Lively Atlanta is a winner as a family travel destination, with several top kid-pleaser attractions. From Jim Henson’sSesame Street puppets to a giant panda in the zoo and a whole world of LEGOS, families will find plenty to love about the Big A.
Begin at Centennial Olympic Park to watch the dancing fountain with its colored lights and musical accompaniment. In the summer, the park becomes a splash pad for kids. A ride on the SkyView Ferris wheel is a good way to appreciate the size of Georgia’s largest city.
The park lies close to Georgia Aquarium, one of the world’s largest. The aquarium is filled with interactive exhibits and activities for kids, and also houses some amazing aquatic creatures. Walk through the aquatic tunnel, with fish — even sharks — swimming right beside you and over your head.
Also in the center of the city, LEGOLAND Discovery Center inspires kids of all ages to create their own masterpieces of LEGO art. It took 1.5 million blocks to build the model of the city displayed here, where visitors can spot local landmarks. Kids will love the LEGO-themed rides and how-to workshops for various ages.
Not just a panda, but four pandas are the highlight of Zoo Atlanta for many visitors. That said, there’s a lot more to see and do there. Visit monkeys and gorillas in an African rain forest and see elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and a white rhino in the African savannah.
For Sesame Street fans, the Center for Puppetry Arts may be the highlight of a trip to Atlanta. Here, you’ll find the original puppets, as well as other Jim Henson creations for Labyrinth and The Muppet Show. Puppets from all periods and cultures fill the Global Collection Gallery. There are also lots of hands-on opportunities and shows for all ages.
As the new year quickly approaches, family travelers are busy making lots of plans for a year of great travel and a healthier 2024. And what better way to combine the two than with a beautiful hike through nature at one of California’s most beloved state parks?
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Last month, Comfort Hotels, part of Choice Hotels brand, unveiled its first Rise & Shine prototype, a game-changer for family travelers seeking safe, comfortable and fun stays on the road. The new Rise & Shine was revealed in the opening of Comfort Inn & Suites in Mountain Grove, Missouri, located near Mark Twain National Forest.
When the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent its three pandas to China in November, it left only one other U.S. zoo with these fascinating animals. Families now must travel to Atlanta to see pandas, but even those will soon return to China.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.