Once your kids hit middle and high school, they're ready for more grown-up fun. Put these activities at the top of your to-do-list.
Roll With It, Baby
Sightseeing is more fun for teens when they've got their own wheels. The Atlanta Experience Tour by Segway will show you around the city from behind the handlebars of a Segway—a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle—that's a blast to ride. The tour takes in many historical sites including historic Inman Park, Martin Luther King National Park, Historic Old 4th Ward, Oakland Cemetery, and Grant Park. In a city that is known for heavy traffic and a limited mass transit system, The Atlanta Experience Tour is an easy way to see many of the best spots in the city without the transit headaches. Minimum age: 14.
Go Behind the Scenes at CNN
Ever wonder how a live broadcast is produced at the iconic Cable News Network? The Inside CNN VIP Tour gives you a behind-the-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios of CNN Worldwide from inside CNN's Studio 7, including the newsroom floor and control room. 2018 is the perfect year to take the tour, as the network is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Tours are available from 9-5pm daily 361 days of the year. Ask about the military appreciation discount. Minimum age: 12. Reservations recommended.
Swim With Whale Sharks
Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, but unlike many other aquariums, visitors can do a lot more than look at the animals on display. At Georgia Aquarium, teens and adults can sign up for a premium experience and swim with whale sharks, manta rays and more. You can suit up to either SCUBA dive or snorkel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit with thousands of amazing animals for the experience of a lifetime. Minimum age: 12.
Walk in Dr. King's Footsteps
Nearly 1 million people make the pilgrimage to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change each year to pay their respects to Dr. King's incredible legacy and learn more about his philosophy and civil rights work. Established by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in 1968, the center was built to be a living memorial to Dr. King. From the King family home to several interactive exhibits, the King Center is a great tool to teach your teens about the civil rights movement through the eyes of one of its greatest leaders.
Learn all About the Real Thing
The world's most popular drink was invented in Atlanta. The best two things about the tour at World of Coca-Cola are the photo op with the adorable Coca-Cola Polar Bear and the tasting session, where you can treat your taste buds to a trip around the world with more than 100 different flavors. World of Coca-Cola provides both general admission tours and VIP guided tours. Children 12 and under are eligible for discount tickets.
Get a Bird's-Eye View
Atlanta is one of the latest cities to add a giant Ferris wheel to its landscape. Towering nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park, SkyView Atlanta is a Ferris wheel with 42 climate-controlled gondolas that deliver panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area. This is the ultimate spot for your teens to take selfies that will be the envy of all their friends.
Kick, Push Around a Skate Park
Located along Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail, the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park was designed with input from the local skate community for skaters of all experience levels. While your teens skate, parents can partake in many of the restaurants and bars located alongside the popular stretch of the city’s beltline.
Enjoy Some Thrills and Spills
Six Flags over Georgia boasts multiple attractions that provide fun for the whole family. Teens will enjoy the parks’ multiple roller coasters and water rides, while parents will enjoy the new food pass and designated areas for small children. If that wasn’t enough, SOFG will be adding another coaster to their already impressive lineup with Twisted Cyclone this spring. There is no age requirement to enter the park, but several rides do have height requirements.
Teen Night at the High Museum
High Museum offers several monthly events for all walks of life, but very few are as cool as their teen-centric offerings. Open Studio is a free drop-in art-making workshop that takes place on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 pm. The museum also offers art talks and other teen exclusive events during their monthly teen nights. All events are free with a valid high school ID.