Dinosaur statue outside Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia

Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia

10 Things to Do with the Family in Atlanta this Fall

From trails to theme parks, museums and more, Atlanta has fun adventures for all ages.

Named one of the top destinations to visit in the National Geographic Best of the World 2022 list, Atlanta overflows with world-famous attractions and endless entertainment. Lonely Planet also included it in the Best in Travel list for 2022, the only U.S. city on the list. 

There is so much to experience in Atlanta, it can be hard to know where to start and where to go that will satisfy everyone in the family. So, here's a list of 10 Metro Atlanta spots that always get a thumbs up in the fun department and are must-sees this fall.

Origami flower sculpture at Atlanta Botanical Garden

See art among the flowers at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

See what's blooming at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a 30-acre oasis in Midtown. There's a Children's Garden for hands-on fun and learning, the Fuqua Conservatory's Tropical Orchid House, classes and cooking demonstrations, and art on display among the blooms.

Be sure to visit by Oct. 16, 2022, to see the "Origami in the Garden" exhibit of giant metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of folding paper. Throughout October, enjoy the Scarecrows in the Garden displays, and bring the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes on Oct. 23, 2022, for Goblins in the Garden, featuring a Goblin's Runway, train rides and family activities. Check the garden's event calendar for the full lineup of special events.

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Kids at Illuminarium Atlanta's SPACE experience.

Illuminarium Atlanta

Illuminarium Atlanta

Become fully immersed in an out-of-this-world experience at Illuminarium Atlanta's SPACE: A Journey to the Moon & Beyond. Take a technicolor flight through a nebula, kick up dust on the moon, view planets at an extraordinary scale, and weave through an asteroid belt. The Illuminarium is brought to life through a blend of 4K laser projection, audio beams, and in-floor haptics producing realistic sensations. Strobe effects, gentle floor vibration, immersive sound, and realistic and responsive projection are all part of the experience. A giant leap into the unknown, SPACE will transport you to places you’ve only ever imagined.

Through Sept. 30, 2022, visitors can save 20% off standard tickets to the daytime attraction by clicking here and entering promo code LGAPAM.

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Bamboo forest on East Palisades Trail in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Bamboo forest on the East Palisades Trail in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Photo by @pokkychoo

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area & Chattahoochee Nature Center

Choose any of the 15 access points in the 48-mile long Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, and jump into miles of trails to bike, hike and run along the river. One hidden gem is the bamboo forest, which you can find in the East Palisades section.

To learn more about Atlanta's treasured river, visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Explore the interpretive center, hike woodland trails, meander through butterfly and native plant gardens, and explore the river boardwalk while viewing native animals. Through Sept. 30, 2022, visitors can save $2 off regular general admission to the center for up to four guests. In October, bring the little ones dressed in costume for Halloween Hikes, and check the center's calendar for even more family fun this fall!

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Two children at interactive exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Say hello to the world's largest dinosaur as you walk in the front door of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Kids turn into explorers in the interactive NatureQuest, and everyone can enjoy the feeling of "being there" at the IMAX Theatre. Outside, follow the elevated walkway into the treetops where you can enjoy stunning views from tree pods, and continue on to explore more than two miles of paths winding through Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre old-growth forest.

Starting Oct. 8, 2022, get a hands-on experience of what it takes to travel to, work in and live surrounded by space in the Journey to Space exhibition. Amateur astronauts of all ages will love experimenting with water rockets, learning how objects behave in weightless environments and many more interactive activities.

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Family and whale sharks at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Photo by @hesamusicman

Georgia Aquarium

No matter your age, everyone's a kid at the Georgia Aquarium. Either swim with giant whale sharks and beluga whales or just sit back and watch them play. Explore the amazing galleries, full of aquatic life, and make friends with a shark, dolphin, sea otter or penguin in encounter programs.

This fall, adult family members will enjoy several evening events at the aquarium, including Science on Tap Sept. 7, 2022, Aqua Vino 2022 on Sept. 30, 2022 Pride Kickoff on Oct. 7 and Sips Under the Sea: Halloween on Oct. 28. Check the aquarium's calendar for even more special events.

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Roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia

At Six Flags Over Georgia, laugh and scream at the same time on thrill rides like the open-air, high-flying SkyScreamer and monster roller coasters like Goliath. For a truly haunting experience, visit during Fright Fest, weekends Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 2022, featuring family-friendly thrills during the day and the scariest frights by night.

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Skyview Atlanta

Skyview Atlanta

Skyview Atlanta

Experience downtown like the birds do - from the sky at Skyview Atlanta! The 20-story wheel has 42 enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six people. Four rotations per trip let you see the city from every direction.

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Collection of signs at World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

World of Coca-Cola

Explore the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta to learn about the history of The Coca-Cola Company and the world's most famous soft drink. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, and see the fully functioning bottling line that produces a commemorative glass bottle of Coca-Cola for every guest. Don't miss the tasting room, where you can sample more than 60 beverages from around the globe.

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Family feeding a giraffe at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

Feed giraffes and go behind the scenes with African elephants, giant pandas and lemurs at Zoo Atlanta. Located in historic Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta is home to the country's only twin panda cubs and largest collection of gorillas and orangutans in North America.

On Sept. 17, 2022, adults will enjoy an evening among the animals at Sippin' Safari, and for two weekends in October, kids will love Boo at the Zoo, a chance to wear costumes, sample treats and take in the not-scary sights. Check the zoo's event calendar to plan your trip!

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Girl with a parrot at SeaQuest Stonecrest in Lithonia, Georgia

SeaQuest Stonecrest in Lithonia, Georgia

SeaQuest Stonecrest

Touch, feed and interact with exotic mammals and aquarium fish from five continents at SeaQuest Stonecrest in Lithonia. Make your way through an Icelandic Fishing Village, the Great Wall of China, to the Amazon River and beyond. Enjoy walk-in aviaries, come face-to-face with crocodilians by feeding the caiman, or even snorkel in the 36,000-gallon exhibit filled with reef sharks, stingrays and hundreds of tropical fish! Get a preview of the animals you can expect to meet on the SeaQuest YouTube channel.

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Published: August 2022
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