Family Fun Guide


Attractions

APEX Museum. Exhibits featuring the contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans. 135 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta . 404-523-2739. Closed Monday, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $5, Children 5-18, Children 4 and under Free. www.apexmuseum.org

The Art Barn.

Atlanta Botanical Garden. The garden includes a conservatory, woodlands and a children's garden. Guided tours are offered.. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Hours vary based on season. Adults $18.95, Children 3-12 $12.95, Children 3 and under Free. Pakin: 31-60 minutes $2, each additional 30 minutes $1; Max Parking Daily Rate $15. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Atlanta Motor Speedway. Learn the track's history, visit a VIP suite and take two laps around the track, depending on track availability.. 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 770-946-4211. Mon-Sat 9am-4:30pm, Sun 1pm-4:30pm. $5 Adult, $2 Children 7-18, Children 6 and under Free. www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

Atlanta History Center. Experience Atlanta's past through special exhibitions, historic homes and garden tours. Magic Mondays feature weekly storytelling and activities for toddlers. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Mon-Sat 10am- 5:30pm, Sun 12-5:30pm. Adult $16.50, Students 13-18 $13, Children 4-12 $11. Free Parking. www.atlantahistorycenter.com

Atlanta Preservation Center. Guided walking tours through the Fox Theatre and historical downtown.. 327 St. Paul Ave., Atlanta. 404-688-3353. Tour times vary. Adults $10, Children $5. www.atlantapreservationcenter.com

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Hike and learn about nature, culture and heritage. 9770 Autrey Mill Rd., Johns Creek. 678-366-3511. Trails: Open daily 8am-dusk. Visitor Center: Mon-Sat., 10-am-4pm. Free. www.autreymill.org

Bartow History Center. View life in northwest Georgia from the 1830s through the 1950s with hands-on displays. 13 N. Wall St., Cartersville. 770-382-3818. Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Adults $3, Children $2. www.bartowhistorycenter.org

The Beach at Clayton County International Park. This spring-fed lake with an adventure kiddie pool, slides, water trampoline and sandy beach has something for everyone in the family. There is also a fitness facility at the park. 2300 Hwy. 138, Jonesboro. 770-477-3766. Open Memorial Day- Labor Day only. Adult (13-54) $11, Children (3-12) $9, Children 2 and under Free. www.claytonparks.com/international-park-the-beach.aspx

Big Trees Urban Forest Preserve. The nature park has hiking trails. 7741 Roswell Rd., Atlanta . 770-673-0111. Open daily, sunrise-sunset. Free. www.bigtreesforest.com

Booth Western Art Museum. This museum features Western American art, a presidential gallery, a Civil War Gallery and more. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. 770-387-1300. Closed Monday, Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Adults $10, Sudents(13-18) $7, Children 12 and under Free. www.boothmuseum.org

Bulloch Hall. Tour the 1839 home of President Theodore Roosevelt's mother, Mittie Bulloch. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770-992-1731. Adult $8, Children 6-18 $6, Children 5 and under Free. www.bullochhall.org

Cagle's Family Farm. Take a tour of a dairy farm or learn about vegetable growing on a garden tour. 355 Stringer Rd., Canton. 770-345-5591. Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Hours and prices vary by attractions. www.caglesdairy.com

Centennial Olympic Park. The 21-acre park features the Fountain of Rings, a dancing water fountain, and free shows and family events.. 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta . 404-223-4412. Open daily from 7am- 11pm. Free. www.centennialpark.com

Center for Pupperty Arts. This interactive museum features more than 1,000 puppets and various performances. 1404 Spring St. at 18th, Atlanta . 404-873-3391. Mon-Thurs 9am-4:30pm; Fri-Sat 9am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm. Museum $8.25, Tour $10.25. www.puppet.org

Chattahoochee Nature Center. Enjoy the Discovery Center, nature trails and native wildlife. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Mon- Sat 10am- 5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $10, Children 3-12 $6, Children 2 and under Free. www.chattnaturecenter.com

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Enjoy jogging, fishing, biking, rafting and more. 1978 Island Ford Pkwy., Atlanta. 678-538-1200. Open daily, 9am-5pm. Daily fee $3. www.nps.gov/chat

Children's Art Museum. Explore interactive exhibits that introduce children to the world of arts. All artwork is displayed at kid level. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Bldg. 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Adults $5, Children $3, Children 2 and under Free. www.thehudgens.org

CNN Studio Tour. A behind-the-scenes look at the CNN newsroom, Turner Broadcasting memorabilia and a special effect studio. Pre-registration recommended. Daily tours leave every 20 minutes . One CNN Center, Atlanta. 404-827-2300. Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Adult $15, Children 13-18 $14, Children 4-12 $12. www.cnn.com/studiotour

Concord Covered Bridge. Originally built in the 1850s, this bridge over Nickajack Creek was burned during the Civil War and rebuilt using the original stone supports. Concord Rd., Smyrna. Open daily, sunrise-sunset. Free.

Cyclorama. This 360-degree, 42-foot-high cylindrical canval chronicles the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Show times begin every hour beginning at 10:30am. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-658-7625. Tues-Sat 9:15am-4:30pm. Adults 13-64 $10, Children 4-12 $8, Children 3 and under Free. Free Parking. www.atlantacyclorama.org

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. Enjoy hiking, crafting and playing in nature. 3787 Klondike Rd., Lithonia. 770-484-3060. Open daily, 7am- dusk. Free. www.arabiaalliance.org

Dunwoody Nature Center. The center has display gardens, several trails and shaded playground. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. Open daily, sunrise-sunset; Office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. www.dunwoodynature.org

Elachee Nature Science Center. The center includes trails, science and nature displays. 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainsville. 770-535-1976. Trails: sunrise-sunset. Museum: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm. Closed Saturday. Trails Free; Museum Adult $5, Children 2-12 $3, Children 3 and under Free. www.elachee.org

Fernbank Museum of Natural History. See dinosaurs, children's discovery rooms and Georgia history. Enjoy monthly activities and see IMAX films. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Adults $17.50, Students13-18 $16.50, Children 3-12 $15.50, Children 2 and under Free. www.fernbankmuseum.org

Fernbank Science Center. Enjoy natural science exhibits, planetarium shows, an observatory and a forest.. 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta . 678-874-7102. Mon-Wed 12-5pm, Thur-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Planetarium: Adult $4, Children $3. www.fsc.fernbank.edu

Funk Heritage Center. The museum features Native American arts, crafts and culture. 7300 Reinhardt College Cir., Waleska. 770-720-5970. Tue-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Adults $7. www.reinhardt.edu/funkheritage

Georgia Aquarium. Visit the world's largest aquarium with more than 100,000 animals from 500 species. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Sun-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-6pm. Adults $24.95, Children 3-12 $18.95. www.georgiaaquarium.org

Georgia State Capital. Get an overview of the capitol's history and lawmaking process. Visit the House of Representatives and Senate. Conclude with a visit to the museum. Reservation required.. 431 Capitol Ave., Atlanta. 404-463-4536. Mon-Fri 8-5. Free. www.sos.state.ga.us/state_capitol

Governor's Mansion. Take a self-guided tour through the govern's Greek Revival mansion. 391 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta . 404-261-1776. Tues-Thurs 10-11:30am. Free. www.mansion.georgia.gov

The Herndon Home. Visit the mansion of Alonzo Herndon, founder of Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Hourly tours. By appointment only on Saturday.. 587 University Place, Atlanta. 404-581-9813. Tues & Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat by appointment only. Adults $7, Children $5. www.herndonhome.org

High Museum of Art. Includes permanent and traveling exhibits. Tours every 1/2 hour.. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444. Tues-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Adults $19.50, Children 6-17 $12, Children 5 and under Free. www.high.org

Historic Mable House. Tour this plantation home, built circa 1843, which is listed in the National Historic Register. By appointment only (5+ people for tour). 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton. 770-819-3285. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Free. www.mablehouse.org

Children's Museum of Atlanta. Play and learn about art, science, creative problem-solving, reading, nutrition and culture. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Ages 2+ $12.75, Children 1 and under Free. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Kids explore child-sized models of a dentist office, grocery store, 1950's café and more. 999 Chestnut St., Gainsville. 770-536-1900. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. $8 Mon-Sat, $6 Sunday. www.inkfun.org

Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. Tours of Turner Field leave on the hour. Trace Braves history through more than 600 artifacts. 755 Hank Aaron Dr., Atlanta. 404-614-2311. April- September: Mon-Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 1-3pm. October-March: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. April-September . www.bravesmuseum.com

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Includes personal memorabilia of the former first family. 441 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta . 404-865-7114. Mon-Sat 9am-4:45pm, Sun 12-4:45pm. Adults $8, Children 16 and under Free. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. This park features hiking trails and Civil War history. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw . 770-427-4686. Open Daily 8:30am-5pm. Free. www.nps.gov/kemo

Lake Lanier Island Beach and WaterPark. This park features rides, slides and water attractions, including incredible FunDunker and WildWaves, Georgia's largest wave pool. 7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier Islands. 800-840-5253. Daily Hours vary. Summer months only. Admission prices vary based on height and time of day. www.lanierworld.com

Margaret Mitchell House. Tour photography and archival exhibits that tell the story of the "Gone With the Wind" author. Tours begin every 30 minutes. 990 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-249-7015. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12-5:30pm. Adults $13, Children 13-18 $10, Children 4-12 $8.50. Free Parking. www.gwtw.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site. Tour the King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. King's birth home and the Visitor Center. 450 Auburn Ave., Atlanta. 404-331-5190 or 404-331-6922 (visitor recorded message). 9am-5pm daily Free. Free Parking. www.nps.gov/malu

McDaniel Farm Park. Learn about 1930s farm life at this 134-acre working farm. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth . 770-814-4920. Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm . Self-guided tour, free. Guided tour $5, Children 3 and under Free. Reservation only. www.gwinnettparks.com

Medieval Times. Journey back to the 11th century and enjoy an eveening of jousting knights, sword fighting, feasting and more. Admission includes dinner and show. 5900 Sugarload Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 770-225-0230. Show times vary. Adults $51.95, Children 4-12 $35.95, Children 3 and under Free. www.medievaltimes.com

Michael C. Carlos Museum. See Egyptian mummies, sub-Saharan African art, and prehistoric artifacts and art. 571 S. Kilgo Cir., Atlanta . 404-727-4282. Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Adults $8, Children 6-17 $6, Children 5 and under Free. www.carlos.emory.edu

Museum of Design. Explore the uses, structures, effects and meanings of design through exhibits and family programming. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta . 404-979-6455. Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 12-5pm . Adults $10, Children 0-17 $5. www.museumofdesign.org

Oakland Cemetery. Atlanta's oldest cemetery includes the graves of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Confederate soldiers. 248 Oakland Ave., Atlanta. 404-688-2107. Mon-Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-5pm. Adults 18-64 $10, Children 6-17 $5. www.oaklandcemetery.com

Panola Mountain State Park. Hike through three miles of trails and view live animal exhibits. 2600 Hwy. 155 SW, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Open daily 7am- dark; Nature Center daily 8am-5pm. Free. Free Parking. www.gastateparks.org/info/panolamt

Pettit Creek Farms.

Rainbow Ranch Trout Fishing.

Reynolds Nature Preserve. Hiking trails, and reptile, amphibian and bee exhibits.. 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow. 770-603-4188. Preserve/Nature Center Mon- Fri 8am-5pm. Free. www.reynoldsnaturepreserve.org

Rhodes Hall. Tour the historic mansion built in 1904 for the owner of Rhodes Furniture Company. Tours begin on the hour.. 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-885-7800. Tues 11am-3pm, Sat 10am-2pm. $5 Adults, $4 Children 6-12, $7 Behind the scenes (all four floors). www.rhodeshall.org

Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. Learn the history of paper through the museum's collection of watermarks, papers, machines and manuscripts. 500 10th St. NW., Atlanta . 404-894-5700. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Self-guided tour free. Guided tours vary- reservation only.. www.ipst.gatech.edu/amp

Root House Museum. This 1850s house and museum has a working kitchen and gardens. Corner of Polk St. and N. Marietta Loop, Marietta. 770-426-4982. Wed-Sat 11am-4pm. . www.cobblandmarks.com/root-house.php

Six Flags Theme Park. Featuring Bugs Bunny World, Skull Island water park, Dahlonega Mine Train, Goliath and mch more; perfect for kids of all ages. 275 Riverside Pkwy., Austell. 770-948-9290. Seasonal hours vary. General Admission $54.99, Child under 48'' $39.99, 2 and under Free. $15.00 . www.sixflags.com

Smith Plantation. Walking tours of the home of Archibald Smith, one of the founders of Roswell. Tours begin on the hour. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-641-3978. Mon-Sat 10am-3pm, Sun 1-3pm. Adults $8, Children 6-12 $6, Children 6 and under Free. www.archibaldsmithplantation.org

Southeastern Railway Museum. Explore a variety of old railroad cars. Train rides available, weather permitting.. 3595 Peachtree Rd., Duluth. 770-476-2013. Days open vary by month. 10am-5pm . Adults $8, Children 2-12 $5, Children 2 and under Free. Additional fees for train rides . www.srmduluth.org

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. This museum features historical exhibits illustrating the importance of railroads during and after the Civil War. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 11am-6pm . Adults $7.50, Children 4-12 $5.50, Children 3 and under Free . www.southernmuseum.org

Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum. An interactive museum for children 12 and under featuring Jewish traditions, holidays and history. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody. 770-395-2532 or 678-812-4171. Mon-Thur 10am-5:30pm, Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 2-5pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm . Free. www.atlantajcc.org

Stately Oaks Plantation. Tour the 1839 Greek Revival plantation where Union soldiers camped during the Battle of Jonesboro. 100 Carriage Ln., Jonesboro. 770-473-0197. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Adults $12, Children 11 & under $6 . www.historicaljonesboro.org

Stone Mountain Park. The world's largest mass of exposed granite features Southern family fun. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Open Daily 6am-Midnight, Attraction hours vary. Prices vary by attraction. Entrance fee $10-20. www.stonemountainpark.com

Tanglewood Farm. This 10-acre Wild West town has more than 100 miniature farm animals to see, pet and feed. Pre-registration required for large groups. 171 Tanglewood Dr., Canton. 770-667-6464. Wed-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. $10, Children 1 and under Free. www.tanglewoodfarmminis.com

Teaching Museum North. Exhibits include The Ladies of the White House, the Holocaust, a log cabin and a turn-of-the-century courtroom. Reservation required. 793 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770-552-6339. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. $4 per person, Fulton County students Free. www.teachingmuseumnorth.org

Teaching Museum South. Exhibits about Anne Frank, Native Americans, African Americans, city transportation, outdoor safety programs and more. 689 North Ave., Hapeville. 404-669-8015.

Telephone Museum. Learn the history of the telephone from Alexander Graham Bell to today's advances in communication. Midtown Center, 675 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta . 404-223-3661. Tours by reservation only. Free.

Vines Botanical Gardens. Visit the botanical garden. 3500 Oakgrove Rd., Loganville. 770-554-2284. Sunrise- Sunset. Free.

White Water. This Six Flags water park features tons of family rides and play areas, a lazy lagoon and moving river, and some daring slides for the older ones.. 250 Cobb Pkwy. N., Marietta. 770-948-9290. Seasonal hours vary. Adults $39.99, Children under 48'' $29.99. www.sixflags.com

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. The museum features children's programming, Atlanta's Jewish history and Holocaust exhibits. 1440 Spring St., Atlanta. 678-222-3700. Mon-Thur 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-3pm, Sun 1-5pm. Adults $12, Students 7-18 $6, Children 3-6 $4, Children 3 and under Free. www.thebreman.org

World of Coca-Cola. Taste sodas from all over the world! Trace the history of Coke through memorabilia, commercials and more. 121 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-676-5151. Hours of operation vary. Adults 13-64 $16, Children 3-12 $12. Parking $10 . www.woccatlanta.com

Wren's Nest. Tour the home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of Uncle Remus stories. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404-753-7735. Tues-Sat 10am-2:30pm. Adults $8, Children $5 . www.wrensnestonline.com

Yellow River Game Ranch. More than 600 animals and birds on a 24-acre see-and-touch preserve. 4525 Hwy. 78, Liburn. 770-972-6643. Labor Day to Memorial Day Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Memorial Day to Labor Day Daily 10am-6pm . Ages 12 and up $8, Children 2-11 $7. Children under 2 free. www.yellowrivergameranch.com

Zoo Atlanta. Roam the globe with over 800 animals from around the world. Don’t miss the Zoo train, carousel and new "Wild Like Me" playground. Keeper talks, interactive shows, special events, camps and education programs run year-round. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-624-9453. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm. Adult 12 and up $21.99, Children 3-11 $1.99, Children 2 and under Free. www.zooatlanta.org