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Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Skip-the-Line Tickets

1. Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium Skip-the-Line Tickets

Skip the purchase lines at the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, and spend the day enjoying the aquarium's seven different areas and interactive 4D theater. The Aquarium features a variety of places to eat and drink, and parking is made easy in the connected parking garage. Learn about whale sharks, manta rays, giant groupers, and stingrays as you watch them from a huge window or walk through the clear underwater tunnel running through the giant tank. Discover the exciting energy of dolphins and their behavior from experienced trainers. Explore the world's coldest oceans with wildlife like the weedy seadragon, beluga whale, giant Pacific octopus, and Japanese spider crab. Introduce yourself to the charismatic nature of California sea lions before checking out one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world.

Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta General Admission Ticket

2. Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta General Admission Ticket

Connect with wildlife and visit over 1,500 animals with this ticket to Zoo Atlanta. Discover why Zoo Atlanta is one of the best zoological operations in the US. Enjoy a day with the whole family as you see the pandas, visit the the African Savanna, and interact with the animals at the petting zoo. Upon arrival, enter through the Advance Ticket entry line. Visit the twins, Ya Lun and Xi Lun, at the giant panda habitat. Then, head to one of Zoo Atlanta's largest expansions, the African Savanna.  The new elephant habitat is designed with elephant well-being in mind. Plains zebra, giraffes, and ostriches live together in a mixed-species setting. See an upgraded habitat for warthogs and meerkats. Enjoy Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience. Explore a new amphibian and reptile complex featuring over 70 species and 100 individual animals. See over 65 animal habitats, including a windswept desert, Australian billabong, mangrove swamp, Georgia tidal creek, and more. Join a range of educational conversations with animal experts, many of which include an opportunity to watch animals during their feeding times. During the Wildlife Presentations, watch animals' natural behaviors in dynamic wildlife presentations. See mammals, birds, reptiles, and other animals.  Make sure to visit the KIDZone and Naked Mole Rat Playgrounds with your children, with plenty of opportunities to play, climb, and explore. In the summer, cool down at the Splash Fountain. The Petting Zoo, or also Treetop Trail for an additional fee, are both great options for more fun.

World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry

3. World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry

Welcome to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta! Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits, learning about the history of the iconic brand, and sampling more than 100 different beverages from around the world. With artifacts from yesterday and today, experience the real stories behind the world’s most famous beverage brand. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the bottling process in Bottle Works. Don't forget to take your selfie with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear before leaving! Enter the new exhibit, Scent Discovery, and use your nose to guess the origin of a variety of scents led by your small group docent. At World of Coca-Cola, inspiration is around every corner - from the vault where the secret formula is secured to world-class art and memorabilia. Located near beautiful Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola is right in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s bustling entertainment district and a must-see while in Atlanta. Advance ticket purchases will allow you to proceed directly to the main entry line.

Illuminarium Atlanta: Immersive Experience Admission Ticket

4. Illuminarium Atlanta: Immersive Experience Admission Ticket

Visit Illuminarium Atlanta and be transported to any location through an all-encompassing experience. An unprecedented blend of 4K laser projection provides you with a connected and shared entertainment journey. Audio beams create a unique and precise sound experience for each individual, in-floor haptics produces realistic sensations for visitors, and even scents add authentic enhancement to the immersive experience. GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: One Hundred Flowers (April 28 – July 1, 2022) Georgia O'Keeffe, recognized as the Mother of American Modernism, is arguably the most important female artist of all time. This show breathes life into a virtual garden of the modernist painter's most celebrated pieces. A series of evolving visual landscapes, synced with a powerful all-female soundtrack, celebrates and reimagines the treasured floral stills featured in “Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers”, one of the best-selling art books of all time with over one million copies sold worldwide. WILD: A Safari Experience (January 3 - May 23, 2022) Be transported to Africa in the blink of an eye. Come face to face with the world’s most exotic animals in their natural habitats in this unique cinematic experience. Explore the sweeping plains of Masai Mara, Kruger National Park, and the watering holes of Samburu Reserve. Feel the ground shaking with an elephant’s stomp or the low-end frequency of a lion’s roar or the water ripple as you step into it. Visit the onsite retail shop and indoor/outdoor café featuring food, drinks, and artisanal gifts to complement your experience.

Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

5. Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

Explore all the most popular and historic areas of the “Capitol of the South.” Hop aboard the Trolley in Atlanta’s downtown and hear the stories and history of this southern metropolis. This trolley tour is an excellent way to get the lay of the land and open your eyes to all the things you can do in Atlanta. Cruise by the Old 4th Ward, the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, which is now filled with artisanal restaurants and stores. Discover areas such as Centennial Olympic Park, Inman Park, and Ansley Park.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

6. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

Discover the many LEGO attractions at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Save the princess on an interactive journey aboard a royal chariot during a Kingdom Quest adventure ride. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™: A New Adventure, at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where families control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Take on the challenge at the Earthquake Tables and test the strength of a brick tower when the tables start to shake. Explore MINILAND, an Atlanta cityscape made entirely of 1.5 million LEGO Bricks. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. LEGO Ninjago Training Camp puts families' ninja skills to the test to become a true LEGO ninja and defeat the bad guys in this action-packed play-zone. Then create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time.

Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour

7. Atlanta: City Lights Night Tour

Ride by night around Atlanta and see the glimmering city lit up against the sky. Visit top landmarks, spot famous movie and TV filming locales, and iconic attractions like the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Listen to interesting facts from your guide and watch the city come to life as the sun sets. Drive through the twinkling lights of Downtown Atlanta and see all the sights. Take in the view of the sun setting as you drive by The King Center and learn of the city's important civil rights heritage. Grab local restaurant and bar suggestions from your guide as you pass by the best in town. Take in views of the Jackson Street Bridge, Centennial Olympic Park, and Mercedes Benz Stadium, which are sometimes illuminated with brilliant colors. Allow your guide to point out famous filming spots and share the history of the Millennium Gate. Enjoy plenty of time for photo ops and stops and drop-off at a dinner location at the end of the tour.

Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

8. Atlanta: Black History and Civil Rights City Driving Tour

Drive around the home of the modern Civil Rights movement and discover the rich African-American heritage of Atlanta. Visit the most iconic and significant neighborhoods and landmarks while learning their historical significance and hear the stories of leaders and activists, past and present. Explore the major heritage sights of African-American Heritage by driving around Atlanta. Visit the heritage district of Sweet Auburn Avenue, a famous black neighborhood lined with iconic churches and black-owned businesses. Learn important stories from your guide and discover Atlanta's many close ties to great African-American leaders and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Madam CJ Walker, Booker T. Washington, Stokely Carmichael, Maynard Jackson, and many more. Drive through the Downtown, West End, Castleberry Hills, Vine City, Atlanta University Center, Downtown Atlanta, and the birth home and last residence of Dr. Martin Luther King. Despite its past challenges, Atlanta is a vibrant city that has emerged as a center for black culture, education, political influence, and business — a testament to its power, strength, and undefeated spirit.

Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

9. Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

Learn all about the history of Atlanta and explore some of its most exciting areas on a 90-minute journey via electric car. Explore the city far away from all its main tourist-crowded areas downtown. Discover some of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods like Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb; Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King; Georgia Institute of Technology; the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site; and Midtown Atlanta, with its thriving bars, cafes, and colorful lifestyle. The Atlanta Experience tour is perfect for both tourists and locals wanting to learn more about the city's history. Whether a first-time visitor or an Atlanta resident, you will leave with a new found love and affection for this great southern city.

Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

10. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

Discover Atlanta in a fun and exciting way by gliding around on Segway. Learn about the rich culture and history as you explore some of the eclectic neighborhoods of this fascinating southern city. Choose one of three tours to explore different parts of Atlanta. Each segway tour begins with a 15-20 minute training session so that you feel safe and comfortable as you hit the streets on these vehicles.  On the Eastside Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, see the historic sites and neighborhoods of Atlanta on a relaxed tour that takes an in-depth look at the city’s history and culture. Meet your group at the meeting point and set off, avoiding the busy sidewalks and congested streets. Go to the Inman Park neighborhood to explore Atlanta's first planned suburb, established back in the 1890’s. Continue to the Martin Luther King National Park, located at his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue. Explore the traditionally African American neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward (O4W), where King grew up. Go to the Historic Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s largest green spaces. Cruise through Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest public park, and look out for the renovated mill in the artistic Cabbagetown district. Along the way, your guide will stop to introduce you to some of the city's specialty stores and there may even be the chance for food tastings along the way.  On the Midtown Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, experience the soaring skyscrapers and leafy neighborhoods of Atlanta and enjoy great views of architecture and urban nature. Pass the modern skyscrapers of the Midtown Business District en route to the lovely houses of Ansley Park. Marvel at a diverse range of building styles, from opulent Tudor homes to Craftsmen and Italian Renaissance buildings in the heart of the city. Discover one of the fastest growing areas of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, bordered by many of the city's top attractions. Glide into Midtown, known for its diversity of restaurants that you cane come back and visit some of them after the tour. Pass the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of America’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Then, escape the hustle and bustle of the city center as you roll past the lush landscape of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Continue to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, always alive with a range of outdoor activities.  The Downtown Atlanta 90-minute evening tour is a leisurely journey through historic Downtown Atlanta. From Atlanta’s early beginnings, the Centennial Olympics, and current day expansion. Come and see why the city is noted as the Capitol of the south. See sites including the Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, World of Coke, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Georgia State University. Venture into the historic Fairlie Poplar district of downtown. This tour is great for picture opportunities. You will learn, explore, and get sound recommendations on restaurants and other things to do in the area.

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Atlanta with kids


Going to Atlanta with the whole family and wondering how to organize your time? Don’t fret – there are lots of fun things to do in Atlanta with kids! Starry-eyed fans can visit shooting locations for the Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Venom, and the Avengers. Take young foodies on a tour of Downtown, Grant Park, and other neighborhoods for the best fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and fried pimento cheese. Then work all that off with some kayaking or rowing along the Chattahoochee River. Or have some old-fashioned family fun at Skyline Park’s arcade and mini golf above the city.

Visit the Fernbank Natural History Museum 


Natural history is more than just fossils. However, not much beats being greeted by a family of dinosaurs. Inside, the kids will see lots of dinosaurs, including a Giganotosaurus that is unsurprisingly huge. Young scientists can learn about how the dinosaurs died off and turned into Okefenokee Swamp. They can continue exploring the cultures that influenced the region or go outside and traipse through nature in real life. The Fernbank Forest is 65 acres of old-growth forestry. Your whole family can go on a stroll along the trails and take a moment to enjoy the birds and the towering trees. For extra family fun things to do, check the schedule for storytelling, live experiments, and animal encounters.


Keep in mind that strollers may be difficult to maneuver in some of the outdoor areas, but you can take them inside the museum. You can store things inside the available lockers and use the baby changing facilities. Food and drink are only allowed at the café and restaurant.

Visit the World of Coca-Cola 


Visit the vault with the secret formula worth millions. Discover the different flavors of Coca-Cola around the world. Young cola connoisseurs can try their hand at making their own refreshing beverage. Maybe their formula will be the next new Coke! They can learn how the bottle took shape and where the brand’s signature polar bear came from (he may be older than you think!). Everyone in the family may be amazed at how influential a single soft drink has been. Especially when it comes to Santa.


Strollers are welcome, and there is no storage area or coat check available. If needed, baby changing facilities are at your disposal.

Visit the Center for Puppetry Arts

 
Meet your favorite Muppet or Sesame Street character. Then introduce them to your kids. The center has an extensive museum of puppets from around the world. Show the kids that puppets are enjoyed by young and old everywhere, from Indonesia to England and even your home country. Then join in on a tour of Jim Henson’s Gallery or a special workshop with an artist-in-residence. Check the schedule for what’s on – you may catch a behind-the-scenes tour or get to create your own puppet.

 You can’t use strollers in the theater, but staff will help store them.

 
Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
 

Rain or shine, you can get your garden fix. The gardens are open all year round, although you may want to check the weather before you go. Don’t miss the artwork sculpted out of the greenery, starting with the Earth Goddess created from over 10,000 different plants. Take the family past the calm water feature to the children’s garden, where the fun begins. Here, kids paint with water, make wooden drums, and plant vegetables. For a look into the weird and wonderful, they can check out the Venus flytraps and pitcher plants that eat bugs. Or they can see bees busy at work behind safety glass. Then check the schedule to catch garden playtime, storytelling, and frog feeding times.


Strollers are allowed. Children of all ages are welcome, but there are restrictions on running and picking flowers and plants outside the children’s garden. You can’t bring in outside food and drinks, but the restaurant, café, and snack bar offer children’s menus. There are plenty of water fountains throughout the park, as well as baby changing facilities.

Visit the Delta Flight Museum


Planes amaze children and adults alike. How do these huge machines fly and stay in the air? How do they land? These questions may just be answered at the Delta Flight Museum. More than just a tour through the history of aviation, there’s a scavenger hunt, complete with a pre-flight checklist to keep everyone focused. After soaking it all in, you might want to try your hand at the flight simulator or explore the first 747 ever built.


You can’t bring food or drink into the museum, and there are no food services available. Strollers are welcome, although they may have trouble accessing certain areas. Staff is available to escort visitors to the mother’s area.



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This is a MUST-DO activity when visiting Atlanta. Combining fun, history, facts, and exploration you are sure to be amazed as you walk through the World of Coca-Cola. There is not a dull moment during your time inside. You begin your tour marveling at old Coke artifacts before entering into a movie theater where you enjoy a brief short film. Next you make your way to various different fun activities ranging from how the bottling process works to an entire room filled with Coke products from around the world that you can sample! Absolutely wonderful!

A hidden gem of Atlanta! The Center of Puppetry Arts showcases the marvel of puppets we all love as well as its history. There were no crowds or lines which made me feel like I had the entire place to myself. I took a walk down memory lane as I admired the Sesame Street and the Muppets exhibit. And learned more about puppetry in other countries and cultures. A lovely addition to my travels!

We really enjoyed it earlier this week! So much better than our experience at Greenville Zoo in SC. My young son and husband did the treetop trail zip line and enjoyed that too! The park is huge and there is a lot to see. Definitely will be going again soon!!

Great trip. Guide was excellent and it gave us a good idea of the things we wanted to do. Atlanta History Centre is a must-see as is the Martin Luther King Jnr Centre.

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