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Old 09-25-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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Greetings Atlantans!

I'm bringing my 5 and 7 year old girls to visit my sister for the upcoming spring break and would love suggestions for must-sees for families. We are Kansas Citians now, by way of New York and Detroit, so we are really excited to explore the Atlanta area as a family.

I definitely want to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. museum and I've heard your aquarium is great. I would love the girls to leave with a sense of place, architecture, and history.

I'd also love any suggestions for a close two night trip destination, within 4 hour drive or so. Asheville? Nashville? Charleston? Savannah? It will all be new to me so I'm wide open. Best place to visit with kiddos?

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I'm not a fan of animals in captivity but I am a fan of animals in the wild. When you're done at the museums, I'd head up to Asheville and do some camping and leaf peeping. Blue ridge pkwy etc.

Edit: Upcoming spring break?! It's only September!! I thought you were talking about fall. Either way, same plans.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Yes, next spring break. I'm a planner. ;-)

Thanks for the suggestions! I have always wanted to visit Asheville. I imagine the drive is gorgeous.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Your ages are perfect for Chattanooga....an easy 1.5-2 hour drive from Atlanta. Great aquarium, kids museum, restaurants and it's low key. Asheville is also nice but I don't find it as kid-friendly. Charleston is great but it's a good 5 hours by car and with 5 and 7 I'd say stick to the 2 hour jaunt.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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I like the aquarium in Chattanooga better. I also like the IMAX theatre there. Only a 2 hour drive outside atlanta and the views are breathtaking
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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In addition to the Aquarium, the kids will love Zoo Atlanta. Also, take them downtown to the Westin Peachtree up to the 70-something story observatory - that's pretty cool and my kids (10 years old) love it. Also, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a great way to spend a few hours, and it also has a nice IMAX theater.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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I second (third?) the suggestion for Chattanooga. Aquarium, Lookout mountain, Sticky Fingers ribs, ... and take the time to visit the model railroad museum at the Choo-choo hotel.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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Don't forget Center for Puppetry Arts and Legoland!
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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For a 2 day escape a couple of hours away from Atlanta in spring - I honestly don't think it gets any better than Calloway Gardens.That place is in full bloom ( azealas, dogwoods, etc)then and a great place, to walk, go for bike rides.The butterfly house is amazing , butterflies everywhere of all colors .
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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I actually really like to take my daughter to the Aquarium - we always have a great time. We like the Zoo, too - but it is no different than so many other zoos. Depending on the time of your visit, there might be something going on a Piedmont park that you could visit.

Close by is also the Children's museum that some people really like.

For something a little bit more afield, head to Callaway Gardens (Callaway Gardens | Georgia Vacations: Georgia Resort Golf - Family Vacation). They have quite a few activities that are appropriate for children. It's not particularly inexpensive, but it certainly makes for a wonderful day trip (or even an overnight trip).

Finally, for something a littler farther away, I'd either head to Chattanooga, or Savannah.
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