Our first stop in Georgia on our road trip was Atlanta. This was my second time to this fun city. I have visited in both summer and winter now and feel like I can safely say I've experienced both the chilly winds of their winter and the overwhelming heat of winter and still enjoyed myself immensely both times. If you are planning a trip to Georgia with kids, here are some things we highly recommend:
STAY: Hilton Garden Inn
Both times I have been to Atlanta I've stayed in this hotel. It has a shuttle service from the airport, clean and comfortable rooms, indoor (heated) and outdoor pools, valet parking, and best of all it is walking distance to most places you would want to go. For instance, the aquarium is two blocks away. Our kids loved the view from the windows of the city and the aquarium. They were also amused by the huge aquarium themed photos in the hallways. That and the ample opportunities to ride the elevator because who doesn't love that.
GO: 3 Things to do in Atlanta with Kids
1. Atlanta Botanical Gardens
We loved these gorgeous gardens. You can walk through the treetops, admire the beautiful flowers, and wander the paths. One of the best parts is the fun, interactive children garden area.
2. Centenniel Olympic Park
If you are looking for a spot to get out your wiggles this is a fun park. It is conveniently located in between the Aquarium and the Children's Museum.
3. Georgia Aquarium
Promise me you will not go to Georgia without visiting this aquarium. Unless you have a fear of aquatic animals, this is a must.
There are a variety of spots within walking distance of the major spots in downtown. We ate breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn each morning where they have a buffet style breakfast and kids eat free. The aquarium and botanical garden also have cafes. The aquarium is a bit over priced and the food is not exceptional, but I would plan to eat at the botanical garden. It was a delightful spread of shockingly healthy and yummy food. Here are a couple of other spots we have tried and enjoyed.
1. Max's Coal Oven Pizza
Open for lunch and dinner this is a yummy spot for pizza and pasta. The wait staff is friendly, children are welcome, and they were able to accomodate our Dairy allergy needs. Plus I love their yummy food.
2. Johnny Rockets
This is a fun spot for families and is located just a block from the aquarium. Good food and yummy malts, but the fun atmosphere makes it all taste even better.
Back at Home: Here are some activities to do when you get back home. If your kids are like mine, the Georiga Aquarium is what they will remember the most. Here are some fun aquarium themed ideas.
*Read books like this darling one about a fish called Big Al
*Combine the creative arts and light play with this Fish Themed prompt.
*Create your own colorful fish with this easy collage activity.
*Learn more about frogs with an author study and some extensions.
*Use photos from your trip to make Animal Cards or this fun game for infants and toddlers.
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