Visiting Atlanta With Teenagers

From shopping to museums to sports, the best activities for teens in the city

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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 hold their attention- 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. From Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square in Buckhead to Perimeter and North Point, Atlanta area has tons of malls, and everyone knows that malls score high with teenagers. Plus, you can feel safe letting them wander on their own a bit and get their shopping on at teen-friendly stores like H&M (Atlantic Station, Perimeter Mall), Forever 21 (Lenox Square, Cumberland Mall, Southlake Mall) and Urban Outfitters (Lenox Square, Perimeter Mall) while you visit the stores you love (or take a much-needed coffee break). Neighborhoods like Virginia-Highland, Little Five Points and Buckhead also have boutiques and thrift shops that provide a unique shopping experience for teens.

Atlanta Outlet Malls

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, the city's longest operating movie theater (hint: they show Rocky Horror Picture Show each Friday at midnight).

The Vortex Bar and Grill

The Museum Buff

Atlanta has a few museums that will satisfy the teen set. The perennial favorite is the High Museum of Art, which is where teens are most likely to find pieces by familiar artists they've seen before. 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. And one thing almost everyone loves? Coca-Cola. The World of Coca-Cola, 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.

High Museum of Art

The Sports Fan

Entertain your sports-loving teen by catching a game at SunTrust Park (Atlanta Braves), Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United) or State Farm Arena (Atlanta Hawks). Is no one in town? Try Andretti Indoor Karting & Games north of the city in Alpharetta. And don't miss the College Football Hall of Fame, which has over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 45 yard indoor field where teens can test their pigskin skills.

 

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, including a number of parks and green spaces. 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, beginner-friendly hike you can try Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 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.

Rafters Float the Chattahoochee River
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