Spring break is the time of the year when the family can get away from school and work for a week, but many Atlanta families prefer to stick closer to home and take advantage of the many things to do in the Atlanta area. So if you don’t want to get out on those busy interstates or get in a crowded plane, these activities and attractions are a short day trip from Atlanta.
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Meghan Cooper is one of Atlanta’s leading mom bloggers. She is the mother of two girls and writes for her two websites, JaMonkey.com and YeahLetsGo.com. She covers parenting and lifestyle and loves to take her daughters to different places around Atlanta. She writes about all the family-friendly places she visits and travels to but she also writes about crafts, festivals, parks and shows that the whole family would love. Meghan was gracious enough to take a few minutes to talk about some of her favorite activities for a spring break staycation this year.
Behind The Scenes At Georgia Aquarium
You can go behind the scenes at the world’s most incredible aquarium to get up close with the animals of the Georgia Aquarium. See how the filtration system at the aquarium works and witness feedings and veterinary care. Learn about the research and conservation efforts that are ongoing at the aquarium and visit the top of the coral reef exhibit to see the secrets of tropical forests and mangroves. The Behind the Scenes Tour is an unforgettable experience. Kids must be at least seven years old to take this tour.
Keeping with the animal theme, Zoo Atlanta will be open all spring break week. New arrivals to check out include kangaroos, baby flamingos, a giant otter and the lovable warthog. Zoo Atlanta is home to some of the only pandas in the United States, so spring break would be the perfect time to pay the two cubs, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, a visit. Zoo Atlanta offers numerous educational experiences, so feel free to check the Zoo Atlanta webpage and see what is available. There is nothing wrong with combining some fun with education and Zoo Atlanta offers plenty of that.
Get outdoors for a great day of fishing this spring break. Many of Georgia’s great state parks offer fishing opportunities. Fish in lakes, rivers and streams for free, but you will need a fishing license for ages 16 and up. Some 20 Georgia parks rent motorized fishing boats by the hour, so the entire family can get out on the open watch and reel in the “big one.” For more information, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/outdoors.
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Grab your bikes and head out to any of the amazing bike trails in the metro area. Not only can it be fun and an adventure, but it’s also exercise. Cooper says that families with smaller children will love the bike paths at Red Top Mountain, Tallulah Gorge and Panola Mountain. Wear a helmet and be safe. For more information on biking at Georgia State Parks, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/outdoors.
Atlanta History Center’s Sheep To Shawl
There is always something going on at the Atlanta History Center and that is no exception this April as the popular “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration comes back. What could be more educational and fun than seeing a sheep getting sheared followed by the spinning and weaving process. “The annual shearing of a sheep’s wool marks the coming of spring,” adds Copper. “The Atlanta History Center’s staff participates in this traditional activity on (the) working 1860s Smith Family Farm, and invites visitors to watch as the sheep shed their winter coats.”
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