By Lesli Peterson
It’s time to share a few places we love, in honor of Valentine’s Day. I geared up to write about local places that cater to kids…. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, INK!, and SkyZone. These are super escapes for children, and we recommend them gleefully.
I want to challenge you to consider family travel in a different light. My personal goal is to encourage the exploration of Georgia with kids, not just for kids.
Children adapt; they thrive wherever you put them, and they are naturally curious. Use these traits to your advantage. Show them the glory of the mountains, the excitement of the theatre, the art of farm-to-table cuisine. Don’t be scared to step outside your comfort zone and introduce them to all the wonders of Georgia.
So, with this call to action, let me tell you about four places that our family LOVES. These places aren’t advertised as family travel venues, per say, but they top our list without a doubt.
Len Foote Hike Inn
Len Foot Hike Inn was the most exciting overnight of our year! We hiked five miles deep into the forest during fall’s big color show, explored the property, played games, slept in our cozy bunkhouse, then watched the sun rise over the mountains. The boys loved meeting a thru-hiker that had just completed the Appalachian Trail. It was challenging, but a memory that will stay with us forever. You can read more about our adventure here: 365atlantafamily.com/lenfootehikeinn
5 Seasons Brewing
Yes, I am suggesting you bring your kids to a brew house. They will be welcome with open arms. The food is top-notch, locally sourced, and earth-friendly. Even the butter is made in-house; don’t miss spreading it on the bread baked from spent grain from 5 Season’s craft brews. Upwards of 70,000 gallons of craft beer, to be exact. For the kids, the menu is diverse and plenty: Grassfed burgers, chicken strips… even a bowl of baby grapes for the pickiest of eaters. You can read more about our experience here: 365atlantafamily.com/5seasonsbrewing
Old Car City USA
We discovered unexpected multi-generational family fun at Old Car City USA in White, Georgia. 4000 old cars…34 acres…6.5 miles of trails. The oldest cars, with the most character are near the front. We explored the cars, played a little hide-and-seek, snapped over 500 photos, and discussed the history and family lore we recalled upon seeing the old junkers. The boys also enjoyed the doodle gallery of Styrofoam cups in the loft area of the old barn. You can see our photos and memories here: 365atlantafamily.com/oldcarusa
Merry Acres Inn
There is enough fun in Albany to fill a weekend, and Merry Acres Inn is the best place to call ‘home base.” Parents will love the spacious rooms, hardwood floors, and the Manor Pub with outdoor porch seating under oversized ceiling fans. Sure, the kids will love the pool filed with mineral water, but let me tell you the best part. You can order delicious, gourmet cuisine from three different restaurants, and have it delivered to the porch for your family. Even though it is “take out,” the served it as if it were made in the back…no flimsy Styrofoam containers and plastic forks. Family-friendly served to perfection. Check out our room, the pool, and more here: 365atlantafamily.com/merryacresinn
If you are interested in more information about these family-friendly places, please check them out on my website:
Lesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.