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24+ Things to Do with Teenagers & Pre-Teens in Atlanta

Keeping teenagers and tweens entertained is no small feat! In this guide, we’re sharing our favorite things to do in Atlanta with teenagers and pre-teens.

From amusement parks to fun shopping destinations, exciting bites, and social media-worthy backdrops, the ideas in this post were selected for their potential to create moments of connection and exploration.

Try these ideas the next time a school break rolls around – or amp up your typical weekend routine with something new!

A few of our favorite things to do in Atlanta with teenagers:

Read on for more details on these activities and more.

  • Take your teenager or middle schooler to an amusement park
  • Shop and eat in Little 5 Points, one of Atlanta’s most eclectic neighborhoods
  • Take a walking food tour with your aspiring chef or restauranteur child
  • Find a fun volunteer opportunity with your teenager or pre-teen
  • Plan a TikTok or Instagram-worthy moment

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Fun activities for teens and tweens in Atlanta
  • Things to do during spring break in Atlanta
  • Summer break ideas for teenagers and pre-teens
  • Family-friendly outings and activities for all ages
  • Activities for teens who love art, sports, history, food, shopping, gaming, and more

1. Take a Walking Food Tour of Atlanta

Got an aspiring foodie or chef on your hands? Take them on an exciting food and history tour of Atlanta! The Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk with Unexpected Atlanta includes 8 modern and Southern fusion tastings from 3 locally owned food stops.

During this experience, stroll 1.2 miles over 2.5 hours while an enthusiastic guide leads the way and answers questions. The tour goes through Historic Oakland Cemetery, so you’ll get a fun history lesson along the way between bites. Menus vary seasonally and are subject to change – but a typical tour includes:

  • Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House: Shrimp and grits, fried catfish, and okra with cucumber wasabi soy sauce.
  • Firepit Pizza Tavern: Steak and blue cheese pizza and pork belly toast with homemade tomato jam.
  • Little Tart Bakeshop: Seasonal galette and whole wheat chocolate chip cookie.

Unexpected Atlanta’s founder and CEO is an Atlanta mom who has spoken to school groups about Atlanta’s food history and written for “Atlanta Parent” magazine. As a result, we’ve intentionally created our experiences to engage, entertain, and excite your whole family!

Be sure to reach out ahead of time if you have dietary restrictions; this tour can accommodate most dietary requests with advance notice.

2. See Atlanta’s Best Street Art & Graffiti – And Connect With Your Inner Artist!

Grant Park Street Art Tour - Teenagers and Tweens

Do you have a teen or tween interested in art or street art? Take them on this Cabbagetown BeltLine Street Art Tour to help encourage their passion!

During this 2.5-hour guided tour experience, you’ll learn about the history and culture of Atlanta through vibrant street art. A knowledgable tour guide will lead the group through Krog Street Tunnel and the Atlanta BeltLine. Take photos along the way, ask questions, and meet new friends!

Then, become art critics and artists as you channel your inner artist and design your own street art during an art salon-style happy hour. Beginners welcome – and no need to share your creation if you don’t want to!

Join us to see why Unexpected Atlanta has more 5 star reviews than any other Atlanta walking tour – like the review below! We love our city and can’t wait to share Atlanta with you.

Street Art Atlanta Tour Review - Things to Do with Teenagers in Atalnta

3. Shop & Dine in Little 5 Points

Little 5 Points is one of Atlanta’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Here, alternative is mainstream – and the L5P neighborhood is filled with people and shops flaunting their edgy personalities!

A few of our favorite spots in Little 5 Points include:

Browse more shops and restaurants in Little 5 Points here.

4. Make Memories During a Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit-Making Class

Food Tour and Atlanta Biscuit Class for Teenagers and Preteens

Take an Atlanta Market Tour + Biscuit Class that will teach your child a lifelong skill! You’ll create memories together, sample some of Atlanta’s tastiest bites, and learn how to make from-scratch, Southern-style biscuits.

Join this 2-hour food tour and class at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market – also known as the Municipal Market, near Downtown Atlanta. Try 9 delicious tastings – enough food for a hearty lunch – from 5 vendors in Atlanta’s most historic market! Cap it off by learning how to make delightfully fluffy biscuits together, with local jam.

Add this experience before or after your Downtown Atlanta sightseeing! The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is conveniently located near other popular Atlanta attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District.

5. Foster Your Teen’s Passion for Activism: Take a Dr. King Tour

King Tour Map in Hand - Things to Do with Teenagers in Atlanta

Many members of Gen Z are fierce advocates for social justice and equity. Foster your teen or tween’s passion for activism with a family-friendly Atlanta walking tour exploring the life and legacy of Dr. King. With a focus on historical accuracy and engaging experiences, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta History Tour tells Dr. King’s story in a way that both educates and inspires.

You and your group will be led on a 1.7-mile stroll by a knowledgeable tour guide. Together, you’ll see Freedom Hall at the King Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (interior when open), Prince Hall Grand Lodge, and many other sites significant to Dr. King’s life.

As a keepsake, you’ll also receive an exclusive hand-drawn brochure of the King District (pictured above) – perfect for framing on your teen’s wall, or in their future dorm room!

Dr. King Atlanta Tour Review - Things to Do with Teenagers in Atlanta

6. Eat at a Comic Book-Themed Restaurant

At My Parents Basement in Avondale Estates, you’ll find a comic book store, pinball arcade, and restaurant in one. This teen-friendly spot is a great place to refuel between adventures!

Dine on tater tots, pimento bacon cheese fries, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more. If your teen is a vegetarian or vegan, My Parents Basement offers a variety of veggie options and specials. Current choices include a vegan Reuben, chickpea burger, vegan gyro, and vegan tofu curry.

Nearby, explore the Avondale Estate Farmers Market on Sunday Mornings or pop into Garage Door Studio to browse jewelry, crystals, decor, and more. You can also bring a blanket to lounge on the Town Green!

7. Head to the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark

Historic 4th Ward Skatepark Atlanta

If you’re the parent of a teenager right now, there’s a good chance you played at least one Tony Hawk game during your own teenage years. Why not relive the fun by taking your teen to check out a skatepark?

Located in the heart of Atlanta, the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park is a great place to practice your skills or just people-watch. In fact, Tony Hawk himself helped fund this park and even showcased his skills at its opening in 2011! Here, you’ll also find a multi-use athletic field as well as a playground for kids.

This skate park is located along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. This hip intown area boasts plenty of cool shops and trendy restaurants – so make a day of it with your teen or tween! Stroll along the paved BeltLine to take in the sights and sounds of Atlanta. Several other destinations on this list are located nearby, including Little 5 Points and Ponce City Market.

8. Explore One of Atlanta’s Museums & Cultural Gems

Atlanta has no shortage of museums and cultural institutions for teens to be inspired, educated, and entertained. Whether you’re an Atlanta tourist or a local, these popular spots are a “must” for any Atlanta bucket list!

Some popular Atlanta cultural attractions and museums include:

  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • High Museum of Art
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History
  • Atlanta History Center
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden

9. Get Your Hearts Racing at Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia Things to Do in Atlanta with Teenagers

If your teen is a fearless risk-taker – or if they want to exercise their risk-taking muscles – head to Six Flags Over Georgia!

Enjoy a day filled with roller coasters and other thrill rides, water rides, live shows, and more. You can even relive the fun of nostalgic amusement park foods with your teen. If you plan to visit frequently, it can be worth it to get a season pass – especially if your teen wants to come back around Halloween for the Six Flags annual Fright Fest!

Planning activities for summer break or other warm-weather seasons? Head to Six Flags White Water, a separate Six Flags water park that typically opens each season in early May.

10. Head to Skyline Park on the Roof of Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is a hip designation for shopping, dining, and entertainment near the Midtown/Poncey-Highlands area. This trendy Atlanta spot attracts guests of all ages, including families and teenagers.

On The Roof at Ponce City Market, you’ll find a charming vintage-style amusement park called Skyline Park. Play mini golf or skee ball, ride down a giant slide, and enjoy the Coney Island-style boardwalk.

At this spot, you’ll also find some of the best views of Atlanta’s skyline – perfect for a sunny weekend afternoon or a sunset photo op. Note: while it’s free to visit Ponce City Market (aside from parking), you’ll need to purchase a ticket for rooftop access. Plan ahead – weekend evenings can get busy, but this spot is worth the wait!

Note: The Roof becomes 21+ at 7pm on Friday and Saturdays, so avoid these times when visiting with your teen or tween! Ponce City Market can also get crowded on weekends. Go early or plan a weekday visit to avoid the crowds . Or, embrace the “FOMO”-free feeling of being in all the action!

11. Create a TikTok-able Roller Skating Moment

Things to Do with Teenagers in Atlanta Roller Skating

Roller skating made a major comeback during the pandemic. Many roller skate companies sold out their skates over and over again as TikTokers created roller skating videos with aesthetic vibes and mellow tunes.

If your teen got into the roller skating craze (or even if they haven’t yet!), take them out to the rink for some fun. Bonus points if you capture a fun video of their skating skills.

Atlanta Roller Skating Rinks

12. Cheer on the Home Teams at a Sports Game

Nearly all year long, you can find an exciting Atlanta sports game coming up! Atlanta is home to five professional franchises for five major sports teams (listed below, plus the Atlanta Gladiators). Whether your teen is a sports fanatic or has never been to a game, watching your home team play together can be a fun way to bond.

You can also head to the College Football Hall of Fame together, located in downtown Atlanta.

Catch a game with one of Atlanta’s hometown teams:

  • Soccer: Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Football: Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Women’s Basketball: Atlanta Dream  at Gateway Center Arena
  • Men’s Basketball: Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena
  • Baseball: Atlanta Braves at Truist Park
  • Hockey: Atlanta Gladiators at Gas South Arena

13. Have a Game Night at Battle & Brew

Things to do in Atlanta with teenagers video games comic books

Want to plan an epic game night that will get everyone enthralled? Head to Battle & Brew in Sandy Springs! Proclaiming themselves “the first-ever video game restaurant and venue in the United States,” this is THE spot for video and board games in Atlanta.

At Battle & Brew, your teen and their friends will have a wide variety of game choices – from computer games to virtual reality and console games (think: PlayStation, XBox, Nintendo Switch). You’ll also find old-fashioned tabletop games here. For example: Battleship, Risk, Monopoly, and much more.

Play games by the hour, either solo or as part of a group. You can even browse their full game library (and food menu!) ahead of time and host a family vote on your favorites!

On the food menu, you’ll find options fro both brunch and dinner. Choose from classic “gamer” food and healthy options, creatively-named choices like Dragon Talons (chicken tenders), and vegetarian-friendly items to boot!

14. Hike Through the Great Outdoors Together

If your teen loves the outdoors, why not plan a scenic family hike together? Challenge your child to find a trail using the AllTrails or AtlantaTrails websites. They can filter hikes by difficulty, mileage, and other criteria, to make sure everyone in the family has a fun and comfortable time. Then, task your teen with creating the perfect playlist for the drive.

To make this idea extra-fun, pack an Instagram-worthy picnic to enjoy together on your hike. Try a cooler bag filled with fresh fruit, a baguette, and nuts or trail mix. Depending how hot it is and how far your hike is, you can also pack more temperature-sensitive items, like cold cuts or cheese for a charcuterie board.

Some of our favorite metro Atlanta hiking spots:

Remember, it’s not about how far you hike or whether you get to see a perfect mountain overlook. Instead, focus on the joys of fresh air and free time together.

15. Volunteer with Your Teenager

Atlanta volunteer opportunities for teenagers

Put some youthful energy to good use by encouraging your teen to volunteer with friends or family! Volunteering as a teenager can inspire a lifelong love of giving back to your community.

Volunteering can help your teenager learn more about issues that are important to them. Especially if your teen is too young to vote, volunteering can be a fantastic way to show support for an issue or cause.

Through volunteerism, your teen may also make new friends, learn more about responsibility, and experience the joys of being part of a worthy cause. Volunteering is also a great step on the path toward a career with a purpose-built organization.

Check out Hands On Atlanta to browse for volunteer opportunities. Under their Volunteer tab, click “Find a Project” to get started. Then, use their “Age Eligibility” filter, and other search filters, to find the right opportunity for your family. Have fun!

16. Explore the Doll’s Head Trail

Does your kid have a penchant for all things creepy and ghoulish -and is Halloween their favorite holiday? If so, we bet they’ll love a visit to the Doll’s Head Trail!

Grab your kicks and head to Constitution Lakes Park in Southeast Atlanta to trek this 1.6-mile, easy-to-moderate hiking trail. It’s dog-friendly, so bring the 4-legged family members, too!

The trail winds through paved and unpaved surfaces, including boardwalks. Wetland and marshy areas provide glimpses of wildlife and photo backdrops. But, the best part is the display of toy doll heads and other toy pieces hauntingly lining the sides of the trail.

Some have been arranged into creative displays that draw amusement, while others look like something you might see in a scary movie. Signs in the park encourage visitors to create their own art only using items found in the park!

17. Have a Formal Afternoon Tea

Atlanta High Tea - Activities for Teens & Pre-Teens in Atlanta

Channel some Bridgerton vibes and embrace the pink bow-clad “coquette” trend with a proper afternoon tea! After all, spending quality time with your teen while imparting lessons on dining etiquette is a win-win! Make reservations ahead of time and have a lovely time together sipping and noshing.

At Just Add Honey in Inman Park & Old 4th Ward, you can book a “parTEA” with tea and  a 3-tier tray of treats. Includes chicken salad sandwich, scone and jam, two desserts, and fruit. Minimum 72 hour notice required!

Make High Tea reservations at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party in Candler Park for a whimsical experience! This spot offers sandwiches, quiche, cakes, and baked goods on a vintage china tiered tray. With eclectic decor and a cozy vibe, you’ll feel transported during this fun experience.

Another great choice that’s outside Atlanta: The Ginger Room, located in the oldest house in Alpharetta! Head here for 50+ tea blends, finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, cakes, and more. As a “truly British tea experience,” this is a fun spot to get dressed up and practice your manners. Pinkies up!

18. Give Each Other Makeovers and Embrace a New Style

Teens and tweens are all about finding and expressing their authentic voices. It seems that more than ever, young people are sharing their personalities through makeup, jewelry, clothing, and accessories.

Help your teen or tween refine their sense of style – and pick up a few new tips – by giving each other makeovers! You can go all-out with a new look from head to toe (wide-leg jeans, anyone?). Or, challenge each other with a spending limit and focus on a specific area, like a new makeup look or a manicure.

Get creative with the colors, styles, and trends you think your teen would love. From subtle shimmer to bright neons, it’s all about trying something new and having fun. You can also do a “throwback” makeover and show them how you used to do your makeup or hair when you were their age!

19. Take a Cooking Class Together to Impart Life Skills

Atlanta Cooking Class for Teenagers

Learning how to cook a nutritious and nourishing meal is a valuable skill that every pre-teen and teen can use. Help your child establish more independence and grow their skills by taking a cooking class together. As a bonus, you might even pick up some new tricks and tips in the kitchen!

Of course, our favorite cooking class is our very own Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class, where you’ll learn how to make delicious, fluffy homemade biscuits.

Additionally, the Young Chefs Academy in Sandy Springs offers weekly classes for kids age 4+, including a SeniorChefs™ program for age 12+. They also offer classes for adults and families to learn together. Explore their “Families in the Kitchen” program to learn more!

For more ideas, read our blog on the Top Atlanta Cooking Classes to browse opportunities for a variety of ages.

Add More Fun: Ways to Make Your Experience Special

Looking for a way to make your time with your tween or teen even more memorable? Here are a few ideas:

20. Take Fun Photos Together

Take Photos Together - Atlanta Teens & Pre-Teens Things to Do

Taking some intentional photos and videos together during your outing can make for great memories as well as perfect decorations for your home! For instance, take silly “fish face” photos at the Georgia Aquarium. If you visit the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park, frame a photo of your kiddo’s coolest skate trick! Or, take a colorful picture together in front of Atlanta’s best street art on a walking tour.

Of course, if our child doesn’t want to participate in taking photos or videos, respect their wishes. We’re also perpetually reminding ourselves of the value in also putting our phones away to experience the moment!

21. Gift them a Special Souvenir

Let your teen pick out a special souvenir to remember your outing together! For instance, if you get manicures together, gift them a bottle of the polish they picked out (helpful for touch-ups and future at-home manis!). Or, if you take a cooking class together, give them a cookbook to help them continue honing their passion! If you opted for a fun game night out, gift your teen the game they enjoyed playing the most.

This keepsake will help your tween or teen remember the special outing together. It can help fuel their interests and passion in whichever hobby or interest you explored together.

22. Plan a Memorable Surprise

Fun Surprise Ideas for Your Teen

If you’ve spent time on TikTok, you may have seen that many popular videos feature people surprising their loved ones – or even strangers – with kind or generous surprises! If your pre-teen or teenager enjoys surprises, aim to include something unexpected during your outing.

Some fun surprise ideas for your teen:

  • Let them control the music (but maybe not the volume!) for the entire outing – no complaints and no questions allowed.
  • For birthdays or other special occasions, fill their room with balloons while they’re asleep!
  • Surprise your teen or tween with a personalized video message from their favorite celebrity on Cameo.
  • End your day with a surprise trip to the coffee or ice cream shop, takeout food, or another special treat.
  • Pack the car ahead of time with your teen’s favorite snacks and a cooler of their favorite soda, juice, or drinks for the day!

23. Create a Soundtrack for Your Day

Speaking of music – no fun day out is complete without a soundtrack to match! Have fun creating a music playlist with your teen and listen as you drive around on your day out. You can try taking turns queuing up song choices, or let a playlist shuffle that includes both of your song choices.

Some familiar favorites a lot of teens are currently into include Fleetwood Mac, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, and similar bands. Fortunately, the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s are continuing to have a “moment” in pop culture – so take the chance to share the music you listened to in middle and high school!

24. Start a New Tradition

Start a New Tradition with Your Teen

If you have a fun day out with your teen, consider making it a tradition! You can proclaim your outing an annual holiday, or a seasonal treat to share together. As a bonus: starting traditions with your kids when they are teens means you can carry these traditions through into their college and adulthood years!

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