From its beginning as a railroad town, Atlanta has grown to become one of the ten largest metropolitan areas in the nation. The city is also home to the world’s busiest airport, making it an easily accessible transportation hub. With warm weather throughout the year, outdoor pursuits are popular. Atlanta is a center of southern culture where kids and their families can explore the history of the region or take in a family-friendly show. Alongside the learning opportunities, Atlanta offers many venues that allow kids to have fun while burning off excess energy.

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01Cycle the Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline was once a railroad corridor around the city. It’s now being developed as a multi-use trail that links parks and neighborhoods. Active families can join a bike tour or hire bikes to go exploring. There are numerous places to stop for a picnic lunch and plenty of parks where parents can rest while their kids play. One popular spot is the Historic Fourth Ward Park, which features a playground, athletic fields, and a world-class skatepark.

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