Visiting Atlanta With Teenagers

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Teens can be a tricky bunch. They want to be entertained, but they aren't as easy to entertain as younger children. If you're visiting Atlanta with teens, there are plenty of attractions to keep them entertained - and if you're lucky, the might even walk away thinking you're pretty cool!

The Fashionista

If Atlanta knows one thing, it's shopping! The Atlanta area has tons of malls, and everyone knows that malls score high with teenagers. Plus, you can feel safe to let them wander on their own a bit while you visit the stores you love (or take a much-needed coffee break). There are also a few smaller neighborhoods and boutiques that are good for a unique shopping experience

The Rebel

Have a teen who likes to be unique? Atlanta's got your back. If you're up for a bit of adventure, take a stroll through Little Five Points, one of Atlanta's most eclectic neighborhoods. From vintage shops to street musicians to Atlanta's last real record shop, Little Five Points is a can't miss destination for any teenager who'd a bit left of center. If your teen is over 18, grab a burger at The Vortex.

If your teen is more of an entertainment buff, try catching an indie flick at Tara Cinema or The Plaza Theatre (hint: they show Rocky Horror Picture Show each Friday at midnight).

The Museum Buff

Atlanta has a few museums that might satisfy the teen set. The perennial favorite is The High Museum of Art, which is where teens are most likely to find pieces they've seen before by artists they've heard of. History buffs and Civil War enthusiasts might also enjoy the Atlanta History Center. The CNN Center tour gives you a behind the scenes look at a real news studio and doesn't take up too much time. One thing almost everyone loves? Coca-Cola. The World of Coke, located downtown, is a bit of a snooze for teens, but they are sure to perk up when you reach the tasting room with unlimited samples of sodas from all over the world (trick your teen by telling them to try Italy's Beverly).

The Sports Fan

Entertain your sports-loving teen by catching a game at Turner Field (The Braves), The Georgia Dome (The Falcons) or Philips Arena (Atlanta Hawks). Is no one in town? Try the Andretti Go Karts and Gaming Center north of the city in Alpharetta. You can also get tours of Turner Field year round, taking fans behind the scenes in the press box, the dugout, and more! It's not open yet, but stay tuned for the new College Football Hall of Fame, which is currently slated to open in 2014.

The Outdoors Enthusiast

One of the most striking things about Atlanta is the amount of natural beauty that's been preserved even as the city has grown. If you get to look at Atlanta from a high viewpoint, you're likely to see more trees than buildings. This means there are lots of things do to for nature enthusiasts without going too far from the city. Tubing down the Chattahoochee is a favorite Atlanta=area activity. If you're looking for a good, lightweight hike you can try Kennesaw Mountain or even Stone Mountain. The Silver Comet trail is perfect for renting bikes and taking a ride.

If you have enough time to venture out of the city, there's a fun ziplining course in North Georgia.