Taking a trip to the beach or the mountains may not be in your budget for this year’s Atlanta Spring Break. In case you’re staying Intown or hosting visitors who came to see you, I’ve created this list – Six Days of Atlanta Spring Break Staycation Ideas. I’ve got lists of places nearby to have fun and enjoy the food! I included six days of fun just in case you’re starting in the weekend or the Friday before. Oh and if you’re gluten-free, I’ve got you covered too. Enjoy the list and share!
Atlanta Spring Break Staycation Ideas
Day 1 – Downtown Atlanta
Instead of driving Downtown, I highly recommend using MARTA to get to these locations. Once you arrive your desired stop, like the CNN Center I’d walk to these locations or hop on the Atlanta Trolley.
FUN: World of Coca-Cola (see my family’s experience taking the tour); Georgia Aquarium (I captured a video of A.J. enjoying the wildlife there); Children’s Museum of Atlanta; Centennial Olympic Park Playground is a great way to end your day Downtown. Let your children blow off some steam and get their wiggles out at the playground.
FOOD: The Varsity (61 North Avenue), The Westin Sundial Restaurant on the 71st floor, Johnny Rockets (280 Luckie Street across from Georgia Aquarium), Waffle House (135 Andrew Young International Blvd) or Flying Biscuit Cafe (10th Street Location)
Day 2 – Buckhead
Although it’s known for its high end, expensive stores – there’s still plenty of family-friendly fun in this section of North Atlanta.
FOOD: Johnny Rockets (Phipps Plaza); Lenox Mall Food Court and restaurants in front of the mall like Sprinkles Cupcakes; Buckhead Pizza (3324 Peachtree Road).
Day 3 – Rainy Day Indoor Fun
We’d all love a rain-free Spring Break week, but just in case you have at least one day where showers force you indoors, here are some suggestions for play spaces.
FUN: HippoHopp Indoor Playground (North Decatur Area), Stars and Strikes (various locations like Stone Mountain and Sandy Springs), Tiny Towne Indoor Driving (Duluth); Sensations Therafun (1704 Chantilly Dr NE off of I-85)
FOOD: Most locations have their own cafés; I loved that on our recent visit to Sensations Therafun we brought our own food. They encourage it and provide a dining area and microwave.
Day 4 – North Atlanta/Dekalb County
Since this is my neighborhood I love all of the options to play and run around. FREE PARKING is another benefit to getting a little further away from Intown Atlanta.
FUN: Fernbank Science Museum (see the video I captured of A.J.’s fun with friends), Peachtree Dekalb Airport (watch planes take off and land from the playground in the video above; 2000 Airport Road.), Mason Mill Park (1340 Connell Drive)
FOOD: The Downwind Restaurant is steps away from the PDK Airport Park; Bring your lunch for an outdoor picnic; stop by the Toco Hill Shopping Center (2205 Lavista Road NE) to find local and national chain restaurants like Chipotle, La Parilla, Wendy’s and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Check out 10 Places for Gluten Free Dining in Atlanta from Atlanta blogger, LaShawn Wiltz.
Day 5 – Grant Park Area
The Atlanta Beltine is one of the few places I haven’t explored thoroughly, so I plan to enjoy all 10 Terrific Ways to Explore The BeltLine by Red Tricycle. As long as the weather cooperates, you can spend all day visiting the nearby parks, trails. See the interactive map of how it maximizes green space in the heart of Atlanta.
FUN: Zoo Atlanta‘s Slimy Scaly Adventure is one of the newest animal exhibits (800 Cherokee Ave. SE); The Atlanta Beltline; Little Five Points for the vintage shops, funky spots and unique restaurants.
FOOD: Octane Coffee Shop (437 Memorial Drive A5; Uncle Maddios (1220 Caroline Street NE in the Edgewood Shopping Center; check out the Gluten-Free Restaurant Options in Atlanta.
Day 6 – Outdoor Attractions
These attractions have enough to keep your family busy for hours. They’re worth the ride and once you get there.
FOOD: These attractions have their own food offerings. See the list of restaurants at Stone Mountain Park. At Six Flags you’re allowed to eat your own food in the parking lot, then you’re allowed re-admittance.
For even more Atlanta Spring Break Staycation Ideas, I asked my fellow Atlanta Parenting Experts for their expertise.
Ashley from Mommy Week created 10 Fun Things to Do for Spring Break
Maria Smith from Mamalicious Maria shared Spring Break at Stone Mountain.
Amy Albers from Moms Magic Miles wrote her version of Spring Break Atlanta Staycation Ideas
Kendra Pierson from Headband for Today created Five Different Things to Do in Atlanta.
If you live OTP, check out a Spring Break Staycation in Woodstock, GA thanks to Aaronica Cole from The Crunchy Mommy.
Ari Adams from Love, Peace and Tiny Feet shared her Last Minute Spring Break Ideas.