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Things to do in Atlanta for the Outdoor and Adventure Family

We asked Lesli from This Crazy Home School Life and an Atlanta resident, what her favorite adventures in Atlanta are as a family. She put together 3 great itineraries that cover three different types of experiences.  Check out her itinerary for “All About Learning” and Atlanta’s Top Attractions for families.

Day 1 –

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge and The Smith House 
As the highest waterfall in the state of Georgia, Amicalola Falls State Park is a must for the adventurous family in the Atlanta area. The park has stairs snaking up and around the entire waterfall area, and also boasts a lodge at the top of the mountain, and cabins for rent. If you visit on a Saturday, be sure to catch the birds of prey exhibit in the lodge at 1:00 pm.

After a day in the park, get dinner in Dahlonega at The Smith House. You’ll be seated for a family style dinner. Afterwards, you can visit the store, stay the night, or check out the gold mining shaft in the basement of the home.

Amicalola Falls

Day 2 –

Consolidated Gold Mine and the Appalachian Outfitters or Helen, GA 
Take a trip back in time at the Consolidated Gold Mine. You’ll learn about life as a miner on the walking tour, have a chance to pan for gold, and take in some gem mining as well. The authentic mine is 60 degrees year-round and is open year-round for visitors. After a morning in the mine, either get out on the rivers with Appalachian Outfitters or visit Helen, GA.
While the mine is open year-round, Appalachian Outfitters is a summer adventure, and Helen is best visited around the holidays.

At Appalachian Outfitters, you can tube, canoe, or kayak down one of the two rivers in the Dahlonega area, as long as your child is older than 5.

In Helen, you can take a quick trip to a town in the Swiss Alps….without leaving the state of Georgia! Many things in Helen close early in the evening, so visit the town by three in the afternoon to be able to see the shops and restaurants.


Day 3 –

Stone Summit Climbing Gym and the Dunwoody Nature Center 
Find adventure less than 20 miles from the center of Atlanta at Stone Summit, Atlanta’s premier indoor climbing gym! With 10 auto belays, a dino slide for kids, and 60 feet high routes, Stone Summit is the perfect place for hours of family adventures, whether it’s your first time climbing or your 400th! There are three Stone Summit locations in the Greater Atlanta area, but we highly recommend the main location at 3701 Presidential Pkwy.

You can spend an entire day at the gym if you would like, or you can split the day and spend the other part at the Dunwoody Nature Center. With a playground deep in the woods, walking trails, and a hammock area, Dunwoody is the perfect place to find nature in the midst of the city!


Day 4 –

Stone Mountain Park 
Whether you’re brave enough to tackle the climb to the top of Stone Mountain, or you would like to take a nice long bike ride with your kiddos, Stone Mountain Park is a great place for your family to spend the day. You can camp at the lake in the park, hike, or you and your family can take part in the theme park part of the park. There’s also a museum discussing the role of the Civil War in Southern history, and there’s a gondola ride to the top of the mountain if you don’t want to hike, but want to see the view!

Tips: for children and adults 12 and over, Atlanta Adventure Tours rents electric bikes in the park.  There is also a bike shop just outside the park that rents bicycles, Aztec Cycles.


Grist Mill and Stone Mountain Lake in the Stone Mountain Park in sunny autumn day Georgia USA

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