Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, boasts a variety of great activities for the whole family. From parks to museums, here are five places that are sure to appeal to kids of all ages!

World of Coca Cola

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The World of Coca Cola is one of the most popular sites in Atlanta. Tour the impressive Coca Cola museum (featuring Coke paraphernalia both old and new). At the end of your tour, you’ll be able to sample some of Coke’s most famous products in the large tasting room (sugar rush, anyone?!).

Make sure to save time for a 4-D journey around the world entitled “In Search of the Secret Formula.” The movie is in 3-D, while moving seats and other special effects in the theater make it an unforgettable 4-D experience. At the end of your visit, swing by the gift shop where you and the kids can purchase Coca Cola souvenirs.

Atlanta History Center

"Swan House (?)" by Martin Roell is licensed under CC 2.0.

Swan House (?)” by Martin Roell is licensed under CC 2.0.

The expansive Atlanta History Center has plenty to offer families. While the fascinating Atlanta History Museum and Centennial Olympic Games Museum are better for older kids and adults, visitors of all ages will enjoy the Smith Family Farm.

On Mondays-Saturdays from 11:00am-4:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm, the Smith Family Farm hosts open houses for visitors to tour the Civil War era structures and interact with costumed interpreters. Visitors are encouraged to ask the members of the Smith family, their neighbors, and enslaved workers about how their lives were during the Civil War. Set the kids loose and watch as both informative and entertaining interactions ensue!

Georgia Aquarium

Kids of all ages will be awed by the staggering variety of sea creatures on view at the Georgia Aquarium. Not only is it the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, it’s specifically geared for kids. From Toddler Time (an animal “meet and greet,” story time, craft project, and snack) to Splash 101 (a chance for visitors to experience firsthand how aquarium staff trains their incredible dolphins), there’s sure to be something to please every member of your family (yes, even the picky ones). Check out their easily accessible website to see what will be happening when you’re in town!

Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site

The Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site includes a visitor’s center, Martin Luther King’s birth home, the “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fire Station No. 6, and other important monuments related to Dr. King’s life and work. It’s sure to be an unforgettable and important experience for kids and adults alike. The National Park Service provides information on how to plan the best visit for your family.

Piedmont Park

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Piedmont Park is a great place to take young travelers who need to burn off a bit of energy. Not only will they be able to climb around on a playscape designed by the famous artist Isamu Noguchi, they can also feed the ducks and take a dip in the pool at the Piedmont Aquatic Center. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés nearby for when they work up an appetite (or if Mom and Dad need a cup of coffee).

We’re all ears: Where are your favorite places to take the family in Atlanta? Let us know in the comments section!

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Jen Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co.