Among numerous big cities in the United States, Atlanta is a charming weekend destination for families with kids due to tons of attractions and places to go. Filled with southern hospitality and vibes Atlanta, the Hollywood of the East Coast, gathers people from all over the country to enjoy the famous museums a take a sneak peek of places where movies are being shot.

Not to lose time and purposelessly wander around the city the best idea is to follow a guide or at least know the places of interest. To save your time and share the best spots let us share the itinerary for a weekend in Atlanta. 

Day 1

Breakfast at Flying Biscuit

A day should Start with a substantial breakfast. There is nothing like Southern, which is known for great taste and delicious flavors. One of the most famous places for breakfast is the Flying Biscuit, that is famous for its freshly baked biscuits and other southern classics. Flying Biscuit that is ranked as one of Atlanta’s best places for breakfast has a couple of locations. The best choice will be the one near Piedmont Park. So that you can take a walk around the park.

Address: 1001 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
Hours: 7 am – 10 pm
Price range: $11-$30

Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park Atlanta

Piedmont Park in Atlanta by Mike [CC BY 2.0 (]

Consider Piedmont Park as the Central Park of Atlanta. It is a beautiful place with gorgeous views of the Atlanta skyline, long paths, and shade to relax under the trees. Having miles of trails, picnic areas and playgrounds make Piedmont Park is a perfect destination for a walk.

Address: 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta
Hours: sunrise-sunset


Interested in what is going on behind the other side of the TV screen, how broadcasters work and tv shows created? Go to CNN Center for a tour around CNN studios. A guided tour gives a glimpse of the newsrooms and studios of several of CNN’s news channels. Visit the World Headquarters of CNN and get a closer look at the world of news.

Address: 190 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm. Tours start every 20 minutes.
Tickets: $12+. 

Tickets start at $12. Also, there is an option to buy CityPASS Atlanta that gives access to other popular and worth visiting Atlanta’s attractions: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights and Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame and save up to 40% and. It is a great deal, especially when following the itinerary because CityPass covers the most popular attractions.

Twin Smokers BBQ Lunch

Never skip lunch when an excellent BBQ place is around the corner. Twin Smokers BBQ which is situated within walking distance from CNN headquarters and right near the next stop on the itinerary. 

Address: 300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta
Hours: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Price range: $11-$30

The World of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Museum in AtlantaMaybe one of the tastiest museums in the world, the World of Coca-Cola is all about showing the history of The Coca-Cola Company, and there is an option to taste hundreds of Coca-Cola drinks from all across the globe in one place. The museum is all about telling the story of Coca-Cola with hundreds of artifacts, its own bottling process, and fun expositions. Stay here for a whole day to sample all of the drinks or head toward the next Atlanta attraction.

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta
Hours: Mn-Fr 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 7 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Tickets: $17+. Or purchase
CityPass Atlanta if to visit along with the other attractions.

Georgia AquariumGeorgia Aquarium

One of the world’s largest aquariums, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia is a must-see place. It has hundreds of thousands of different animals and represents numerous species. Download Georgia Aquarium Mobile App to navigate around the aquarium and to plan the time to visit different shows such as dolphin show for example. Most people spend in the aquarium 3-4 hours to view the exhibits and enjoy a show or two. If time permits, spend here as much as you wish because it is a unique and breathtaking experience. 

Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta
Hours: Sun-Mn 9 am – 9 pm, Sat 8 am – 9 pm
Tickets: $26,95+. Or choose
CityPass Atlanta to visit together with other attractions.

Dinner at South City Kitchen Midtown

Excellent service, friendly atmosphere, and tasty food is a perfect match for dinner. While on a trip in Atlanta try as many places with Southern food as you can to have an authentic experience.

Address: 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta
Hours: Mn-Thu 11 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm
Fr 11 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat 10 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun 10 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm
Price range: $11-$30



Day 2

Breakfast at Atlanta Breakfast Club

This place has everything we wish to have for breakfast and even more. French toasts, pancakes, eggs, you name it, and everything is mouthwatering.

Address: 249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta
Hours: 6:30 am – 3 pm
Price range: $11-$30

Margaret Mitchell House

What is Atlanta without Gone with the wind story? Visit a small apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote the legendary novel Gone with the wind. She was working as a journalist for a local paper and decided to create a story about South, heritage with an epic plot and charismatic main character.

Address: 979 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta
Hours: Mn-Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 12 pm – 5:30 pm
Tickets: $5,5+

Swan House and Atlanta Historic Center

Swan House in Atlanta

Swan House in Atlanta by Daniel Di Palma [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]

As it was mentioned before, Atlanta is a place one can recognize from many movie scenes. For example, Swan House was pictured in the Hunger Games as president Snow’s house. The Swan House is situated at the Atlanta History Center along its beautiful gardens, exhibitions, and year-round activities for families, which makes this Atlanta Historic Center a great place to discover the history of Atlanta and the region.

Address:130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 12 pm – 5:30 pm
Bring tickets from Margaret Mitchell House to have a discount.

Lunch at Seven Lamps

Seven Lamps is a modern place with classic Southern food that has a daily-changing menu, seasonal ingredients, and hand-made pasta. 

Address: 3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm
Fr 11 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm
Sat 12 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm
Sun 12 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm
Price range: $11-$30

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

A big part of Georgia history is connected with the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. Explore the neighborhood where he was born, worked as a pastor and where he rests in peace. Walk around the Sweet Auburn Historic District that is the part of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and Preservation District, to see the heritage and the history of Atlanta’s most vibrant areas. 

Martin Luther King Jr Birthplace
Address: 501 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr worked
Address: 101 Jackson St NE, Atlanta

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

The Ponce City Market was ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions. Ponce City Market is a marketplace with Food Hall, tons of cute shops and promenade street. Diverse cuisine options at the Central Food Hall will satisfy even the pickiest foodies.

Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 12 pm – 6 pm
Price range: $11-$30

Dinner at Mary Mac’s

Mary Mac's

There’s a reason Mary Mac’s has been open for 70+ years! Their comfort food is so good that in March of 2011 The Georgia House of Representatives created Resolution 477, in which Mary Mac’s was officially declared to be Atlanta’s Dining Room. Here you can dine on fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, collard greens, cinnamon rolls, and so much more. 

Address: 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE | Atlanta, GA 30308

Hours: Open Every Day 11 am-9 pm

Price Range: $12 – $18

Atlanta Botanical Garden Holiday Lightsatlanta botanical garden

If you are visiting during the holidays, I highly recommend visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden Holiday Lights after dinner. They are beautiful and the perfect way to end the day. 

For sure, Atlanta is a city that is worth visiting, especially for families with kids due to all it has to offer. Stay for a weekend or spend a couple of days here to enjoy all of Atlanta attractions and Southern hospitality.


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