Family in Atlanta

We lived in Georgia our entire lives, with the exception of 6 months living in Seattle, until we began traveling full-time in July 2016. Fall is our favorite season in the south so we try to stay in town and enjoy it! Cool air, autumn leaves, the smell of wood burning! Here’s our compilation of favorite things to do in Atlanta in the fall!

Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Adjacent to Piedmont Park is the crowd pleaser botanical gardens. We’ve visited in the spring and love the vibrant colors and green leaves growing after a cold winter season. We also visited during the Holiday Garden Lights after dark, when the entire property is decorated with Christmas lights and blasting Christmas music. What better way to start a Christmas season?! We went the Friday night after Thanksgiving and it was PACKED, so maybe try a weeknight for less crowds.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch. For us, and many of our friends, visiting Burt’s and picking out the best pumpkins is the kickoff to a great fall season. They have all shapes & sizes of pumpkins, fall decor, and some yummy homemade pumpkin rolls. The last weekend in September and weekdays in October are the best time to go to avoid crazy traffic and to get the best photos of your family at the pumpkin patch.

Cumming Country Fair. Chris took me here on our very first date together back in October 2002 and we have gone every year since. The rides are fun and there’s plenty to do for the entire family – petting zoo, concerts, rides, perfectly unhealthy food like funnel cakes & fried oreos. We took the girls this year on a Saturday morning when entry & rides were free.

Hiking at Amicalola Falls. You can climb 600 stairs to get to the top of the falls, push a stroller on a recycled rubber tire trail, or drive to the top without breaking a sweat. The views you’ll get are pretty gorgeous, especially if you plan it according to the leaves changing color.

Helen, GA. This little Germantown doesn’t have much of a Germany feel to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun! For younger kids, there’s a playground on one end of the main road for where they can release some energy, and for the older kids (and adults!) you can float down the river in inflatable tubes! It gets packed in the Fall for Oktoberfest, but the temperature outside here makes it worth joining the crowds, and some of the celebrations are really fun! You will have plenty of shops to choose from to purchase Christmas decor, or a local souvenir.

Stone Mountain. We took the girls to this landmark Atlanta attraction on a gorgeous sunny day in September and it did not disappoint. There are enough activities in this one park that you could stay on the grounds and make an entire weekend out of it. The kids will love the train ride, taking the gondola to the top of the mountain, attending one of the many festivals held here, and watching the laser show at the end of the day. Our favorite was running around and playing on the lawn.

Georgia Aquarium. If the weather is rainy or too cold, or in some cases still too hot, the aquarium is the perfect place to bring the family. We had my niece & nephew with us, and all kids, from 10 months to 5 years, loved it! It is easy to navigate your way through the entire aquarium to be sure you see everything, and there is a dolphin show throughout the day. My niece loved it and got more involved than the rest of our kiddies. Just outside the aquarium exit is a well manicured lawn where they played and ran around for another 45 minutes or so before crashing in the car on the way home. Also nearby you can find other attractions like the World of Coke, Centennial Olympic Park, and the SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel.

Tallulah Gorge. This was our first visit to the gorge and will certainly not be our last. There are plenty of trails to bring the stroller on, and plenty more that aren’t so stroller friendly, so bring your hiking backpack if you want to explore it all. Everyone at the visitors center was very helpful and gave us great tips on seeing the gorge with the girls. Be sure to pack a lunch or eat at a nearby BBQ restaurant, which is what we did and it was fabulous!

Mercier Orchards. A fun experience with or without kids! We went with some friends who also have two little girls and everyone had a BLAST! There’s plenty of room to run around, beautiful fall foliage as far as you can see, and yummy apples to snack on along the way! Only an hour north of Atlanta, this is something not to be missed! In the store, grab some of Adele’s Choice cider (no bias for the name or anything!) and some apple donuts and you’re all set… At least for the car ride home.

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. This is a fantastic place for train lovers and history buffs. Other than that, it’s a mildly entertaining hour spent in Kennesaw. There is a fun playroom inside for small children, and you can walk onto a an old train car. Some of the artifacts are interesting to look at and read about, like the  weapons and apparel that was used in the Civil War. This isn’t a must see visit, but a worthwhile attraction if you’re in the area.

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