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*Anything to 'Beat the Heat' is a must! Here are a few of my favorites:
Pool activities (Lake Lanier, White Water, Parks, neighborhood or hotels...)
Open art studios...Vinings Art Studio, Sketchy's Art Pad or The Purple Hippo
Stone Mountain Park
Fernbank Science Museum/IMAX
Screen on the Green (outdoor free movies in Piedmont Park)
Milk Shakes at Johnny Rockets
Visit to Road Atlanta up 85 North
Chattahoochee Nature Center (lots of activities)
Day of Culture at the High Museum
At that age: summer camps. Basically, baseball, football, soccer, band, fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, softball, chearleading, etc. There's hundreds and every week a different one. Some cheap, some expensive. Check the local parks and rec and high schools.
Other than that, yeah beat the heat, 'pool'
Shootthehooch.com is a great family experience, or just some adults float'n and drink'n. It's cheap, fun, and educational.
Lots of Southern museums, battlefields, aka: Pickets Mill, Kennesaw Mtn, Stone Mountain, MLK,
Parks: Red Top Mtn, Etowah Indian Mounds, tons in N. Georgia
My favorite: White Water rafting/canoeing. Some class 1-4 in North Georgia Rivers, or go across the line to NC or Tennessee.
Screen on The Green has E.T. coming up June 28th I think.
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I think you could spend 'way too much $' there.
Day trips to the mountains or around and about might be more interesting.
Road Atlanta is located in Braselton, GA--about an hour or so away--north of Atlanta. The Chateau Elan Vineyard is also located here--near Lake Lanier/Gainesville. So there might be 2 or 3 days worth of things to see and do.
Many of the above ideas require a good deal of money. Although they are fantastic family ideas, it's not particularly practical for the average teen. Most teenagers who hang out at the mall do so simply because there are few places that they can go for free. Transportation is also a big issue for teens. Mom and Dad don't feel like chaffeuring their kid around town and the teen either A)can't drive or B)can't afford to drive. (please excuse the harshness of this, but going to a public library is not the idea of fun in a teenager's mind...)
School sports events are great places for fun. Teenagers can get together in a safe enviornment and support their school's team. It's an outing that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets to games are about $5 in most cases.
Coffee shops such as Starbucks and Caribou Coffee have been attracting the young adults. Is it the caffiene, the many flavored drinks, or the jazz music that get them coming back? The world may never know. It may be expensive for coffee, but's it's only about $5.
The music venue has become a major attraction for the teenage population lately. Venues are places where teens can hang out and listen to local bands. Many venues also have cafes or lounges. Some venues include Insomnia, The Warehouse, and the Masquerade. Entry fees are usually around $10
I don't believe anyone has mentioned the many theatres and art centers in Cobb. Theatre is a great way to enhance your Literaure Studies and well as have a "fancy" evening out. The Cobb Energy Centre is home to the Atlanta Opera and hosts many other productions as well in its top-of-the-line theatre. Student events are held often and tickets to those events cost about $10.
1. Starlightdrivein.com - on Moreland Ave. in Atl., double features for $7 a head. pack a picnic, a cooler, a football, go early and eat and play, then settle in for a great summer night -shows all current movies.
2. Hemlock Falls Trail at Moccasin Creek State Park/Lake Burton. Google for more specific location/maps. Roughly 2+ miles in and out hike on well maintained trail with slight incline (do-able at 8 months pregnant in August). Hike beside a rushing creek under a canopy of huge trees; see natural springs spurting forth from mountain sides; cross a quaint, one railed footbridge; wade the icy creek, collect gorgeous flat pocket size river rocks; trail culminates at a fantastic 30ish foot waterfall with wide pool suitable for swimming or walking in chest/waist high cold water. Wear your hiking sandals that can go underwater, pack a snack and some water, dry off as you hike out. Fish hatchery across street at campground to see what "real fish" look like. Eat at LaPrades for a giant plate of good food. Day trip. Cheap!
3. Downtown Field Trip. Although we live OP, we rode the North/South Marta train from Doraville station to Peachtree Center (deepest underground, see exposed rock walls, experience huge doses of vertigo on 200' escalator ride from train platform back up to the Real World. Exit station to the left on Peachtree Street and have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (or a snack! Adult cheeseburger is $15!!). Cross street to Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and take the glass elevators to the top of the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere (although we went two days ago and the glass elevators are still inoperable due to the March tornado damage). The view from the top is still fanstastic however you get there. Viewing machines are free although the ride up will cost ya (see hotel website). Leave the Ptree Plaza and walk down Centennial Olympic Blvd. to Centennial Olympic Park (in and of itself a boring place). At the back of the park (ask a cop) see The World of Coke. Pretty danged cool even to a native Atlantan. They will love the 4D movie (seats move, water sprays) and the Tasting Room although we all failed to see what all the hubub was over the Italian beverage "Beverly" (blech, we all spit it out and made faces catching the eyes of everyone else doing same).
4. kidsbowlfree.com - 2 free games of bowling every day of summer for kids 15 and under. $4 shoe rental, but hey, still cheap! One location in Buford, near your forsaken Mall of Georgia....other locations around town, check website.
5. Stone Mountain Laser Show, nightly at St. Mountain Park. Park admission is still under $10 a car, laser show is free. Bring a blanket and a (non-alcoholic) cooler and spread out on the giant lawn in front of the carving. See cool laser show and receive a generous helping of the gracious south.
6. Lake Lanier Water Park or White Water in Marietta. Self explanatory. $$$
7. Tube in Helen at Cool River Tubing. Rent tubes and get pass to hokey old water slide for under $10 a head plus see Helen and count deer on the way home. Call ahead for water levels. OR save on gas and be guaranteed of water levels at uptheriveroutfitters.com/Buford. Tube rentals on weekdays are $9/$12 on w/ends. Excellent laid back fun.
8. Find out what sport is going on at Georgia Tech or UGA and go to an event. They are always cheap and usually fun. We prefer the Georgia Bulldogs baseball games, but we only live about 45 minutes from Athens. For intown, try Tech....baseball, swimming, tennis, gymnastics...any of it is different and good and cheap. Intown, go eat at the Varsity Drive Thru (prepare to eat inside and bring TUMS). Yes, it's a grease mark, but it's OUR grease mark.
9. Free concerts are everywhere. Go to one. Doesn't matter if it's bluegrass music (Everett's Music Barn, Suwanee, 770-945-5628) or swing music. Just go, they'll love it once you get there. Actually, Everett's might take "donations" at the door, but still....
10. Find a cool event happening at Piedmont Park, there's always something going on there and just let the kids wander (dollars to doughnuts they have cell phones) as you wander relatively close by. Arts festivals, Taste of Atlanta, concerts, movies, whatever.....it's pretty, it's intown, and mostly it's probably free.
****ALWAYS pack a ton of snacks and drinks even if where you're going won't let you bring in your own cooler. They will eat and drink it on the way there and back home again and while you're waiting. Teens will eat and drink whatever's in the cooler and they will consider it an activity.
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