Fun Family Activities in Atlanta

June 2016 By: Stephanie Walsh, MD Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
child playing in Centennial Park fountain
Preschool & Older

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited summer’s finally here! The kids are out of school, it’s warm and sunny, and there’s plenty of time for outdoor fun before it gets dark!

What better way to get some exercise in the summer months than exploring all the amazing free (or almost free) outdoor activities in and around metro Atlanta? Here are just a few favorites!

Piedmont Park has plenty of outdoor activities for kids! There are playgrounds and lots of sidewalks where you can walk, bike and rollerblade! You can bring your pup for a play session at the Piedmont Park Dog Park, or you can even go fishing in Lake Clara Meer (fishing license required)! Looking a little closer to home? A quick web search for your county’s website will provide a list of nearby parks.

Georgia State Parks have everything from babbling brooks to huge waterfalls with lots of hiking trails and gorgeous views! Spend a day exploring with your family—it’s so fun! Learn more here about how to use your library card to get free parking and park admission!

Visit one of the nature centers around town for lots of great walking while exploring nature! Some are free, like the Dunwoody Nature Center, and others like Cochran Mill Nature Center charge a small admission fee.

Give your kids something to talk about in social studies this August by visiting an outdoor historic or Civil War site—or even an old cemetery! Grab or print a map and “race” from point to point, catching your breath while you learn a little Georgia history.

There’s a farmers market in practically every neighborhood, which offers lots of great walking (plus yummy, fresh foods so you can stock up for a healthy week). The Georgia Dept. of Agriculture has a list of farmers markets here!

The City of Atlanta has 12 outdoor pools around the city, so cool off at the pool—but with a plan! Play “Sharks and Minnows,” have swimming races or see who can tread water longest! Make sure your kids are extra safe at the pool by reading these water safety tips, and don’t forget the sunscreen! If you can’t make it to the pool, turn on the sprinkler and run through it with your kids! I love sprinklers!

One of the best ways to get plenty of physical activity is to make it fun … and what’s more fun than spending time with your family exploring and playing in the great outdoors?!

Here’s to a sunny summer of outdoor fun!

child playing in Centennial Park fountain

About The Author

Stephanie Walsh, MD
Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

With more than a dozen years of experience in promoting wellness, Medical Director of Child Wellness Stephanie Walsh, MD, is a leader in the field. A board-certified pediatrician and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Dr. Walsh played an instrumental role in establishing the Children’s Strong4Life movement. As a working mom with three boys, ages 16, 14 and 12, Dr. Walsh knows the real challenges of parenting, and it’s her personal mission to help Georgia families become healthier and happier. 

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Stephanie Walsh, MD
Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


With more than a dozen years of experience in promoting wellness, Medical Director of Child Wellness Stephanie Walsh, MD, is a leader in the field. A board-certified pediatrician and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Dr. Walsh played an instrumental role in establishing the Children’s Strong4Life movement. As a working mom with three boys, ages 16, 14 and 12, Dr. Walsh knows the real challenges of parenting, and it’s her personal mission to help Georgia families become healthier and happier. In fact, her toughest personal parenting struggle is getting her boys to eat their veggies, something she says is a daily battle.

Dr. Walsh received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 2000 and completed a residency in pediatrics at Emory University in 2004.

Dr. Walsh lives in Atlanta with her husband and three sons. She enjoys running and spending time with her family.