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Probably our favorite part of the trip was visiting the Georgia Aquarium. I may have enjoyed it more than the kids, if that is even possible. The exhibits are spectacular! If you only had 1 day in Atlanta, the Aquarium alone is worth the trip. We couldn’t get enough of the whale sharks. I think we spent more time there than anywhere else. We also went on the behind-the-scenes tour and were able to see how the Georgia Aquarium works. We saw research labs, the hospital, and even how they create the “waves” in their reef.
Unfortunately, an unexpected evacuation of the aquarium mixed with some sleepy kiddos caused us to leave before we got to explore the entire aquarium. We definitely plan to make a trip back soon!
Tip: The aquarium is huge! Plan to be here for a while. If your littles get tired easily, bring the stroller!
Before we left for home on Sunday, we made a stop at Zoo Atlanta. It is Atlanta’s oldest cultural institution. We loved seeing the giant pandas! Zoo Atlanta sone of only four zoos in the US with pandas. We were also pretty happy to see the elephants now that Nashville’s are gone. This one walked right up to us.
Tip: There is free parking right by the Zoo entrance. You gps may try to take you to a parking lot on the other side of park.
Ponce City Market
Before we left town, we knew we had to check out Ponce City Market. So many of our friends have told us about it. We loved it! We had lunch in the Central Food Hall which is housed in the old Sears, Roebuck & Co. building. There are some great shops outside, too. I highly recommend checking it out if you stop in Atlanta.
- Grab a City Pass. Not only will you save a bunch of money, but a lot of the attractions have separate lines for City Pass tickets and you’ll save a lot of time not having to wait to purchase tickets.
- Wear comfortable shoes! Most of the kid-friendly stops included lots of walking. Also consider a smaller bag or backpack.
- Save some time to shop. If shopping is your thing (it’s definitely ours!), Atlanta has some amazing places to shop.
- Eat early or make a reservation. We would get so wrapped up in the fun, we would forget about dinner until we were trying to eat with the masses. Combine long waits with hungry kids and it’s no fun for anyone!
- There’s more to do! We didn’t get to everything we wanted to. Here are some of our top picks we missed:
- Centennial Olympic Park
- High Museum of Art
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Delta Flight Museum
- Jackson Street Bridge
- Krog Street Market
- Little Five Points
- Skyview Atlanta
- Sweet Auburn Curb Market
- World of Coca-Cola
We had such a great time in Atlanta! It was such a nice break from the every day for us to reconnect as a family and create amazing memories. The kids are still talking about it! I can’t wait for our next trip!
Have you been craving a Family Field Trip? Where would you want to go?