7 Special Places to Take Visiting Grandparents

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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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