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New World of Coca-Cola
Get fizzy at this museum full of Coke paraphernalia and sodas from around the world to taste. You can also view a 4-D movie and a fully functioning bottling line.
Located at 121 Baker St. in downtown Atlanta. Open 7 days a week. Most days from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call ahead to reserve tickets at 404-676-5151 or online at www.woccatlanta.com.
Swim with the whale sharks, view millions of fresh and saltwater fish, and check out the marine life that frequents the rivers and lakes of Georgia. Plus, catch a 3-D movie and stop by the touch pool to discover a few animals up close.
Located at 225 Baker St. in downtown Atlanta. Summer hours are Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Call ahead to reserve tickets at 404-581-4000 or online at http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/.
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta $$
Explore the depths of your child’s imagination at this hands-on museum. It’s best for kids 8 and younger – they can hang out “Under the Big Top” to learn about health and much more.
Located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW in downtown Atlanta. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 404-659-5437 or visit www.imagineit-cma.org.
Go wild with warthogs, kangaroos, lions, elephants, gorillas and pandas at the zoo. Kids will love riding the carousel, train and playing in the Wild Like Me indoor playground.
Located at 800 Cherokee Ave. SE off I-20. Open 7 days a week. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 404-624-9453 or visit www.zooatlanta.org.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Discover 21 collections of flora at the 30-year-old facility. The favorite destination for your kids will be, no doubt, the two-acre Children’s Garden; here youngsters can play in the fountain, tend to veggies, perform on stage and more.
Located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in midtown Atlanta. Summer hours are Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-876-5859 or visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
High Museum of Art
Fine art doesn’t seem stuffy at this family-friendly art institution. Kids will love making their own creations in the spirit of the masters in the Greene Family Studio, and you’ll love the quiet and grown-up feeling of a visit.
Located at 1280 Peachtree St. in midtown Atlanta. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 404-733-4444 or purchase advance tickets online at www.high.org.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Step back in time while you discover the first Georgians, dinosaurs and Georgia’s natural history. Kids will love the hands-on fossil experiences, IMAX movies and, this summer, they’ll love learning about penguins and polar bears in the museum’s temporary exhibit.
Located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE in Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 404-929-6300 or visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.
Atlanta History Center
There’s plenty to see both indoors and out at this 18-year-old, 33-acre facility. Home to six permanent exhibits, Tullie Smith Farm, Swan House, two playhouses and gardens, as well as multiple traveling exhibits, there’s something for everyone here.
Located at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. in Buckhead. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-814-4000 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.org.
Stone Mountain Park
You’d better be up early to take advantage of everything this 50-year-old Atlanta staple has to offer – from Ride the Ducks, antebellum plantation and night-time laser show to hiking (or riding) up the mountain, camping and fishing on the lake and splashing at the water park. New this summer, Sky Hike; a trek through the treetops complements the other highflying attractions at the park. Located on Highway 78 East, Exit 8 in Stone Mountain. Open 6 a.m.-midnight, attraction hours vary. For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Celebrating 30 years, this wildlife and horticultural attraction teaches kids about conservation and nature. You can canoe, hike, have an animal encounter and more alongside the beauty of the Chattahoochee River. The Interpretive Center, due to be completed next spring, will teach kids about three separate areas of our watershed (river, wetland and forest) through hands-on exhibits.
Located at 9135 Willeo Rd. in Roswell. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 770-992-2055 or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.
Six Flags Over Georgia $$$$
For classic amusement park fun, Six Flags is the answer. With more than 30 rides, the new Thomas Town play area, and shows galore, there’s something for everyone in the family – from the bravest thrill seeker to the littlest adventurer. Also enjoy the park’s wet fun at Skull Island.
Located at 275 Riverside Pkwy. in Austell. Open seven days a week during the summer. Closing times vary; Opening times: Sun.-Fri., 10:30 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-739-3400 or visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
Despite the drought, water fun is plentiful in the three kid areas, 17 family rides and thrill rides for the older members of the family. As home to one of the largest wave pools in the Southeast, White Water is definitely a place to get wet. The Captain Kid’s Cove is the place to hang out with little ones – you’ll find water sprayers, mini-slides and a family-friendly wave pool in this area.
Located at 250 Cobb Pkwy. North in Marietta. WW open Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 770-948-9290 or visit www.sixflags.com/whitewater.