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These pumpkin patches near Atlanta have just what you and your family are looking for this fall

Peaches and peanuts may be what our state is known for, but when it comes to pumpkin patches near Atlanta, there are more than a few we think you’ll love. In fact, the perks—inflatable pillows, hayrides, and more—will have your crew itching for more fall activities like corn mazes, apple picking, and hayrides before the day is over. Just be sure to check in with each spot before you go to guarantee the pumpkins aren’t picked out.

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Mitcham's Farm
This farm has it all! Enjoy the corn maze, fun zone, pumpkin patch, and hayrides before swinging by the farm market for some delicious treats. And that's all before you pick out your perfect pumpkin from the patch. Our tip? This is a great spot to plan a party if you've got a kiddo with a birthday this month.

Date: Opens Sep. 24, 2022

797 Macedonia Church Rd.
Oxford, GA
Online: mitchamfarm.com

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Sleepy Hollow Farm
This Powder Springs patch includes a hayride, corn maze, farm animals and children’s area, in addition to pumpkins. While you're there, visit sheep, goats, donkey, pigs, chickens & rabbits, and take a trip to their country store for jams, jellies, honey, ciders, and more.

Date: Opens Sep. 23, 2022

628 Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Powder Springs, GA
Online: sleepyhollowtrees.com

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Uncle Shuck's
Uncle Shuck's serves up a bumper crop of fall fun in addition to its pumpkin patch, including hayrides, a corn cannon, goat walk, evening bonfires, and a corn maze. Check Facebook for up-to-date hours, special events, and pumpkin availability.

Date: Open now

125 Bannister Rd
Dawsonville, GA
Online: uncleshucks.com

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Burt's Pumpkin Farm
Burt’s is the behemoth of pumpkin patches, with a sea of orange (and white, green and everything in between) pumpkins that range in size from a whopping 150 pounds to a preciously petite one pounder. Don't miss the farm tour via hayride, while you're there!

Date: Open now

4801 Highway 52
Dawsonville, GA
Online: burtsfarm.com

Related: Field Day! 6 Farm Hayrides for Atlanta Families

Southern Belle Farm
The folks at Southern Belle Farm are celebrating the harvest in an old-fashioned way, with a pumpkin patch and 4 acres of corn maze. You can also enjoy their hayride, cow train ride, corn cannon, jumping pillow, racing pedal carts, giant tunnel slide, barnyard animals, and pig races. 

Date: Open now

1658 Turner Church Rd.
McDonough, GA
Online: southernbellefarm.com

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Jaemor Farms
Jaemor Farms has over 130 acres of pumpkins in a variety of different sizes, shapes and colors. From minis to giants, white ones, beige ones, light orange to dark orange, Jaemor has them in their pumpkin patch. While you're there, take a shot at their corn maze. You can enjoy the unlimited corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin train, petting zoo, farm slides, skeeball, and duck races.

Date: Oct. 1-23 & 28-30, 2022

5340 Cornelia Hwy.
Alto, GA
Online: jaemorfarms.com

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Berry Patch Farms
At Berry Patch Farm, you'll take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, returning with your prized pumpkins to enjoy fresh apple cider, a homemade fried pie, and some boiled peanuts and popcorn. Once you've picked your perfect gourd and enjoyed some refreshments, plan to stick around a while for the kids to enjoy the playground and baby farm animals. Check the website for updates on hours and an opening date.

Date: Weekends, Oct. 2-24; Weekdays, Oct. 18-29, 2022

786 Arnold Mill Rd.
Woodstock, GA
Online: berrypatchfarms.com

Related: 8 A(maize)ing Corn Mazes to Navigate This Season

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Buford Corn Maze

Walking through the pumpkin patch at this hot spot is only a small slice of the fun. With a corn box in place of a sand box, a haunted forest, hayrides, corn maze, and a dedicated Kids Zone for more fall fun, you'll leave with a whole lot more than a pumpkin. 

Date: Open now

4470 Bennett Rd.
Buford, GA
Online: bufordcornmaze.com

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Big Springs Farms

At Big Springs Farm, you can pick your pumpkins from the patch or from their stand, then enjoy a wagon ride around the farm. Each year, they produce a behemoth pumpkin weighing in at close to 60 pounds, so be sure to keep an eye out for this year's giant. Big Springs also is home to plenty of farm animals to see, as well as a bounce house.

Date: Sep. 24-Oct. 30, 2022

2100 Sugar Pike Rd.
Woodstock, GA
Online: facebook.com

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Red Apple Barn

Head towards the mountains and Red Apple Barn to pick your own pumpkin out of the field, or pick one out of their pile of pumpkins on the farm. There are small, mid-size and big pumpkins planted, including orange pumpkins, Cinderella, and other varieties. While you're there, be sure to play a round of cornhole, horseshoes, visit the covered bridge, or take a stroll.

Date: Opens Sep. 24, 2022

3379 Tails Creek Rd.
Ellijay, GA
Online: redapplebarn.com

Related: Branch Out! Where to Pick Apples in Georgia

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Kinsey Family Farm
Jardales, Knuckleheads, Luminas, and Red-eyes—these are just a few of the unusual varieties of pumpkins you can find at the Kinsey Family Farm. In addition to pumpkins, you'll also discover a variety of fall fun, including animal interactions and lots of homemade food items for sale. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

Date: Oct. 1-31, 2022

7170 Jot-em Down Rd.
Gainesville, GA
Online: kinseyfamilyfarm.com


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Ole McDermitt's Farm
Ole McDermitt had a farm—and on this farm he had—everything! Kids will go crazy for the pumpkin launching station, rubber duck races, corn box (think sand box), farm animal encounters, hayrides, a 4.5 acre corn maze for big kids and a mini 1/3 acre maze for tiny tots. Don’t miss the scarecrow dress up station and rope maze. Oh, and they have a pumpkin patch too, of course.

Date: Opens Sep. 24, 2022

102 Baxter Rd.
Carrollton, GA
Online: olemcdermittsfarm.com

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Scottsdale Farms
Pumpkin Patch Farm offers a plethora of pumpkins, as well as an animal barnyard, pumpkin ring toss, mini tractors to ride, a hay maze, and face painting. Tractor drawn hayrides bounce down “Bumpy Way” as tots hear tales of scarecrows and learn lessons about how pumpkins grow. We're big fans of their special events that run all month long and include Family Farm Fun on the weekends, and parent/child workshops all about fall.

Date: Open Oct. 1, 2022 

15639 Birmingham Hwy.
Milton, GA
Online: scottsdalefarms.com

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From a DJ booth for the big kids to cardboard wings for the littles, you can use your old boxes to create these unique Halloween costumes

It’s that time of year! The weather has that autumn chill, everything is pumpkin flavored and the kids are buzzing with costume ideas. Instead of breaking your budget on a store-bought costume, why not reuse those Amazon boxes you have stashed away? Called “boxtumes,” with just a little crafty inspiration and your child’s imagination, you can create any number of cardboard box costumes that will make for a happy Halloween.

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Vending Machine

This is an easy, and great idea for using up all those boxes from Amazon! Just be warned— this cool costume could have other trick-or-treaters trying to get the candy to dispense. A Slinky, paint, and a few other items are all you’ll need to make your version of this tasty get-up. Head over to Thrifty and Thriving to get the entire tutorial.

 

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DJ

Snag a shirt from your favorite band, some headphones, and some chains and you'll be on your way to building a fantastic DJ costume. Use your box to make the turntable and grab a record from Goodwill. Super easy! 

Related: 34 Incredible Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

Mixtape & Rock Star

We love this sibling costume idea that has you cutting a mixtape and guitar out of boxes. Bonus: your kids can wear comfy clothes for the rest of the costume which means you'll definitely be winning at Halloween. 

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An Order of Fries

Yum! A fab nod at fast food, this French fry costume is purely adorable. Seriously. It goes from plain ol’ cardboard to a cool costume with just a few artsy steps. Get the full how-to from The Project Girl.

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A Macaron

Oui, oui, your child is a fabulously French macaron. This scrumptious costume looks good enough to eat. Sadly, you can't, but it’s fun to create and your child will get a kick out of being their favorite dessert. Check out the design from Studio DIY.

 

Minecraft

Your little ones will love painting these Minecraft heads for their Halloween costumes this year. 

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A Kid in a Box

This illusion costume is super fun and easy to build. Just use a mask from last year and a hoodie to create the creature who is carrying you. Then you get to be carried in the box. Super fun! 

Paper Dolls

We love this creative option that would be super easy to cut out and decorate this Halloween! 

 

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X-Ray

How cute is this little x-ray costume? Not only is the skeleton totally on point for Halloween, but have a sibling or a parent dress up as a doctor, and boom—it's a family costume. Find out how to make one with your Amazon box by heading over to Rachael Burgess

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A Pair of Dice

Try your luck at making a set of dice this Halloween. Perfect for twins or BFFs, one of the best things about this costume is that it doesn't take a ton of supplies to make. Get the tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts

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A Daring Dino

Go Jurassic this Halloween with an adorable dinosaur cardboard box Halloween costume. Your kiddo can fit inside the box, making it easy to wear (in other words, no tight suits or itchy head coverings that your tot will surely refuse to even touch). And bonus, your kiddos can paint their dino any way they want. Get the full instructions from Adventure In a Box.

 

Alien

Get yourself some foil and craft a UFO out of those cardboard boxes for an out-of-this-world costume! 

Related: 27 Family Halloween Costume Ideas to Copy This Year

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An Envelope

Someone has mail. No, not email—a real letter that’s made from paper. Okay, so the letter isn’t exactly all paper and pen marks. It’s cardboard! With a box and some creativity, you can build your child a cute airmail costume. Get the details from Studio DIY.

 

Thomas the Train

Your preschooler can’t stop going on and on about his favorite little blue engine. He's totally into Thomas the Train and is begging (like every 30 seconds) for a costume that features his fave. Well, here’s where this costume from Little Red Window comes in. It’s artsy, fun, and something you can DIY at home.

 

Airplane

You’ve seen Disney’s Planes something like a trillion times. And now your child wants to play one of the roles. For Halloween, that is. Don’t worry about finding a ready-made L’il Dipper costume at the mall (or online). Check out this cardboard box version from Desert Chica.

 

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Cardboard Wings

Whether it’s princesses, fairies, or butterflies that interest your child, this cardboard costume is absolutely everything. It’s super simple, but still artsy enough to get your creative kid into the crafty creation process. Learn how to turn your old boxes into a crown and beautiful butterfly wings over at The Sweetest Occasion.

 

Related: 23 Last-Minute Costumes You Can Totally Pull Off

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Fire Truck

You don’t have to keep the cardboard for the costume itself. This sweet firefighter outfit is easy to make—you can probably pick plenty of items from the dress-up bin to use. Here’s where the cardboard comes in. Use it to create the cutest fire truck wagon ever! Get the details from Repeat Crafter Me.

 

 

 

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If you live here, you know Atlanta is a great place to raise a family. To prove it, here are our favorite things to do in Atlanta with kids

When you’re looking for things to do in Atlanta with kids, the incredible Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and Center for Puppetry Arts come to mind. But you don’t have to look too hard to find amazing things to do in the city when you need an impromptu plan. As far as we’re concerned, you could live here for the rest of your life and still never get to all the cool, kid-friendly offerings the city has. These are just a few of our favorite things to do, whether you’re a local or you’re just passing through.

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1. Shoot the 'Hooch with the kids when you rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, or tubes to make a splash in its icy water. It's a local tradition you gotta do at least once as a family.

2. Learn what it takes to lead at this free public tour through a 30-room mansion in the heart of the city.

3. You'll have to maneuver around a pirate ship and waterfall at this outdoor sporting spot that's a "hole" lot of fun. And when you're done you can take in the latest blockbuster with the kids.

4. Parents know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don't skip it. Instead, head to one of our favorite breakfast joints that open before the sun is up.

5. Stroll around an Atlanta-area farmer's market to enjoy live music, chef demos, special kid zones, and more. Plus you can pick out your produce for the week. Some of our favorites for families include Ponce City Farmer's Market, the Green Market at Piedmont Park, and the Freedom Farmer's Market at the Carter Center.

Related: Above Par: 8 Spots to Play Mini Golf with Kids

6. Bring the kids for an educational experience at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. A must on everyone's list, you'll get to see where the civil rights leader lived as a child, where he often preached, and where he's buried. Entrance is free, and the junior ranger activities for kids will keep them engaged.

7. There's no better place to be on second Sundays than this museum that's home to more than 18,000 works for art, housed in a building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects, Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Why second Sundays? Because admission is free.

8. If your kids haven't played with the Rigamajig, mastered Norilla, or looked through a Wentzcope, they haven't really played yet.

9. If you don't know Disco Kroger, do you really even know Atlanta?

10. This whimsical scavenger hunt around downtown Atlanta was made for little kids who are always on the lookout for fairy doors, gnome homes, and other fanciful spots.

Related: Your Insider's Guide to Atlanta's Best Museums for Families

11. If design is your thing you've got to check out the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to it. The best part? Kids 11 and under are always free.

12. Pack a picnic for Centennial Olympic Park, and plan on a run through the Fountain of Rings—formed in the shape of the Olympic rings symbol—if it's hot outside.

13. Head to storytime in a garden with the kids on a not too hot day. Who knows? You might even get to see some of the insects and plants you read about when you're done.

14. Meet giraffes, longhorn, and deer as they make their way over to greet you in your safari vehicle.

15. Take your fire truck loving tots to the Marietta Fire Museum or the Roswell Fire Museum, which display items like fire service clothing, equipment and historical items.

Related: Scenic Spots to Picnic & Play on Summer Evenings

16. Meet a baby kangaroo, cuddle with an otter, or have a 150-pound boa constrictor draped over your arm at a wildlife park that pulls triple duty; it's part petting zoo, part animal conservation program, and part rescue facility.

17. Explore Piedmont Park's 189-acres, filled with playgrounds, paved paths, picnic areas, ponds, green spaces, and host to some of Atlanta's best festivals and fairs (many of which are free).

18. While it's not always easy to find free events around the city, we love heading out to spots that are always free like the Oakland Cemetery, where you'll find the final resting place of Civil War soldiers, Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, and other notable Atlantans.

19. Chastain Park, Historic Fourth Ward, Brook Run. What do all these spots have in common? They're just a few of Atlanta's best playgrounds for kids and families.

20. More than museums, anyone who loves trains get their fill at these Atlanta spots that boast everything from memorabilia to programs to a chance to ride on a historic engine.

21. See stars when you camp at a local park designated as an International Dark Skies Park. It's one of our favorite Georgia National Parks, and we think your family will agree after giving it a try.

Related: Play All Day! Discover Atlanta's Best Playgrounds

22. Quiet coves and uninhabited islands are the key features of Lake Chatuge. An easy two-hour drive from the city, it's just what families need to combat Hotlanta's notorious summers.

23. Catch free movies in the park at Atlantic Station, Town Brookhaven, Bobby Dodd Stadium, The Battery, and other spots. Just don't forget your bug spray and blanket for this outdoor family activity.

24. Located in the historic Sweet Auburn district, the APEX Museum is devoted to Black history. Older elementary children and teenagers will appreciate exhibits on Africa, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and the history of Atlanta neighborhoods.

25. Experience Fire on the Mountain storytelling, a family dinner around the bonfire, and an old-fashioned wagon ride when you go to pick apples in the North Georgia mountains.

26. While we can't guarantee you'll spot Queen Latifah, Faith Evans, or Beyonce here, they've been known to frequent this spot that pampers both kids and adults.

27. Be intentional with your spending beyond August (Black Business Month) when you shop one of our favorite local Black-owned businesses that sell things families need.

28. Take a two-mile long hayride around a farm in the fall. It's Atlanta's longest and (as far as we're concerned) most entertaining ride around.

Related: 17 Places for Kids to Learn about Black History in Atlanta

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29. Let the grandparents take a lead for a bit when they head out to explore the city with the kids in tow. We're all about places that are accessible to both generations—whether they'll want to play all day or need plenty of spots to sit for a spell.

30. Fish and paddle in Lake Trahlyta, or hike to nearby waterfalls like Helton Creek Falls and Desoto Falls with the kids during RV season.

31. Get on your bikes and take a spin around the city.

32. Answer your kiddo's age-old question about where babies come from on a behind-the-scenes tour at a true Atlanta original. Hint: it might not be what you think.

33. Introduce the kids to a new hobby that's reel-y fun for everyone.

34. Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and stay in a rustic treehouse when you do. There you can hike, camp, or just take in the views from this 469-mile long park.

Related: Take a Spin! 9 City Bikes Paths for Families

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35. Take the kids and explore Doll's Head Trail—a true city oddity, it's one that appeals to folks of all ages.

36. Need a plan for Taco Tuesday? Get what you need to cook up a feast at Brito Supermarket.

37. When you need a break from dinner prep, let a local take the lead. All you have to do is the dishes!

38. Georgia's known for its scrumptious peaches. Why not pick your own with the kids at a local farm? (Hint: you'll find more than just stone fruits here—we're talking strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and more. Stock up while you can.

39. Go camping in one of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders.

40. Snap selfies at Atlanta's Hole in the Wall where you'll find some of the best donuts in the South.

Related: 7 Secret Spots in Atlanta Worth Finding

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41. Turn the heat up on your next family camping trip when you book a lakeside cabin at this state park that also has a kids splash pad, gorgeous golf course, and a private pool.

42. Bring your lords, ladies, and court jesters (hey, every family has one, right?) to cheer on knights of the realm who are busy jousting and sword fighting while you enjoy your dinner.

43. It's hard to go wrong at a little-known play spot in the city.

44. Home to the Atlanta History Center, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, and a playground that will leave your future pilots flying high, Buckhead is a not-to-miss Atlanta neighborhood that deserves your attention.

45. Get to know Atlanta moms with a knack for everything from DIY home projects to fashion to food. They'll dish the dirt with a healthy dose of humor, local Atlanta flair, and parenting truths that ring true for all of us.

46. Cozy up to a story time at one of our favorite local spots, offered every day of the week. Hint: Supplement storytime at home with a book by a local author. There's nothing like curling up with a good book kids can totally relate to.

Related: Fine Print: Children's Books by Georgia Authors That Should Be on Your Bookshelf

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47. Make Atlanta's weather part of your team when you take the kids to enjoy dinner al fresco. Many of our picks features spots for kids to play (think: lawns and courtyards) alongside kid-friendly fare they'll actually eat.

48. Speaking of feeding the kids, why not save a few bucks the next time you go out to dinner as a family?

49. Plan a trip to a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, complete with cobblestone streets and local history linked to the Cherokee Indians and early settlers who came to mine for gold and work in the lumber industry.

50. Visit Georgia's own Area 51. While you won't find any aliens here, you will find an educational nature center, lots of hiking trails, historic homes and gardens to tour, and The Fresh Pickle.

51. Find treetop adventures right here in the city. Thrill seekers of all ages will love these courses, and a brave few will choose to tackle the largest zip line adventure park resort in the world. For real!

Related: 3 North Georgia Mountain Towns to Visit in Any Season

62. Even if you've lived here your whole life, you've got to ride the SkyView ferris wheel 20 stories above Centennial Olympic Park at least once. It'll convince you that Atlanta is rightfully called The City in the Trees.

63. Sunbathe indoors or sleep in a choo-choo when you and the kids hit the road during school's many winter breaks.

64. If you live in Atlanta, there's a good chance you've flown Delta. Visit the Delta Museum, where you can learn about our hometown airline and get up-close and personal with some massive airplanes.

65. For an inexpensive adventure that helps you avoid the hassle of driving in the city's notorious traffic, take MARTA to your next destination (or make it a destination in itself).

66. Explore Pullman cars, vintage buses, a steam locomotive, and other types of transportation at the Southeastern Railway Museum. Be sure to check their calendar for an expansive list of excellent family events.

Related: 6 Easy Winter Getaways That Aren't Too Far from Atlanta

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67. We think your kids will flip for a stack of flapjacks at one of our favorite spots. It's hard to beat Nutella pancakes on a weekend morning when everyone is feeling a bit lazy.

68. If your baby is named Ansley, Jimmy, Georgia, or King, you might just be from Atlanta.

69. Head north with the kids to meet llamas, pick berries, and learn about farm-to-table meal planning (who knows, maybe they'll even make dinner?).

70. Alpharetta is a hot spot for families near Atlanta, and we've got the scoop on this growing town's new and cool things to do with kids.

71. Ride the rails with Santa—it's a holiday tradition for Atlanta families that's hard to beat.

72. Atlanta's summers were made for ice cream!

Related: Yee-Haw! Find Farm-Fresh Fun near Atlanta

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73. If you live here, you may think you know Georgia Aquarium, but there's always something new going on here. From the dolphin encounters kids and parents love to the newly opened 1.2 million-gallon shark tank that's mesmerizing everyone who sees it, this Atlanta favorite never gets old.

74. Check out our picks for where to stay cool on Atlanta's hottest days.

75. Explore the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and then head to the Summer Waves Water Park on your next family camping trip

76. Bring the kids for a trail ride adventure. Plan a one-time trip or if they fall in love with the animals, sign your little rider up for lessons.

77. Battle the brr's with a cup of hot coca that's as creamy as it is chocolatey. Our tip? Share a few sips with your kiddo or grab a cup of your own.

78. Hike to the top or take a shuttle bus to the top of our giant monolith, Stone Mountain, and enjoy spectacular sweeping views of Atlanta. There's always something going on at this destination that attracts visitors from all over. Whether you want to ride the train, explore dinosaurs, or stay for the evening fireworks, a trip is always a blast.

79. Take a trip down memory lane when you race go-karts, play mini-golf, and challenge your kids to a little Dance, Dance, Revolution competition.

80. Make your next weekend getaway truly epic by renting a house with a pool. Each one of our vacation picks includes things to do nearby so you don't have to look too far to find family activities.

Related: Dive In! An Insider's Guide to Georgia Aquarium

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81. Go glamping in a log cabin built in the late 1700s. Your kids will be fascinated with each of the old buildings on the property (there are four in total), and you'll find plenty to do at nearby Clayton and Lake Rabun.

82. Whether you use a flashlight, find one that's haunted, or a just-right size one for kids, Atlanta's corn mazes will keep everyone entertained.

83. Catch a family improv show at the award-winning Dad’s Garage improv comedy theater in Atlanta’s Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Trust us, it'll leave you in stitches.

84. Cheer on the Braves during a game at Truist Park.

85. Plan an island getaway that doesn't involve a flight.

86. A visit to the pumpkin patch is a must for families every fall. Find out which one has the best prices, best kids zone, and best overall experience before you go.

87. Truly experience The City in the Forest with a walk or bike ride through Piedmont Park, home to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Lake Clara Meer. Whether you are going to a festival, taking a sunset stroll, or walking your pooch to the dog park, this is the place to be on a beautiful day.

88. Support local moms when you shop one of our favorite women-owned businesses.

Related: Take Me Out to the Ballgame! A Family's Guide to Truist Park

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89. Find out what we love about Hello Rainbow, Maomi Bookstore, and PH'EAST (and what they have in common, too).

90. When you spend a day in this Atlanta historic district, you'll be surrounded by historic sights and places. It's where Atlantans go for to celebrate Sweet Auburn Springfest, watch the Caribbean Festival & Parade, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.

91. A trip to Angel Falls is a must. As is taking a dip in the large lake nearby.

92. Light up your winter holidays with displays that really dazzle. Or drive around Atlanta's brightest neighborhoods to get in the holiday spirit. 

93. Hiking is a year round activity in the South. Why not plan a family hike today?

94. Trade your waterskis for snow skis, and head to one of our favorite nearby ski hills for the day (or the weekend). Another trade that'll go far here? Trading your water tube for a snowy run to make the runs.

Related: Southern Slopes: 8 Ski Spots near Atlanta

 

95. Hit this artist-designed playscape near 10th and Piedmont that's as visually engaging as it is physically engaging. On a hot day, hit the nearby Legacy Fountain splash pad that features more than 70 jets, reaching up to 30 feet in the air, with LED-lighting.

96. Head to a fall festival to get the fall-idays started off on the right foot.

97. Visit the 110-acre Brook Run Park, home to a large playground, two-mile trail, skate park, dog park, community garden, and a self-guided zip line course, called Treetop Quest. 

98. See if you've got what it takes to crack the code, open the safe, and solve all the puzzles so you can make it out in time.

99. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands continues to attract families in big numbers every summer thanks to its lakefront beach and waterpark—perfect for warmer weather entertainment. Our suggestion? Avoid the crowds and go on a weekday morning, if you're able.

100. Find your community, moms.

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Longer nights are almost here. There’s no better time to go stargazing in Atlanta with the kids

When it comes to places to take the kids stargazing, Atlanta might not be the first city that comes to mind. But it actually has some great locations to see the stars. Like any major city, the city lights compete with the night sky, but if you know where to look, you and the kids can see the bright starry sky without going too far. From family-friendly parks in town to mountain views just an hour away, you won’t be disappointed with our favorite Atlanta stargazing spots.

Stargazing in Candler Park

By day, this neighborhood park is dotted with family-friendly restaurants and cafes. But when the sun goes down, the wide-open green space offers the perfect place to go stargazing. So whether you snuggle up on a blanket, park on one of the playground swings or walk the trails, you’ll have a cozy viewing area between the trees.

585 Candler Park Dr. N.E.
Atlanta
Online: candlerpark.org

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Stargazing at Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium at Fernbank Science Center

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, head inside to the Planetarium, about 20 minutes outside downtown Atlanta. Described as a celestial theater in the round, the Planetarium is an immersive experience that takes you on a journey through the starry galaxies. The 70-ft diameter theater is one of the biggest in the U.S. And, don’t forget, free public observations are offered in the observatory every Thursday and Friday evening from 9:00 – 10:00 pm (weather permitting).

156 Heaton Park Dr.
Atlanta
Online: fernbank.edu

Related: Your Insider’s Guide to Atlanta’s Best Family Museums Is Here

Stargazing in Stone Mountain Park

Tourists flock to this popular attraction located 30 minutes away (without traffic) from downtown Atlanta. During the day, you’ll love the family-friendly attractions and activities. And thankfully, the park is open until midnight and is an excellent place for late-night stargazing. Anywhere along the shores of Stone Mountain Lake or the Boating Dock are perfect spots to set up for a few hours of star watching.

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA
Online: stonemountainpark.com

Related: A Local Guide to Locomotives for Little Engineers

Stargazing at the Georgia Tech Observatory

Take the family to the Georgia Tech campus for some seriously fun stargazing. One Thursday a month, the staff moves the telescopes from the observatory to the grounds around the Howey Physics Building. Watch the weather forecast before you head out because you won’t be able to get a great view of the moon and stars without clear skies.

Ferst Dr. N.W.
Atlanta
Online: astronomy.gatech.edu

Stargazing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Head to the town of Roswell, about 45 minutes north of Atlanta, to find just over 100 acres right on the Chattahoochee River. The night sky over the river makes for an epic starry view. When you arrive, park in the onsite parking lot and walk back toward the pond for the best nighttime views.

9135 Willeo Rd.
Roswell, GA
Online: chattnaturecenter.org

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Stargazing in Hard Labor Creek State Park

About an hour outside Atlanta, you can stop at Lake Brantley for some incredible stargazing. The park is just far enough away from the city lights to allow the night sky to shine bright. The park stays open until 10 pm, and you’re welcome to reserve a camping spot and stay all night long. Set up your chairs in the small open field near the lake; it has the best views.

5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
Rutledge, GA
Online: gastateparks.org

Stargazing at Arabia Mountain

Drive just 20 miles from Atlanta, and you’ll find Arabia Mountain. This National Heritage Area is home to historic sites and trails you can explore by all day before you set up for some stargazing at night. During the day, the park offers hiking, biking, fishing and geocaching. At night, you can sign up for an Astronomy Hike or one of the other cool events, including Moonlight Mountain Hikes or Cosmic Archery.

3350 Klondike Rd.
Stonecrest, GA
Online: arabiaalliance.org

Related: Leaf Love: Fall Family Hikes That Are Loaded with Color

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Your family will love hitching a ride on these Atlanta hayrides that’ll take you past pumpkin patches, waterfalls, and covered bridges

No bucket list of fall family fun is complete without three thingsfinding that just-right pumpkin to carve, picking your own apples at a nearby orchard, and hitching a hayride around a farm. So, grab your dungarees, and pull on those boots because you and the kids have a wagon ride (and so much more) waiting for you at these farms this fall.

Uncle Shucks Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
While there's lots to love about this pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, kids will agree the wagon ride around the farm is the best way to see it all. Load into the wagon and pull up the nearest hay bale, because it's time to sit back and relax as you get a tour around the farm. See if you can spot the pumpkin patch, corn maze, and tire mountain as you make your way around the property. When you're done, you'll have plenty of time to jump on the bouncy pillow, navigate the kiddy maze (trust us, they'll love it), and maybe even get your face painted before calling it a day.

125 Bannister Rd.
Dawsonville, GA
Online: uncleshucks.com

 

Berry Patch Farms
Just a short drive to Woodstock, you’ll find a fun and friendly place for the kiddos to catch a (hay) ride. You’ll take a short tractor pulled hayride out to a field where you’ll find an enormous section of pumpkins, gourds, and plenty of photo ops. Once you make your way back to the main area, we have a feeling the kids will find the playground, farm animals, and boiled peanuts, popcorn, and homemade fried pies without too much trouble. Come for the hayride, stay for the fun.

786 Arnold Mill Rd.
Woodstock, GA
Online: berrypatchfarms.net

Related: 12 Places to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin near Atlanta

Burt's Pumpkin Farm
The hay ride at Burt's travels two miles around the pumpkin patch and through the woods. Wagons are filled with wheat straw and are pulled by a big farm tractor. You will see their famous pumpkins, Autumn and Gordy, along the way and also go through a covered bridge filled with singing pumpkins. At the end of the ride you will get a glimpse of Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd.
Dawsonville, GA
Online: shopburtsfarm.com

 

Sleepy Hollow Farm
The name Sleepy Hallow conjures up images of hayrides, Halloween, and crisp fall nights, but this Sleepy Hallow got its start thirty years ago as a family-owned Christmas tree farm. What started as a Christmas tradition has grown into a fall tradition for families throughout the Atlanta area. Aside from the main attraction—the tractor ride—kiddos will love the corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and farm animal feeding.

628 Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Powder Springs, GA
Online: sleepyhollowtrees.com

Related: 15 Fantastic Festivals & Fairs to Put on Your Fall Calendar

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The Buford Corn Maze
As the name suggest, there is much more to do here than just the hayride. Like, maybe a corn maze? But the hayride really is a highlight. Known as Atlanta's longest hayride, not only is it a long leisurely ride into the woods, but the drivers are super friendly and entertaining too. After the hayride, prepare yourself, because there is a lot to do. Older kiddos may want to do the corn maze. Just know it’s a lot of walking so if you’re not up for carrying your little one through the corn, opt for the playground or bounce house, which are free with admission. Look for pony rides, face painting, and karaoke too.

4470 Bennett Rd.
Buford, GA
Online: bufordcornmaze.com

 

Scottsdale Farms
Just north of Atlanta in Milton, you’ll find Scottsdale Farms, a 55-acre family owned Garden Center and Cafe. You'll find a Family Fun Field, complete with a corn maze and hayride for all ages, lawn games, and a Sunflower Field. They also have a plethora of pumpkins, gourds, and squashes in all varieties if you need to stock up.

15639 Birmingham Hwy.
Milton, GA
Online: scottsdalefarms.com

Related: Leaf Love: Family-Friendly Fall Hikes around Atlanta

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Zhuzh up your storytime routine with one of these unique experiences in the city

It doesn’t get any better than curling up in a cozy spot with your kids and a new book. OK, maybe it does in Atlanta because we found some storytime fun where kids can listen to great books with new friends. From professional storytellers in a Victorian home to tales about creepy crawlies told in a beautiful garden, these toddler storytimes are anything but typical. Our tip? Arrive early to grab a front-row seat as some popular storytimes draw quite a crowd. It’s time to get lost in the pages of a new adventure at a special storytime in Atlanta.   

The Wren's Nest

Visit Atlanta's oldest house museum, the historic West End, home of author Joel Chandler Harris. With a mission to preserve African and Indigenous storytelling traditions, the professional storytellers here rarely use books. Every Saturday at 1 p.m., you'll enjoy a theatrical storytelling hour and tour of the historic home.

Insider Tip: Be sure to follow the museum on social media so you don't miss their special storytime in Atlanta event announcements.

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W.
Atlanta
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Related: 100 Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Combine books with nature, and we think you've found a winning combination. Every Wednesday at 10 and 10:45 a.m., the garden's friendly staff read stories about bees, flowers, butterflies, and other garden friends. Weekly storytime is free with garden admission, so your crew can enjoy the Children's Garden after the story. You might even spy a few of the critters and flowers in the stories. 

1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta
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Related: In Full Bloom: Insta-Worthy Gardens near Atlanta

Children's Museum of Atlanta

Step into a world of hands-on exploration and discovery that sparks imagination and inspires learning. That's what to expect at this interactive museum created just for kids. Educational storytimes pop up throughout the day, and your children will learn a lot while they get lost in the story. Remind them to listen when the storyteller asks for volunteers. They might get to head up on stage to become a part of the story.

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. N.W.
Atlanta
Online: childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Related: Insider's Guide to the Best Museums for Kids in Atlanta

Atlanta History Center

Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of each month for an educational and interactive morning combining storytime with craft time. With names like Pumpkin Palooza and Winterwonderland, it's sure to be a fun time of reading and learning together with your little bookworms. This program is geared toward children ages 1-5. 

130 West Paces Ferry Rd. N.W.
Atlanta
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Related: Children's Books by Georgia Authors You Need to Read

Great Wolf Lodge

Book your next staycation at this super family-friendly resort, and prepare for the coolest bedtime storytime ever. At 7 p.m. cozy up in the Grand Lobby in your comfiest clothes and enjoy bedtime stories about the Great Wolf Kid characters. This perfect end to a fun-filled day offers a serene send-off to dreamland. Storytime is included with your reservation.

150 Tom Hall Pkwy.
LaGrange, GA
Online: greatwolf.com

Zoo Atlanta

You don't have to leave home to learn about the zoo's furry, feathery, and scaly friends. Animal Tails is a weekly, online storytime with the zoo staff and includes educational activities kids will enjoy. The videos are categorized by grade, and there's something from Pre-K through 5th grade. After you enjoy storytime at home, head to the zoo to see the animals you learned about in the stories. 

800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta
Online: zooatlanta.org

Related: Go Wild! Animal Encounters in & around Atlanta

Barnes & Noble

Be the first to know about the newest children's books when you attend the weekly storytime on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. First, head straight to the children's section to enjoy time with lots of locals who love books. Then, stop at the cafe for a hot coffee and chocolate milk for your little one. The best part is that you can take home your favorite new book to read at bedtime on repeat.

2900 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 310
Atlanta
Online: barnesandnoble.com

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Fuel your busy (and oh-so-early) family mornings with the best breakfasts in Atlanta

On the tail end of summer and school being back in session, schedules are full and a bit hectic again. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get your family off to a strong start. Whether you want to beat the sun up or turn breakfast into brunch, these restaurants are serving the best breakfast in Atlanta, with something for everyone. If you’re a family that likes traditional breakfast bites, or even something less conventional, the Atlanta metro area is full of delicious eats. From 14-inch pancakes to the fluffiest eggs in town, head to one of these family-friendly breakfast joints to grab the first fuel of the day with your early risers.

Nana’s Chicken -n-Waffles

With recipes used from as far back as 1939, Nana's has been serving some of the best breakfast in Atlanta for a while now. They have created a family-style experience and specialize in Louisiana and Maryland cuisine. Kids love using their imaginations to order up all kinds of inventive chicken-and-waffle combos with the Bulid-Your-Own option. Or they can stick with a trusted favorite like Nana's Famous Bananas Pudding Chicken-n-Waffles or the equally delicious Peach Cobbler option. Another fan favorite is the deep-fried cinnamon waffle, a dish crowned with warm peach cobbler, cream cheese, and a shower of powdered sugar.

Hours: Open at 8 a.m., daily

1040 Flat Shoals Rd. S.E.
Conyers, GA
Online: nanaschickenandwaffles.com

 

Atlanta Breakfast Club

What kid can turn down french toast, peach cobbler french toast at that? None. This prominent spot to grab breakfast in Atlanta has been featured on CNN and Food Network, among other channels. If you're looking for a restaurant that boasts a nice mix of upscale eats and traditional recipes, this is the place to take your kids. It's truly the breakfast of champions.

Hours: Open at 6:30 a.m., daily

249 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. N.W.
Atlanta
Online: atlbreakfastclub.com

Related: 12 Atlanta Black-Owned Businesses We Love

Oy Restaurant

Voted “Best Pancakes in Atlanta,” no one can resist syrup and butter-filled flap jacks here (talk about best breakfast in Atlanta!). Let’s see if your kiddos can finish off a 14-inch stack of pancakes. Yep. You heard that right; Oy is serving up hot 14-inch stacks every morning. The pancakes here are extra special because they come in different flavors, such as red velvet and yummy oreo, and they are made with a delicious secret recipe. 

Hours: Open at 8 a.m., daily

2355 Cumberland Pkwy. S.E., #80
Atlanta
Online: oyrestaurants.com

 

Hen Mother Cookhouse

There are many variations to breakfast eats, presentation, and even ingredients. Hen Mother Cookhouse is the place for a varied breakfast. They serve up energy bowls to keep parents powered up throughout the day. Especially after allowing the kiddos to indulge in probably one of the best-tasting cinnamon buns of their lives. A must-try is the Banana Bread Chocolate Kolache. And you can rest easy knowing all pastries are made fresh daily in-house.

Hours: Open at 7 a.m., daily

11705 Jones Bridge Rd.
Johns Creek, GA
Online: henmothercookhouse.com

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Hot Bettys

Breakfast made with a touch of love from Grandma is what early risers get when they come to Hot Betty’s. The motto at Hot Bettys is, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” That's why families can get breakfast at 8 a.m. or in the middle of the afternoon, as breakfast is served all day. The huge, fresh, made-from-scratch biscuits here are a must-try.

Hours: Open weekdays at 7 a.m.; weekends at 6 a.m.

2316 Main St. C
Tucker, GA
Online: hotbettystucker.com

 

Snooze Eatery

Snooze Eatery loves the kids and the planet. You can feel good eating here (and not just because the food is fantastic) because 1% of Snooze's sales goes back into the local community, and nearly 90% of their waste is composted or recycled. With fall soon approaching, we suggest trying the new pumpkin-themed menu, everything from vanilla cream cheese–stuffed pumpkin pancakes topped with caramel sauce and a drizzle of sweet cream to a pumpkin latte for parents.

Hours: Open at 6:30 a.m., daily

Locations in North Buckhead, West Midtown & Piedmont Park
Online: snoozeeatery.com

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Floating Brunch ATL

Busy weekdays with keeping up with after-school activities and upcoming play dates requires a break. Send the little ones off with friends, while you stay home to enjoy brunch that comes right to your doorstep–or pool. That’s right! Breakfast in the pool right in your backyard is what this local spot dishes up. Parents can wake up early or sleep in, either way they can enjoy a morning with a unique breakfast experience. Just remember—once the kids learn about this, they will undoubtedly want to splash around and enjoy this experience, too.

Online: instagram.com/floatingbrunchatl

 

Home Grown

You can’t go wrong with celebrity sightings and the comfy fried chicken biscuit, a delicious open-faced biscuit with a piece of fried chicken covered in pork sausage gravy. Yes, please! At Home Grown, they make families feel right at home with all locally grown and produced ingredients. This diner is a no-frills, straight-to-comfort food that everyone loves (hint: the Chefs Omelet is a must-try.) How do we know they serve up the best breakfast in Atlanta? It's packed on weekends, so get there early.

Hours: Open at 8 a.m., daily

968 Memorial Dr. S.E.
Atlanta
Online: homegrownga.com

Maple Street Biscuit Company

No visit is ever the same when you eat at Maple Street Biscuit Company. Every month there are different questions throughout the month for customers. It’s always a party when your family comes here; there is always a Par-Tea waiting. Maple Street Biscuit is unique because they care about the community. They are always giving back or involved in local community fundraisers. Maple Street Biscuit Company keeps giving comfort food and smiles all around. 

Hours: Open at 7 a.m., daily

1085 Howell Mill Rd.
Atlanta
Online: maplestreetbiscuits.com

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Find your favorite pumpkin recipes for the fall season

Pumpkin isn’t just for lattes—at this time of year, we love incorporating the humble veggie (or is it a fruit?) into as many different recipes as we can, from savory pumpkin recipes like cheesy pasta dishes to indulgent desserts and even healthy pumpkin pie recipe. 

Pumpkin, Feta, & Spinach Pasta

Looking for a dinner that'll be delicious, keep you full, and incorporate pumpkin? This pumpkin, feta, and spinach pasta is a tasty dinner that'll please the whole family!

Pumpkin Truffles

If you're looking for something sweet and pumpkin-y, look no further! These pumpkin truffles are a delicious treat.

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Boulder Locavore

Iced Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Make your own PSL at home this year! We love this simple recipe from Boulder Locavore. The trick to getting a good mix is to use cold brew.

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The View from Great Island

Pumpkin Pudding Cakes

If you and your crew like pumpkin pie then you'll love these warm pumpkin pudding cakes from The View from Great Island. Topped with pecans and whipped cream, these mini soufflés are a great way to branch out from your go-to pumpkin pie this holiday season.

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Koti Beth

Pumpkin Butter

For the true pumpkin-heads out there, pumpkin butter is a dream come true. This version from Koti Beth is made with pumpkin puree, a little sweetener and spices, and tastes great spread on toast, swirled into yogurt or oatmeal, or dolloped on top of pancakes or ice cream. It also makes for a delicious edible gift around the holidays.

Related: Pumpkin It Up with These Baby-Friendly Recipes

Erhardts Eat

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Cheesecake meets pumpkin in this genius (and super easy) recipe from Erhardts Eat. Once the dip is whipped together, your whole crew can go to town dipping sliced apples, cookies, pretzels, and graham crackers.

Rhian’s Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Brownies

For a little something different, try these delish vegan brownies from Rhian’s Recipes. They’re naturally sweetened with dates and are gluten-free for sensitive tummies.

Related: Simple Pumpkin Crafts You Can Do with the Kids

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Under the Willow Tree

No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Pumpkin bliss is just a few hours away, thanks to this recipe from Under the Willow Tree. It’s even vegan, so all you’ll need is a can of coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and a few spices from your pantry.

Pinch of Yum

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Sunday dinner, here we come! This pasta bake from Pinch of Yum is filled with caramelized onions, plenty of pumpkin, and a healthy sprinkling of cheese. It’s sure to have everyone asking for seconds.

Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts

The Best Pumpkin Bars

Ring in the season by making these amazing pumpkin bars from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts. The bars are topped with a sweetened cream cheese mixture—delish!

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Cooktoria

An Autumnal Pasta

This awesome pasta dish from Cooktoria is sure to be an instant hit with your crew, thanks to its delicious sauce made with pumpkin, parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs. If your kids aren’t into mushrooms, you can sub in Italian sausage.

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Pumpkin Bread

When you've had your fair share (and then some) of homemade banana bread, and you want to switch things up, check out Kristine's Kitchen for her awesome pumpkin bread recipe! The best part? It's sneakily healthy!

Life Made Sweeter

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

We’ve discovered the ultimate in comfort food, thanks to Life Made Sweeter. This pumpkin macaroni and cheese is perfect for chilly fall nights, and it comes together in less than 30 minutes. 

Related: 22 Things To Do with Pumpkins After Halloween

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Damn Delicious

Pumpkin-Spiced Oatmeal

You can’t beat a bowl of old-fashioned oats to fill hungry tummies on a crisp fall morning. This recipe from Damn Delicious will remind you how quick and easy oatmeal can be. Set toppings out the night before on the kitchen countertop and watch the breakfast magic begin as your little ones fill up on healthy fiber with a pumpkin kick.

Dishing Delish

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you’ve got any leftover canned pumpkin on your hands, this smoothie recipe from Dishing Delish is the perfect way to use it. It’s the next best thing to having a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast.

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Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Let the kids help make this tasty Caribbean-inspired soup from Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram. It’s easy to throw together using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Knead to Cook

Swoon-Worthy Gluten-Free Donuts

Gluten-free eating can be a challenge this time of year when all the baked goodies look and smell so tempting. Pop these easy pumpkin mini donuts from Knead to Cook in the oven, and your clan will clamber to your side on Sunday mornings.

Related: Every Pumpkin Spice Treat You Need in Your Life Right Now

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

After you carve your pumpkins, don’t throw out the seeds! It’s so easy to make roasted pumpkin seeds, and they’re sure to be a family favorite, whether they’re sprinkled on a salad or packed in lunches.

Celebrating Sweets

Pumpkin Muffins

They’ll love a sweet muffin surprise in their snack bag. You’ll love that these beauties from Celebrating Sweets are filled with apples, carrots, pumpkin, and flaxseed and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting if you please. Make a double batch and freeze half so kids can grab and go in a pinch as the busy holiday season arrives.

Crazy for Crust

Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars

Haven't tried the pumpkin and chocolate combo craze yet? Go! Get in the kitchen ... now! We promise you'll be stuck on these Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars from Crazy for Crust this fall. Serve 'em warm and ooey-gooey with a tall glass of milk. 

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Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

Hosting a holiday party this year? You’ll love how this easy, delicious Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Thriving Home Blog fills your house with that I’ve-been-baking-all-day smell. All you need is a Crock Pot and a few ingredients.

Tatertots & Jello

Pumpkin Chili

This award-winning chili from Tatertots & Jello has a hint of pumpkin sweetness that sings in your mouth. Just brown the meat and onions, dump ingredients in the slow cooker, and voila! Dinner is done! Try milder spices to please budding taste buds, or make this one when hosting. Football and chili anyone?

Friday Is Cake Night

Pumpkin Blondies

We can’t resist a blondie, and this pumpkin version from Friday Is Cake Night is sure to be an instant hit with your crew. The one-bowl recipe is a breeze to make, and you can round up the kids to do the mixing.

Taste and Tell

Pumpkin Alfredo Ravioli

Start with a package of frozen ravioli. Stir together a few simple ingredients to make a decadent sauce. The smooth, rich flavors of this ravioli with pumpkin alfredo from Taste and Tell come together so quickly that you'll wish you'd invited company over for dinner.

Related: 6 Pumpkin Carving Tools You Can Order on Amazon Now

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Anya’s Eats

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

This fun twist on the classic from Anya’s Eats is surprisingly easy to make. And with a mix of almond butter, pumpkin, and spices, it’s perfect for fall.

No. 2 Pencil

Pumpkin Pancakes

Everyone deserves dessert for breakfast sometimes! The yummy combo of pumpkin, cinnamon, and icing will transform Saturday morning into a celebration. Serve Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from Number 2 Pencil with warm maple syrup or drizzled cream cheese glaze. Yum!

My Life Cookbook

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

For an after-school snack that satisfies a sweet tooth without being unhealthy, you’ve got to try this pumpkin pie pudding from My Life Cookbook. It comes together in the blender in less than 10 minutes and tastes great topped with coconut cream or whipped cream.

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Easy-Peasy Pumpkin Pie

Nothing says fall like pumpkin pie, right? Thanks to Cathleen at A Taste of Madness, you're only five simple ingredients away from enjoying a slice of this delicious and super easy pumpkin pie.

Related: Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: New Data Reveals Nation’s Seasonal Preferences

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These yummy muffins from Sara at Bitz N Giggles are pulling double-duty: you can enjoy them for breakfast or dessert! (Or both, we won't tell.)

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Cranberry Pumpkin Banana Bread

This quick bread from Stress Baking is a total must for your autumn baking lineup. Pumpkin and banana make the bread extra moist, while cranberries add a nice tartness to balance it all out.

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Finding games to play with grandparents is a lot easier than you might think

Spending time with grandparents is often full of laughter, love, and a little too much sugar. But even a spry and creative nana or papa could use a few ideas now and again. From card games to photo book exploration, here are some games to play with grandparents that span ages and offer mellow afternoon fun. 

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1. Dealer’s choice. Your little card shark will love cleaning up at Go Fish, but she might also enjoy learning some other old-school games. Grandparents can choose from their favorites: Spoons, Crazy Eights, War, and Rummy are all winners!

2. On the record. Kids of all ages love to ask questions, so let them satisfy their curiosity by interviewing Gram and Pops. Questions might range from, “What is your favorite dinosaur?” to “Tell me about your first date.” This list is a great start!

3. Strike a chord. If either grandparent has a talent for a particular instrument, encourage them to share that skill with the kids! Whether it’s a formal piano lesson or a chance to simply explore and bang on the drums (or strum a guitar or toot a horn), they’re sure to make a joyful noise.

4. Crack open a book. A pile of picture books (or one riveting chapter book) and a comfy couch are the makings of a perfect day. Make a trip out of it by going to the library, or let the kids show off their collection and pick out books they think their grandparents will enjoy, too.

Related: Why It’s So Important for Kids to Spend Time with Their Grandparents

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5. Freeze time. To memorialize special or long visits with grandparents, collect mementos of your time together to make a time capsule—think photographs, ticket stubs, drawings, and puzzle pieces. 

6. (Grand)mother, May I? While running around outside might be a bit too exhausting for a few grandparents, several classic yard games need at least one participant who needs to stand relatively still. Some of our favorites include Mother May I; Red Light, Green Light; Simon Says; and all kinds of hand clap games.

7. Put the pieces together. Take over the dining room table, and clock in a few hours of peaceful silence (or happy chatter) by putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You can dust off something you have on hand, or grandpa and the kids can go out and choose something together.

8. Get cookin’. If both your tykes and their elders like to cook, let them team up in the kitchen and whip up a favorite family recipe. They can even read Baking Day at Grandma’s together for extra fun! We even have cooking games that are perfect games to play with grandparents. 

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9. Tea for two (or three or five). Raid grandma’s closet, break out the good plates, and cut sandwiches into triangles—voilà! Grandparents will love being served a cuppa and will likely appreciate the opportunity to reinforce gracious table manners.

10. Go for a walk. Even if there’s no summer sun calling your name, nature walks are fun during any season. Have the kids put on some comfortable shoes and a hat, and they can hold grandma’s hand while exploring a new trail or give her a “tour” of the neighborhood. 

11. Hunt for treasure. One part riddle, one part hide and seek, an indoor treasure or scavenger hunt will delight grandkids (and grandparents) of all ages. 

12. Plant memoriesin a terrarium! With a simple glass bowl, soil, rocks, a few plants, and (our favorite part) a few of those tiny plastic dinosaurs that inhabit every corner of your home, grandparents will love helping their grandkids create a habitat for their most fearsome friends

Related: The Most Popular Nicknames for Grandparents in Every State

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13. Play "Guess Who?" Bust out the photo albums and play a round of "guess who?" where the grandchildren try to guess who family members are from older pictures. This is a great way to connect kids with people they haven't met and remind them we were all young once! 

14. Plan an imaginary trip. Research a place you would like to go, even if it's a place like Hogwarts or a faraway country like Antarctica. Use a globe or even google maps to find the country; find books about the place or look it up together; create a packing list; plan an itinerary; and write postcards. This can be an ongoing project. 

15. Speaking of scenarios... This one is great because it requires nothing other than two or more imaginations. You can sit on the couch, and if a grandparent is less mobile, they can 100% participate. All you do is create a "scenario": We're all on a baking show, the theme is [blank] and there are three rounds: cupcake, candy, and cake. What will you make? Another example: We're all on a rocketship heading to [planet name]. Talk about your astronaut names, where you went to school, how long it takes to get there, what your jobs are on the spaceship, and what you see out the window. What happens when you land? Do you discover a species? Is it cold? 

 

 

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Because spending time with grandparents is always a treat, these skip-gen play ideas make it extra special

Whether Grandma and Grandpa are visiting for the day or an extended weekend, there are plenty of exciting things to do with grandparents in Atlanta. No matter what the reason, planning something extra special should be at the top of your list. Treat them and the kids to fun activities that are out-of-the-box and let grandparents take a trip down memory lane. Atlanta has so much to offer when it comes to creating new memories, but these seven activities top our list of things to do with grandparents, no matter when they visit.

Georgia Aquarium
Spend the day and visit the largest aquarium in the United States, the Georgia Aquarium. Everyone will love the amazing aquatic life, such as Common Bottlenose Dolphins and Whale Sharks that swim by in the tanks. Plus, when the grandparents need a break, the 4D theater is a great place to sit and relax for a bit. Immerse yourself in the underwater world from an animal point of view.

Pemberton Place
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta
Online: georgiaaquarium.org

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Stone Mountain Park
Breathe some fresh air and visit Stone Mountain Park. There are countless things to explore in the 3,200-acre park and many of them run at "grandparent speed". The whole family can take a scenic train ride around the mountain or complete an adventure course on the treetops. Make a weekend of it and stay overnight and see one of the world's largest laser light show featuring a grand fireworks finale.

1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA
Online: stonemountainpark.com

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Catch a Movie
What better way to end a fun-filled day than with your favorite movie under the stars? Another easy thing to do with grandparents in Atlanta, all you need to to is grab your blankets and popcorn, and get cuddled up with the grandkids for a movie night outdoors. There are also food trucks and other fun activities kids and grandparents can enjoy before the movie starts.

An out-of-this-world movie will be at the big screen at Roswell Park on September 30, 2022.

Head to the Plaza at Colony Square to catch the last a Movie on the Square for the season. Mark your calendar for October 1, 2022.

A little kid smiles at grandparents on a couch on Grandparents Day

Take a Tour
Enjoy a self-guided tour of The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Located right in the center of Atlanta, including the birth home and church home where MLK's father and grandfather served as ministers is a must-see. The tour stretches several blocks and covers around 35 acres. During your visit, see the D.R.E.A.M gallery, or sit in the World Peace Rose Garden to reflect on MLK's legacy when everyone needs to slow down and rest.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
450 Auburn Ave., N.E.
Atlanta
Online: nps.gov

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The Atlanta Botanical Garden
Covering over 30 acres, The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located in Midtown Atlanta. Each visit is always different, with the changing exhibits in the garden. We love the fact that this garden has something for everyone, from the splash pad to the Origami in the Garden exhibit. Treat Grandma and Grandpa to lunch at The Longleaf, and sit on the patio overlooking parts of the garden when everyone needs time to refuel.

Insider Tip: Want to plan something extra sweet during the weekend of Grandparents Day? Plan to spend an afternoon getting chocolate-covered. Here the family can visit a tree where the chocolate comes from and learn about the chocolate-making process. Of course, there will be a chance for chocolate tasting and creating chocolate-covered creatures.

1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta
Online: atlantabg.org

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Candytopia-Atlanta
This sweet exhibit is a charming place that is an interactive experience where you can eat your way through Candyland. Everything is made of candy, and there are plenty of photo opportunities so you can savor more than the sweets at your fingertips. Think of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as you can score a Golden Ticket during your visit. After you have tried all of the candies, old and new, you can take a load off in the marshmallow pit. This place is so magical; you may even see a unicorn.

Buckhead Landing
3330 Piedmont Rd. N.E., Space 17
Atlanta
Online: candytopia.com

Mountasia
Mountasia is big family fun. Take a trip down memory lane or around the track with some fun competition with go-karts. As one of the largest family fun centers in the Atlanta area, it's one of our favorite things to do with grandparents in Atlanta. There is miniature golf and an arcade with over 70 state-of-the-art video games, including old-school classics like Starship Troopers and Dance, Dance, Dance. Maybe the grandparents can even show the kids a thing or two.

175 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. N.W.
Marietta, GA
Online: mountasiamarietta.com

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If there’s one thing Atlanta families value, it’s the mix of rich cultures and communities you find around the city. That’s why we’ve rounded up ten ways to get in on Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in Atlanta. Fantastic fiestas and festivals are popping up all over, and they’re pulling out the stops from the mid-September into October. Expect authentic foods, exciting dances, live music, and special programs that are just for families, from Dunwoody to Forest Park. These family-friendly events highlight the city’s Latinx heritage, traditions, and pride.

Amazing Hispanic Heritage Month Festivals & Celebrations

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Norcross
If you enjoyed the Viva Mexico celebration or last year’s Dia de los Muertos Festival in Norcross, then you won’t want to miss this convergence of cultures that's fun for the whole fam. Join other community members for festivities galore. Become immersed in the music, dances, foods, traditions, and more from a variety of Hispanic countries.

Date: Sep. 17, 2022
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Latino & Hispanic Heritage Festival in Dunwoody
Celebrate Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, dance, food demonstrations and more. Held at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, home of the Stage Door Theater and Spruill Art Center, this free celebration is open to all.

Date: Sep. 18, 2022
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Live Music, Food & Dancing in Acworth
Bring the kids to Concert on the Green: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Logan Farm Park in Acworth. This festival highlights Hispanic Cultures within the community through a variety of Hispanic food vendors, music, and dance groups in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Bring the family out and enjoy the evening celebrating together.

Date: Sep. 24, 2022
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Conyers 6th Annual Latin Festival
It's the annual Conyers Latin Festival that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in Olde Town Conyers. This year’s event kicks off with stellar live entertainment highlighting the Hispanic culture including a parade featuring traditional costumes and entertainment. As you walk through the festival, enjoy authentic flavors and cuisine, cultural art exhibits, live music, and vendors. Plus, the kids will find plenty of activities in the Kids Zone.

Date: Oct. 2, 2022
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CULTURA: Fiesta Latina
Join the City of Lawrenceville for CULTURA, a Latin heritage festival celebrating Lawrenceville’s diverse culture. Eat, dance, and learn together at this free, family-friendly event that closes out Hispanic Heritage Month. Families can also visit the Lawrenceville Arts Center for a special art exhibition celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month featuring important works by local artists.

Date: Oct. 14, 2022
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These Kid-Friendly Local Programs Celebrate Latinx Culture

Explore Latin Culture at Atlanta Children's Museum
Throughout September, families can enjoy special activities at the Atlanta Children's Museum. You'll find special programs at the CMA Stage, in the Art Studio, and in Jane’s Innovation Station all month long. Learn about Venezuelan zoologist Zuleyma Tang-Martinez and Colombian artist Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo and more while you play.

Dates: Sep. 5-30, 2022
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La Cucarachita Martina
Families will love this Latin rock-n-roll musical based on a popular Cuban and Puerto Rican children’s tale about a little roach who learns many lessons on her journey to find true love.

Dates: Sep. 22-30, 2022
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Hispanic Heritage Month Craft & Storytime
Join Ms. Adrienne for a special storytime and craft in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at this two part library series. On September 28, there will be a storytime and kids will begin drawing and painting sombreros and ponchos. Then, on October 5, kids will finish up crafts and share them with the group.

Dates: Sep. 28 & Oct. 5, 2022
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Dance with Alma Mexicana
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the extraordinary Mexican dance group Alma Mexicana Danza Folklórica. Families can enjoy music and traditional Mexican folk dances at this free program.

Date: Oct. 1, 2022
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Make Papel Picado
Stop by the Hapeville Branch Library for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that will feature a traditional Cuban folktale, The Bossy Gallito: El Gallo De Bodas. Afterwards, kids can learn how to make Papel Picado, a traditional Mexican craft with colorful paper sheets and intricate cut-out details.

Date: Oct. 15, 2022
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Itching see a side of Atlanta you don’t usually get to see? These Atlanta tours offer unforgettable experiences

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s finding out how things are made. So when you get the chance to draw back the curtain and see the inner workings of…well, pretty much anything, we know your kids will be on board. Whether they can’t wait to take a seat in the Braves’ dugout, aspire to hold public office, or are just dying to know where babies come from (hint: it’s not what you think), you can show your kids just how it’s done at these behind-the-scenes Atlanta tours.

Governor's Mansion Tour

Take a tour of the governor's three-story, 30-room mansion that rests on 18 acres. The mansion is open for public tours on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and promises to be an educational experience for kids and grown-ups alike. Tours are offered annually from February 1 through October 27, and include a hybrid of self-guided exploration and docent-led discussion. Pre-registration is required.

391 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta
Online: gov.georgia.gov

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Truist Park Ballpark Tours

As the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball, the Atlanta Braves have plenty of history to share with their fans. Tours of Truist Park are offered year-round and take guests to many areas off limits during games. With artifacts and exhibits distributed throughout the ballpark, it is a definite must for any Braves or baseball fan. Tours begin at the Right Field Gate, and tickets must be purchased in advance online. Keep in mind that tours run rain or shine, and usually last around 1.5 hours.

755 Battery Ave. S.E.
Atlanta
Online: mlb.com

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Coca-Cola Company

World of Coca-Cola

Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits, learning about the storied history of the iconic beverage brand, and sampling beverages from around the world. See the vault where the secret recipe for Coke is stored, check out the 4-D film about the global brand, and see an impressive collection of Coke—and Americana—memorabilia. You can watch to see how Coke is bottled, and pick one up on your way out.

121 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta
Online: worldofcocacola.com

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Babyland General

Head to BabyLand General® Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia to learn where Cabbage Patch Kids come from. Situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, this "hospital" is filled with Cabbage Patch Kids and Mother Cabbage is always on display beneath the branches of the Magic Crystal Tree. Pollinated by fanciful Bunnybees®, the magical Cabbage Patch is tended by Licensed Patch Doctors and Nurses. Babyland General Hospital is the only place in the world where you can witness the birth of a hand-sculpted Cabbage Patch Kid.

300 NOK Dr.
Cleveland, GA
Online: cabbagepatchkids.com

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Mercedes Benz Stadium Tour

Experience the signature features of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including stops at locker rooms, the field, Window to the City, Skybridges, and Clubs. Tour routes and locations are subject to change. In addition to the traditional tour offering, students can experience the signature features of Mercedes-Benz Stadium through the lens of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

125 Ted Turner Dr. N.W.
Atlanta
Online: mercedezbenzstadium.com

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Learn a little about the racing industry with a tour of the AMS. Twice a year, it's the bustling center of the NASCAR Cup Series world, but the rest of the year it's open to the public for speedway tours and a behind-the-scenes look at the track, the start/finish line in the grandstands, the infield, and Victory Lane. Appointments are required at this raceway, and are offered five times daily, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

1500 Tara Pl.
Hampton, GA
Online: atlantamotorspeedway.com

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