Children's Activities in Georgia

Children's Activities in Georgia
Georgia's climate is moderate for most of the year, although summers in the Peach State are very hot and humid, so taking children on outings is best accomplished during the spring and fall months.

There are many attractions in Georgia--the largest state east of the Mississippi--even in the state's urban areas, aimed at both adults and children having fun, especially those families that like to lead more of an adventurous, outdoorsy lifestyle.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the world with 8 million gallons of water, is a place that's fun for both kids and adults. Its exhibits include cold-water fish like garibaldi damselfish, weedy sea dragons and Japanese spider crabs, South African penguins, interactive pools where children can touch horseshoe crabs, sea stars, stingrays and shrimp.

The main aquarium, also known as "The Whale Shark Habitat," has 4,574 square feet of windows, a 100-foot-long underwater tunnel with a moving sidewalk, acrylic windows weighing 185 tons, the second largest underwater viewing window in the world at 61 feet wide, 23 feet tall, and two feet thick, and it is the "largest single aquarium habitat in the world," according to the Georgia Aquarium website.

The aquarium's hours of operation generally are Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aquarium officials recommend calling in advance because there are exceptions to its hours through May.

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St.
Atlanta, GA 30313
404-581-4000
georgiaaquarium.org

Six Flags Over Georgia

Spending the day at Six Flags Over Georgia is one of the most popular children's activities in Georgia. There is fun for thrill seekers of all ages, including rides for little kids like the Carrot Patch in Bugs Bunny World, as well as more adrenalin-inducing rides such as 10 types of roller coasters.

Six Flags Over Georgia opens on weekends in March and April, although the park gates remain open the week of April 4-10. Call ahead to make sure the amusement park's hours of operation have not changed.

Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Parkway
Austell, GA 30168
770-739-3400
sixflags.com/overGeorgia

The Children's Museum of Atlanta

The Children's Museum of Atlanta provides a safe, interactive environment for children 8 years old and younger. Playtime at the museum, which opened in 1988, is aimed at developing a child's understanding and knowledge of language, reading, arts, social studies, science and math.

Children can explore four learning zones, as well as the museum's main exhibit, which changes from time to time. Parents with wanting more information about programs offered at the Children's Museum of Atlanta are encouraged to call first. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
404-659-5437
childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Article Written By Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson is a freelance writer with more than 17 years of experience. He most recently received an award from the Oregon Society of Professional Journalists for Best Business Writing in 2009, his ninth award from the organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and communication and a Master of Business Administration in marketing.

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