Get Out of Town: Atlanta
I‘ve been spending a lot of time in Atlanta, filming Necessary Roughness, sometimes bringing my two-year-old and my husband along with me. Figuring out what to do with a toddler in a new city while balancing a job is no easy feat, so in case you ever find yourself in the same situation, I present to you what I call:
The Urban Parents’ Guide to a Weekend in Atlanta
Spend the afternoon at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to let your little ones get all their wiggles out. (It seems to work for ages 2 – 12). Then, for parents, (who deserve a treat after weathering all that excited screaming), head to an early dinner at Empire State South. The food here has a farm-to-table vibe with inventive and elegant preparation. The Farm Egg over Carolina Gold Rice was absolutely INSANE–crispy and flavor-dense and hearty …aaaaand now my mouth is watering and I can’t wait to go back later this month. Located in midtown, Empire State South also does brunch and lunch, so really you can head over anytime of day.
We stayed at the Twelve Hotel, which is located in midtown at Atlantic Station and has clean modern rooms, complete with kitchens, necessary for traveling with toddlers! There’s also a grocery store about four doors down from the hotel, and I really like their little restaurant, Lobby. My one complaint is it was near to impossible to catch a cab, BUT I’ve been turned onto Uber lately and that solves the problem within five minutes.
Spend the day at Georgia Aquarium, a state of the art home to some amazing beluga whales, cute little otters, penguins and a cool ocean-themed play room. One of the coolest offerings is the Ocean Voyager tour, a giant tank filled with manta rays, whale sharks, thousands of fish that you can scuba dive or snorkel in! For the more faint-hearted among us, (ahem, me), there is a wide underwater tunnel through the exhibit where you can watch humans and sharks gliding gracefully above as you pass through on a moving walkway. Breathtakingly eerie and beautiful. They also have an incredibly cheesy dolphin show, (during which I swear I did not get incredibly emotional), that convinced Finn to gleefully make his toy dolphins jump out of his bathtub for days afterwards.
Finish your day with a stop at Antico Pizza, also in midtown. It’s a bit off the beaten path but the artisan wood-oven pizzas they’re turning out there are worth the hunt! Finn literally could not wait until we’d cut him a slice and dove face first into the whole pie. So, suffice it to say, we really really really enjoyed it!
Atlantic Station is a quick and easy stop to let the kids run around, catch a matinee, then grab an ice cream before you fly out. It’s really an outdoor mall, but the big central grassy area is fun for kids to mingle and get their running out, and Kilwin’s Ice Cream is a delicious spot for an afternoon sweet treat.
Overall, the city is pretty spread out, so it takes a little bit of effort to keep everyone entertained, especially if you don’t have a car and need to travel by cab, but the food alone makes the journey worth it. Hope this guide is helpful if you ever find yourself in Atlanta with a toddler in tow!
I’ll be returning to Atlanta a few more times this year, so if you have any favorite spots in the city, I would LOVE to hear about them!
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