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Bursting with attractions from hands-on museums to hair-raising roller coasters, Atlanta is ideal for a family city break. Will you dive with dolphins or stir up secret drinks recipes? Anything is possible here. Plus, there are numerous family restaurants to keep everyone's energy up.

 

Animal magic

 

Atlanta is home to world-class animal facilities, including a zoo and an aquarium, where they care for rare species such as giant pandas and beluga whales. Young wildlife explorers will love the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite critters.

 

Georgia Aquarium

 

Atlanta’s Aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and it exhibits marine life on a breathtaking scale. Altogether, it’s home to more than 100,000 creatures. There’s even the opportunity to encounter some animals in the flesh – you can go diving with whales, and kids will absolutely relish being able to pet the dolphins.

 

225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta GA 30313. Tel: +1 404 581 4000

 

Georgia Aquarium website

 

Interactive museums

 

Multi-sensory experiences and awe-inspiring exhibits fill Atlanta’s museums, spanning the ancient past to futuristic technology. Children will love investigating the science behind their favorite fizzy drinks, and being swept away on 4D cinema journeys.

 

World of Coca-Cola

 

Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola, and this unique museum is a treat for the whole family. Much more than a series of exhibits, there’s plenty to get involved with, from designing and testing recipes, to a 4D movie experience. Of course, there are lots of sampling opportunities too.

 

121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. Tel: +1 404 676 5151

 

World of Coca-Cola website

 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

 

Georgia’s major Natural History Museum brings the ancient past of our planet up to date. Giant dinosaur skeletons rear up in the atrium, and there are plenty of hands-on exhibits for children to explore. There’s also an IMAX cinema to take you on an exhilarating journey through the natural world.

 

767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta GA 30307. Tel: +1 404 929 6300

 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History website

 

Theme parks

 

Why not escape the city for a day of wild rides and amusements? There are several theme parks within a short drive of the city, with fun and entertainment for all ages. Buckle up and prepare for high-adrenaline action in Atlanta.

 

Six Flags Over Georgia

 

Georgia’s largest theme park has thrills for the whole family. Older kids will love the monster roller coasters, while little ones will enjoy meeting their favorite Looney Tunes characters. There are also special rides suitable for toddlers and young children. With shopping and dining too, it makes a great day out.

 

275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell GA 30168. Tel: +1 770 739 3400

 

Six Flags Over Georgia website

 

Family dining

 

From classic diners serving up burgers and hot dogs, to boutique neighborhood eateries, Atlanta cuisine is nothing if not diverse. Many restaurants provide kid-friendly menus, and you definitely won’t be limited to the same old chains.

 

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

 

Serving up hearty Southern dishes, Mary Mac’s Tea Room is all about honest home cooking, featuring classics like meatloaf, crawfish, and fried chicken. There’s a special kids’ menu, as well as extensive gluten-free and vegan options. Kids will love filling out their own order card too.

 

224 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30308. Tel: +1 404 876 1800

 

Mary Mac’s Tea Room website

 

The Real Chow Baby

 

If you’re traveling with picky eaters, but you don’t want to stuff them full of burgers the whole time, head to The Real Chow Baby. It serves pan-Asian stir fry, with endlessly customizable options. Plus, it’s all-you-can-eat, so even teenagers with voracious appetites will be satisfied.

 

1016 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta GA 30318. Tel: +1 404 815 4900

 

The Real Chow Baby website