Amara at Dunwoody library, Children's Museum of Atlanta, and posing at a garden
We've been doing a lot of local activities over the last few months, mainly because we've had a slew of events at home and Chewy hasn't been feeling all that well. While we're trying to get a handle on Chewy's health, I've been exploring Atlanta with Amara. It's amazing to me how much this city offers and especially the number of free or very cheap things to do with toddlers or young kids.
So, you can imagine my surprise when two different newcomers to the city complained to me about how there's nothing free to do with toddlers here. I started reeling off some of our favorite activities --- most things they had never heard about --- when it occurred to me that this should be a post on its own.
Here you go, Atlanta parents. 21 Free or Cheap (Under $10) Things to Do in Atlanta With Toddlers or Young Kids:
1. Watch the horses run at Chastain Horse Park. Free
2. Visit a mini aquarium at Chamblee's The Fish Store, the largest fish store in the Southeast. Free (though you'll probably want to buy something here).
3. Run with the dogs at Piedmont Park's Dog Park (though careful of the occasional aggressive dog). Free.
4. Feed the ducks at Lullwater Park at Emory University. Free; stroller accessible.
5. Cuddle the adorable miniature animals at Tanglewood Farms. $10 per person and they have picnic tables where you can bring your lunch.
Splashpads and Playgrounds
6. Splash in fountains and swing in the futuristic playground at Old Fourth Ward's park. Free
7. Go all out on slides, splashpads, and tubes at Browns Mill Family Aquatic Center. Rates vary depending on residency but are all under $12 per person. You could easily spend the whole day here.
8. Roam around in Cozy Coupes and other riding toys at Decatur's Toy Park. Free.
Hikes and Trails
9. Get messy at Herbert Taylor Park's beach, which is one of our favorite spots for a family outing, with dogs and toddler in tow. Not stroller accessible. Free.
10. Go fishing or meander through a gorgeous pine grove at Henderson Park. Not stroller accessible. Free
11. Get into the Atlanta spirit with a walk on the Beltline. Free.
12. Take a guided Tyke Hike at Red Top State Mountain Park on Lake Allatoona, about 1 1/2 hour's northwest of the city. $5 parking.