Child’s Play: Fun Things to Do in Atlanta for Grown Ups

By: Giannina Smith Bedford

January 2, 2014

Who says carefree fun is only for the kiddos? For those looking to embrace their inner child, here are some fun things to do in Atlanta to make you feel young again.  

Adult Nights at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Atlanta | Atlanta Attractions for the Young at Heart

The LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts adult-only nights © LEGOLAND Discovery Center


Although this creative and colourful Phipps Plaza attraction is normally geared towards ages 3 to 10, LEGOLAND Discovery Center hosts adult-only nights on a quarterly basis for the young at heart. Kicking off at 7pm, these special evenings welcome big kids to take part in the LEGO Factory Tour and building challenges led by LEGOLAND Discovery Center Model Builders. Adults can even hop on the Merlin’s Apprentice and Kingdom Quest laser rides, catch a movie in the 4D cinema or simply stare in awe at the MINILAND display of Atlanta’s skyline built from LEGO bricks.


Dragon*Con | Atlanta Attractions for the Young at Heart

Storm Troopers take aim at Dragon*Con Atlanta © Dragon*Con Photography, 2012


This celebration of multi-media popular culture descends on downtown Atlanta each summer, enlivening the streets with costumed participants and science-fiction aficionados. Since its start in 1987, Dragon*Con has grown to become the largest convention of its kind, attracting more than 52,000 attendees and encompassing five hotels near Centennial Olympic Park. Dress up as your favourite comic character and take part in the thousands of hours of programming or get in some jaw-dropping people watching at the parade showcasing more than 3,000 outfitted participants.

North Georgia Canopy Tours

North Georgia Canopy Tours | Atlanta Attractions for the Young at Heart

North Georgia Canopy Tours provides fun ziplining opportunities © Joshua Francis


Let out a child-like squeal as you zip across the treetops of North Georgia during an adventure with North Georgia Canopy Tours. Choose from a variety of expeditions taking you across sky bridges, down nature walks and zipping through the air above ponds and the North Oconee River. After conquering the high-elevation obstacles, top off your excursion with some good old-fashioned competition as you race a partner on a 695-foot dual zip over the Hilltop Pond with others cheering you along.

Shoot the ‘Hooch

Shoot the Hooch | Atlanta Attractions for the Young at Heart

A lazy afternoon tubing on the river © Guillaume Capron


Jump feet first into a raft or tube and enjoy a lazy summertime float down the Chattahoochee River. As you drift from start to finish – which can take anywhere from one to four hours (or more depending on where you put in and take out) – soak up the rays and dangle your toes in the refreshing water. When it’s time for a break, pull over to one of the Chattahoochee’s beaches to jump from nearby rocks or enjoy a waterside picnic. A number of companies rent tubes and provide transportation, but you can also bring your own equipment for a completely free ride! For more info, visit

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park | Atlanta Attractions for the Young at Heart
Getting competitive at Sky Zone Trampoline Park © Sky Zone Trampoline Park


Big kids can literally bounce off the walls at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, where numerous connected trampolines create an entire surface of rebounding fun. With three locations in metropolitan Atlanta, this high-flying attraction is open to any age, shape or physical ability. Take part in the open jump or try your hand at 3-D Dodgeball, which puts a bouncing twist on the traditional game. If looking to work up a sweat, the SkyRobics fitness classes combine low-impact cardiovascular exercise and strength training, leaving you exhilarated and exhausted.


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Written by Giannina Smith Bedford

Giannina Smith Bedford

Giannina Smith Bedford is a travel and business writer whose work has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Delta SKY Magazine, AirTran Airways GO Magazine, and Atlanta Business Chronicle, among others. Born in Miami, she grew up in Brazil, Chile, Hawaii and Australia and continues her worldwide adventures—always traveling with a pen in hand. Her published work can be viewed at

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