I never wanted to move to Atlanta. But over the last 6 years I’ve lived here, it’s grown on me. Especially since having children. Atlanta just has so much to offer in way of family friendly activities. Whether it’s weekday play dates, or awesome weekend festivals; theater for toddlers, or the many, many splash pads throughout the city in the summer; there’s always fun things for little ones and their parents going on. Now that our toddler can’t stand being strapped in a stroller half the time, it’s easier just to let her walk while we explore and put the car seat in a stroller for our adventures. For this we use the Chicco KeyFit 30 and Viaro Stroller, which we are giving away below.
So here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots in Atlanta:
Our first three years in Atlanta Tom and I actually lived on the beltline, as it was just starting to be developed. And we’ve seen it grown a ton since then. The beltline runs through Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, and Piedmont Park. On the Beltline you’ll see lots of street art, maybe a band or two, skateboarders, and other Atlanta sights and sounds. You can exit the Beltline at the Old Fourth Ward park for a fun playground and splash pad. It’s easy to park by Krog Street, grab lunch, and then walk the beltline for some family fun.
Piedmont Park is one of the most well known spots in Atlanta for a good reason. Almost every weekend you will find a festival going on at the park, and there’s a weekly farmer’s market to pick up some locally grown goods. You’ll see kickball and softball teams playing in the active oil, people riding their bikes, enjoying jogs, or just picnicking on the lawn taking in the midtown view. There’s also an amazing pool, a couple playgrounds for the littles, and a really great and quiet splash pad on one edge of the park.
Woodruff Arts Center
An arts center? Toddler friend? Yeah I know you think I’m crazy. But Woodruff Arts Center has a lot of fun stuff for little ones. For starters it houses the Alliance Theater, which has a Theater for the Very Young series just for children under the age of 5. They encourage children to participate in the play and engage them. There is also toddler Thursday’s at the High museum where they introduce toddlers to art and have fun hands-on crafts. And the fun isn’t just for toddlers at Woodruff – there are plays and art activities for older kids as well, and the adults will have just as much fun!
Atlanta Botanical Garden
This is one of our absolute favorite spots in Atlanta. I mean in the middle of a big city you have this amazing forested area with the prettiest floral arrangements. Maddie Grace loves looking at the flowers, and the children’s garden (currently closed for reservations) is one of the coolest spots for little ones complete with a great playground and splash pad.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Have a dinosaur lover? Then Fernbank is a must. You’ll also find hands-on exhibits, live animals, archaeological artifacts, and activities for all ages.
This is a rainy weekday favorite of ours. We could seriously spend all day in the aquarium. Just don’t go when school’s not in session as it gets crazy crowded. Tons of fish exhibits, including a tunnel where you can watch whales and sharks swim over you. The dolphin show is mesmerizing every time and the new sea lion exhibit is Maddie Grace’s favorite.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain is really a place that a whole family could spend several days. You can hike, play, golf, watch a lights show, shop, eat, or attend one of the many festivals that go on at Stone Mountain year round. I have great memories of going to Stone Mountain as a kid and love that we get to take our kids there now.
The Chicco Viaro is a great stroller for exploring Atlanta with our littles. I mean, you can tell from the pictures here how huge the storage underneath is on the stroller, which is one of the most important things I look for in a stroller. I love how easy it is to pop our infant car seat into the stroller. We chose the Chicco KeyFit 3o infant car seat anyways based on it consistently being ranked the #1 car seat and the ease of installing it, so having a stroller that turns it into a travel system is perfect for my family. The stroller is also great without the car seat in it if we want to use it with Maddie Grace as it’s got a long seat and can fit up to 50 pounds.
The Viaro Stroller has a super smooth ride because of the EPS energy absorbing foam wheels and is easy to maneuver down city streets thanks to the ultra-lightweight aluminum frame. The foot brakes are simple to set, and the canopy is great for protecting baby from sun or wind. And when baby is a little bigger there is a 5-point harness and cup and snack holders for them as well as for parents. You can find the Viaro Travel System at ChiccoShop.com and buybuy BABY for a suggested retail price of just $349.99! The stand alone system is also available for $199.99.
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*Thank you Chicco for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I only recommend products I truly love.