When you think about Atlanta, “family-friendly” may not be the first thing that comes to mind. This city can be overwhelming with crazy traffic and people everywhere. But Atlanta will surprise with all it has to offer. Especially when it comes to entertaining the younger crowd. Where would you even begin to plan a family friendly trip to Atlanta? Let’s start with all the kid-friendly activities at and around the beautiful Centennial Olympic Park.
(Thank you to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for their hospitality. Although they did provide tickets to local attractions and information about Atlanta, all opinions are our own.)
About Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park was commissioned and built when the city hosted the 1996 Olympics, and is a 21-acre park located in the heart of downtown Atlanta.
Free Family Friendly Fun
The park offers plenty of wide open grassy areas for kids to run around and play, right in the heart of Atlanta. In the summer, the kids can cool off in Fountain of Rings and enjoy one of the four free shows where the water dances to music with lighting effects. It was a chilly day when we visited so we didn’t get a chance to fully enjoy this area, but we still enjoyed the light/water show, and definitely plan to go back during the summer.
Another thing that I really like about the park is the two playgrounds. These areas provide children will lots of unique activities, including: textured hills to climb, drums, spinning seats, swings, tons of slides, and more. Plus there are plenty of shady areas and benches.
Centennial Olympic Park is the host to many festivals and seasonal events throughout the year like the Fourth of July Celebration, music festivals, Holiday in Lights, and more. I really want to see this area decorated for Christmas. The Park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights.
The park is surrounded by many varied family-friendly attractions. You already know how much we enjoyed the Georgia Aquarium, which is located on the west side of the park. Right next to the aquarium is the World of Coca-Cola where you can take a tour and even get samples at the end. Adjacent to the park is The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. I definitely recommend this hands-on museum for the little ones. The recommended age is eight and younger. It has been awhile since we’ve been, because our two big kids are too old now. However, they always had a blast when we did get to visit. They really enjoyed the fishing pond area and looked adorable in the raincoats that were provided.
Plan for a Full Day
You can easily spend a full day or more in this area. Park your car for the day and walk around to explore all this park has to offer. Or book a surrounding hotel to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it all. This is also a great way to take full advantage of the Atlanta CityPASS, which will give you access to multiple activities, most of which are easily accessed from Centennial Park.