Best Places To Visit With Kids In Summr

King of Pops – Check the calendar, see where they will be, and prepare to get your popsicle on! These are the best popsicles in the universe! Save me a mango jalapeno, and my boys say, “Pass the Peach!”

LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands – Enjoy fun slides, relaxing beaches, wakeboarding, and lake adventures. There is a Fun Park, Big Beach, and Sunset Cove. Enjoy Beach Flicks and live music during the summer.

Liberty Bell Swimming Pool, at FDR State Park – FDR provides 42 miles of trails, geocaching, star gazing, canoeing, and more. The kids will love taking a dip in the Liberty Bell swimming pool!

Library Summer Reading Programs – Your local library has a summer reading program for the kids. Most libraries also have regular programs associated with these, like jugglers, magicians and such.

Marietta Fire Museum – Tour the two stories of fire truck paraphernalia and fire trucks. Be sure to ask for a tour, and whatever you do, get your parking validated to save $20. Just a short walk away is a fun train playground and an ice cream shop!

Matilda’s Under the Pines – This incredible outdoor music venue in Alpharetta is free for kiddos and family-friendly!

Movies in the park – There are free outdoor movie locations all over the city. Bring a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy the evening!

Museum of Aviation. Do you have a want-to-be pilot in your life? The Museum of Aviation at Warner Robbins will elicit a full day’s worth of grins and giggles. It is one of the largest aviation museums in the US. See over 90 different aircraft, spread over four hangers and 51 acres. The best part? It’s FREE. National Trail Days – (June 4) Take a Ranger-led hike, volunteer your time for clean up, or one of several other events on Trail Day.

Piedmont Park Pool – Spend time splashing in the fountains or riding the lazy river. There is a greystone bathhouse, lap lanes, and much more. It is clean and super family friendly. If you need a break from the sun, you can also try one of these FREE ways to explore Piedmont Park.

Renaissance Festival – Jousting, games, fire jugglers, and so much more. This is a summer festival you can’t miss.

Ride the Atlanta Streetcar –There are 12 stops along a 2.7-mile loop. It would be fun to ride just for the novelty, but consider stops at Centennial Park, Sweet Auburn Market, MLK National Historic Site, or Woodruff Park.

Atlanta's Top 10 Hotels

The St. Regis Atlanta 88 West Paces Ferry Rd; 404.563.7900 The five-diamond St. Regis is Buckhead's crown jewel, boasting 151 spacious guestrooms adorned in custom furnishings and bespoke artwork. And to take your stay to the next level, each of its 31 luxury suites has exclusive access your very own Mr. Belvedere.

Modern Glass Tree House Berne St; Email for reservations What's that saying about people in glass houses and rocks? Don't ponder too long, because someone else will swoop in and book this gorgeous forest retreat just minutes from Downtown, with its ultra-modern steel furnishings and glass everything-else. Read the full review...

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta 3376 Peachtree Rd NE; 404.995.7500 Offering sweeping views of the city and direct access to luxe shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, the 42-story Mandarin Oriental mixes a Far Eastern attention to detail with good ole fashioned Southern hospitality. Read the full review...
Loews Atlanta 1065 Peachtree St NE; 404.745.5000 Standing at the intersection of Southern charm and modern convenience, Loews has led the charge in chic-yet-comfortable accommodations in the heart of Midtown, with over 40,000sqft of meeting space, a rooftop terrace, a spa, and amenities designed to get work and play done with the greatest of ease. Read the full review...

Glenn Hotel 110 Marietta St NW; 404.521.2250 If the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena weren't covered, you could probably enjoy your favorite basketball and football games from the comfort of your bed at the Glenn Hotel, a posh Downtown style emporium boasting a rooftop bar & lounge, contemporary Southern dining, and direct access to the ATL's premiere events and sports facilities. Read the full review...

The Artmore Hotel 1302 West Peachtree St; 404.876.6100 Located on West Peachtree Street in the middle of Atlanta’s Cultural Arts District, The Artmore Hotel feels more like something out of the Alamo, sporting a Spanish aesthetic on the outside, and ultra-sleek modern furnishings on the inside. And with its close proximity to Atlantic Station and the High Museum, this is definitely one hotel worth holing up in. Read the full review...

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown 683 Peachtree St; 404.874.9200 If the Hotel Indigo brand were Van Halen, then the Atlanta Midtown location would be David Lee Roth... sans the big hair and tight leather pants. Breaking away from the nautically themed digs it came to be known for, the Peachtree boutiquery adorned itself with vibrant hues and elegant furnishings inspired by concerts and performances at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Read the full review...

W Atlanta Downtown 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW; 404.582.5800 Towering above nearby ATL landmarks including Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Georgia Dome (it's a landmark when the Falcons are winning), The W Atlanta Downtown is a lush hideaway in the concrete jungle, offering top-notch dining, a rooftop pool, and 27-stories of modern accommodations and ammenities. Read the full review...

Atlatna Boat Show 2017

Every January the Progressive® Insurance Atlanta Boat Show® cruises into the Georgia World Congress Center with once-a-year deals on the best in boating! As Georgia’s premier boat show it’s the best place to see and buy boats, gear and accessories.

If it’s for boating, you’ll find it here! Hundreds of new boats, including powerboats, center consoles, ski boats and personal watercraft, and booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine gear, electronics and accessories fill the Georgia World Congress Center. And there’s no better time to buy. The 4-day sale is your chance to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest boating accessories all at one time!

There’s something for everyone! In addition to great deals on boats and marine gear, a day at the show promises plenty of family friendly entertainment. There’s a Kids’ Zone featuring fun activities for young mariners. If you’re interested in improving or enhancing your boating skills, the boater education program offers a terrific line-up of free boating, fishing and sailing seminars every day of the show.


Dates & Location:

January 12–15, 2017

Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C

280 Northside Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Show Hours:

Thursday & Friday, January 12 & 13 11am–9pm
Saturday, January 14 10am–9pm
Sunday, January 15 10am–6pm

Cheap Eats: 11 Wallet-Friendly Meals in Atlanta

1 Chef Liu Chinese Restaurant

Nearly everything on the menu is under $10, and dumplings reign supreme. Choose from options such as beef, lamb, and fresh scallops. Not up for dumplings? Go for a variety of soups or dishes based around pork, beef, and chicken.

2 Fat Matt's Rib Shack

Barbecue sandwiches range between $3.95 and $6.50, with sides such as brunswick stew and mac and cheese for $2.50 each. Live blues music fills the restaurant thanks to local bands. Come ready for a line, but remember it's there for a reason.

3 Taqueria del Sol

Lines tend to pour out the doors of this restaurant, full of hungry people waiting for tacos and drinks. Tacos hang around $2.50 each, leaving room in the budget for a tasty house margarita on the patio.

4 Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand

Now open in Westside as well as East Atlanta, Delia's offers a variety of chicken sausages on hoagie rolls alongside entrees such as lasagna and Philly sandwiches. Prices range between $4.50 and $8.99, with drinks around $2 each. Westside's location comes with a soda fountain not found in the original East Atlanta spot.

5 Eats

Come hungry and expect no frills. There's nothing fancy here, just $7.75 for half a chicken and three sides. While the jerk chicken is flaunted as king, other spices are available, and the turkey meatloaf is a solid poultry alternative.

6 Rise-n-Dine

Start with a bottomless cup of Counter Culture coffee for $2.95 before transitioning into the heart-warming Sweet Potato Pancakes with house-made Apple Butter: short stack for $5.75, tall stack for $7.00. After filling up here, the hassle of parking in Emory Village will be forgotten.

7 Victory Sandwich Bar

This Decatur mainstay sells a variety of unique sandwiches for only $4 each. Pair with a side salad for $3.50 or a beer for $3-$5, then enjoy it on the patio outside or with a game of ping-pong indoors.

8 Rosa's Pizza

Family owned since 1991, Rosa's Pizza offers two slices of one-topping pizza with a drink for $6.50, or calzones and subs that start at $4.75 each. Full pizzas are well-priced, starting at $10.50 for a 14” pie.

9 Arepa Mia

Venezuelan sandwiches consisting of ground maize flatbread with meat and toppings. With a cost between $6.50 to $9.50 each, these filling options can be found at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and upcoming Decatur locations.

10 Grindhouse Killer Burgers

With one location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and one on Piedmont Avenue, Grindhouse serves single- and double-patty burgers from $4.49 to $6.99, with a combo deal of burger, fries, and drink for an extra $2.50. Made to order, these burgers come with a small wait. The Sweet Auburn location is dry, but the Piedmont outpost serves alcohol.

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10 Hidden Attractions in Atlanta

1 Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Two blocks on Auburn Avenue are now protected as a National Historic Site. They include the birthplace of the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr at 501 Auburn Avenue, which dates from 1895, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407-413 Auburn Avenue, in which he and his father were ministers. Immediately adjoining, in the Freedom Hall Complex, is his grave. The Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change is also in this area.

2 Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is a large complex that comprises the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and the Kenan Research Center, along with a number of historic gardens. The History Museum features changing exhibitions and a permanent collection with topics such as the American Civil War, Folk Art of the South, and various other exhibits related to the history of Atlanta.

The historic houses range in age from the 1860s to the 1920s and offer a glimpse of life during these time periods. The Margaret Mitchell House contains the apartment where Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind. The guided tour includes a look at this room as well as a brief film and exhibition on Margaret Mitchell.

The six historic gardens include both natural areas and formal gardens. The Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden is a delight in spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. Visitors can also see an 1860s style garden at the Tullie Smith Farm.

Address: 990 Peachtree Street NE

3 The Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre was built in the 1920s as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, with an extremely posh Arabian-themed design. It has had a varied history, with problems during the Great Depression, but has always been a much loved landmark building since its construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior of the theatre has seen considerable restoration work over the years in an attempt to maintain its original elegance, including the repair and restoration of the furniture collection to preserve its 1929 appearance.

Performances at the Fox include diverse entertainment options such as operas, ballet, rock concerts, and movies, with hundreds of performances each year. In addition to the theatre, there are two ballrooms, the Egyptian Ballroom and the Grand Salon. Both of these have been beautifully restored and are available for special events.

Address: 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, United States

4 World of Coca-Cola

In 1886 a chemist named Dr John Pemberton devised a syrup designed to relieve headaches. A friend of his mixed the glutinous liquid with water and carbonic acid, and the result of the mixture soon became the world's most popular soft drink. The World of Coca-Cola entertainingly illustrates the history and triumphal progress of the world-famous drink.

Address: 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

5 Piedmont Park

Located just a short distance northeast of downtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park is the oldest and largest park in the Atlanta metro region. The grounds were originally part of the Battle at Peachtree Creek during the Civil War.

In 2006 plans were drawn up to update and revitalize the park, a plan which resulted in a lovely new look. The former bathhouse, which served as a locker room, was transformed into the Greystone, a lovely lakefront venue which can now be used for weddings, receptions, and other events. The overhaul of the pool area, which is now the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, led to the expansion of Piedmont Park. Other additions include the Legacy Fountain, the Magnolia Greenway, new bridges, fishing piers, and restored natural areas with trails and walkways.

The park also hosts various events from musical entertainment to fitness programs.

Address: 1071 Piedmont Avenue

6 Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers a lovely space with a variety of well laid out gardens. The idea for the garden was presented in the early 1970s and by the early 1980s the garden saw its first visitors. Over the decades since it opened the complex has gradually expanded with new gardens, new features, and new programs.

The Botanical Garden is a great place year round, with something always in bloom. Spring is, of course, an amazing time with a riot of colors. Some of the highlights include the Orchid Display House in the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Rose Garden, the Winter Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Conservation Garden, and the Desert House. What there is to see will depend somewhat on the time of year you are visiting. However, the indoor gardens are always pleasant to wander through.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

7 Oakland Cemetery

The Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta began as six acres in 1850. It was originally designed as a garden cemetery. Over the years, particularly during the time of the Civil War, the site grew, accommodating those killed on the battlefield. Eventually the cemetery came to encompass 88 acres. In 1884 the cemetery stopped selling plots. Eventually this once lovely cemetery fell into disrepair as those tending the plots moved away or died.

In 1976 Oakland Cemetery was declared a National Historic Landmark and the Historic Oakland Foundation was established. In combination with the city the organization has done much work to maintain the cemetery. Today it is promoted as a historic cemetery and parkland with gardens, sculptures, and wildlife. There is even a Visitor Center and Museum Shop.

Address: 248 Oakland Avenue

8 Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Opened in 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History portrays the natural history of Georgia as well as technical and scientific phenomena with the aid of modern techniques. Some of the most eye catching exhibits at the museum are the huge dinosaur statues at the entrance and the dinosaur skeletons in the Great Hall. Perhaps more entertaining are the interactive displays of the "Sensing Nature". There are many other interesting exhibits on the natural history of the local landscape and cultures from other parts of the world. Note that the floors are made of limestone tiles with embedded fossils.

A huge gallery is dedicated to special exhibitions of temporary and traveling exhibits. There is also an IMAX theater showing nature related movies, as well as an on-site Star Gallery.

Address: 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-1221, United States

9 Michael C Carlos Museum

The Michael C Carlos Museum of Emory University has one of the largest collections of ancient art in the Southeast, with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, and the ancient Americas. The permanent collection also contains works from the Renaissance right through the modern times.

Address: 571 South Kilgo Circle

10 Stone Mountain Park

16 miles east of the city centre is Stone Mountain Park, commemorating the soldiers of the southern states who fell in the Civil War. In the centre of the park is Stone Mountain, an 863 foot high mass of exposed granite with a circumference of 5 miles. On the east flank of the hill is an equestrian relief, hewn from the rock between 1923 and 1970, depicting the three Confederate leaders, President Jefferson Davis and his two generals, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The top of the hill can be reached by cable car, and around it runs an old steam railway. Nearby is an artificial lake on which there are paddle-steamer cruises. Other features are a museum devoted to the early days of industrialisation in the southern states, a Civil War Museum and a restored antebellum plantation.