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Hampton Inn Sugarloaf Lawrenceville

6010 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Visited: 2013-09-01 | Submitted: 2013-09-17 19:50:35.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Great Outdoor Spaces

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This hotel is about 10 years old but was renovated in March 2013. they did a great job. I especially love the outdoor fireplace with a flatscreen TV. Sit outside on a gorgeous Atlanta night around the fire and watch the big game on the TV. They also have a large breakfast area that has lots of plugs if you want to hang out in the evening and do a little work on the computer. The breakfast area had three waffle makers, so there was never any waiting, even though there was a large crowd. If you'd rather have breakfast on the porch, they have several tables outside next to a water fountain. There is also a grill out here so if you have a large group, you could do dinner on the patio while the kids splash in the pool and then end the evening around the fireplace. We went for the Good Knight package which includes a themed room and tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament which is across the highway at Sugarloaf Mills Mall.

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There are only three Good Knight packages available each night, so if you want to do this, you may need to get your reservation early.

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Turner Field

755 Hank Aaron Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia

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Visited: 2012-09-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:51:22.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Lots for Kids to do In addition to Baseball

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We try to do at least one trip to the ballpark each year with our boys. Turner Field is great for a variety of ages because the older ones love the baseball and there's lots to do for the younger ones once they get tired of the game. My boys have always loved going to the top of the field and running the base. I like it because I can be with them, but still catch the game over the railing. There are some great views of the city up here too. All the kids like to hit the batting and throwing cages underneath the seating areas. If you go on fan day in the spring, these are usually free. Everyone likes the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. My favorite is walking through the replica rail car. It's interesting for the kids to see how the athletes used to travel. The Family Zone also has fun games for lots of ages.

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You can visit the Museum even when there isn't a game going on.

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Chick-fil-A Corporate Headquarters

5200 Buffington Rd, Atlanta, Georgia

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Visited: 2013-07-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:22:24.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Backstage Home Office Tour

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The Chick-fil-A Backstage Home Office Tour is an opportunity for Chick-fil-A fans to visit the company’s corporate headquarters. You’ll visit Truett Cathy’s office, his vintage car collection (including the Batmobile!) and a museum dedicated to the rise of the chicken sandwich. Tours are recommended for adults and children ages 6 and older. I might even raise that age a bit, unless you have a mature 6 year-old. The tour is interesting and my 9 year-old enjoyed the stories along the way, as well as seeing the Batmobile and replica lunch counter. However, there aren’t any interactive elements.

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To complete the tour, visit the original Dwarf House located 15 minutes from the Chick-fil-A home office at 461 N. Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354. I promise, after learning all about Chick-fil-A, you’ll be begging to “Eat Mor Chikin”.

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Atlanta BeltLine Trail

Atlanta, Georgia

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Visited: 2013-08-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:19:02.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

East Side Trail is the Best

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The Atlanta BeltLine is built on former railroad paths and when complete, will be 22 miles of continuous trails circling Atlanta and connecting 45 neighborhoods. Right now however, there are five sections of out and back trails including: Northeast, Northside, Westside, Southwest and Southeast. It’s a bit difficult to figure out where to get on the trails and which ones are currently open. The best is the Eastside Trail. We like to ride bikes, but there are people walking, jogging, pushing strollers, everything. Along this trail is the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park and a playground. There is also a lot of art along the route and some fantastic restaurants. Get off where you see the Welcome to Inman Park sign for several good places to eat. You can also link up here to the Freedom Trail and ride to the Carter Center or Virginia Highlands neighborhood.

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The length of the Eastside Trail is 2.25 miles from 10th St. (tip of Piedmont Park) and Monroe Drive to Irwin St. Park on the street at 10th Street and Monroe or in the pay lot at Park Tavern restaurant at the corner of 10th and Monroe. The Trailhead is across the street from the Park Tavern pay lot

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Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

100 Alabama St, Atlanta, Georgia

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Visited: 2013-01-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:15:56.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Great Place to Learn about Money

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This is a great quick stop and it's Free! The museum includes display cases, videos and interactive kiosks to show the history of the Federal Reserve and the monetary system in the United States. It may sound like a heavy subject, but it’s not all serious, the lobby has a fiberglass cow called Cash Cow, Milk Money. The highlight of the tour is viewing the cash processing activities at the Federal Reserve. Watch the bill counter spin through $10s or $20s; the cash bus that moves bags of money in and out of the vault and see the shredded money fountain. In addition to static displays, feel the weight of a gold brick and take the ‘Banker’s Challenge’ a video game where players manage a bank’s risk. I did great on the training and loan officer portion, but fell a bit short on investments. Parking is available in lots along the street.

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Be sure to get your own bag of shredded money on the way out. You can't take pictures or video in the museum. In fact, you have to store your purse or any other bags in a free locker before entering.

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Visited: 2012-06-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:08:58.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Makes a Great Knight

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What young boy doesn't love jousting, sword fighting and eating with their hands! Doors for Medieval Times open 75 minutes before the show. Plan to get there within that first half hour, earlier for busy Saturday shows. There is a huge carnival atmosphere before the show and you’ll want time to take that in. In the preshow area, they have a dungeon museum for a nominal fee. Inside are various Medieval torture devices. This was interesting, but a bit much for my youngest and he left half-way through. I also found it a bit disturbing, but it is a real part of history all the same. Tickets for the show are exchanged at the entrance for seat assignments and these are handed out in a first-come, first-served fashion, so you'll want to get there early. Seats are given by knight color and then row number. Once you have this, it's not a big deal what time you enter the arena. The show itself offers lots of excitement. Liberty horses do several acts, there is lots of pageantry and what my boys liked, sword fighting. The scenes are well choreographed and at some points you can tell, but it doesn’t matter, the action is real and always exciting. Knights showcase six different Medieval weapons including: a lance, espada, mandoble, alabarda, bola and mace. They’re real weapons, but dull blades ensure they don’t kill anyone. The food is fine, kid friendly, and there is plenty of it. Eating with your hands adds to the experience and they make sure to serve messy chicken and saucy ribs. Afterwards you are provided with a hot towel to clean up.

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The first two rows are reserved for those that purchase the Royalty Upgrade. However, if there are no Royalty Upgrades, they’ll fill theses seats on a first-come, first-served basis as well. Children under three can sit on your lap for free and eat off your plate. Ask for a to-go box if your child doesn't finish their meal.

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Dauset Trails

360 Mount Vernon Church Rd, Jackson, Georgia

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Visited: 2012-10-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:04:02.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

A Zoo and Nature Center in One

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Dauset Trails is a private, non-profit center, about 40 minutes south of Atlanta. The preserve includes 1200 acres of scenic trails, creeks. lakes, flora, and wildlife. In addition, there is a visitor’s center, Animal Trail, Farm Trail, manicured gardens, and picnic area. They have designated hiking, biking trails and horse riding trails, but you have to bring your own bike or horse. The Animal Trail has rehabilitated cougars, raccoons, various birds of prey, a black bear, river otters, a beaver and more. A large pond has LOTS of bream and a few snapping turtles. On the Farm Trail we saw goats, pigs, cows, chickens and horses. In addition to the farm buildings, there is a blacksmith area and syrup making facilities. Although nothing special was going on the day we went, Dauset Trails has an impressive list of programs and events that I’d come back to see.

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Dauset Trails is Free! Bring several quarters. Along the Animal Trail there are feeding stations and of course the animals interact more when you’re feeding them. Pick up a Pleasure Hunt at the Visitors Center and

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Dunwoody Nature Center

Dunwoody, Georgia

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Visited: 2012-09-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 16:01:34.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Bring a Net to Catch Critters in the Creek

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Dunwoody Nature Center features woodland, creekside and wetlands hiking, as well as a shaded playground and playhouse. There is an activity building that is the center for camps and classes. My boys were intrigued by the playhouse, but were totally drawn to the creek. Bring a net with you to catch little critters. The center has take and return cards along the paths explaining plant and wildlife you may see, the center also offers I-Spy backpacks for a $10 fee. The backpacks include a parent guidebook with sample questions and activities for all ages from pre-school through high school. You’ll also find field guides, drawing materials, storybooks and games.

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The Nature Center is Free!

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Sweetwater Creek State Park

1750 Mount Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, Georgia

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Visited: 2012-08-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 15:59:02.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Civil War History and Beautiful Hikes

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Sweetwater Creek State Park is close to Downtown Atlanta and offers lots of fun programming if you don't want to go it alone. The Interpretive Center is a LEED platinum certified building, which is cool in itself. The exhibit inside is very manageable and interesting. It gives you a history of the mill that used to be here and how it was abandoned when the Yankees came through during the Civil War. I gave this four for little kids as it's a lot of walking and my little guy got tired. There are four hiking trails of varying difficulty at Sweetwater Creek. The red trail is the history trail and runs parallel to the creek. On this hike you pass the remains of New Manchester Mill, a thriving textile mill in the mid-nineteenth century. The red trail provided a beautiful and easy hike along the creek. The boys were disappointed that the Mill remains were fenced off. However, you can walk IN the river along the rocks. It was fun to end up in the middle of the river, without getting our feet wet. We heard there was a waterfall a little farther down the red line trail, but we never made it that far.

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The Sweetwater Creek Mill and the town surrounding it were destroyed by Union soldiers during the Civil War. The mill workers were captured and transported north for the remainder of the war. Many never returned. You can hear their first hand account in the Interpretive Center.

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Macy's Pink Pig

3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-08-09 15:53:44.0 | I traveled with tots (0-2), little kids (3-5) and big kids (6-8)

An Atlanta Tradition

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This isn't really a fantastic attraction, but it is a tradition and if you are going to be in Atlanta, why not participate in the traditions that have been around since 1953. It will make you sound like a local. Since 2003, Priscilla, the Macy’s Pink Pig, has been running on a track beneath a 170 foot, 1950?s themed Pink Pig Tent at the Lenox Square Mall upper-level parking deck near Macy’s. The ride takes you through a very pink life-sized storybook that includes the original Pink Pig. Another reason to go - proceeds go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable

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There are two lines. One inside the mall for tickets, the other for the ride. You can get tickets anytime (when there is no line) and then just wait for the ride. The wait gets longer the closer it is to Christmas, so if you don't want to wait, go in November (avoid Thanksgiving weekend)

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