May 22, 2014

Top Ten Family Activities in Atlanta - Part One

Guest Blogger Melinda Recommends Things for Families to do in Atlanta

A note from Marchet: I've asked Melinda to recommend her top ten kid and family friendly activities in the Atlanta area. It's a perfect way to kick off your summer bucket list. Enjoy!

I’ve lived in the Roswell/Alpharetta area for the past 22 years.   For the last 13 years my kids and I have explored many different attractions in the Atlanta area.  If you want some tried and true activities that are great for families, try one of the activities listed in Part 1 of my Top 10 Atlanta Family Activities.

Atlanta Braves:  Going to a Braves game is fun for the whole family (I’ve taken my kids as young as 4 months) and tickets come in all price ranges. Besides watching the game, there are plenty of fun activities for kids.  My kids could spend an hour running through the misting stations and along a replica first baseline in Sky Field! Go on the 4th of July and enjoy a fantastic fireworks show after the game. Tip: Be sure to buy your parking pass early from Ticketmaster, it makes finding parking so easy!

Georgia Aquarium: One of the best aquariums I have ever been to.  Walking through the tunnel with whale sharks swimming overhead or watching the beluga whales swimming right next to you is an amazing experience not to be missed.  Tip: It gets really crowded and hard to navigate around crowds.  Get there a few minutes before opening (especially on a week day) and you will practically have the aquarium to yourself for a few hours!

Hiking Stone Mountain: A great 1 mile hike, but not so tough that the kids can’t do it.  My kids have hiked the entire way as young as 4 and most of the way at 3.  Go early so it doesn’t get too hot, but be sure to check the operating hours for the sky ride so you don’t get to the top and the bathrooms are closed! Bring some snacks for the top and a camera to capture the incredible views.

Morgan Falls Park:  This park is worth driving to!  The playground is my family’s absolute favorite.  Besides the fantastic playground there are bench swings overlooking the beautiful Chattahoochee River and walking trails along the river.  Be warned that pets are not allowed in the playground area, but are welcomed in the rest of the park.

Roswell Spraygrounds:  This is perfect for those summer days when it is too hot to go to the park!  Roswell has two spraygrounds and, at $2 per person, they are the perfect places to go when you need to break up the monotony of summer.

Click here to read Part 2 of the Top 10 Atlanta Family Activities. 

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