From A-Z, AlpharettaMoms.Org keeps you updated weekly on fun family things to do! Bunches of information in one place to make our lives a little easier! There are many venues below to make fun family memories from the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden to Chattahoochee Nature Center, Lanier Islands, Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Stone Mountain and more!
See a list of Alpharetta Only Events HERE! Alpharetta Farmers Market, Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, Alpharetta Arts Streetfest and more! For those planning a sporting event, family reunion, wedding or other special events, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau can be a great help with its free event planning resources that include securing group hotel rates, complimentary welcome bags for guests and insider tips on facilities and vendors. For more information about these services, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.
The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200 and is the best source for information on Alpharetta and all that it offers in the way of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, for visitors and residents alike. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MONDAY MAYHEM Monday Nights 10pm – 2am (18 & up only) 21 & up FREE • 18 – 20 $10 Cover Roswell: Enjoy HALF OFF Racing, Simulators and Dark Ride Motion Theater PLUS Free Arcade Games, Drink Specials, Dancing, Bar Games, Giveaways and More! **Please note Groupons, SweetJack, Living Social and Half Off Depot vouchers are not valid during Monday Mayhem.**
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
Andretti Karting is saluting those that serve and protect us every day with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel. Simply show your military or work ID when purchasing at our facility to receive discount.*Discount not valid in the Grill when paying with a Gift or Game Card.
TEACHER APPRECIATION FRIDAY NIGHTS
Show your school ID and receive a free Three-hour Time Play Video Game Card & 20% off Karting, Attractions and Meals in our Andretti Grill! *Time Play Card does not accrue tickets for redemption and is not valid on prize games.
KIDS EAT FREE Every Tuesday, kids eat free with the purchase of each entree of $8.49 or more. Kids meals for children 12 or younger, beverages not included and are valid for items ordered off our Kid’s Menu only.
EXTREME HAPPY HOUR
Get off the roads and onto the right track to after work fun! Andretti Roswell has some great weekday deals to make your evening commute much better. Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm, enjoy these great specials PLUS all attractions are 50% OFF with your same-day Happy Hour receipt from the Andretti Grill.* *Half off attractions excludes karting.
Visitors are sure to think they’ve fallen down a rabbit hole this May when Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland springs to life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The exhibition of giant topiary-like plant sculptures, presented May October 27 at both the Midtown and Gainesville gardens, is back by popular demand after last summer’s blockbuster show, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Featured are 16 installations of 38 individual sculptures, and many of last year’s crowd-favorites will make a comeback – some donning coats of different plant palettes than before.
A giant White Rabbit, for example, towers at more than 27 feet tall as it floats inside an upside-down umbrella in the Skyline Garden pond. That tops even the Garden’s resident Earth Goddess sculpture, at 22 feet. On the Skyline lawn is an expansive chess board bordered by nine heart “trees” each more than 12 feet tall, with a giant Cheshire Cat poised nearby. Alice herself is on hand – just elsewhere in the Garden. Who’s up for the challenge of finding her?
Making encore appearances from 2018 are the Dragon, Mammoth, Mermaid, Phoenix, Camels and Pegasus – many sporting all-new plantings. At the Gainesville Garden, look for a return of the friendly Ogre along with Rip van Winkle, Bears and Frogs. In Atlanta, visitors may explore the new exhibition during evening hours every Thursday at Cocktails in the Garden, when the sculptures are dramatically lit.
The Official Atlanta City Pass gives you admission to 5 Must-See Atlanta attractions and is a way to save money and have fun all at once! Visit the Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, College Football Hall of Fame, Center for Civil and Human Rights and Zoo Atlanta.
The Atlanta History Center’s cornerstone exhibition Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta remains open. Through artifacts, ephemera, interactive media, recording booths, immersive experiences, and Meet the Past museum theatre performances, this 7,700-square-foot exhibition shares the stories of individuals of many different backgrounds and perspectives who helped create the Atlanta we know today.
Conveniently located off of I-75, the Atlanta History Center is a unique 33-acre oasis nestled among one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive experiences, and a variety of year-round adult and family programs truly offer something for everyone looking to explore our region’s past. Admission tickets are all-inclusive of all History Center attractions, and guests enjoy free parking.
Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served – and continue to serve – the United States of America. The Park was designed not as a traditional veterans’ memorial, but as a unique gathering place encouraging reflection, personal connections to veterans, and a celebration of the lives of those who have sacrificed to secure our freedom.
Check out their Children’s Classes and Workshops, Cooking and Crafts, After School Explorer and more!
Preserve Hours: Mon-Sun, 8a-Dusk
Visitor Center Hours: Tue-Sat, 10a-4p, Sun, 12p-4p & Mon closed
To continue its mission to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry, the Center for Puppetry Arts is rolling out more educational programming for guests of all ages! Throughout the 2019-2020 season, patrons can look forward to new initiatives for toddlers and teens, expanded sensory-friendly events and additional STEM programming.
The Explore Puppetry Series of workshops for ages 18+ will kick off this season with A Pickle of Pink Elephants: The Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade Puppet Workshop, a workshop on the design and construction of parade puppets. Other workshops for adults include a class on movement, Action & Reaction! Movement Magic for Puppetry by Alex & Olmsted of Takoma Park, Maryland; Mid-Week Monitor Night hosted by the Center’s Beau Brown, an event focused on the use of monitors for puppeteering in film and television; and The Art of Business/The Business of Art, presented by That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan of Atlanta.
The Junior Explorers Series workshops have also been amplified this year. In addition to Puppet Camp and a workshop on Brazilian Hand Puppets, puppet fans ages 13 and 14 can attend the new Teen Puppet Club!
The Distance Learning Program, the Center’s award-winning digital platform, will continue to present curriculum-based workshops, puppet shows and museum tours to the world – virtually. This season, Distance Learning will also begin to offer Continuing Education Classes in puppetry for adults. New, simple cloud technology allows the Center to take its programming to classrooms and individuals. The Distance Learning team will also be collaborating with Assistant Professor Kate Fu of Georgia Tech to develop a new STEM program to add to its digital offerings. In addition to the Distance Learning program, this collaboration will focus on enhancing and increasing all of the STEM initiatives, including the Girl Scout STEM days and the new STEM-focused tour of the World of Puppetry Museum.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is committed providing sensory-friendly programming for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will introduce Sensory-Friendly Sundays in the 2019-2020 season. On these select Sundays throughout the season, the Family Series performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum will all be adjusted all day long to support our guests with ASD. In addition, guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Guests will also have access to social stories, fidget toys, sunglasses, noise-reducing headphones and a quiet room.
Ticket prices vary for performances and other programs. Prices are available at puppet.org or by calling 404-873-3391.
A Pickle of Pink Elephants: The Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade Puppet Workshop: Aug. 20-22, 2019
Presented by Chantelle Rytter & Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, creators of the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade
Backstage with…Frogtown Mountain’s Sleepy Silly Hollow!: Oct. 29, 2019
Presented by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
The Art of Business/The Business of Art: Dec. 10, 2019
Presented by Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy
Sunday’s on the River Concerts Second Sundays, May-September 7-9 pm Live music fills the stage on the second Sundays from May to September. This is the perfect time to take in CNC after hours, with sunsets, cool evenings, and the sounds of music filling the air. Bring a chair and a picnic and enjoy great music surrounded by nature. See AlpharettaMoms Activity Guide for more information.
$12 General Public and $8 CNC Members – Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA – 770-992-2055
Family Free Days!! Children’s Museum of Atlanta will once again provide free access to resources and experiences that promote learning through the power of play with Family Free Days. Made possible by the support of the PNC Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation, the admission-free events aim to reach over 7,200 children and caregivers who might not otherwise be able to visit the Museum due to economic challenges. The next Family Free Day will take place on TBA. Family Free Days will include three two-and-a-half hour sessions per day to maximize attendance, visitor experience and impact; extended after-school and after-work hours designed to reach 1,800 guests each day; themed content, such as literacy, STEM, healthy living, social and emotional skills, etc., presented in a festival-like atmosphere; full access to the Museum; and more. Family Free Days will begin in February 2019 and will take place in the spring, summer and fall. For more information or to register, please visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Largest gold mine east of the Mississippi. Travel 200 feet underground and hear tales of miner’s struggles to uncover gold deep within large quartz veins. Your tour guide welcomes interaction from the group as you experience life as a miner at the turn-of-the-century. They also offer gemstone mining – find colorful gems in every bucket!
Come and play at Dave & Buster’s newest location in Alpharetta ~ the one and only place you can enjoy great food and play hundreds of awesome arcade games! Conveniently located across from North Point Mall, Dave & Buster’s offers fun for the whole family! The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions provide the perfect setting for kids parties, corporate and group events. Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including the Walking Dead, Tailgate Toss and Justice League!
Hours and Location:
6500 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Sun – Thur 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Fri – Sat 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
View our article HERE on Dave & Busters weekly specials to save $$!!
The Atlanta area is not lacking in wonderful Farmer’s Markets! Visit our article for area Farmer’s Markets – some are open year round and others seasonally!
There’s a buzz in the air at Fernbank as David Rogers’ Big Bugs outdoor installation moves into WildWoods to get guests closer than ever to nature’s most peculiar creatures from through July 21, 2019.
David Rogers’ Big Bugs features 10 towering wooden sculptures that combine landscape, recycled and environmental art—using natural materials—to showcase the often-unseen animals that play important roles in our ecosystem like the ant, praying mantis and daddy long legs.
Spring and Summer at Fernbank feature plenty of additional nature experiences:
- Games in the Gallery, all ages: May 25 – Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Adult Summer Camp, outdoor entertainment for ages 21+: June 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
David Rogers’ Big Bugs is on view through July 21 in Fernbank’s WildWoods. To enjoy other outdoor programming, including Ranger Explorations, Forest Walks, Tadpole Tales or Bird Walks, visit Fernbank’s Calendar of Events at FernbankMuseum.org.
For additional immersive programming, Flying Monsters 3D takes viewers back in time inside to explore why these prehistoric reptiles took flight, how they changed over time and why they went extinct. Flying Monsters 3D shows daily through June 1 at Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater, available with purchase of a Value Pass combination ticket, offering movie and museum admission for $23-$27.
Flying Monsters 3D will show daily at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater until June 1, 2019. Giant Screen Theater tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children and $8 for Museum members. Save on movies with the purchase of a Value Pass combination ticket, offering the movie and museum admission for $23-$27.
Great Barrier Reed 3D:
Throughout Great Barrier Reef 3D, guests follow Jemma Craig, a young underwater photographer and reef native, in her mission to document work being done by volunteers, researchers and citizen scientists to better understand and protect the reef and its inhabitants.
The movie uses stunning 3D footage shot exclusively for giant screen and IMAX® theaters to provide audiences with an up-close view of the fascinating creatures that live there such as Dwarf Minke whales, migrating green sea turtles, fluorescent corals only visible after dark and the Maori Wrasse named Wally who is a local legend on the reef.
In addition to three floors of indoor exhibits and 75-acres of outdoor trails and experiences, Fernbank has added a variety of additional programming during construction, including:
- Sun, Earth, Universe Naturalist Center exhibit opening April 2019
- David Rogers’ Big Bugs outdoor exhibit on view from April 27-July 21.
- Games in the Gallery outdoor installation from May 25-Aug. 4.
- Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants special exhibit from June 8 –Aug 18.
Superpower Dogs: Experience the life‐saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs in new film Superpower Dogs 3D showing in Fernbank’s 4-story Giant Screen Theater.
In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real‐life superheroes. Journey around the globe with narrator Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) to meet six remarkable dogs who save lives alongside their human partners. Watch as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs.
Audiences discover the amazing abilities of different breeds and the astonishing science behind their superpowers. The stars of Superpower Dogs 3D include:
- ‘Halo,’ a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America;
- ‘Henry,” an avalanche rescue expert saving lives in the mountains of British Columbia;
- ‘Reef,’ a Newfoundland lifeguard in the Italian Coast Guard;
- ‘Ricochet,’ a surf and therapy legend in California who heals people with special needs;
- ‘Tipper and Tony,’ Bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa.
Champions Magic Summer Spectacular July 20
The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are coming to Atlanta for the very first time, following sell-out shows around the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. Catch this incredible show for the whole family at the Fox on Saturday, July 20, 2019!
“The most incredible show!” NBC
With over 30 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award winners present incredible illusions with supercars, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on ‘Access Hollywood Live’, ‘The Today Show’, ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ and ‘Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon’. Champions Of Magic has been seen by thousands across the world, now is your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again.
October 5 Peppa Pig’s Adventure: Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back with a brand new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure. The latest rendition of Peppa Pig Live!, one of the most successful family theater tours in North American history, will visit cities coast to coast in the United States including Atlanta on Saturday, October 5, at 4 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.
Ticket prices start at $25, plus applicable fees. Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase on top of your show ticket. Marquee Club passes are $40 per person and include an enhanced pre-show through post-show experience with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages. Additionally, there will be a $10 Marquee Club pass price available for our patrons 10 years of age and under.
In Peppa Pig’s Adventure, Peppa gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music. The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain. Safe and warm inside their tents, the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in.
Georgia Aquarium is an entertaining, intriguing and educational experience for guests of all ages. While promoting a fun and enjoyable learning experience, the Aquarium instills in its guests a new appreciation for the world’s aquatic biodiversity. One of the Georgia Aquarium’s major goals is to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research.
Ways to Save:
11am – 4pm – Buy Online and Save: When you purchase your General Admission tickets online in advance, you’ll save over 10% off our walk-up pricing. Click here to purchase.
After 4pm – Imagination Nights: Enjoy Georgia Aquarium by night at a special ticket price! Visit the Aquarium after 4pm every day of the week to save over 30% off full priced admission. You’ll enjoy full access to the entire Aquarium! Restrictions apply.
Toddler Time: 10-11:30 a.m. on select dates
Event Fee: Each adult and child must have a paid ticket to attend. Cost does not include Aquarium Admission.
$16 ($8 per person) – Member
$20 ($10 per person) – Non-Member
Every Second Sunday of the Month enjoy FREE admission from 12 –5pm for all visitors. Enjoy special family-friendly programming from 1-4pm.
Every Thursday from 4-8 pm enjoy 1/2 priced admission. Toddler Thursdays: Bring your tot Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a new way of looking at the High’s collection through letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.No registration required. Free with museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weekend Family Tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. The High Museum of Art is part of the Woodruff Arts Center.
First Saturday of Each Month between 9 a.m. – 12:00 pm. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Families are preparing to report for duty at the all-new LEGO City Event at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Guests will become a LEGO City Hero by completing many interactive and fun challenges. From creating a LEGO police car to filming a daring police chase, the LEGO City Event will be bustling with new interactive activities. Kids can also snap the perfect picture with a LEGO policewoman to celebrate becoming a LEGO City Hero.
Direct and Film Your Own LEGO Chase
Guests can make their own stop motion police chase mini movie by creating a personalized police pursuit scene out of LEGO bricks and chasing down a burger burglar, rabbit robber or even a big brother!
Zip In For The Rescue
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No; it’s a LEGO Helicopter zipping into action. Families can work together or compete to make their best LEGO Helicopter dash into action for the rescue.
Ultimate Pursuit Vehicle
What does the ultimate police car look like? Kids can create their own wicked-cool police pursuit vehicle to conquer any LEGO rescue mission, then display their amazing vehicle and show-off the bricktastic build on the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Cool Creations Wall.
Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
Free Kids Clinics offered 1-2x per month on Saturdays year round from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Medieval Times is a thrilling, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th-century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six Knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill. See AMO’s post here with more detail on this fun entertainment for the family.
Six Flags Over Georgia the Thrill Capital of the South— announces the tallest swinging pendulum ride in the Southeast, Pandemonium, makes its world debut on May 24. Towering an incredible 15-stories tall—this exhilarating thrill ride reaches speeds up to 70 miles per hour, as it whips back and forth—higher and higher to give riders stunning views of the breathtaking Atlanta city skyline.
“Six Flags is the industry leader in innovation and our goal is to reach new heights every year,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “Pandemonium is the perfect mix of mayhem and adrenaline in one action-packed ride, giving our Members and Season Pass Holders yet another exciting, new attraction to experience with family and friends.”
Pandemonium is an oversized pendulum ride that sends riders on a dizzying journey to extreme heights; delivering epic, high-flying thrills for guests of all ages.
- Riders soar through the air at speeds of 70 miles per hour;
- The pendulum swings back and forth while rotating counterclockwise; and
- As guests swing higher and higher, they experience a feeling of weightlessness while flying an exhilarating 147 feet in the air.
Pandemonium is the centerpiece of the park’s new ScreamPunk-themed area, featuring four exciting rides, four revamped food locations and the all-new Pandemonium Gift Shop.
Six Flags 2019 Memberships and Season Passes are currently on sale. Members can now enjoy priority park entry, preferred parking and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Elite levels are available featuring all the perks of a Season Pass plus other benefits including admission to all Six Flags branded theme and waterparks, skip the line passes, unlimited soft drinks and much more! For more information, visit the Membership Sales Center or www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia and sign up.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.5 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
SRM has about 90 different cars, including Pullman cars, classic steam locomotives, and antique diesel-electric trains. Ride in restored cabooses and learn about the famous trains that made history! Special admission price of $7 and free train rides for home-schooled kids and their families! Learn about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through arts and crafts, special exhibits, and scavenger hunts. 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth
Southern Museum offers a Mommy & ME preschool program every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 am. Designed for preschool age children ages three to five-years-old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.
The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a premier metro Atlanta museum, featuring exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. The Southern Museum is home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly line from the Glover Machine Works; weapons, uniforms and every day items of Civil War soldiers; and the Jolley Education Center that features train history, hands-on activities for children and Georgia’s French Gratitude Train. Kennesaw
Find Adventure at Stone Mountain’s Annual Summer at the Rock Event!
All new Butterfly Adventures, special performances and more featured daily June 8 through July 28.
Families don’t have to travel far to find adventure this summer. Georgia’s most visited attraction, Stone Mountain Park, is hosting its annual Summer at the Rock June 8 through July 28. With plenty of fun-filled activities, summer entertainment, interactive attractions, outdoor recreation, and more, Stone Mountain Park offers options for families to unplug and reconnect all summer long.
New this year is Butterfly Adventures, an interactive experience where families enter a habitat filled with over 1,000 beautiful butterflies. With opportunities to feed butterflies, learn about their lifecycle, watch a caterpillar metamorphosis and also learn how to create a butterfly garden, this is a fun-filled experience for guests of all ages enjoy.
Also new this summer are live performances by the Zuzu African Acrobats as seen on America’s Got Talent. Originally from Mombasa, Kenya, these amazing athletes feature high-energy, traditional entertainment from East Africa including incredible feats of agility, limbo, contortion, pyramid building, comedy and much more. It’s a non-stop, thrill-a-minute production for the whole family.
Plenty of other performances will keep families entertained throughout the summer including International Rockin’ Rhythms, an adventure across the globe, one song at a time; Alf and Ralph: Mystery at Pebble Ridge, a hilarious whodunnit train ride aboard the Scenic Railroad; Ask Dave, the Great Rock! everyone’s favorite giant talking boulder and self-proclaimed world expert, and so much more.
The nightly Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision has added yet another exciting element this year—a giant fire wheel. Known as a Catherine Wheel, Stone Mountain Park’s is the largest in North America and features fireworks which display bright colors over 50 feet in diameter while causing the wheel to turn even faster.
From July 1 through July 7, the park is lighting up the sky every night during its Fantastic Fourth Celebration following the Lasershow Spectacular with a special patriotic fireworks finale. For a second year in a row, guests can watch the same exact show every night of the celebration.
Are you looking for something adventurous AND nature-oriented? Treetop Quest is an aerial adventure park which means ziplines and obstacles in the trees! 2 locations in Gwinnett and Dunwoody. Great family fun for ages 4 and up! Come swing in our trees with us!
Treetop Quest is a self-guided activity comprised of treetop obstacles and zip-lines. Our courses range in difficulty from easy to very challenging, so the entire family will have a blast! Once you are equipped, we will teach you how to operate your equipment and you will be good to swing through each course as many times as you want, for 2.5 hours (according to age limit as indicated below).
Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state. Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. When you’re ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.
Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor. An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.
Angel Falls Trail in Rabun offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Creek Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls. Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls. To see Raven Cliff Falls, near Helen, is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.
The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms. DeSoto Falls, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It’s located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you’re visiting Vogel State Park, make a pit stop at Helton Creek Falls, to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Also, the Vickery Creek Trail (also known as Big Creek) in Roswell is a pretty 2-mile hike with a beautiful waterfall. The hike starts just off Riverside Road in Roswell, climbs over a series of short ridges and then descends to a man-made waterfall that was once the site of an old mill. The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. The hike crosses a wood bridge at 2.5 miles, the sound of falling water echoing through the forest. The hike visits the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. The hike reaches a covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rock creek bed. Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from Vickery Creek’s northern bank.
Yellow River Game Ranch is a popular destination to encounter, feed and pet animals. Located 2 1/2 miles east of Stone Mtn on Hwy 78, it offers a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis. Stroll along a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter white-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and more!
Every Sunday from 1:00–4:00 p.m., visit the Woodruff Arts Center for FREE family activities, including art-making workshops, ASO backstage tours and more! The Woodruff Arts Center Atlanta, Georgia is one of the only arts venues in the United States to offer both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff produces outstanding theatre, music and exhibitions for over 800,000 patrons each year.
The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 200,000 students annually and is proud to be recognized as Georgia’s largest arts educator. Whether it’s summer camps for middle school students or theatre made for the youngest audiences, families with children of all ages will be able to explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive environment.
World of Coca-Cola’s throwback game is strong this summer. From 2019 to 1985 to 1969, the attraction is offering limited-time experiences to help fans make it their best – and possibly strangest – summer ever. Here are all the deets on what not to miss:
Stranger Things Have Happened – Prepare for time travel. Netflix’s Stranger Things 3 debuts on July 4, throwing it back to the summer of 1985, when the most-talked-about brand of the year was Coca-Cola with its release of “New Coke.” To help transport fans into the series, Coca-Cola is bringing back a limited run of New Coke – yes, the actual recipe from 1985. In addition to CokeStore.com/1985, one of the only places fans will be able to get their hands on the nostalgic drink is World of Coca-Cola. On June 4, 5 and 6, the first 1,000 guests who buy full-price, general admission tickets on-site at the attraction will each receive a can of New Coke, while supplies last. Limited-edition apparel featuring Coke and Stranger Things branding will also be available in the Coca-Cola Store at World of Coca-Cola and on CokeStore.com/1985.
It’s the Real Thing – Remember the famous Coke slogan from 1969? 2019 marks 50 years since the introduction of “It’s the Real Thing,” and World of Coca-Cola is celebrating with a special exhibit. Retro ads, posters and swag will bring to life the iconic slogan that inspired pop songs from superstars of the day – we’re talking James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The “It’s the Real Thing” installation in the Pop Culture Gallery is open now through spring 2020.
Want to bring the Real Thing home with you? An all-new, all-classic line of retail repping the iconic slogan is available in the Coca-Cola Store at World of Coca-Cola. This collection includes men’s and women’s tees, hats, a bag, a beach towel, a Tervis tumbler and a bottle opener.
Float Through Summer – Name a summer treat more classic than a Coke float. We’ll wait. June through August, World of Coca-Cola is putting a twist on the typical refreshment with a build-your-own float experience. For $9.95, guests will receive a 16-oz. souvenir cup, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and free reign of the Taste It! Beverage Lounge, where they can choose from more than 100 familiar and exotic beverages to create their float.
Keeping It Cool – Flavorful floats aren’t the only frozen fun at World of Coke this summer. Also in the Taste It! Beverage Lounge, a variety of slushie beverages will be available to help guests keep cool during the hottest months of the year. For $5, choose from flavors including Melon Frosty and Blue Raspberry.
Peel, Scan & Sip – Enjoy a Coca-Cola this summer and you could end up with free World of Coca-Cola tickets. Now through July 21, packaging for Coke, Coke Zero Sugar and Coke Flavors (Orange Vanilla, Cherry, etc.) will feature peel-off labels that turn into wearable wristbands. Each band displays an icon that fans can scan with their phones to potentially win exclusive experiences nationwide. In the Georgia area, a limited number of bottles and cans will unlock two free World of Coke tickets. You never know – uncapping your next Coke may mean unlocking your next weekend adventure.
An integral part of downtown Atlanta’s fabric for more than 25 years, World of Coca‑Cola has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 100 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Join over 25 million people who have visited the Atlanta attraction and experience the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 132-year-old secret formula for Coca‑Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 historic artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience, take a photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe.
World of Coca-Cola offers more than 100 drinks from around the world in its one-of-a-kind Taste It! Beverage Lounge. From delicious classics to your new favorite that you probably didn’t even know existed, you can sample and savor them all. Plus, sip on some of the latest and greatest Coke products at the lounge’s Sampling Bar.
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