Everyone needs a little getaway every now and then – a place where you and your family can go for the day and have a great time without the hassle of airports, packing and hotel reservations. There are several great places in Atlanta that are ideal day trip destinations, where all that’s required is a full tank of gas and a sense of adventure. Get the family together and take an Atlanta day trip that will make you feel like a true jet-setter. – Danielle Jennings

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Stone Mountain Park

U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(770) 498-5600

Hiking, biking, camping and much more are available to visitors at this historic Atlanta attraction. Every season, you’re bound to find activities that the family will love. For the current holiday season, check out the Stone Mountain Christmas attraction and the exclusive Snow Mountain, which features thousands of feet of snow. Open year round, attractions have varying start and end times.

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Zoo Atlanta

800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-5600

For great quality time with the family that’s educational to boot, look no further than Zoo Atlanta. Taking a day trip here is a great way to get children acclimated with and informed about animals, plus there are also fun attractions that adults will enjoy. Spend the day outdoors at one of the city’s most treasured spots. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000

Only five years old, the Georgia Aquarium has quickly become one of the best places in Atlanta to take a trip with family. Visually stunning, highly informative and educational, and full of exhibits on the creatures of the sea, this is one of the best times to be had in Atlanta by locals and visitors alike. It’s a fun-filled day that has so many things to see and do that you won’t know what to choose from. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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World of Coca-Cola

121 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 676-5151

Georgia is the home of Coke and this is the place to learn everything there is to know about the world’s most popular soft drink. This makes a great day trip spot, because you can sample drinks, watch films and learn the history of the brand. Come on in and take a sip! Opens daily at 10 a.m., closing times vary.

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