, and Sunset Cove. Enjoy Beach Flicks and live music during the summer.
Marietta Fire Museum – Tour the two stories of fire truck paraphernalia and fire trucks. Be sure to ask for a tour, and whatever you do, get your parking validated to save $20. Just a short walk away is a fun train playground and an ice cream shop! Note: Guided tours are not available at the time, but doors are open for self-guided tours!
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Stop by the Visitor Center, see MLK's birth home, see Fire Station No. 6, visit the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and go to the King Center to learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. NOTE: All buildings are temporarily remaining closed due to COVID-19. Visitors are welcomed to park and take a self-guided tour of the campus.
Matilda’s Under the Pines – This incredible outdoor music venue in Alpharetta is free for kiddos and is family-friendly!
Mini Golf. Find a mini golf course near you and have a blast! Pirate's Cove right off I-85 in Duluth was named "Best in Atlanta" by the AJC.
Movies in the Park – There are free outdoor movie locations all over the city. Bring a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy the evening!
Museum of Aviation. Do you have a wannabe pilot in your life? The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins will elicit a full day's worth of grins and giggles. It is one of the largest aviation museums in the U.S. See over 90 different aircraft, spread over four hangers and 51 acres. The best part? It's FREE.
National Trail Days – (June 5, 2021) Take a Ranger-led hike, volunteer your time for clean up, or one of several other events on Trail Day.
Piedmont Park Pool – Spend time splashing in the fountains or riding the lazy river. There is a greystone bathhouse, lap lanes, and much more. It is clean and super family friendly. If you need a break from the sun, you can also try one of these FREE ways to explore Piedmont Park. NOTE: Decisions about the 2021 pool season have not yet been made. Check the link for updates.
Ponce City Market. Your kids will LOVE a day at Skyline Park at Ponce City Market. Play mini golf and arcade games, slide and ride Heege Tower, and enjoy the amazing views.
Renaissance Festival – Jousting, games, fire jugglers, and so much more. This is a summer festival you can’t miss.
Ride the Atlanta Streetcar –There are 12 stops along a 2.7-mile loop. It would be fun to ride just for the novelty, but consider stops at Centennial Park, Sweet Auburn Market, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, or Woodruff Park.
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation – It’s one of our favorite summer escapes. We love moving back and forth from the pool to the beach, taking out the boat, and enjoying s’mores at night.
Rock Climbing - If you are looking for something your family can all do together Atlanta has several indoor gyms, as well as a few outdoor bouldering locations. Not only is it a fun sport, but rock wall climbing is great exercise for kids and adults.
Rome – explore for FREE – Rome is such a fun and exciting town; here is how to explore for FREE.
Roswell Summer Puppet Series – We’ve been doing this every year since my oldest was two! It gets better each year. I especially love that most puppeteers make themselves (and their puppets) available after the show to the kiddos. Get there early for a close seat, since it is usually filled with camp kids. There are also puppet workshops this year for kids 4 and up.
Sandy Springs – explore for FREE – Playgrounds, heritage greens and so much more. How to adventure for FREE.
Shoot the Hooch! from Helen – With this hot weather, you know you’re craving the water! This is the place for fun on the Chattahoochee!
Sky Zone Atlanta Trampoline Park - Wear the kids out at Sky Zone indoor trampoline park. They now have several locations throughout the metro area.
Slide the rocks at Poole's Mill – We love Poole’s Mill for water play. There are wading areas, and plenty of mud. If your little one is feeling adventurous, there are also rocks (covered in a little algae) that are perfect for sliding down. It will be obvious which ones these are…all the kids congregate there. For older kids, there is a rope swing across the deeper part of the creek. Prepare for slippery rocks by wearing water shoes, and plan to get wet yourself if your kids are younger…you won’t want to let them walk on the rocks themselves.
Splash Pads – Time to get wet! Head to the nearest splash pad for some splish-splashing good times!
Stone Mountain Laser Show and Geyser Towers –As if you needed an excuse to visit this summer staple! Spend the day at Geyser Towers or riding the tram to the mountaintop. Did you know you can also camp here?
Summer outdoor scavenger hunt at Chattahoochee Nature Center - Take a break from the summer under the shade of the trees along Kingfisher Pond Trail while you complete this scavenger hunt looking high and low for clues about summer in the outdoors.
Swimming Holes – Summer means it’s HOT. Why not cool off at one of these natural watering holes!
The Painted Pin – Rain on the weekend? No worries. Head here for unusual bowling fun, with other games (and outstanding food and cocktails).
The Rock Ranch– The Rock Ranch is opening on Saturdays this summer, with fun for the family. There is berry picking, paddle boats, pedal carts, pole fishing, a train ride, and much more. There are also concessions and a Farm Market. And don't miss the opportunity to camp in a Conestoga wagon! The Rock Ranch has suspended operations in 2021.
Take a flight with EAA Young Eagles: (FREE) The Young Eagles program is free for kids ages 8 – 17. Contact a participating airfield and set up an appointment for your kids to learn about aviation, and take their first flight.
Toddler Takeover – Toddler Takeover at the Alliance Theater is one of the best run programs in the city, and even though it has "toddler" in the name, my 7 yo adores it too.
Topgolf – If you need a break from the heat or the sun, this is a great way to get some exercise and have a little fun.
Treetop Excursion at Panola Mountain – Beginners climbs, night climbs, there is something for everyone (8 and older).
Tunes from the Tomb at Oakland Cemetery – This all-day music festival is for the whole family! There are two main stages, and buskers situated around the tombs and monuments. Everything from rock-n-roll to jazz to classical. Food trucks and drinks (including beer and wine) are on site! Note: No 2021 date has yet been announced.
Water play at Blue Heron Nature Preserve – Looking for a place to cool off this summer? Take a short hike to the water at Blue Heron. The nature trail is mostly shaded, and the water here is very shallow. Great for kids of all ages, but especially for the youngest ones. There is also plenty of sand here, so bring a few toys as well!
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