60+ Unique Things to do in Georgia to Make Marvelous Memories

You’ve got 18 short years. Stop wasting time! Here are the best-of-the-best things to do in Georgia for kids of all ages, specifically designed for planning your adventures and vacations!

What will you mark off your to-do list this year??

60+ Unique Things to do in Georgia to Make Marvelous Memories

Go Ahead- Bring The Entire Family to Blue Ridge

With so much to do in Blue Ridge (hiking, waterfalls, shopping, the railway, breweries, white water rafting, the swinging bridge…just to name a few) you can’t pack it into a single afternoon.

There are tons of cabin options in this mountain town, and many of them work perfectly for extended family vacations. Tall, open windows, wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs, game rooms, gas grills…heck, you might not want to go back home!

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Blue Ridge, Georgia

In Northern Georgia

Len Foote Hike Inn - A 5-mile walk in, stay in a bunk, eat delicious meals with your new friends, explore the area, relax, and hike back out. Truly a life changing experience. This is a Top 10!

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway  - Any time is the perfect time to ride the rail, but we love the Fall Foliage ride most of all. Need more train adventures?

Mercier Orchards - Berry picking!! Blueberries, peaches, apples, strawberries...even blackberries! Nothing is as sweet and delicious as the fruit at Mercier Orchards. We also love to eat at the restaurant (that jam!), pick up groceries for our cabin stay in Blue Ridge, and for mom and dad -- you'll want to try the hard apple cider and bring a bottle home for later!

Howard Finster's - Paradise Garden is a wonderland of upcycled art that will inspire your little artist.

Blood Mountain Hike - A fulfilling hike along the AT with wonderful views all year round.  It's awesome.

Snorkel in the Basin - The Conasauga River is the most bio-diverse river basin in the world - bring your snorkel!

Camping near Denton Branch Falls - Denton Branch Falls is my favorite Georgia waterfall.  It's remote and fun for the entire family.  Just a short walk down the road from the falls is Sandy Bottom Campground. Again, remote and on the water, it is great for public camping.

Like camping with the kids? Then you'll LOVE these Georgia Glamping locations.

Amicalola River Trail - Go in the summer when the weather is warm enough to play along the rocks here. Bring a picnic and stay all day!

Mountain Crossings - An ancient building with so much history, and the only covered part of the Appalachian Trail -- it runs right through the building!  It's an awesome shop that offers snacks, hiking gear, and more. And the mountain views from the back are amazing.

Drink from Cave Spring - Bring a jug and fill it with delicious water bubbling up from Mother Earth. Explore the cave, hang out at the playground, or enjoy the seasonal pool here too!

Springer Mountain - Even if you don't plan to hike the AT, this is a fun, short hike to the south-most point of the trailhead.

Raven Cliff Falls -  While in Helen, hike to Raven Cliff Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest with your kiddos!  It's a gorgeous, moderate hike your kids will love.

Become a Georgia State Park Jr Ranger - There are three levels to this program, and it's a great way to visit the state parks, and get your kids involved and excited.

Explore Cloudland Canyon State Park -  There is so much to do in and around Cloudland Canyon State Park in northwest GA!   The park, the waterfalls, hang gliding at Lookout Mountain, and Rock City is just across the border in TN.

Carriage Ride in Helen - Don't forget a carrot for the sweet horses! This is just one of MANY ways to explore Alpine Helen, which was just designated by the State House and Senate as Georgia's Outdoor Adventure Destination.

Watch the Whitewater Release at Tallulah Gorge - Only a few times a year can you see the dam waters released.  The waters rush through the gorge, and it's truly an amazing sight!

Pick a Pumpkin at Burt's Farm - A celebrated fall tradition.  Get your cameras out -- this place is beautiful and filled with HUGE pumpkins! The line for the hayride is long, but you have to do it at least once.

Sleep in a Yurt - Camping? Cabin-ing? A little of both!

Stop By the Georgia Guidestones - If you're already in the area, this roadside attraction is a must-do!  Located near Watson Mill Bridge State Park, this "American Stonehenge" is cool to see.

On The Georgia Coast

Escape to Little St Simon's Island - Georgia's only all-inclusive private island, it has pristine beaches and is heaven on earth.

Shell Hunting on Cumberland Island - An island that doesn't allow cars or development? Yes, please! Pristine for camping and exploring.  The wandering wild horses make it extra special.

Tybee Island - Play on the beach!  Enjoy water sports! Climb the Tybee Lighthouse!  The beach here is beautiful and not too crowded. Shark teeth can be found along the beach when tide is low, and it's not unusual to see dolphins jumping in the waves.

Sea Turtle Walk on Jekyll Island - Go out with an expert one evening for some turtle learning fun. There's also so much more to do!

Seek Out JP Morgan's Ghost - Jekyll Island Club Hotel was a playground to the rich and famous, and a few of them decided to stick around.

Find Tree Spirits on St. Simons Island - When you explore St. Simons Island, you can uncover the beautifully carved tree spirits, or find painted rocks.

Wander Savannah's Historic District- Spanish moss dripping from the trees, beautiful homes, and of course - River Street!  Your kids will especially love the candy shop, River Street Sweets.

Middle and South Georgia

Boating on the Okefenokee - The Okefenokee Swamp is one of Georgia's seven natural wonders! See the alligators among the black, swamp water.  Stargazing is also popular here -- it's a certified "black sky park."

Chehaw Park and Zoo  - Such a special park in southwest Georgia, especially the African Veldt Ride. And don't miss feeding the two-hump camel.

Head to The Masters - Parents win the ticket lottery? Kids 8-16 years old can go for free with a patron pass holder.

Camp in a Conestoga Wagon -The Rock Ranch offers the ability to camp in a real wagon, with marshmallows to boot!

Paddle on the George L Smith Blackwater - George L. Smith State Park is a gorgeous park to paddle the blackwater. Boats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent.

Fly with Young Eagles - Your kiddos can learn to fly an airplane...for free!

A Boat Tour of the Augusta Canal - Don't tell the kids they'll be learning some history...they'll never know because it's too much fun.

Whitewater Rafting in Columbus - The longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world!

Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens - Stand with these beauties and let them fly around you.

Experience a Bit of Luxury - Ritz-Carlton's Reynolds Plantation is the BEST family resort in the state. Let the kids be pampered, if only for a weekend.

Ride the SAM Shortline Train -  Love trains and history?  A ride on the peach state's historic SAM Shortline Train is worth it!  Some excursions make a stop in Plains, GA -- home of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

In Atlanta Metro

Fernbank Museum of Natural History - No doubt about it, we think Fernbank is Atlanta's best museum for families. From free parking to the indoor playground called NatureQuest, and from high-quality rotating exhibits to Martini’s & IMAX events for adults -- this place has it all. Now, with the opening of WildWoods and Fernbank Forest there is just no other place like it.

Doll Heads Trail - We learned about this spooky trail from Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests. The boys loved this "freaky" art trail.

Trail of Tears - Did you know the Capital of the Cherokee Nation was here in Georgia? The politics of the Trail of Tears occurred just north of the city, and you can tour what is left of the town.

BTS with Ga Aquarium - We are fortunate to have the Georgia Aquarium. With 10 million gallons of water, it's the second largest aquarium in the world. Check out the Sea Otter Encounter, or the "Behind the Seas" tour that will let you check out the massive manta rays and whale sharks from above!

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site - A wonderful way to explore the Civil Rights movement with the kids.  And Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King preached, is across the street.

The Varsity - The world's largest drive in...grease and all. Don't skip the frosty orange.

Skyline Park at Ponce City Market - Enjoy an afternoon at Skyline Park with snacks, arcade games, a huge slide, mini golf, and amazing views!

Piedmont Park - Hike, play on the playground, have a picnic, fly a kite, swim in the pool, enjoy the Dogwood Festival, walk your dog, visit the farmer's market and SO. MUCH. MORE.  You'll never run out of things to do at this popular park.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens during the Holiday Season - There is never really a bad time to visit the gardens, especially with so much to do year round. For us, there is just something extra special about the time when it's completely decked out in lights for the holiday season.

L5P Halloween Parade - One of the top 10 Halloween events in the United States. You'll see a diverse and eclectic gathering, and the kids will love it.

Phipps Santa - He's a little more expensive than other mall Santas, but we were so pleased with the photos and the experience. Every family should do this at least once. (Just make sure to make a reservation way in advance!)

Yellow Daisies at Arabia Mountain - The yellow daisies only grow within a 60-mile radius of this area, and only in the fall. A short climb to the mountain top here is a wonderful way to see them.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights - I took my oldest at 6 years old...wish I'd waited a few more years, but we'll be back. It's a wonderful demonstration of the importance of loving everyone, no matter what. Be sure to download the Family Guide before heading out.

Booth Western Art Museum - The Booth Museum has several hands-on programs for kids, but our favorite is the Sagebrush Ranch indoor playground. Play on a stagecoach, horse, and even a chuck wagon.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Guided Canoe Trip - I've only done this with my hubs, but the oldest will be able to do it this year, too. One of the best guided tours! Can't wait to take him!

Westin's Glass Elevator - A fabulous way to see the city!

Drink in the World of Coca Cola -  The World of Coke is one of the most popular attractions in Georgia.  Make sure to stop by the tasting room and try the Beverly!

Catch a Flick at the Drive-In - Pop some corn, pack a cooler, and head to the drive-in, old school style.

Shoot the Hooch - The Chattahoochee is guaranteed to cool your jets. There are several places in the Metro to do this, but our favorite still remains the trip in Helen!

Play in the Centennial Park Fountain - Check the calendar for brown bag concerts. Listen to great music while you play in the water.

Visit Stone Mountain Park -  For fun in the outdoors, adventure, and excitement - this park has it all. Known for the massive carving on its rock face (of Confederate soldiers from the Civil War), this park offers a famous summer laser show, a Skyride to the summit, a scenic railroad, hiking trails, and so much more.

Mary Macs Tea Room - Great food, great history. Don't skip out without grabbing a pack of cinnamon rolls.

Milkshake at Flip Burger - Lunch or an afternoon treat stop here, and your kids will love you forever. They will adore the Krispy Kreme Donut milkshake, or try the Nutella and Toasted Marshmallow one. You can't go wrong!

Explore the Atlanta Beltline - A precious gem in our city, possible because of grassroots efforts. Rent a bike, see the art, play at the playground...

Climb a Tree with Tree Climbers International - A harness and a hardhat make this an exciting adventure.

Play at a Unique Playground - There are so many, you could fill an entire year exploring!

Find a Special Trail to Call Your Own - We  especially love the Pine Mountain Trail in Cartersville and the Indian Seats at Sawnee Mountain in Cumming. Find a trail that is special to you, and hike it every season as they grow older.

Southeastern Railway Museum - Kids can climb on the equipment, touch it, run through it, and learn through all their senses.

Zip Line at Banning Mills - They are breaking new world records on a regular basis! Fun for the whole family, even options for younger kiddos - go for the day or stay for the weekend.

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31 Comments on "60+ Unique Things to do in Georgia to Make Marvelous Memories"

  1. Susie Greenwoos | 02/18/2015 at 8:41 pm | Reply

    I am now in the north but I was raised in northern Ga. and I have been to a few of these places

  2. This is a great list! Can’t wait to do some of these, but I think you forgot Center for Puppetry Arts. One of the most unique and amazing places I’ve taken my kids to here in Atlanta.

  3. Great list! But there’s always going to be “one more place,” because Georgia is an awesome place to raise children! Our favorite place is Fernbank in Atlanta!

  4. OMG! You totally forgot to list the location of Georgia’s First Gold Rush of 1826 in Villa Rica Georgia! Gold Panning, Museum, walking trails, portions of the actual mining process, farm animals, train around the mountain. You can come enjoy all of this and then have a picnic under the trees or a family outing at the pavilion!!!! http://www.pinemountaingoldmuseum.com or http://www.villaricatourism.com

  5. Great list. Please add Chickamauga Battlefield.

  6. A coworker told me about this place for kids to experience driving and learn about driving. I thought I’d share with everyone else.

  7. What about Providence Canyon? If you can’t get to the Grand Canyon, why not visit Georgia’s own “Little Grand Canyon.” This is a definite addition to this list.

    • Marty Kinchen | 02/19/2015 at 12:55 pm | Reply

      Yes! Providence Canyon should be added! It’s been years since we were there but we’ve been to the Grand Canyon twice and I really want to take our grandchildren to see Georgia’s own “Little Grand Canyon” near Lumpkin, GA.

  8. Always looking for outdoor activities to get away from the computer & idiot box (TV)… My 2 year old grandson will love many of these. Thx!

  9. I know this is mostly outdoor trips and things, which is always wonderful…but you should really add two more to the list…the Indian Seats on top of Sawnee mountain in Cumming, GA, and there’s a creamery just outside of Cleveland, GA that every kid should visit once, for real, homemade ice cream, if nothing else.

    • Thanks Kim! Indian seats are on here! We love them. Havent been to the creamery…added it to my bucket list. Thanks!!

  10. You forgot one of my favorites! Visit the Smith Family Farm at the Atlanta History Center! Especially during the summer they have demonstrations every day!

  11. Rock Eagle 4H in Eatonton & Dauset Trail Nature Reserve (free wildlife zoo) near High Falls State Park.

  12. Nice list ! My children have visited 7 of these and they all were great. That’s not bad for someone who lived in Florida at the time . You have missed my favorite site in GA, but I can’t tell because I don’t want it overrun with tourists ! Here’s a hint – It’s in very North GA. Start searching. LOL

  13. Jock Ellis | 02/21/2015 at 1:42 pm | Reply

    A very quick taste of the Appalachian Trail may be had between Tesnatee Gap and Hogpen Gap on Ga-348 The Richard Russell Scenic Highway. Parking lots for the two gaps are only a few hundred feet apart but the northbound ascent or the southbound descent offer as intense challenges as any place I’ve been on the AT in Georg.

  14. Victoria Neely Lanier | 02/21/2015 at 7:13 pm | Reply

    Warn a springs, GA, FDR’s Little White House.

  15. Are all of these available on a map??? 🙂

  16. We are thrilled to be included on this list! We agree that the caves of North Georgia are a must see for every GA kid. Nothing like Fun in the Mud!

  17. Patti Scalf | 02/23/2015 at 8:45 pm | Reply

    Explorations in Antiquity in LaGrange, GA is also a wonderful place. Kids learn about ancient history in the Middle East. There is an archaeological dig (age appropriate), bread making and other interesting things to do.

  18. Cindy keen | 02/24/2015 at 9:19 am | Reply

    Check out the Georgia Sourhern Univerity Raptor Center. Lots of hands on for kids year round and a summer program for the kids. Center Features birds of prey, habitats, and reptiles!

  19. Joan Theurer | 06/26/2016 at 9:01 am | Reply

    enjoyed viewing. plan to look into a few this summer.

  20. Great article. I’ve done many of these things. You’ve reminding me of them PLUS gave me new ideas. Thank you!!!

  21. Cynthia Bray | 04/03/2017 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    Toccoa Falls waterfall in Toccoa, Georgia. Tallest waterfall in North America!!

  22. You left out storytelling at the Wren’s Nest – it’s an Atlanta must! The museum tour is short and lively, and the storytellers bring Brer Rabbit and his companions to life in such a fun way! Saturday afternoons.

    • Lesli Peterson | 04/20/2017 at 1:34 am | Reply

      I’ve just GOT to check that out! Adding it to my bucket list! We bring Brer Rabbit into the woods with us when we hike…to read during rests. My boys would love that!

  23. Please add North Georgia. I live in southeast TN. I would love for activities in my area to be included. I live only a couple of miles from Georgia.

  24. The blog is really interesting to read. Did not know there is so much to explore in Georgia for kids.I am sure visiting this place with family & friends will be great fun. Thanks for sharing this information with us!

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