A neat place to have lots of fun. We took a 26-mile round trip beginning and ending in Blue Ridge, with a stop in McCaysville. There are car hosts to tell you about your trip and answer your questions. It's fun to ride through Murphy Junction and along the Toccoa River. It takes about 3 or 4 hours. If you're 12 or older, you can combine your train trip with a rafting trip on the Ocoee River. In December, you can take a ride on the Santa train - sounds like fun, too.
This humongous wildlife preserve has the largest number of kangaroos anywhere outside of Australia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says it is one of the top 7 "don't miss" attractions in Metro Atlanta. You get to ride in a 10-wheel drive army trucks and see how the animals live. The only bad thing is you have to be 8 or older or in 2nd grade. We got to learn how to throw a boomerang and saw a kookaburra, too.
Next to Underground Atlanta, you can't miss this fun place. It's full of neat Coca-Cola stuff - both old and new. First you find out how Coke was invented, see it being bottled and stop at lots of video stations. They have lots of bottles and old things here, too. There's also an old-time soda fountain and a room where you can see lots of TV commercials. My favorite is Club Coca-Cola because you get to try lots of different sodas.
We went here with school and it is a neat place to find out how the news is made. You get to see a control room (not a real one but something that looks like one) and learn how the news show is put together. You get to see the real studios, too. And learn about the teleprompter they use to read the news. And find out about the blue screen background. It takes about an hour. And then we got to eat in the cafeteria there, too.
My granddaddy took me here. We liked it a lot. Did you know the Braves started in Boston? I learned that here. They also played in Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta. Of course we're big Braves fans so I liked this place a lot. First you see about 500 souvenirs. Then the 1-hour tour takes you to Coca-Cola Sky Field, a Braves luxury suite, the press box, broadcast booth, clubhouse (locker room), dugout, Scouts Alley and The Plaza. Then we watched the real Braves play. That was the best part of all.
This 30-acre park is a great place to go with your family. There are lots of trails to hike on and nature to see. You can take your dog with you but you have to clean up after him (of course!). One of the best things is it's free.
Second only to the Braves, the Falcons are a great team and so is the stadium where they play. This really cool tour shows you all kinds of things you don't usually get to see - the TV studio used for broadcasts of games, the observation deck where you can see everything, the press box, suites where famous people watch the game, the two club lounges, the locker room and the new turf everybody is talking about. It's really interesting and I learned stuff, too.
You can see the skeleton of the biggest dinosaur discovered here. There are lots of exhibits that teach you about natural history. They have discovery rooms, the Fantasy Forest, an IMAX Theatre star gallery, really neat fossil floors and they even recreated the Okefenokee Swamp. My mom likes the pretty rose garden, too.
The only outdoor ice skating rink in Atlanta is in Centennial Olympic Park. The ice is real and you can rent skates (like at the bowling alley) if you don't have any. It's only there in the winter time, but it's a whole lot of fun. My dad skates with us while my mom does Christmas shopping.
I had my birthday party at the Ice Forum and it was really fun. We had pizza and all the drinks we wanted. We got to skate on the ice and they have video games, too. They have classes that teach you how to play ice hockey and hockey camps. It's open every day of the year, I think.