Atlanta with kids: Stone Mountain Park and Atlanta Botanical Garden

After touring the city of Atlanta with kids, get into nature and spend a day out of doors! Visitors don’t have to venture far to experience the Atlanta Botanical Garden (it’s minutes from the city center), and Stone Mountain Park is only a short drive outside of Atlanta.

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Stone Mountain Park:

What is Stone Mountain? It’s not quite a theme park, and not quite a state park, but a hybrid of both. Home to the world’s largest single piece of exposed granite, Stone Mountain is now a destination for families seeking nature and thrills. Kids can try 4-D rides and carnival-type attractions, but the big draw for most is the SkyHike multi-story ropes and agility course and Geyser Towers, a water play structure intense enough for older school-aged kids.

Families can catch a Stone Mountain laser show and other nature and history-themed entertainment, hike on nature trails, and even indulge in a round of golf (or mini golf).

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden:

There are few cities that bloom as beautifully as Atlanta, and at the botanical garden, families are in the center of this action…and worlds away from everything else. Located in Piedmont Park, the garden serves as an oasis where kids can play, adults can decompress after sight-seeing, and everyone can learn about the flora and fauna of Georgia. With multiple garden areas, including a rose garden, edible garden, and aquatic plant pond, and indoor spaces (including a Garden House and Day Hall), you could certainly spend the better part of an afternoon.

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The highlight of the garden for kids is definitely the Children’s Garden, which includes two acres of themed gardens, play spaces, and educational exhibits on plants and flowers. Food is available on-site, or bring snacks to enjoy in the garden. We suggest allowing for at least 2-3 hours in the garden; more if you visit while they’re showcasing a temporary exhibit, or if you plan to eat on-site.

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