Another Way to Enjoy Atlanta with Tweens

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Atlanta with Tweens: A Family Vacation

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Planning a family vacation with tweens, who can be somewhat hard to please at times, might seem like a difficult feat. However, if you plan a family vacation to Atlanta with your tweens, they will more than likely find it hard to complain. With endless activities, sight-seeing, shopping, and dining, Atlanta offers something for every age, mood and style.


Morning


What better way to start your family vacation in Atlanta than with a tasty, nutritious breakfast? The Highland Bakery is recommended not only for its unforgettable food but also for its historic value. Located in Old Fourth Ward at 655 Highland Avenue, Highland Bakery has recently expanded its interiors to accommodate its growing fan club. Parking sometimes overflows on to the street, a sure sign that this place is a local favorite! You'll find a wide array of mouth-watering treats, from fresh-baked bread and muffins to cupcakes and cinnamon buns. Don't make too hasty a decision, as the menu is full of irresistible choices like Cilantro Corn Pancakes and Peanut Butter French Toast. Highland Bakery is open from 7AM to 4PM during the week and from 8AM to 4PM on weekends; 404-586-077.

A family vacation to Atlanta with tweens isn't complete without a stop at Centennial Olympic Park, open daily from 7AM-11PM. The park sponsors events throughout the year, like the Hebrew National hot dog event and water shows at the signature Olympic rings. If you visit during the summer, come prepared to get wet. Not only will you find a water show for your viewing pleasure, but you can actually join your kids and run through the water jets. It's great to be a kid again!

Another sure bet for your itinerary in Atlanta with tweens is The World of Coca-Cola, an interactive museum dedicated to all things related to the iconic soft drink. After a brief introduction and IMAX presentation, the tour guide will lead you through an extensive and distinguished history of Coca-Cola Classic. Enjoy the artwork, photos, and other Coca-Cola paraphernalia, but your favorite will surely be the tasting room. Soda machines, each with multiple flavors from which to choose, surround visitors. Sample the apple-flavored soda from Egypt or the root beer from China. The possibilities are extensive. Hours vary from day to day, so check the website to plan your trip. The World of Coca-Cola is found at 121 Baker Street NW, and admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children, and $13 for seniors; 404-676-5151.

Afternoon


Don't tire out yet! With no shortage of things to do in Atlanta, you're just getting started with your family vacation! Tweens are sure to love the Georgia Aquarium, which is right across the courtyard from The World of Coca-Cola at 225 Baker Street NW. Enter an enchanting underwater world filled with sea turtles, sharks, piranhas, and much more. Already the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium is expanding to include a bottle-nose dolphin exhibit, expected to open in the winter of 2010. General admission is $26 for adults and $19.50 for children (3-12). For your convenience, you can also pre-purchase your tickets online before your arrival. Though its doors are open 365 days per year, the Georgia Aquarium's hours do vary. Be sure to check the hours of operation prior to your arrival; 404-581-4000.

If your tweens are still bursting with energy, from the Georgia Aquarium, you've got at your fingertips the CNN Center, Phillips Arena, and the Georgia Dome. These fantastic spots all have ongoing tours, concerts and sporting events that are perfect alternative family activities for the rest of your day.

Evening


Nothing wraps up a fun-filled day of family vacation in Atlanta with your tweens like a dinner that is as unforgettable as it is delicious. At Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree Street NE, you'll not only find a place to dine, but you'll also be wowed by a theater performance that is both educational and entertaining. The playhouse capacity is 200 people, and tickets run from $12 on a weeknight to $32 for main-level seats on a Saturday. Balcony seating is always a more inexpensive option. You can reach the tavern at 404-874-5299.

If Shakespeare isn't what you are looking for, you can get a true southern experience at Gladys Knight and Ron Winans' Chicken & Waffles, 529 Peachtree Street NW, 404-874-9393. The Midnight Train main dish--a homage to Gladys Knight's famous tune and a nod to the restaurant's late closing hours (4AM on Friday and Saturday)-- serves up four large chicken wings with a house original waffle. You'll also find southern staples like shrimp and grits, collards and barbecue on this menu to create a complete Georgia experience.

After a perfect day in Atlanta with your tweens, don't be surprised if they start asking when you'll be returning!

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