Family Attractions in Atlanta

A trip to Atlanta is an excellent way to bond with your family and take in all that this magnificent city has to offer. Atlanta can be an expensive city to visit, so we’ve included a few free attractions on our list just to make your family trip to Atlanta more budget friendly.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is really a must see attraction for anyone headed to Atlanta whether you have your family along or not. As the world’s largest aquarium it features more animals than any other aquarium and holds an astonishing eight million gallons of water. Touring all sixty exhibits will take the majority of the day but you’ll walk away with a much deeper understanding of the waterways of the world. Some of the highlights of the Georgia Aquarium are the whale sharks, the beluga whales, a great hammerhead shark, and a manta ray who is the only one on display in the country. The exhibits are set up in five different galleries: Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest and River Scout. Each gallery gives you an up close and personal look at these aquatic beauties and seeks to bring you closer to the world around you.

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is the city’s oldest cultural attraction having its roots in the circus. In 1889 a traveling circus was traveling to Marietta and stalled, having severe financial problems the owner went into bankruptcy and abandoned the animals. A local businessman purchased the animals and donated them to the city. The city placed the animals in Grant Park and the first zoo was born. As times changed the zoo changed and grew but not all of it was good. By 1984 the zoo was considered one of the worst in the country and it looked like the institution would close. Instead a proactive approach was taken and Zoo Atlanta is now something to be proud of and a lesson to everyone about the importance of the other creatures that share this world with us.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Nothing says family fun like an amusement park and Six Flags Over Georgia offers loads of fun for everyone in the family. Located on more than 230 acres the theme park prides itself on its collection of roller coasters but there are a huge number of other rides and attractions as well including several water park adventures. One highlight of Six Flags Over Georgia is the Riverview Carousel it is one of only three remaining five abreast carousels and has landed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Six Flags White Water

Speaking of Six Flags the addition of a separate water park has made Six Flags White Water one of the most popular summer time destinations for local kids looking for an escape from the heat. White Water is the largest water park in the south with 50 attractions and according to the Travel Channel one of the top 10 water parks. There are rides and attractions for every age group from the Little Squirt’s Island to the challenging world’s tallest free fall and everything in between.

Centennial Olympic Park

One of the free attractions in Atlanta is Centennial Olympic Park. The park used to be one of the most run down areas of the city but once the Olympics decided to make Atlanta their home base in 1996 the city moved ahead and restored this area into a noted park. Unfortunately the park had a bit of a notorious beginning as there was a bombing during the Olympics. But since then it has grown to be a beloved area for many residents and host to numerous events throughout the year.

Piedmont Park Conservancy

If your family is active and likes to spend time outdoors then Piedmont Park Conservancy may be a better choice than Centennial Olympic Park because a lot of activities are prevented at the Olympic Park. Piedmont welcomes anyone who wants to fish, grill, picnic, use the playground, skate, bike, play soccer, softball, volleyball, tennis, go swimming, take a walk, jog, and bird watch. In fact an industrious activity nut can probably load several activities into one day. If you’re there during the Green Market make sure to take a trip through this farmer’s market to select a few local goodies and take them into the park for a picnic that’s all Atlanta. This is another free activity in Atlanta.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

A more somber stop is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which honors this great man’s affect on the United States through the preservation of his birth home. Tours are free but are filled on a first come, first serve basis so make sure to register at the Visitor Center as soon as you arrive. Only 15 people get to go on the guided tour each hour but it’s well worth the wait as it inspires hope and belief in individuals and the power of this country.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Atlanta was a hot bed during the Civil War and remains full of fascinating history. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park brings you into the past, to a time filled with history and lore. The battlefield is situated on almost 3,000 acres and was once home to the Atlanta Campaign which lasted from June 19th to July 2nd 1864. The grounds are now basically empty but were once packed with 100,000 soldiers in the Sherman Army and 63,000 in Johnston’s. More than 67,000 men were killed, wounded or captured during this battle. It’s an awesome place to visit and one of Atlanta’s free family attractions.

The best part about visiting Atlanta with your family is there is really a little bit of everything to enjoy. Whether your family is interested in the great outdoors and physical activity or if they prefer the thrills of an amusement park. Whether your family seeks deeper understanding of the creatures who share the world with us or of United States history it all can be found in Atlanta.

By: jimmyweeeCC BY 2.0

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