Best Things to do With Children in Atlanta During the Winter
Get Outside this Winter! Family-Friendly Activities Abound in Atlanta
Whether you’re traveling from the frigid North, or the balmy South, Atlanta is a great destination in the winter. Our winters are cold, but often sunny, with temperatures that can fluctuate 20-30 degrees from sunrise to sunset. That makes outdoor activities possible and even pleasant, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities available in the metro-Atlanta area. Here are a few of fun things to do with children in Atlanta that my family will be doing at least once this winter:
Ice skating in Centennial Olympic Park
From mid-November to late January, there is an ice skating rink open at Centennial Olympic Park for 90-minute ice-skating sessions. It’s a small rink, but our little novice skaters don’t know the difference. And even though it’s covered and the snack bar is heated, there’s something idyllic and festive about skating in an outdoor rink. After skating, we enjoy walking around the 21-acre historic park, hot chocolates in hand, admiring the multitude of sparkling holiday lights (on display from mid-November to late January).
Winter is the PERFECT time to go to the Atlanta Zoo.
All of the animals seem to appreciate the cold yet sunny weather. Especially the pandas, who are usually out in their habitat, not lounging in the air conditioning like they do during a good percentage of the year. I love our zoo, it’s big enough that there’s plenty to see in one day, but not too large that it’s overwhelming for a one-day visit. In addition to all of the animal exhibits, there is a climbing wall, a train ride, a carousel and a playground. We love the ice cream shop that’s right across the street from the parking!
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
From mid-November to mid-February, you are guaranteed to find snow at Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain. There is a 400-foot hill covered in snow for tubing alone or in groups. For smaller snow bunnies, there is a mini-hill, as well as an area for frolicking in the snow. Be sure to plan your trip in advance (tickets can be purchased online), as this is a popular destination and can get crowded, especially during school holidays.
Looking for some indoor family activities?
Family-friendly activities abound, and many are located in downtown Atlanta or a short drive away. Boasting the largest collection of aquatic animals in the world, the Georgia Aquarium is always a hit, no matter how often we go! Lines can be long, so order tickets in advance and consider going later in the afternoon. The Aquarium is open until 5 p.m. everyday except Saturdays, when it remains open until 6 p.m. Right next door to the Aquarium is another Atlanta destination – The World of Coca Cola. OK, I’ll admit it, I’ve lived in Atlanta for thirteen years and have never been. I hear it’s fun and interesting, and visitors can sample different Coca Cola flavors from around the world. But now it’s become a quest to see how long I can live here without visiting. So, take it from my friends, if you like the soft drink (and I know that your kids do!), you’ll enjoy a trip to this exclusively Atlantan attraction.
Hilton Atlanta is in the heart of downtown Atlanta, and within an easy walking distance to many local attractions, including those downtown attractions listed above.
You may also enjoy:
- Visiting the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta
- Atlanta Botanical Garden – Perfect for Kids and Toddlers
- Why Zoo Atlanta Is One of Our Favorite Atlanta Attractions for Kids
- Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s Snow Mountain for Winter Fun
- Read about all of our family vacations to Atlanta
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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.