Looking for fun things to do in winter in Atlanta? We’ve got you covered with tons and tons of ideas for your family.
We’re offering everything from how to get active to how to chill out. We’ve got great ideas for curing the munchies and the best vacation destinations to embrace (or avoid) the snow.
Here are 51+ of our favorite ways to enjoy an Atlanta winter!
ACTIVE FUN IN WINTER
Bowling. You don’t have to settle for old-fashioned bowling any longer. Take the kids to Painted Pin on the weekend, or Bowlmor Atlanta during the week. It’s a great way to be active…and indoors! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Indoor Waterpark. You can go swimming, even when it’s cold outside. Head to one of three Atlanta options: Bethesda Park Aquatic Center in Lawrenceville, Bogan Park Aquatic Cneter in Buford, or South Cobb Aquatic Center in Austell. If you don’t mind driving a bit, Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange is an amazing choice! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Andretti Go-Karting. Visit the Buford or Marietta locations of Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. Try go-karting, play one of the many arcade games, use the climbing wall and try out the rope course. The food at the restaurant at Andretti is fantastic too! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Rock Climbing. My kids dig rock climbing! Try Stone Summit with locations in Midtown Atlanta, near Spaghetti Junction, or Kennesaw. Another great choice in north Georgia is Adrenaline Climbing in Suwanee.
Trampoline Park. Jump your heart out at at Adventure Air in Kennesaw, SkyZone Trampoline Park (with locations in Kennesaw, McDonough, Newnan and Roswell), Xdrenaline in Marietta, or any of the other great choices found HERE. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Winter Hikes. Bundle up and head outside. With the fallen leaves leaving the trees bare, winter offers some of the best views while hiking. Maybe visit a Georgia State Park and let your kids become Junior Rangers!
Snow Mountain. (Note: Snow Mountain will not be taking place during the 2021-2022 season.) From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day at Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Open until the end of February.
Volunteer. After the holidays are over, many of Atlanta’s families in need feel the most alone and afraid. NOW is the time they need you. There are multiple ways to help, and there are a lot of great ways for kids to get involved too.
Indoor Playground – HippoHop (locations in Atlanta and Peachtree Corners), Leapin Lizards in Decatur, and other indoor playgrounds in and around the city will let your kids jump! jump! jump! out their pent up energy. You can also hit up the mall playgrounds at Cumberland Mall, Town Center Mall or North Point Mall. Also, fast food restaurants like Chick-fil-A are a very economical way for small kids to get their play on. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
INK. Imagine a town, with a post office, pizza joint, court house and more…all pint size and perfect for kids. INK, the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, is a non-profit organization in Gainesville that was created to engage children’s bodies and minds through a warehouse full of interactive exhibits!
Your Backyard. We’ve put together a list of 52 ways to play outside in the cold (for free or cheap) right in your own backyard…and none require snow!
Ice Skating. Many of the ice skating rinks around town are open well into winter. Get outside and enjoy them!
Snow Island at Lake Lanier. You will find snow tubing, ice skating, carnival rides, a fun and snowy play area, plenty of s’mores and hot cocoa, and more at Snow Island at Lake Lanier this winter. It’s open from mid-November through the end of February.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DURING WINTER
Theatre for the Very Young. This children’s theatre is for kiddos 5 years old and younger, and is a favorite in our family. Enjoy professional performances for a fun and inspiring experience at the Alliance Theatre.
Broadway in Atlanta. Broadway in Atlanta is not just for date night — they’ve got great shows for kids too! How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frozen, and more.
Lunch and a Movie. Treat the kids to a movie at one of the lavish theaters around town that serve fries with your flick. Studio Movie Grill in Duluth, Marietta, or North Point are some of our family’s go-to locations. OR, you could lunch at home and before hitting one of these dollar theaters.
Escape Rooms. Escape rooms have become really popular, and Atlanta has some of the best. Try Escape the Room, Breakout Games, Paranoia Quest, Big Escape Rooms, or The Escape Game. Tweens and teens will especially love it! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Paint Your Own Pottery. When my son was young, we made a point of doing this once a quarter so that he could see improvement in his work. We made gifts for everyone on our list! Artrageous Potter in North Point Mall or Just Kiln Time in Marietta are a couple of choices, and I know there are a lot more around the city!
MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN WINTER
Booth Western Art Museum – Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the United States. For $2 extra you can get the kids’ audio tour.
Michael C Carlos Museum. Always wonderful children’s programming at this Emory University museum, and my boys are suckers for the mummy exhibits. Free admission on select Fridays.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Think you’ve been before? The museum was revamped a couple years ago and it’s better than ever.
Marietta Fire Museum. This museum right off the Marietta Square is filled with antique fire trucks, gear, and tools — and it’s FREE. Don’t forget to get your parking validated while you’re there so it will be free too (instead of $20).
High Museum. We adore the High Museum in Midtown Atlanta. We especially love the Greene Family Playroom, Toddler Thursdays, and their weekend programming.
Tellus Museum. It’s a dinosaur museum, a transportation museum and a mineral museum — all right in Cartersville. Don’t miss the gem mining and dino dig…great for kids.
Carter Library and Museum. There are beautiful exhibits here, both traveling and permanent. The best part? Seeing the full-scale replica of Carter’s oval office. Children aged 16 and under are free! Visitors over 16 must pay $12 admission ($10 for seniors).
Expedition Bigfoot. If you’re not already a believer in Bigfoot, you will be after visiting this museum in Blue Ridge!
ATTRACTIONS FOR WINTER FUN
Legoland Discovery Center. Race Lego cars, build giant Duplo blocks or take a ride high in the sky. Phipps Plaza is a great place to warm up and build something grand.
Atlanta History Center. We love exploring the exhibits at AHC, but especially love Magic Mondays for toddlers. One of the best in-town programs for kids.
Wrens Nest. Visit every Saturday at 1 p.m. for storytelling time. Take a tour of the house and learn more about Joel Candler Harris (Uncle Remus).
World of Coca Cola. Visit the secret formula vault, take in a 4D movie, pose with the Coke Polar Bear or try a tasting of 100+ coke products. Afterwards, you can spend some time explore nearby Centennial Olympic Park.
Georgia Aquarium. See the dolphins practicing for their show, go behind the scenes, swim with the Whale Sharks, try Toddler Time or just wander the halls seeing all sorts of marine magic. TICKETS HERE!
Center for Puppetry Arts. Take in a wonderful puppet show, make a puppet to take home and enjoy the newly renovated puppet museum.
IKEA. Why not escape the cold and redesign your living room at the same time?! IKEA has family restrooms, a kids menu in the restaurant, family parking, play areas throughout the store and free supervised play for your kiddos for up to an hour!
College Football Hall of Fame. Explore the exhibits with personalized RFID technology. Don’t miss the panoramic theater and trying to kick your own field goal. You don’t have to be a football fan to love this place!
GOOD EATS AND WINTER TREATS
Young Chef’s Academy. Weekly classes teach kids as young as 3 and up thru teens. Master Chef in the making? Try the Chef’s Club Membership to save. Georgia locations include Marietta, Sandy Springs, and Cumming.
Doughnuts. Donuts and cocoa? YES please! Take a tasting tour, visit a new one each week or find a favorite. Some of our choices include Dutch Monkey, Sublime, Revolution and the ubiquitous choice – Krispy Kreme.
Souper Jenny. What’s better for you in winter than a big bowl of soup? There are five locations across town to drink in the warmth.
Beech Mountain. We adore Beech Mountain in North Carolina. It’s a great escape, perfect for a weekend getaway, and an ideal place to teach your kiddos to ski. Here are more Ski Resorts In NC Your Family Will LOVE!
Indoor Hotel Pool. What about a winter staycation at a hotel with an indoor pool? Our favorite is Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, but JW Marriott and Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are close runners up.
Legoland Florida. If you’d rather leave the cold behind, then take a trip south to Legoland Florida. There are two resort hotels, and bungalows to choose from and all are amazing for kids AND adults! DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Swim with a Manatee. Winter is the time of year that families can enjoy this in Florida. Is this your year?
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