6 Historical Adventures in Georgia That Kids Will Love

Everyone I know is in “Back to School” mode right now. Classes have started, but don’t let that hinder your explorations around the state. History comes alive when you experience it with all senses. Here are six of our family’s favorite ways to learn about the past while we travel the Peach State.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Tour the Visitor’s Center and Civil Rights Walk of Fame, see Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Center and Dr. King’s birth home. See more photos of our tour here: 365atlantafamily.com/MLKNationalHistoricSite

Andersonville. During the Civil War, Andersonville was home to Camp Sumter, which housed Union POW troops during the Civil War. Tour the museums, farm and more. Magnolia Springs is also another, lesser known but equally as important POW site in Georgia.

Tunnel Hill Heritage Center. Tour the Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel, the Clisby House, which was a hospital during the Battle of Chickamauga and the old General Store. See more about our railroad adventure here: 365atlantafamily.com/TunnelHillTunnel Hill

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center. Students used anthologies from the Foxfire Magazine to replicate a Southern Appalachia town. See more photos of our adventure here: 365atlantafamily.com/FoxfireMuseum

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. Tour the Discovery Center, then take a Heritage Boat Tour along the canal to learn about the mills along the banks and how the water source came to be. Learn more about our adventure here: 365atlantafamily.com/AugustaCanal

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site. The bricks of the courthouse-turned-museum contain specks of gold! Learn how to determine fool’s gold from real gold, and more. It’s the perfect place to start your Dahlonega gold adventure. See more Georgia-gold history ideas here: 365atlantafamily.com/DahlonegaGold

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Weekend Family Fun in Rome, Georgia

Family Fun in Rome, GeorgiaRome, Georgia is amass with family friendly activities. Spend time on the trails or walk back in time. Head to the ballgame or cool off in a natural spring. We couldn’t cover everything in a weekend, but here’s how to whet your appetite in this Northwest Georgia town.

Day 1

Walk the Historic “Between the Rivers” district. Tour Myrtle Hill Cemetery and take the free Tree Tour. More than 35 different tree species are rooted here, many of which are rare or non-native. See the Capitoline Wolf, the Town Green Interactive Fountain, the Clocktower and Rome Area History Museum. The museum offers free admission, and visitors can climb to the top of clock tower March – October, the first Saturday of each month from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch on Broad Street in Downtown Rome. Enjoy lunch at Harvest Moon Café, then head next door to Honeymoon Café for a special treat. Gelato, cupcakes and pastries fill the air with heavenly aromas. Kids can watch a cakemaker designing a special treat through the looking glass while enjoying a baby gelato cone or mini cupcake.

There are plenty of clever local shops on Broad Street, so take your time enjoying them.

Visit Chieftains/Major Ridge HomeBe humbled as you tour this National Trail of Tears Certified Historic Site, dating back to 1796. It was once the home of Major Ridge, a prominent leader in the Cherokee Nation.

Eat at Brewhouse Music & Grill. Enjoy brews, burgers and live music in a family-friendly American pub setting.

Rome Braves Baseball. From April – September you’ll want to grab tickets to a Rome Braves Baseball game. The Rome Braves are a Class A Affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Labyrinth in Rome, Georgia

Rome Labyrinth

Day 2

Tour Oak Hill & the Martha Berry Museum . See a short film about Berry College then tour the Martha Berry Museum with artifacts such as the first diploma ever given by the school and Martha Berry’s personal typewriter. Follow that with a tour of the Oak Hill Home, Aunt Martha’s cottage and the award winning gardens.

Explore Berry College. Berry College is the world’s largest college campus, covering 26,000 acres. Kids love seeing the wildlife roam freely throughout the campus. Explore over 40 miles of trails, walk the grounds of Ford Castle, see the second largest working overshot waterwheel in the world, watch the swans at Swan Lake, hike to the house of dreams, visit the original settlement at Possum Trot and view the world famous Berry Eagles.

Lunch at Martha’s Skillet. The menu changes daily, but it’s always southern country cooking at Martha’s Skillet.

Cool off at Cave Spring. The town is named for the cave and natural mineral spring in the center of town. Bring an empty jug to fill with mineral water. Enjoy a cave tour, then swim in the spring fed Rolater Lake.

If you’re looking for more family fun ideas, check out 8 Free Things To Do In Rome, Ga on 365 Atlanta Family.

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3 Georgia Lakes Perfect for a Family Vacation

SPEND QUALITY FAMILY TIME AT GEORGIA’S GORGEOUS LAKES

beach pool lake oconee

Georgia is home to 23 lakes, all of which offer superior family fun. Here are three Georgia lakes we particularly love that make great escapes for a vacation with the kids.

Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. There are myriad ways to explore the 19,000+ acres of Lake Oconee, but our family’s favorite is to experience the waters from Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation. Enjoy a host of activities for families on the resort grounds, including S’mores by the Lake every evening at 8 p.m. Relax at the infinity pool overlooking Lake Oconee, or splash in the water at the beach. Reynolds Plantation offers numerous lake activities such as canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Young Harris Water Sports Boat Rentals is onsite to offer jet skis, pontoon boats, ski boats and wake boats.

Our family stayed at Reynolds Plantation and named it the best family resort in the state: 365atlantafamily.com/ReynoldsPlantation

Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Ga. North Georgia’s rolling mountains surround the unspoiled blue waters of Lake Blue Ridge, creating one of the most scenic lakes in the state. Lake Blue Ridge Marina is a full service marina where you can launch your own boat, or rent a pontoon for a half or full day. Kids will love renting paddle boats, canoes or stand up paddle boards, as well. Don’t miss Morganton Point Recreation Area on the lake. It offers a beach, showers, a picnic area and trails to the Chattahoochee National Forest. Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters is located here; you can rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards and fishing equipment. You can purchase a fishing license, buy a hotdog, pick up bait or enjoy an ice cream all at one stop.

If one day is not enough- and it never is –then try camping at Morganton Point, with sites for primitive tent camping or full service hookups for campers. Blue Ridge also offers numerous cabin rental options; many are directly on the lake. Find a list of cabin rental companies here.

Our family stayed at a lovely unit from Mountain Top Cabin Rentals. You can read more about it on my site: 365atlantafamily.com/BlueRidgeCabin

Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Lake Blue Ridge Marina | Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge CVB

Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Ga. The Lodge at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club at Georgia Veteran’s State Park. Take the SAM Shortline train excursion or visit the local Military Museum. At the marina, you can launch your own vessel or rent fishing boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, ski boats or kayaks. Stay overnight at the lodge for a weekend of excitement.

LesliLesli 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.

2015 Kids Racing Events in Georgia

First, my friend who NEVER runs stunned us all by running two marathons in one weekend. Then I learned about the IronKids Alpharetta event coming to our part of town in September. Is the universe trying to tell me something? Should our family expand our hiking adventures into the running realm?

IronKids Alpharetta

IronKids Alpharetta | Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB

I asked a few friends who run (and whose kids run) to give me their thoughts. I think the best advice I received was to start with the tot trot, move to the family one-mile run, and then branch out from there as their skillset and desire expands (keeping a jogging stroller at hand.)

It seems that some kids go at it full gusto without much prep. One kiddo reported that he wanted to train better for the next event though, because the medals looked so cool! A common theme during my unofficial interviewing? When kids are doing this for themselves it’s a confidence booster and an ideal way to show them true heart in organized sports.

If your kids are anxious to try their hand at a racing event, this sample list of triathlons and runs around the state will get you started. You won’t see us at any triathlon events this year, but maybe we’ll wave as you pass us on the next family fun run!

July 18
Clarkesville – Chopped Oak Triathlon

July 25
Dalton – Run for God – Dalton Parks Triathlon
Kennesaw – Georgia State Games Championship Run

August 8
Marietta – East Cobb Sprint, Super Sprint and Kids Triathlon
Columbus – Y Kids Tri – Youth Triathlon

Aug 22
Flowery Branch – KidFit & Adult Fit Triathlon

Aug 23
Norcross – 2015 Atlanta Kids Triathlon

Sept 13
Dawsonville – Bootlegger Super Sprint Triathlon

Sept 19
Alpharetta – IronKids Alpharetta
Rome – Roman Rumble 5k and 2 mile Health Walk

Sept 20
Rome – RACE Rome Youth Triathlon

Nov 26
Atlanta – Atlanta Half Marathon & Thanksgiving Day 5K

Dec 12
Atlanta – Jeff Galloway Race Weekend 5K and Kids Run

Strong4Life Super Hero Event

Strong4Life Super Hero Event

LesliLesli 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.

Stay, Play and Eat in Augusta

Augusta TitleMost people know Augusta as home to The Masters, but that’s only part of the story. There are tasty local eateries, outdoor adventures galore and something for everyone with arts, history, sports and hiking opportunities around every corner. Attractions are relatively close together and many of them are free or affordable. Augusta makes a memorable weekend adventure for the entire family.

Stay
With newly renovated rooms and public spaces, Partridge Inn is the hotel of choice. This beautiful Summerville landmark dates from the early 1800s, but recent updates showcase the architecture with sleek lines and modern touches. Families will love the two-room suites with extra closet space, swimming pool and corner rooms brightened with gorgeous sunlight from large picture windows.

Partrige Inn

Partrige Inn

Play
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. Tour the Discovery Center; the kids learn from the hands-on exhibits and scavenger hunt. Once you’ve exhausted the museum, take a cruise down the Augusta Canal in a Petersburg Boat. Don’t miss the chance to stamp your National Parks Passport.

Augusta GreenJackets Game. Every seat in the house provides a super view. We welcomed the creat concessions, Cool Zone for the summer heat, and a Kid’s Zone for the littles. It’s adjacent to the field so you won’t miss a pitch. Read more about the GreenJackets here. Sign up for the Kids Club for free kiddo admission on Sundays.

Savannah River Rapids. See the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal…at one time. Walk between the two, or rent a bike for a lovely ride. Don’t miss a stop at the head gates or a kayak adventure down the canal. Free.

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Spend an hour or all day. Hike the trails, taking bridges over beautiful streams. Try to spot a turtle or gator in the lakes. Free.

Morris Museum. Morris is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. Their collection includes over 5,000 pieces including paintings, artifacts, sculptures and more. Visit on Sunday for free admission.

Augusta Museum of History and Trolley Tour. Purchase tickets for the Trolley Tour and you can visit the museum for free. Will you be brave enough to touch the Haunted Pillar?

Cakes at Boll Weevil

Cakes at Boll Weevil

Eat
The Bee’s Knees. Family-friendly and focused on local, sustainable vegan/vegetarian selections – served tapas-style.

New Moon Café. Very kid-friendly; great patio, too. Love the made-to-order smoothies. After lunch, head across the street for a picture with James Brown.

The Pizza Joint. Great pizza pies, live music, outdoor seating and our boys loved playing corn hole during dinner.

Boll Weevil. Best cakes for miles around, and so many options to choose from. The Ahi tuna salad is can’t-miss.

Saturday Market on the River. Technically, there is much more here than food, but it’s a great breakfast stop on Saturdays. Cinnamon rolls and coffee beckon you to linger longer.

See more details and photos of our Augusta Adventure here: 365atlantafamily.com/AugustaWithKids

 LesliLesli 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.