Blending together the hospitality of the South and a love of modern advancements, Atlanta’s hub of activity and fun will please any traveling family. It’s the perfect city for little ones of all ages to explore everything from unique American history to incredible animals at various famous zoos and sanctuaries.
Pros of Traveling to Atlanta
For one, Atlanta is a major airport hub. It’s actually closer to places in the Midwest, like Chicago, than New York or Baltimore. It also serves at the stopping point layover for many international destinations throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and Central America. So even if Atlanta is not your final destination, it can be worth extending a stop for a day to enjoy its attractions.
Not only is it easy to get to Atlanta, the city provides a glimpse into the thriving cosmopolitan lifestyle of the south while holding true to its traditional roots. The melting pot of Atlanta’s diverse culinary ventures and art scene are a sight to behold as well.
Hit Up the Hotspots
Much of the city is spread out into diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, but there’s still a few great hotels in Atlanta that are conveniently located and ideal for families. The Hyatt Atlanta Midtown is a four-star beauty close to performance venues and museums (and complete with a pool), while the Omni Hotel downtown also has a spot to swim, allows pets and has great views of the city from its high rise locale inside the CNN Center.
Once you settle in, venture into town to start sightseeing. One of the most well-known attractions is the Coca-Cola center that offers free samples, tastings, and insight into the history of the brand. You can also have a 4-D movie experience at this complex the little ones will love. Afterward, swing by Zoo Atlanta to say hello to two of the most famous Panda cubs in the country, Mei Lun and Mei Huan. If looking for an overall take on the city, try an iconic trolley tour or have the family jump into one of the open-air rentable smart cars for cruising the sunny streets. When it’s time to eat, you can’t beat some local barbecue or soul food, like the kid-friendly dishes found at Paschal’s Restaurant, serving locals and tourists alike since 1947.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Of course, we want to map out as much as we can of our travel itinerary, but sometimes the unexpected can happen. Go with the flow! Keep in mind traveling with kids is always going to be full of surprises and Atlanta is no exception. For instance, if you’d like to bring the kiddos to Centennial Olympic Park to embrace the sunshine, you might want to pack some change of clothes, as there is an interactive kid’s fountain in the center.
Many of Atlanta’s activities are outside, so make sure you and the kids are dressed accordingly. Packing some extra sunscreen and even a first aid kit will ensure everyone’s comfortable while checking out botanical gardens or biking the Atlanta BeltLine.
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