On a recent trip to Atlanta, it rained the entire time.  That’s always a mood spoiler when you go somewhere that you really want to be outdoors at. But, that’s okay because we know just where to go on rainy days.  If you’re an early bird, you can even get some outdoor fun in before the rain starts.

Day 1: Spent some alone time in the morning walking the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (for *FREE, reciprocal membership).

It wasn’t in it’s Spring glory yet, but one can only imagine how beautiful it probably is in full bloom.

I stepped out of the Gardens just in time to avoid the pouring rain and meet up with an old friend at Tin Can Lizzy’s. Followed by a stroll through Oakland Cemetery. 

Day 2: We managed to visit 2 amazing places full of history and even worked in a short tour of some local murals before dinnertime. 

The Atlanta History Center has beautiful gardens, interactive exhibits, and historic houses to explore. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for rainy day fun or some outdoor adventures, this is a place not to be missed.  Here’s just a glimpse of what it has to offer.

Sweetgrass Baskets

Sweetwater Baskets

Over 500 artifacts that connect the story of folks arts to Southern culture.
Covered Wagon

Covered Wagon

Experience the tales of the Civil War and life during it from all affected by...


Walk through 33+ acres of gardens, woodlands, and trails.
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Swan House Dining

This home was built for entertaining. Imagine what it must've been like to enter as...
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Kids Room

A kids room that even let's you play with the toys.
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View Above

Observe the gardens from the second floor windows.
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Kids Activity

Tools provided for you to design your own dream home.
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Peek at the authentic recipes before you in the historic kitchen.
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Dramatic Staircase

The antique cream backdrop makes it easy to elegantly be swept upwards to the private...
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Just outside of the Swan House gardens, you'll find a Victorian playhouse from the 1800's,...
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Antique Phone

This touchable phone for an imaginary chat is one treasure that can be found inside...
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Garden Fountain

One of the many beauties found in this garden.

The King Center is a 23-acre national historic site with *FREE admission and parking.  This is a good place to spend some time reflecting on the 6 principles of non-violence. Follow the Civil Rights Walk of Fame, stand by the Eternal Flame, and visit Dr. King’s birth home.  If you believe in a world of justice, peace, and equality for all, you may even feel rejuvenated in hope after some time here.  

Behind Bars

Behind Bars

Overcoming Loss

Overcoming Loss

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

Dr. & Mrs. King's Crypt

Dr. and Mrs. King's Crypt

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Reflecting Pool

Historical Artifacts

Historical Artifacts

Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame


King Center

Even if you can’t make it to all 3 in one day, just keep in mind that there are over 600+ murals you can walk, bike, or drive by in Atlanta.  You may even pass many while just getting around throughout the day.

Day 3: Legoland Discovery Center

Another fun for the kids and *FREE activity courtesy of our Awesomer Legoland Passes.  This is a good stop for ages 3 – 10 with 12 activities inside including the Kingdom Quest laser ride.  This was good for our last stop in Atlanta since it wore them out on a rainy day when we wouldn’t have been able to explore outdoors because we had a long drive home.  I always plan the last stop before a long car ride or flight to be of high interest and somewhat physical for them.  That typically ensures at least a short nap and some quiet time.

The Legoland Discovery Center can be found inside Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.  If you’re looking for more than great shopping at over 90+ specialty retail stores, there’s also a 14-screen AMC movie theatre. Dining options include full service and some quick food favorites like Johnny Rockets and Earl of Sandwich.

That’s just how I spent my time in Atlanta on some rainy days but here’s 5 more places worth visiting:


Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Millennium Gate Museum

Fernbank Science Center

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  1. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    767 Clifton Rd NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 929-6300
  2. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    75 Bennett St NW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 367-8700
  3. Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    1315 Peachtree St NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 979-6455
  4. Millennium Gate Museum
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    395 17th St NW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 881-0900
  5. Fernbank Science Center
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    156 Heaton Park Dr
    Atlanta Georgia
    (678) 874-7102