SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA
Travel west on Interstate 20 to exit 47 or 46A; sixflags.com/overGeorgia
Six Flags Over Georgia offers visitors all that’s expected from an amusement park – food, games, live entertainment and rides to suit thrill-seekers, families and children. The newest attraction is the SkyScreamer, which takes riders 24 stories high while swinging at 40 mph.
Buy your ticket at the gate for $59.99 for adults and $39.99 for children under 48 inches tall or save money by purchasing tickets in advance online. Season passes are also available.
225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta; (404) 581-4000; georgiaaquarium.org
If you love the ocean and its inhabitants, spend a day at the Georgia Aquarium where you’ll see beluga whales, manta rays, coral reefs, sea otters, penguins and more.
The aquarium is open daily with summer hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 17, but hours can vary, so check before you go.
A Total Ticket is $34.95 for adults, $28.95 for ages 3-12 and $30.95 for ages 65 and older and includes access to all exhibits, shows and galleries.
ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta; (404) 876-5859; atlantabotanicalgarden.org
The Atlanta Botanical Garden invites visitors to learn about plants and honeybees, walk under a tree canopy, delight in bird watching and experience the Japanese, Rose and Lovely Southern Seasons gardens.
A special event, Imaginary Worlds, features 19 living sculptures – some up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – including a unicorn, cobras, rabbits and butterflies.
Through October, the garden is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 3-12.
WORLD OF COCA-COLA
121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta; (800) 676-COKE (2653); worldofcoca-cola.com
Learn the history of Coca-Cola – or Coke – as most of us call it.
Exhibits include Coca-Cola Bottle and Turner Field, where you’ll see the bottle made of more than 11,000 pieces of Atlanta Braves baseball equipment; American Originals, a showcase of Norman Rockwell paintings; and The Vault, where you’ll learn about the secret formula.
In July, hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Hours can vary so check the Web site first.
Tickets are $16 for ages 31-64; $12 for ages 3-12; and $14 for ages 65 and older.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER ATLANTA
In Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta; (404) 848-9252; legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta
If you or your kids love Legos, you can jump into a giant box of them at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta.
The center is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $17.10 for adults and $13.50 for children ages 3 and up. To guarantee admission, purchase tickets online before you go.
Legoland also has a new Pocket Guide app designed for children ages 3 to 10 that includes activities for before, during and after your visit. You can download it from the Web site.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta; (404) 659-5437; childrensmuseumatlanta.org
Join The Weebles in an interactive 50-state adventure in Weebles Coast to Coast. Go fishing and climb trees in the Leaping Into Learning exhibit. Visit the Web site for events, such as National Ice Cream Day on July 21, when visitors can learn how to make ice cream.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $12.75 (under age 1 admitted free).
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN
500 Wildlife Parkway (off I-126 at Greystone Boulevard) Columbia; (803) 779-3100; riverbanks.org
More than 2,000 animals, including lemurs, elephants, wallabies and other mammals await you at Riverbanks Zoo.
Head to the Gorilla Base Camp to meet Ajari, a western lowland gorilla who’s new to the zoo, and stop by the Birdhouse to meet two flamingo chicks born in June. See an array of flora and fauna at the Botanical Garden.
Admission is $11.75 for adults, $9.25 for ages 3-12, and $10.75 for military and ages 62 and older.
211 Gervais St., downtown Columbia; (803) 779-3100; edventure.org
Walk into Edventure children’s museum, and the first thing to make your eyes pop will be Eddie, The World’s Largest Child, which is a 40-foot-tall child you can climb through. Hear his heartbeat and his stomach growl as you turn over the giant food in his belly. Then check out a new permanent exhibit, Wags & Whiskers, where you’ll become a pet owner, groomer or veterinarian.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $11.50 for adults and children (under age 1 are free), with discounts for military and senior citizens.
SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston; (843) 720-1990; scaquarium.com
Learn about South Carolina aquatic life from the mountains to the sea as you walk through the aquarium. The Madagascar Journey exhibit looks at four habitats on the island and the animals that inhabit them.
Admission is $24.95 for ages 13 and older and $14.95 for ages 4-12. Add $5 for the 4-D Theater, which combines 3-D filmmaking with special effects such as wind and rain.
Visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through August, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning in September.