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Best Places To Entertain Grandparents On A Budget In Atlanta

March 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Georgia Aquarium

Photo Credit: Georgia Aquarium

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “With age comes wisdom.” For those over 65 years old, the good news is – with age, so too comes senior citizen savings. Many national movie theaters, restaurants and hotel chains boast special incentives for the elder set such as discounts and freebies, and card-carrying members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP®) often enjoy even more “prime of life” perks. Atlanta families with visiting grandparents or in-town senior family members who like to stay on the go can also take advantage of discounts at some of the city’s most popular destinations – making it a little easier to entertain grandparents on a budget.

World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 676-5151
www.worldofcoca-cola.com

Fun for the whole family, the World of Coca-Cola pays tribute to the history and mystery behind one of the world’s favorite soft drink manufacturers. Grandma and grandpa can tour special exhibits such as “The Vault of the Secret Formula,” “Milestones of Refreshments,” “Bottle Works” and “Pop Culture Gallery,” take in a show in the Secret Formula 4-D Theater and sip soda to their heart’s content in the Taste It! room. A shared love of Atlanta’s famed thirst quencher could prove to be a great way for multiple generations to connect on a liquid level. The World of Coca-Cola is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchairs available at the ticket booth.

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000
www.georgiaaquarium.org

Right around the corner from the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium is another awesome option for adventurous matriarchs, patriarchs and their families. With nautical notions at every turn – including “Cold Water Quest,” “Georgia Explorer,” “Ocean Voyager” and “Tropical Diver” – and a world-class live-action show of “Dolphin Tales,” there’s a wealth of wonder to entertain kids of all ages. While the admission price-point may be a tad higher than a few of the other Atlanta attractions, Georgia Aquarium is a true Atlanta treasure that is meant to be shared. Georgia Aquarium is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchairs available at the information booth.

High Museum Of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4444
www.high.org

If grandma and grandpa share a fondness for fine art, Atlanta adventurers should look no further than the High Museum of Art for extraordinary entertainment. The High’s permanent collection alone consists of more than 12,000 pieces of American, European and African art, as well as a notable nod to Decorative Arts & Design, Folk Art, Modern & Contemporary Art and Photography. Travelling exhibitions on loan to the High from some of the world’s most renowned museums often include the works of the masters such as Monet, Rembrandt, da Vinci and more. A visit to the High is a wonderful way for family members to appreciate the value of lasting legacies together. The High Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis from a security officer at the Wieland Pavilion entrance.

Related: Best 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In Atlanta

Atlanta Cyclorama
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 658-7625
www.atlantacyclorama.org

Seniors who have a hankering for history will truly appreciate the panoramic presentation of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta. Comprised of the world’s largest oil painting and three-dimensional diorama, the scene is set by a 14-minute film that describes the historic events leading up to the famed battle. Artifacts from the war are also on display at the Civil War Museum. If grandma and grandpa are up for more fun following their time travel expedition, Zoo Atlanta is right next door with more than 1,500 animals from around the world and special senior admission rates. Both the Cyclorama and Zoo Atlanta are wheelchair accessible.

National Parks in Georgia
Multiple Locations Throughout Georgia
www.nps.govGrandparents who love the great outdoors will really benefit from this one. Through the “America the Beautiful” National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program, seniors can enjoy access to a number of recreation sites in Georgia and all across the U.S. At many of these sites, owners of the Senior Pass will receive discounts on recreational pursuits like camping, swimming, boat launches and guided tours. These lifetime passes are available through the mail and at several national park locations in Georgia, including the King Center and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe, Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island, Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah and Okefenokee National Wildlife Reserve in Folkston. Proceeds from the purchase of Senior Passes go to the maintenance and improvement of visitor recreation services.Related: Winter Camping Guide For Atlanta

Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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