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!
For those planning a sporting event, family reunion, wedding or other special event, 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.
We’re cooking up an adventure in Awesome Alpharetta and we’ve got all the ingredients to make your weekend or week-long getaway a winning recipe. Four unique cooking experiences, including the only Publix Apron’s Cooking School in the state of Georgia and one of five in the country, bring culinary tourism to life with classes ranging from basic knife skills to celebrity chef demonstrations. For more information and a full list of events, visit our awesomealpharetta.com
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 <strong>attractions are 50% OFF with your same-day Happy Hour receipt from the Andretti Grill.* $3 Well Drinks, Domestic Drafts & Margaritas $5 Select Appetizers *Half off attractions excludes karting.
Please see our article on Apple Orchards and U-Pick information. Many apple orchards are in Ellijay along Apple Orchard Alley and offer fun weekend activities!
Atlanta Botanical Garden Presents: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Tickets are on sale for Atlanta’s favorite holiday tradition, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, featuring a new twist on last year’s popular towering three-dimensional light curtain, all-new displays and a lounge in the Skyline Garden. The show, presented nightly November 17 – January 6, also will feature several of the giant topiary-like sculptures from this summer’s popular mosaiculture exhibition, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time – all shown in a whole new light. Open from 5 – 10 pm (11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays). For ticket information and other details, visit atlantabg.org.
Here are five highlights not to miss:
1) “Nature’s Wonders” returns to Storza Woods with its hundreds of vertically hung strings of multi-colored lights suspended from the treetops over the Canopy Walk. This year’s display includes new music, choreography and sound effects in which the more than 70,000 color-changing LED bulbs create images of Northern Lights, a storm at sea and a gentle snowfall, among others.
2) For the first time, the show will extend to the new Skyline Garden, where the Flower Walk will be immersed in a new all-white light tunnel while a lighted sculpture will anchor the fiddlehead display in the Aquatic Plant Pond.
3) Look for Robinson Gazebo, with its breathtaking views of the Midtown skyline, to be transformed into a mod Skylights Lounge offering comfy seating, cash bars and a deejay!
4) Hanging out in the Garden will be several creatures from Imaginary Worlds, including the Phoenix and Pegasus sculptures wrapped in lights and the Dragon and Camels dramatically uplit!
5) Back by popular demand will be those dancing “Orchestral Orbs” on the Great Lawn, towering cone trees, giant candles, the serene Ice Goddess, Holiday Model Trains and s’more roasting firepits.
October 28 Dia de los Muertos: Learn about and experience a Day of the Dead Festival, presented in partnership with the Consul General of Mexico and Institute of Mexican Culture. Guests enjoy dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods, and beverages.
This is a free admission day at Atlanta History Center. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council, and is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, and the Institute of Mexican Culture.
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
Peter Pan: The Center for Puppetry Arts invites families to take off on an adventure to the island of Neverland when the beloved fairy tale Peter Pan hits the stage, September 25 – October 28. Guests can join the Darling children on a number of adventures, including an encounter with mermaids, mischievous antics with the Lost Boys and a run in with Captain Hook and the crocodile. Performed in blacklight, the family-favorite show features vibrant sets, flying puppets and original music to bring the magic of the beloved fantasy story to life on stage.
The Center’s production of Peter Pan is based on the classic book by J.M. Barrie and was adapted for the puppet stage by Michael Haverty. Tim Sweeney directs the production, and local, Atlanta musician Jeffrey Bützer composed the music. Puppeteers Dolph Amick, Qate Bean, Hannah Chiclana, Luis Hernandez and Kristin Storla operate the various types of puppets, including blacklight, rod and shadow puppetry styles.
The regular show schedule is as follows:
Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
All-inclusive ticket prices vary but start at $9.75 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers) and include entrance to the Create-A Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Cranky Crocodile Ultraviolet Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world as well as a global gallery. Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
October 10-27 The Ghastly Dreadfuls will rise from the grave to once again haunt the Center for Puppetry Arts with another frightful season of spine-tingling ghost stories and toe-tapping musical numbers. The Ghastly Dreadfuls has become a cult classic in the Atlanta Halloween scene since its debut over a decade ago, and is favored for its intricate puppetry, original songs, and stories and dark, vaudevillian style.
The two-hour performance includes 15 ghost stories and musical numbers, offering a mix of funny, spooky and downright haunting tales. Many celebrated stories are returning in 2018, such as The 11:59 and Danse Macabre. A gruesome, yet crowd-favorite piece, The Horrific Experiment will return to the stage by popular demand. With an evolving line-up featuring stories from performances over the past decade, favorites such as Le Petit Vampyr, The Deep End of the Pool and Yuki Onna will haunt the Center’s hallowed halls once more.
Ticket prices begin at $25 (nonmembers) and $18.50 (Members). Early bird pricing is available during the first week of performances. Tickets include entry to the performance and Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the Jim Henson and Global collections, as well as the brand-new special exhibit Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic. Tickets can be purchased at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
Halloween Hikes October 26,27 from 7-10 pm Guided hike along well-lit trails where children meet friendly, costumed woodland creatures. Face painting, live music, games, and campfire. Ticket sales 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct.19-20, $10; Oct. 26-27, $12; 2 and younger, free.
Naturally Artistic October 1- 30 Visit four outdoor art stations to create your own art. This year, explore wind, water, earth and fire. Through Nov. 30. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; ages 2 and younger, free.
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” through January 6
This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends.
In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Visitors can walk the paths and hear the sounds of Daniel’s world as they encounter the meaning of empathy, gratitude, sharing and diversity in an environment of creative and interactive play.
Along with the emotional lessons gleaned in the Neighborhood, visitors can:
-Transform into a favorite character with masks and costumes
-Compose a song or play along with one-of-a-kind instruments
-Visit the Post Office and sort, deliver and receive packages and letters
-Create stories through the Movable Character Mural
-Step inside the Clock Factory to play with a variety of clocks
-Identify spots in one’s own neighborhood on the interactive world map
-Write or draw thank-you notes and put them on the Thank You Tree
-Cozy up with a good book in O the Owl’s Reading Nest
-Stroll with a Trolley along the path, and ring the bell upon arrival
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
This Halloween, Fernbank Museum of Natural History invites guests to experience the darker mysteries of the forest as ghostly spirits begin to appear in the shadows. This new outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits, will be on view from through Nov. 11, 2018.
Drawing inspiration from the many enchanted forests in literature and movies, Woodland Spirits is filled with mystery, adventure and uncertainty. Guests will encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows and lurk in the far reaches of WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.
There’s a mystery to their presence but occasional fragments from abandoned gardens and vacant estates suggest that the spirits of those who once explored these woods never left. Guests are encouraged to stay aware, as the apparitions and ethereal spirits could lurk all around – up in the trees, deep in the vistas and even in plain sight.
Woodland Spirits will be on view daily from 10am to 5pm with museum admission and will also be a highlight of several special events:
- Fright Night, adult Halloween Party on Oct. 26 from 7pm to midnight;
- Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat for families: Oct. 27 from 10am to 2pm
- Ghostly Gatherings for all ages: Oct. 21, 28 from 6pm to 9pm
- Halloween Discount for costumed guests: Receive 31% off museum admission Oct. 31
Advanced reservations and separate ticket fees for some programs are required and are encouraged for others due to anticipated sell-outs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FernbankMuseum.org or call 404.929.6400.
Flight of the Butterflies November 2- January 10, a breathtaking giant screen adventure from SK Films, is coming back to the 4-story Giant Screen Theater at Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History—this time in 3D—back by popular demand.
Based on a remarkable true story, the epic film immerses audiences in a triumphant journey of perseverance that spans thousands of miles and several generations — tracking real monarch butterflies to their mysterious Mexican winter haven where audiences will discover a truly spectacular sight: hundreds of millions of REAL live butterflies in one of the most amazing places on Earth!
What began with a small boy daydreaming about where butterflies went each winter became a lifelong pursuit by Urquhart, who ingeniously enlisted the help of legions of volunteers, known as “citizen scientists,” to help with tagging and tracking the butterflies. The decades-long quest yielded the ultimate discovery of the monarch butterflies’ overwintering sites in the sanctuaries of Mexico.
The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, yet with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a place it has never been. While much has been learned, scientists are still unraveling the many inter-related aspects of this phenomenon of the natural world. As the film illustrates, it takes two to three generations of butterflies to migrate north from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada and one “super generation” to complete the migration back south to Mexico.
Wildwoods: Take a walk on the wild side as you explore 75 acres of new outdoor nature adventures. WildWoods and Fernbank Forest combine to highlight the natural world through immersive trails, educational programming, hands-on exhibits and beautiful scenery.
Viewers will follow the Alucia, OceanX’s research vessel, on a global odyssey from Antarctica to Egypt in the discovery of never-before-captured footage like deep seafloor methane volcanoes, a close-up of an octopus’ body armor and the clever tusk fish’s cracking of clams. Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D will show daily at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater from June 22 through Nov. 1, 2018. 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 $21-$25.
Fernbank Museum Invites Viewers to Sit Back and Soar with Earthflight 3D Movie: Through Dec 3
Earthflight 3D is coming in for a landing at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Giant Screen Theater, where it will take audiences on an incredible 40-minute flight around the world on the wings of birds. “Earthflight 3D is as much a film about the sensation of flying as it is about the remarkable behavior and migrations of birds,” said Neil Nightingale, Executive Producer of Earthflight 3D.
Earthflight 3D journeys across four continents and 11 different countries, all from the point of view of the many birds soaring overhead, including geese, vultures, and eagles. Earthflight 3D will show daily at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater from Aug. 3 until Dec. 13, 2018.
Ghost Tours 6th Annual Ghost Tours Offers A Spooktacular Time At Atlanta’s Legendary Fox Theatre!
Tours Will Now Include Haunting Historical Accounts by William Fox, Fox Theatre’s Hospital Nurse and More!
Thursday, October 25 ***JUST ANNOUNCED***
Friday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 30
Tickets On-Sale NOW!
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
- September 10, 2018 – Beluga Palooza
- October 1, 2018 – Jelly Jam
- November 5, 2018 – Give Thanks
- December 3, 2018 – Happy Holidays
- A paid adult must accompany child(ren).
- Advance registration required. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
- All adults and all children must have a paid ticket to this event to attend.
- Intended for children ages 0-3 years.
- Cost does not include Aquarium Admission.
- Access to Toddler Time via Oceans Ballroom Entrance on the first floor of the parking garage ONLY.
Workout by the Water
Break a sweat at the most unique and inspiring fitness studio Atlanta has to offer – Georgia Aquarium! Workout by the Water offers yoga, pilates and boot camp classes led by local fitness instructors. Classes are designed to challenge students of all experience levels. Workouts take place in our magnificent Oceans Ballroom, offering incredible views of manta rays and whale sharks guaranteed to motivate you to become a healthier, and happier, YOU!
Each class is just $10 and takes place from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM on the dates listed below. All proceeds from Workout by the Water benefit Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation initiatives. Oct 17, Nov 14, Dec 4
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. Check link for dates. 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.
An all-new LEGO® Ninjago 4D short movie launched at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta! In LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension, the ninjas will show off their awesome LEGO® Ninjago moves in a super-cool and explosive 4D adventure. Enter the Dojo with Master Wu and train with the ninjas to learn the teachings of the Scroll of the 4th Dimension. Guests will experience the totally-awesome world of Ninjago as they’ve never seen, smelled or felt it before.
The LEGO® Ninjago Training Camp is making its return to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta! Families can put their ninja skills to the test to see if they have what it takes to become a true LEGO ninja and defeat the bad guys in this fun, action-packed play-zone. Children can test their agility in the laser maze and master their building skills at the Ninjago build table to go on a LEGO adventure that’s bigger and better than they can do at home.
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.
Roswell Cultural Arts Center Oct 27
Junie B Jones is Not a Crook
Serenbe Playhouse Serenbe
The Sleepy Hollow Experience through Novemer 4: As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, we’re bringing back our favorite fall fright fest: THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE! Following five sold out seasons and recognition as one of the ‘Top Five Halloween Plays in the Country’ by American Theatre Magazine, patrons will enjoy a fresh adaptation by Serenbe Playhouse’s Brian Clowdus. This immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling! Bring the whole family to Tarrytown and experience the retelling of this classic American ghost story in the comfort of daylight. Join the cast at a Fall Festival pre-show and during intermission.
Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $13 – senior/student, child, and group discounts are available. Rain Insurance is available for all tickets. All may be purchased online at www.serenbeplayhouse.com, or by calling the box office (770-463-1110), Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.
Fright Fest is through October 31!!
Six Flags Over Georgia — the Thrill Capital of the South — is set for the biggest and scariest Fright Fest® in the park’s history. Six Flags Over Georgia leaves no tombstone unturned to deliver what guests want most…an all-out terrifying experience. The bone-chilling lineup of new haunted attractions features two new terrifying mazes, including Alien Abduction in a massive, 6,000 square foot indoor haunt.
Fright Fest boasts a grand total 16 electrifying mazes, dare-to-enter scare zones and horrifying shows, along with nightmarish zombies roaming around every corner. To take the fright to the extreme, Six Flags Over Georgia adds a sinister element to more than 30 thrilling rides by turning off the lights, leaving riders to face their fears in total darkness.
Fright Fest will terrify those who visit with the return of guest’s favorite scares, plus new blood-curdling haunted attractions including:
- Alien Abduction, an ALL-NEW, 6,000 square foot haunted maze where evil aliens live, work and breed as they carry out the most horrific experiments imaginable on human victims;
- Evil Passage, an ALL-NEW haunted maze featuring a dark corridor that leads to a dark room that holds a wicked secret and a demon who tries to ravage all who enter;
- Bayou Burial Ground, a new scare zone where black magic is a poison that fills the swamp-like landscape and mystifies those who visit its graveyard; and
- The return of the award-winning Dr. Fright’s Dead Man’s Party haunted show at the historical Crystal Pistol Music Hall.
For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat trail and Halloween themed shows, rides and attractions round out the day in Bugs Bunny Spookytown. Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia runs select nights from September 22 through October 31. Some attractions require an additional Haunted Maze Attractions Pass. For more information visit, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
Six Flags Over Georgia 2019 Season Passes are currently on sale. For a limited time, purchase a Season Pass or Membership and receive a free upgrade to GOLD on each Pass. GOLD Passes include admission to Six Flags White Water, as well as free Parking Passes. Additional Season Pass perks include free tickets for friends, park admission to Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park®, plus all of 2019. Season Passes or Memberships can be purchased at the main gate ticket booths or online at 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 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
Celebrate the beauty of spring with a visit to Atlanta’s favorite natural wonderland. Discover a prehistoric creature collection at Dinosaur Explore, trek through the treetops on SkyHike®, and soar to the top of the mountain on Summit Skyride… the adventures are endless!
Challenge yourself on SkyHike®, the nation’s largest family adventure course, cool off and play in the spray on Geyser Towers® or soar to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride…the adventures are endless!
Be sure to check out the extended fireworks finale, and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® with all-new breathtaking fire effects. Three flame cannons add a punch to the show by sending a trio of flames nearly one-hundred feet into the air. Plus, special new fireworks spray multi-colored bursts and dance on the water at the base of the mountain.
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 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. Thirsty yet?
Georgia Resident Ticket Offer: 2 for $25
It’s always good to live in Georgia, but during the month of October, World of Coca-Cola will make it a little sweeter to call the Peach State home. Starting Monday, Oct. 1, World of Coca-Cola is extending a special ticket offer to the residents of Coca-Cola’s home state: two general admission tickets for $25, a total savings of $7 or more than 20% off regular adult admission.
College Student Ticket Offer: $10 each
Need a study break? For a limited time, World of Coca-Cola is bringing back its $10 ticket offer for college students. From Sept. 27 through Oct. 10, college students can simply present their student IDs at the ticketing window to get more than 40% off regularly priced tickets.
Visitors at World of Coca-Cola can sample more than 100 drinks from around the world, see the vault where Coca-Cola’s secret recipe is guarded and snap photos with the iconic Coca-Cola Polar Bear.
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