Atlanta has long been on my bucket list due to a lifetime love of Coca-Cola. So when our good friends moved from Hong Kong to Atlanta, it was time to make that dream a reality! After a tumultuous start to the journey, we ended up in Atlanta exactly 48 hours after departing Singapore. The Atlanta metropolitan area is sprawling, so you may want to research carefully where you stay. Do you want to be in the thick of things down town? Or you perhaps rent an airbnb in the suburbs? We were staying with our friends in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, approximately one hour drive from downtown. There’s plenty to do in Georgia’s capital – we allocated 5 nights but could have easily stayed longer. You may want to purchase a CityPASS which will allow significant savings if you’re doing the top attractions. My only regret is that we didn’t have time for the CNN Studio Tour, will have to save that for the next visit!
Best Atlanta Attractions For Kids
- The World of Coca-Cola was the sugary fun we had anticipated. Allow around 2-3 hours to tour the interactive exhibits and movies. Explore the history of Coca-Cola, figure out the secret ingredients in the Vault and meet the Polar Bear.
The best part for Jetlag & Mayhem was the famed Tasting room where you get to try more than 100 international and domestic beverages made by The Coca‑Cola Company. A guaranteed way to get your day started on a sugar high!
Next door to The World of Coca-Cola is the magnificent, Georgia Aquarium. Check out the daily programme times to plan your day accordingly. We must have spent close to an hour staring at the whale sharks and turtles the Ocean Voyager gallery.
Jetlag & Mayhem loved the touch tank in the Cold Water Quest, where they got to curiously prod the anemone and starfish.
Centennial Olympic Park is located next to the Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. There’s a children’s playground and the Fountain Of Rings has musically choreographed water displays, several times daily.
- If you’re suffering in the Atlanta heat, the best place to head is Six Flags White Water. Six Flags White Water is made up of four separate sections, each with a number of attractions. We had 5 kids there between the ages of 3 to 9 and they all had a blast. Our favourites were the Tornado and Wahoo Racer. It’s not open all year round so check website to see when the season runs.
- You could easily spend an entire day at Stone Mountain Park. The mountain itself is the largest exposed granite in North America. There’s lots to do and if you buy an ‘all attractions pass’, the cost is fairly reasonable. We started by taking the cable car to the top of the mountain to enjoy our picnic and check out the amazing views.
Pack trainers if you want to partake in the ropes course and climbing wall at the Camp Highland Outpost. We enjoyed strolling through the Dinosaur Explore and beating the heat inside the Dinotorium and Geyser Towers. We didn’t have the energy to stay for the daily laser show.. next time!
- If you’re looking for outdoor beauty, Lake Lanier is a glorious place to spend the day if the weather allows. The water was clear and the perfect temperature.