Your homeschool is on summer break and temperatures are rising! Once again, it’s time to grab our sunscreen throw on our sunglasses and head out for some fun family bonding experiences in and around the ATL! Sure you could just head to your pool but, why not change it up a bit –
Here’s a list of 10 fantastic summer activities (some are even FREE) to get your family off to a good start this summer, in Atlanta!
- CREATE ATL Family Fun – This is a new family-oriented program courtesy of The Woodruff Arts Centre in conjunction with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art, which will feature various activities including family festivals, art-making activities, interactive musical story times, composers-in-training sessions, instrument making, drop-in acting classes and more. It happens every Sunday at 1 p.m., from June through August. FREE admission
- Marietta Fire Museum – Have some fun with history at this fabulous 2-story museum in Marietta which celebrates the work that the firefighters of Marietta have done for almost 200 years! You’ll see fire trucks and the other awesome firefighting displays that will keep your younger ones intrigued. Tours are conducted by active duty fire fighters. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is FREE.
- Autrey Mill – Do your kids need a break from technology? Why not let them step back in time with a tour of the village at Autrey Mill, located in Johns Creek. The village provides an understanding of the rural heritage of this area from the 1800’s – 1900’s. It is a serene location with 2 miles of nature trails that feature a walk through a hardwood forest, a winding creek, pavilions, historic buildings, and animal exhibits among other things. Grounds are open every day from 8am – dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Admission is FREE.
- World of Coca-Cola – At the World of Coca-Cola you can experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand. You’ll also watch a 4D movie and taste flavors from all over the world (great place to quench your thirst on a hot day). To get a sneak peek of the fun that awaits, use the new interactive World of Coke app on your phone
- Tallulah Gorge Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike –For a fun moonlit nature walk – head to the North Georgia Mountains and enjoy a 1 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Wednesday, July 1st from 8:30pm – 10:30pm is the next full moon hike.
- Folk Art Garden – This is a beautiful artistic haven filled with gorgeous flowers and greenery and Folk Art consisting of more than 50 diminutive buildings designed to imitate their larger counterparts crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells and other materials. There is no charge to tour the gardens, located in Calhoun.
- Visit a Roller Skating Rink – Pick a skating rink close by and take the family for a spin around the rink. And, if you really want to cool down – find an ice skating rink. I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot day. If you’re not as bold, you can always enjoy watching on the sidelines – bring a book, catch up on some work, or just snap pics of the fun your kids are having.
- Georgia Aquarium -Mingle with some cute penguins, dolphins or sea otters in one of the world’s most magical aquariums in North America!
- UPick Blueberry Farm – Don’t miss out on the short blueberry picking season in Georgia! Find a farm, such as Berry Patch Farms, and take the kids to pick fresh blueberries. Just think of all the fun recipes you can make on one of those rainy days at home – blueberry muffins, pancakes, smoothies. Don’t forget your sunscreen and mosquito spray when you head out to pick. Also, always call ahead to the farms as the picking season changes quickly.
- Tubing Down the Chattahoochee – on one of the hottest days of the year, you can still have fun outside and stay cool. Just head to Helen, Georgia and tube down the cold Chattahoochee river. You can even bring your dog! Prices start at just $4 – bring a cooler and picnic afterward along the river, there are plenty of picnic tables.
So, before you ask the old age question “what is there to do in Atlanta, with the kids, during the summer?” Get started on some of the fun activities on this little bucket list. Happy summer!
What are some of your favorite things to do in and around Atlanta during the summer?