Family Staycation in Alpharetta

Having four kids in tow, I’m always looking for vacation spots that are close by or even better in my own city or nearby town. Recently, I discovered a gem just north of Atlanta: the city of Alpharetta.

Family Fun Getaway in Alpharetta GeorgiaFrom downtown Atlanta, Alpharetta is a 45-minute drive making it a perfect family destination! With summer break here, it’s the perfect weekend getaway for the whole family!

Family Fun Staycation in Alpharetta Georgia

Things to Do in Alpharetta:

Fairway Social

Fairway Social was easily my husband’s favorite as it included golf, food, and drinks. The kids loved the fun games in the bay and had so much fun on the “Back Nine” playing putt putt golf. It was a gorgeous day, so we could sit back in one of the rocking or Adirondack chairs watching the kids play. Fairway Social also has a rooftop where you can enjoy games of cornhole and the sunshine. The food was delicious as were the drinks. We really could have stayed there all day!

Fairway Social began as an idea: to create an amazing destination where family and friends – of all ages and skill levels – could come together for fun and shared experiences. Through thoughtful design, Fairway Social includes a multitude of things to do. Share a chef-inspired meal in our full-service restaurant; play competitive games on world-class simulators; enjoy our rooftop patio with music and huge-screen tv, or try out our amazing putting course and back porch rocking chairs. Whatever your speed, Fairway Social has something for you.

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Fairway Social
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Fairway Social Games

North Point Mall

Carousel at North Point Mall
Carousel at North Point Mall

The 1.4M square-feet North Point offers a wide variety of shopping options including some of the most popular national retailers and specialty shops like Macy’s, Lego, Sephora, Aerie, Victoria’s Secret, Van’s, H&M, and more!


Avalon AlpharettaAvalon is a new experience in the timeless art of living well. In the heart of Alpharetta, this sustainably designed, 86-acre community features more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen all-premium theater, conference center and full-service hotel, Class A office, single-family residences, and luxury rental homes. Avalon infuses resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable, seamlessly connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living and working. It’s more than just another place to go, it’s a place to be — a hub of activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South.

Original Selfie Museum (Inside North Point Mall)

The kids had a blast at the original Selfie Museum. They have fun backdrops and props for all ages.

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Original Selfie Museum

Original Selfie Museum is the first creative space uniquely designed to take your Photos and Videos to an entirely new level of Awesomeness. Looking for fun things to do?

Look no further, Original Selfie Museum is the place to go with multiple locations nationwide. It’s the coolest Modern Art Museum you’ve ever visited with unique and authentic Instagram Walls created for ultimate fun, long-lasting memories, and amazing pictures!

Main Event

Main Event has something for everyone! We tried bowling with the kids for the very first time. I loved that you can select bumpers for individual bowlers so that dad and mom could have no bumpers (even though I could have used them as I’m a bit rusty!). We grabbed dinner and then continued on to the games. My four loved playing all the various games available. Main Event also has a ropes course and laser tag.

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Main Event Bowling
Main Event Alpharetta
Whatever you choose to do at Main Event, you’re going to need a break at some point. That’s when you’ll want to stop by our full-service restaurant and pick up some delicious food and drink that will keep you going all day and into the night! We have everything you can think of, including pizza, burgers, wings, and more that you’re sure to enjoy. Adults can even have a party of their own with our signature, handmade cocktails while the kids enjoy their games. Alpharetta’s Main Event has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter who you are. Be sure to book your event today on our website!

All Fired Up Pottery

This was such a fun experience! All six of us selected a piece to paint, and it was fun to see what everyone was interested in and what paint colors they chose. They really showed some creativity and it was a fun experience for the whole family!

All Fired Up Pottery
All Fired Up Display
All Fired Up Pottery Alpharetta
All Fired Up

With pottery painting and creative art classes, finding something to make at All Fired Up is easy. To help create this relaxed and stress-free zone we charge only for the pieces created. There are no additional studio time or sitting fees. We carry over 700 items of pottery, including cups, plates, bowls, useful household/kitchen items, and a great range of fun kids’ pieces. Our creative classes are designed to help everyone, no matter their perceived artistic ability, to make something memorable. Ideal for customers of all ages, our studios are perfect for all types of parties/events including birthday parties, wedding/baby showers, team-building events, and fundraisers.

Brooke Street Park

We love to get outdoors! We loved how walkable Alpharetta is, and that right in the middle of town is a park to enjoy and explore with many art sculptures.

Brooke Street Park is a beautiful 5-acre passive park located in Downtown Alpharetta, positioned on the back side of Alpharetta City Hall along Haynes Bridge Road. The park features an arboretum with lovely specimen trees, a winding concrete path, an open lawn with a covered bandstand for local concerts, cornhole boards, public art sculptures that are part of the Downtown Alpharetta Arts Walking Tour, and a small reflection garden located between City Hall and the Fulton County Library. A beautifully landscaped stream winds through the park around the lawn, perfect for a day of relaxing with the family or reading a book. Restrooms are available on the exterior ground floor of City Hall by the garden and in the parking garage across from the Library. Free parking is available around downtown or in the parking garage. The park is open from dawn to dusk.

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Brooke Street Art
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Where to Stay in Alpharetta:

Embassy Suites by Hilton

We have a family of six, so traveling and hotels can be a bit tricky sometimes. The Embassy Suites has the perfect solution for our larger family as it has suites, and we easily fit and had room to move around. The parents had a room with a king bed, a couch, and a living area. The kids shared a room with two queens which also had a couch and living area. We had a yummy breakfast every morning, and they also have drinks available in the evening. The indoor pool (which we didn’t have time to visit), was large and many families were there enjoying it. The hotel is also close to everything, so it’s an easy drive around town! It’s also right next to the North Point Mall.

Embassy Suites AlpharettaRead the full list of hotels to stay in Alpharetta.

Where to Eat in Alpharetta: 

Central City Tavern

We loved Central City Tavern! They have larger booths that fit my whole family of six. They had a great selection on their menu from which to choose. Outside, they have a green space where you can play games such as cornhole. They have a great outdoor seating area as well. The whole area around the tavern is walker friendly and perfect for a stroll after dinner.

Central City Tavern AlpharettaCentral City Tavern is an upscale sports tavern that offers a variety of delicious food and cool signature cocktails!  Our industrial yet modern environment features more than 20 TVs (55″-65″), a shuffleboard table, outdoor seating and more! Our Taverns also highlight some of the historical elements from each local community. We are rich with local history, food and fun for everyone.  


We went for a stroll after dinner and hit up a sweet treat at Kilwins!

Kilwins AlpharettaSince 1947, Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana, a place where people can celebrate, vacation, and share the experience of life, family, and giving in a nostalgic setting. Today we continue the tradition of serving premium confections and Ice Cream made fresh from original recipes. We are locally owned and operated and it is our pleasure to serve you with genuine southern hospitality.

We were only there for two nights, so we didn’t get to experience all the yummy dining spots, but be sure to check out this extensive list of options.

Here are a few more fun facts about Alpharetta: 20 indoor attractions for family fun and nine miles of paved trail ways on the Big Creek Greenway for outdoor adventures.

Alpharetta, Georgia really has something for everyone in your family. So pack up and head down south for a fun family adventure!

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Natalie has been married to her college sweetheart for 17 years and before children they traveled as much as their work schedules would allow. After working as a financial manager for six years, she welcomed her first son in 2010 and began a journey as a stay-at-home mom. Two years later she added another baby boy, to make them a family of four. In 2013, she launched the Knoxville Moms and started working from home while trying to find a balance of raising her family. In June 2016, she added their third boy to their crazy crew as well as launching the Chattanooga Moms just a few months before his arrival. 2017 proved to be an even bigger year of change as they added pink to their household and welcomed their first daughter to make them a family of six. In June of 2021 she became co-owner of Atlanta Mom and in March 2022 she took over ownership of Nashville Moms. When she's not carpooling the kids to sports and activities, you can find her enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and dreaming about her toes in the sand. She enjoys meeting new people and enjoys connecting the moms of Atlanta with the community of Atlanta Moms and local resources. Be sure to check out her other sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville.