Atlanta gained worldwide fame as the host city for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Consider these top 10 family things to do when visiting The Big Peach.
- Zoo Atlanta is home to more than 1,500 animals. Located in historic Grant Park, the zoo has enclosures that simulate the conditions found in their native habitats. Visitors can observe gorillas, orangutans, clouded leopards, pygmy rattlesnakes, sun bears and giant pandas. Zoo Atlanta sponsors a variety of family friendly activities.
- Georgia Aquarium, located downtown, is the largest aquarium in the world. In addition to its aquatic displays, the facility sponsors family sleepovers, behind-the-scenes tours and other daily activities designed to captivate the minds of children. Visitors will see dolphins, penguins and a wide a variety of tropical fish as well as many other species of marine life.
- The Fernbank Museum of Natural History enables children to travel back in time to the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of the Okefenokee Swamp as well. One the largest natural history museums in the country, the Fernbank features hands-on, interactive displays and exhibits that will fascinate children as they learn about the planet.
- The World of Coca Cola provides a glimpse into the history and current events behind this popular soft drink. The museum has a wide array of colorful displays and interactive exhibits. Guests can watch the company produce and bottle the beverage and then sample several of the specialty flavors.
- The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest organization dedicated to this art form. The museum features a variety of informative exhibits and captivating live performances. Visitors can learn about puppets through interactive exhibits and then create their own. The museum will enlighten and entertain the entire family.
- Imagine It! is the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. It is a fun-filled destination with interactive exhibits, learning zones and hands-on displays. The bright and colorful environment enables children to learn while they play. The museum sponsors a variety of daily programs and workshops about the weather, money and machines.
- Stone Mountain is the world’s largest high-relief sculpture. The highly regarded park includes a tram to the pinnacle of the mountain. Along the way, you will get an up-close look at the monument. Ride the historic train around the biggest granite mountain on earth. Popular events include live performances and a laser light show.
- The Tellus Science Museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute. The facility displays an eco-friendly home built by Georgia Tech students. Learn how the renewable energy provides electricity for the museum. Hands-on, interactive exhibits enable children to explore natural history and scientific discoveries. Guests can dig for fossils and pan for gold.
- Centennial Olympic Park was created for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Children can frolic in the Fountain of Rings, whose water jets are choreographed to music and lights. The park is the venue for numerous live performances. A popular attraction in the park is the Children’s Garden and Playground.
- Medieval Times enables you to travel back in time to the bygone era of gallant knights of the realm. Enjoy a four-course meal, medieval style, as you cheer on your favorite knight during the live jousting tournament. Audiences love the horsemanship, swordplay and games of skill.
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