Atlanta has so many wonderful attractions to offer families. We knew what we wanted to do, but we also knew that we couldn’t do it all. After narrowing down a few choices, we decided to price how much it would be to take a few of the cities hotspots.
It came as no surprise to us that everything was extremely expensive. For instance, the Georgia Aquarium would have been $154 before 11 am for our family or $133 after 4 pm. Zoo Atlanta was around $133 as well. While they aren’t terrible prices for our family of 7 since this was the younger kids first time in Atlanta, we decided that we wanted to maximize our fun as much as possible, and not get stuck in a bunch of touristy places.
Where to Stay
Because this was a last-minute trip, I was able to use Expedia to quickly find and book two rooms for our family. Expedia is one of the more reputable sites that we like to use when we are planning our trips. We also trust the reviews as well as all of the details they have listed. Other sites we have used, we’ve found that some will “fudge” certain amenities just to get a booking.
There are plenty of hotels in midtown and downtown to choose from. However, if you plan walking a majority of the time, I would suggest midtown. We chose to stay at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center. Whenever we travel, Omni is always our first choice because the service is top notch.
For breakfast, we dined at the hotel restaurant. The Omni hotel has a wonderful culinary (read fancy) kids menu in addition to a traditional one. The kids decided they would the French toast, while my husband and I enjoyed the breakfast buffet.
Centennial Park & Midtown
Being able to stay in the center of it all opened up the ability to experience more, without being stuck in the grueling ATL traffic. The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the College Football Hall of Fame and The Children’s Museum of Atlanta are all located near Centennial Park and within walking distance of our hotel.
We let the kids ride scooters around Centennial Park for about two hours. Since it was only .15 per minute, it was definitely budget friendly and enjoyable for the older two kids, as well as my husband and myself!
There’s so much that Midtown Atlanta has to offer! Be sure to check back for more updates on fun things to do in Atlanta!
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.