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Hello Atlanta.

A couple of weeks ago Josh and I took the kids to Atlanta for a long weekend. The 9(ish) hour drive was surprisingly bearable with two babes in tow. I suppose it would seem easy after a 27(ish) hour drive to Chicago a couple years ago when Zoey was 2 months old and eating every 3 hours. haha!

Hello Atlanta

Georgia is one of those places that some people just fall in love with. Country singers and other varieties of southern culture enthusiasts all seem to fall into this category. We were there in January, which admittedly is probably the ugliest time of year, but I just don’t see the grand appeal. Georgia is okay. Mountains are beautiful no matter where they are, so obviously those are lovely. But Atlanta doesn’t have any mountains, and it is the weirdest city I have ever explored. Atlanta brings all new meaning to the term “urban sprawl.”

ANYWHO, it was a fun place to visit for the weekend. It wasn’t too cold, about the same as the weather had been in Florida that week, or just a little colder. One night was pretty cold, and of course we chose that evening to just walk around and see everything.

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

I ate my first ever macaroon. These things look like little cartoon hamburgers, I don’t care what anyone says. They were okay, we ate the flavors that we purchased, but we all agreed that we probably don’t care enough for them to buy them again. The weirdest thing about Atlanta is that everything in the city closes at like 7:00pm. So there was pretty much nothing to do once it got dark. There was a Macklemore concert that night though, so there was still plenty of traffic to go around. el o el.

Of course we had to visit the aquarium while we were there. Or, the “water zoo” as my kids do lovingly call it. Atlanta boasts the largest aquarium in the world.

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

Zoey had talked for DAYS about seeing the penguins when we got there. So she was pretty thrilled that the penguins were also pretty happy to see her. They have the really cool tunnel thing where you can crawl under and through the penguin tank.

Hello Atlanta

Yeah dude, they have WHALE sharks. SOOOOO cool. It was nearly impossible to get a good shot with its whole body in the photo.

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

The kids were pretty excited about the fact that you could stand beneath most of the big tanks. I was partially in awe, partially fighting back fits of claustrophobia. Awe won out in the end though, I’m sure my fellow guests were thankful. 😉

Hello Atlanta

Because claustrophobics LOVE traveling through enclosed tubes surrounded by millions of gallons of water. GAH.

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

I think that the coolest place was the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. SO cool. If you’re local, it’s similar to the Imaginarium in Fort Myers, Fla. Only a bit more intense. Every couple hours they have shows where the employees engage the kids in learning through theater,music, and dance. I don’t know how that man maintained his level of enthusiasm for so long, but he never faltered. Zoey was more into it than Jace, but then again, Jace would always rather have busy hands than a show.

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

And there were trains. Trains upon trains. In which the train tables were all modeled after different continents. And there were HOLES in the MIDDLE OF THE TABLE! So Jace could literally SURROUND himself in train-age. OH, and buttons! Buttons that made lights and sounds happen! (Channeling his enthusiasm here. 😉 ) Basically, this is Jace’s idea of heaven (and mom thinks the map theme was pretty cool too.)
Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

My absolute favorite was this paint wall. It was really just a wall covered in a layer of hard plastic with metal gutters at the bottom to catch the water and paint. It was SUCH a cool idea. And my kids looked adorable in their little aprons. I’m still trying to figure out how I can build one somewhere in my house. haha. Also, further confirmed that Zoey is likely going to be a lefty like Daddy.

I Lie to My Children

We strolled around Centennial Olympic Park, where Atlanta hosted the summer Olympics in 1996. I think we might have to make visiting Olympic parks “a thing” that we do. We visited an old Olympic stadium while we were in Germany last year too.

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

Hello Atlanta

We were even touristy enough to ask locals to take photos for us. HEY, we hail from one the tourism capitals of the US, I’ve taken my fair share of photos for visitors too. 😉

Grunge and Booties

It was a really fun weekend trip. I am always down to explore somewhere new. We missed out on the World of Coca Cola while we were there, but there is always next time. The kids are still talking about the “hotel with the white beds” like we stayed somewhere fancy and amazing. When in fact we stayed in the cheapest place I could find on the side of town that the internet suggested was the “good side.” haha! It was nestled right next to a lovely establishment called The Pink Pony. It was a strip club, we got to jam out to their bass in to the wee hours of the morning overnight. Woo.

Hello Atlanta

Make sure you check out my other travel adventures here!

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  • What an adorable family! I’ve never been to Atlanta but I’ve been dying to go – and that aquarium looks right up my alley!

    XO, Rachel
    http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  • What an adorable family! I’ve never been to Atlanta but I’ve been dying to go – and that aquarium looks right up my alley!

    XO, Rachel
    http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  • All Around The Midwest

    That’s really weird that things close around 7pm there. I wouldn’t know what to do! That aquatium looks pretty cool! We have one in Kansas City, Mo that is really nice!

  • All Around The Midwest

    That’s really weird that things close around 7pm there. I wouldn’t know what to do! That aquatium looks pretty cool! We have one in Kansas City, Mo that is really nice!

  • Everything family friendly closes early and on Sundays. Downtown on the other hand should have been alive when it got dark.

  • Everything family friendly closes early and on Sundays. Downtown on the other hand should have been alive when it got dark.

  • I need to go to the aquarium! My son is obsessed with Whale Sharks. Hopefully we get some time this summer to go. We’re only about an hour away from ATL

  • I need to go to the aquarium! My son is obsessed with Whale Sharks. Hopefully we get some time this summer to go. We’re only about an hour away from ATL

  • Amanda Shuman

    My husband is from Savannah so I’ve been to Atlanta once. I want to go back and do more things. Looks like fun!
    – Amanda Shuman | http://www.carrylovedesigns.com

  • Amanda Shuman

    My husband is from Savannah so I’ve been to Atlanta once. I want to go back and do more things. Looks like fun!
    – Amanda Shuman | http://www.carrylovedesigns.com

  • Beautiful pictures! When I was living in Atlanta, my nephews visited for Spring Break and loved it! Can’t wait to go back and take them to the aquarium.

  • Beautiful pictures! When I was living in Atlanta, my nephews visited for Spring Break and loved it! Can’t wait to go back and take them to the aquarium.

  • I had no idea that Atlanta had such an awesome aquarium- FUN! I am with you on macaroons. Tried a bunch in Paris and even those were meh. I get it. Thanks for sharing your weekend.

  • I had no idea that Atlanta had such an awesome aquarium- FUN! I am with you on macaroons. Tried a bunch in Paris and even those were meh. I get it. Thanks for sharing your weekend.

  • What a fun vacation!! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the aquarium there!

  • What a fun vacation!! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the aquarium there!

  • Glad you had fun in Atlanta! We’ve lived here a few years now and there is a lot to do! The aquarium is one of our favorites!

  • Glad you had fun in Atlanta! We’ve lived here a few years now and there is a lot to do! The aquarium is one of our favorites!

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