We have family in the Atlanta Metro Area so we stop by quite frequently. A conversation we had with the family inspired this post. There are so many things to do in Atlanta, so I want to share some great staycation ideas for those of you in driving distance or will be visiting! Let's get ready for operation staycation Atlanta.
Operation Staycation Atlanta: Everything You Need to Know
Money saving tip: You can save money on Atlanta's 5 biggest attraction by using the Atlanta CityPASS. This includes the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame.
If you want a change of scenery there are a few things you can do. First, consider getting a tent and backyard camp. After the initial investment, it's a free way to get a chance of pace.
Another option you can look into an Airbnb for a night or two as well. (If you sign up for Airbnb with my link you get a free $40 travel credit!) You can get a place for less than $100 a night many times even less than $60 a night.
Now for the most important part of Operation Staycation Atlanta: Get out and explore your city!
SkyView Atlanta – Labeled the Best way to see downtown Atlanta is a Ferris Wheel in the middle of downtown that gives you a unique view of the city!
Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta – This place is PERFECT for Lego loves big and small! They have a factory tour, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Lego Fire Academy and so much more! For anyone with kids, you can easily spend a day here!
Children’s Museum of Atlanta – With hands-on exhibits like, Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, Fundamentally Food and more!
Porsche Driving Experience – Do you have a need for speed? Check out this driving experience from Porsche. Pick your car and spend an hour and a half and learn hands-on and fast-paced. For each session, a highly trained Porsche driving coach will guide you along the course as you navigate a tailored environment meant to maximize each particular model’s capabilities.
Atlanta Rocks – Rock climbing Lover? This place is for you! Tons of different climb walls and live entertainment!
Georgia Aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium is named one of the best in the country. With more than 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you've never seen before! Remember this is one of your Atlanta CityPASS attractions.
Delta Flight Museum – For anyone interested in flight the Delta Museum is a must see. They have many interactive museums, including a flight simulator- the only full-motion “sim” open to the public in the U.S.
Atlanta History Center – Located on 33 acres in the heart of historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center invites you to explore Georgia's past through award-winning exhibitions.
World of Coca-Cola – The World of Coca-Cola is a permanent exhibition featuring the history of The Coca-Cola Company—including its well-known advertising—as well as a host of entertainment areas and attractions. Learn and explore the Chamber of the Secret Formula, view old advertising, how it's bottled and more. Remember this is one of your Atlanta CityPASS attractions.
Related: The Ultimate Georgia Vacation Guide
Margaret Mitchell House – Any Gone With the Wind fan will love this house of the famous writer! Not only see her house but explore the transform from book to movie!
Inside CNN Studio Tour – See inside the studio of the famous CNN news station! You can get a behind the scenes tour of their morning show and more! Remember this is one of your Atlanta CityPASS attractions.
Zoo Atlanta – Experience zoo shows, wild encounters, petting zoo, and my kid favorite Zoo’s Clues. Help Detective Clue Spotter the Otter crack the case with monthly mysteries geared toward 8 to 12-year-olds. Remember this is one of your Atlanta CityPASS attractions.
Stone Mountain – Known as the Civil War picture carved into the mountain this is now a huge theme resort with a light show, shopping, rides, camping, golf, and more.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens – They do many events like Christmas Lights but they are also a great place to relax and take in nature.
Six Flags over Georgia – Thrill Seeker? Just outside of Atlanta is Six Flags! Part Waterpark and part theme park this is something for everyone! With thrill rides like the Dahlonega Mine Train, Dare Devil Dive and the most famous wooden roller coaster the Georgia Cyclone.
Fernbank Science Center – This made our list solely for the Apollo 6 exhibit. We have a little space fanatic on our hands!
Southern Hollywood Film Tours – Tours areas from the show Drop Dead Diva and movies like Joyful Noise and Sweet Home Alabama!
Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Park – See and tour the house he was born in, visit his church he spoke in and more.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum and Library – Love him or hate him there is a lot to learn about his presidency and his life here!
Kennesaw Mountain National Battle Filed – One of the Civil War battles. It was fought on the mountains so there are also amazing views of Atlanta and the surrounding area.
Atlanta Historical Sites – There are so many historical sites around town make sure to see them all.
Don't forget to grab your Atlanta CityPASS!
Do you have any tips to add to Operation Staycation Atlanta?