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- Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Helen’s downtown.
- Seek out the perfect souvenirs and gifts in the hustle and bustle of Helen’s shopping street while German music adds oom pah pah from outdoor speakers.
- authentic German bakery or candy shop. Pick up sweet treats at the
- Tour the world’s largest Alpine model railroad museum at Charlemagne’s Kingdom.
- Watch glass blowing at The Glassblowing Shop.
- Paint your own “green theme” child-safe toy at Elfmade Toys.
- Follow a round of adventure golf with a scoop or two of ice cream at an old-fashioned parlor.
- Continue family time during your mountain getaway in the foothills of the Appalachians by teaching kids about the great outdoors at Unicoi State Park with seasonal programs.
- Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, where there are more than 5,500 acres of land, learning is fun for the whole family with special events like Kids Day at the Park and Junior Ranger Camp. At
- Another can’t-miss bonding opportunity? Children and their “big person” can fish in a stocked lake during Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals.
- Make your way to BabyLand General Hospital and be there when a baby arrives at this Southern-style mansion in Cleveland that sits majestically on a 100-acre spread in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. Be sure to check the calendar for a full list of their spectacular seasonal events.
- Following a day of kid-friendly fun, share a meal and memories at multi-generation-pleasing Mully’s Nacoochee Grill, Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizzeria, Old Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Unicoi Restaurant.
Learn more about Helen, Georgia here.
Mom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery turns back the clock to the Victorian era at the 35th annual Sunday In the Park festival. From noon to 6 p.m., the city’s oldest cemetery will be bustling with music, dancing and more, all with Victorian flair!
Of course, no festival is complete without delicious fare, and Sunday In the Park will feature food trucks to suit every fancy. Atlanta establishments like The Varsity and Six Feet Under will be dishing up classics alongside newcomers Pallookaville, Mighty Meatballs and W.O.W! After a hearty meal, cool down with a unique frozen treat from Al A Carte Frozen Bananas.
More than 10 bands will perform throughout the day, alongside storytellers, dancers and street performers. Here’s our roundup of the must-do activities during this one-of-a-kind Sunday funday:
Peek inside Oakland’s mausoleums
Only at Sunday In the Park are Oakland Cemetery’s intricate mausoleums unsealed and opened to the public. Visit the vaults and marvel at the craftsmanship that went into creating the final resting place for some of Atlanta’s sons and daughters.
Make a toast at the Teddy Bear Tea
Gather the kiddos for storytelling and a spot of tea with Miss Sara Dipp-A-Tea. The Teddy Bear Tea is a Sunday In the Park tradition not to be missed!
Have an excuse to wear petticoats
Channel your inner Southern belle or bust out your steampunk threads and get in on the fun during the Victorian costume contest at Lion Square. All iterations of Victorian garb are welcome!
Tour like a Victorian
It’s not every day that you can visit a Victorian cemetery from atop a carriage. Get a one-of-a-kind view of Oakland’s historic grounds on a horse-drawn carriage ride that evokes days gone by.
Show off your skills
Professional and amateur shutterbugs alike can show their best shots at this exhibition. Top spots in the color and black-and-white categories win $100 gift cards to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Give the gift of green
Oakland’s plant sale will have heirloom roses, garden mums, Don Shadow’s Rose of Sharon and many more specimens ready to take home. And for those of you with two brown thumbs, remember that plants are always a lovely gift!
All Sunday In the Park proceeds benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation, which maintains Oakland Cemetery in partnership with the City of Atlanta. For more details, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.
- Admire the fall foliage at Georgia State Parks: A blanket of red, orange and yellow covers Georgia each fall and there is no better place to take it all than at a Georgia State Park. Check out the Top 15 Georgia State Parks for Peak Color and plan your autumn visit. Don’t forget to keep an eye on Georgia State Park’s Leaf Watch to make sure you visit when fall color is at its peak.
- Cheer on your favorite football team: ‘Tis the season for tailgating! Whether you’re a Bulldog, Yellow Jacket, Falcon or an Eagle – fall is the perfect time to sport your team colors and cheer on your favorite team!
- Find the perfect pumpkin at a Georgia patch: Pile the whole family in the car for a pumpkin pickin’ adventure! Georgia is full of fantastic farms that produce some of the prettiest pumpkins you’ve ever seen. Click here to find a pumpkin patch near you.
- Get lost in a corn maze: Combine #3 & #4 for the best fall day ever! There are top-notch corn mazes all across the state each bearing a unique design. Click here to find your way to amazing family fun.
- Rent a cabin for the weekend: Take advantage of the cooler temperatures by cuddling up in a cabin with the ones you love! Trust us, a cozy cabin will be exactly what you need after a day full of leaf peeping, corn mazin’, and pumpkin picking! Search Georgia’s cabin rentals here.
- Scare up some fun at a haunted house: Be prepared to face your fears at one of Georgia’s famous haunted houses. Georgia is home to such famous haunted houses as Netherworld & Haunted Cavern. Learn more about Georgia’s haunted houses here.
- Pick apples in northwest Georgia: Autumn is apple season in Georgia and several Georgia farms offer U-Pick apples during the fall season! Pick a bushel full of apples and impress your friends with fresh apple pie, apple cider, apple cobbler (we could go on). Click here to learn more about apple picking in Georgia.