Atlanta, the once sleepy capital of Georgia, has made it’s mark on the world in the past few decades, with the civil rights movement in the 1960’s to hosting the Olympics in 1996. Today this sprawling capital has a few family-friendly hidden treasures that are great for exploring.
The Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Atlanta for children and adults alike. Taking us out of the digital age and back into the age where your imagination was allowed to run wild; when your imagination was something you could touch. The center in Atlanta is the largest in the U.S. solely dedicated to puppetry arts. The center also houses one of the only puppetry museums in the world and has collections from places including Asia, Africa and even one from legendary puppet master Jim Henson. The unique thing about the center is that they have performances for not only the whole family, but also special shows for teens and adults. Located only 15 mins from downtown Atlanta, it’s perfect for the entire family.
The Legoland Discovery Center
The Legoland Discovery Center is one of only 8 in the whole U.S. and is the ultimate indoor playground. Not only do the little ones get a chance to explore the 15 attractions of the indoor playground, but they can go on an exciting 4D adventure with their favorite Legoland characters. The kiddies and adults alike can explore the magic of Merlin’s world on the Apprentice Ride that takes them high inside the discovery center for a bird’s eye view of the play area below. Once back on the ground, they can build until their hearts are content at the Duplo Village, build and test Lego racers, take a tour through a miniature Atlanta built out of tiny Legos, or take a tour of the factory to see how their favorite toy is made.
The botanical gardens
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has a vast collection of flora on its 30 acre property that sits near Piedmont Park. The diversity of the plants that are on display are truly unique. As you make your way through the gardens, there are a number of indoor and outdoor displays. One of the most beautiful exhibits of the indoor collection are the orchids from the Cloud Forest high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, and species from Ecuador, Madagascar, Australia, Central America, Asia and Mexico. Hundreds of species from tropical regions that are under threat from climate change or deforestation are used as tools to educate. In addition, plants of the deserts of Madagascar and Southern Africa are housed in the Desert House.
The outdoor collection of the botanical gardens range from an edible outdoor garden and kitchen, to roses, hydrangea, conifers, palms, lilies, water plants, wild flowers and much more. The great thing about the gardens is that they are open year round.
Atlanta is the financial and cultural hub of the metro area, it has a wealth (no pun intended) of things to see and do if you venture outside of the main tourist downtown area. The fall and winter are great times to visit Atlanta because of the low crowds and mild weather, allowing you to a bit of elbow room when visiting these fun places.
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