Five Kid-Friendly Activities at Oktoberfest

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Helen is Georgia’s hub for everything German. It became known as a tourist capital shortly after remodeling the whole town to look like a German village in the Bavarian Alps. The town is also known for the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, which lasts six weeks from mid-September through Oct. 27. The festival ushers in the fall leaf season, which puts visitors right in the middle of the changing of the leaves in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Oktoberfest is a celebration. This means tasting Bavarian beer and bratwurst and learning how to dance, and there are plenty of things to do that the whole family will enjoy!

1. Have a night on the town: Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Helen’s downtown. Shop for souvenirs and gifts while listening to German music from outdoor speakers. Make sure to pick up sweet treats from a German bakery or visit Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen. Paint your own toy at Elfmade Toys.

427871_157991154328711_1396450194_n2. Take your kids on an adventure: Zip lining through the North Georgia trees at Nacoochee Outdoor Adventures, or Cool River Zip lines is the perfect activity for kids starting around age 9 and up.  Take a hike and experience the changing of the leaves. Every Saturday in October, Unicoi State Park Lodge hosts a guided hike from the lodge to Helen.

3. Experience Halloween: There are some really fun haunted adventures in the North Georgia area. Take a haunted hayride, or find your way through a corn maze. Petting zoos and outdoor movies are also a must of the fall season!

5. Attend the annual Oktoberfest parade: A German parade kicks off the celebration and normally occurs on the first Saturday of the festival. Afterward, play a game of mini golf or walk around the town.

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4. Experience Germany: “Oompah-central” is the Hall where the bands play and people dance. Although it may be overwhelming for some parents because of the crowd, kids are allowed. It is the perfect place to try hot-off-the-grill German-style wursts or sausages, and dance to traditional German music.

 

Bring the whole family to the North Georgia mountains and experience Oktoberfest and Germany without leaving Georgia! Hotels fill up very quickly, so book your trip today. For more information visit www.whitecountychamber.org.

 

Outdoor Adventure in North Georgia

Springer Mountain

Springer Mountain

There is always time to take a weekend vacation that you will never forget in one of the most scenic areas in the country. North Georgia is home to acres of lush and green land open to public recreation, crisp and clear waterways, a diverse wildlife population, and miles of paved trails where you can enjoy taking in all of the aforementioned. North Georgia is unofficially split up into two areas, the Northeast Georgia Mountains area and the Historic High Country area in Northwest Georgia. Whether you’re an adventurer, photographer, nature enthusiast, or just looking for a fun family vacation destination there is something for everyone to appreciate.

Springer Mountain

When using the phrase “all roads lead to…” to describe an area, perhaps a good candidate would be to scenic Springer Mountain. The best known road that leads to Springer Mountain is actually not a road at all but a trail, the Appalachian Trail to be specific. Here hikers can explore or camp along one of the most famous hiking trails in the world or begin the approximately 2,200 mile journey to Mount Katahdin, Maine.

Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

If you’d rather keep your feet off the ground than on it then you’ll be hard-pressed to find better canopies than the ones in the Peach State. There are dozens of companies that offer zip-lines and canopy tours and even may offer package deals that include camping or nature walks. Photographers will find that the canopies are home to diverse flora and fauna and will be able to produce gorgeous stills which will last as long as the memories.

Chattahoochee and Coosawatee Rivers

If you prefer the waterways over the trails and the zip-lines you will find it impossible to resist the beauty and natural wonder of the Chattahoochee and Coosawattee Rivers. With over 48 miles of clean and crisp water specifically dedicated to recreation, visitors can raft, canoe, kayak, or motorboat to their heart’s content on the Chattahoochee River, however you’ll have to leave your jet skis at home as they are not permitted. For those who want to kickback and vacation in a more leisurely fashion, the Chattahoochee River is abundant year-round with bass, catfish, and trout. Northwest of the Chattahoochee is the Coosawattee River which also has around 48 miles of dedicated recreational area. The Coosawattee is famous for being a prime tubing spot where visitors can lazily drift down the river for two hours of pure relaxation.

Camping

Campers will be able to find campsites at near where any of the above activities can be found. Campsites have a variety of amenities from very basic sites where campervans and RVs can be parked to more luxurious lodges that are available for rent.

Photo by Susmann Imaging.

Photo by Susmann Imaging.

Waterfalls

In addition to relaxing rivers, North Georgia also is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the South. From the unusual Raven Cliff Falls which originate from a split in the face of a solid rock to the twin waterfalls known as Anna Ruby FallsNorth Georgia’s waterfalls make for a great day trip for campers in the area.

Getting outside and in touch with nature is not only eye-opening and exciting but it is affordable as well. A great vacation doesn’t have to break the bank and once you experience all that North Georgia has to offer you’ll wish you had vacationed there sooner!

With so much outdoor recreation, the Northeast Georgia Mountains offer unbeatable family fun – from trout fishing in local streams to hiking in one of our national forest and state parks.