30 Fun Things to Do with Kids
Blue Ridge GA is filled with fun activities that are natural and unique.
1. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Downtown Blue Ridge at the Historic Depot. Ride the train alongside the beautiful Toccoa River. Fun for the whole family! Call 877-413-8724 or visit Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
2. Visit Huck's General Store
500 East Main Street, Blue Ridge. Fill your bag with “penny candy” at Huck’s General Store, a special place for kids – and adults too! See their website at: Huck’s General Store.
3. Sweets and Treats
While you’re in downtown Blue Ridge, treat yourself and the kids to some homemade fudge at The Chocolate Express, 634 East Main Street, or a cupcake at The Sweet Shoppe, 576 East Main Street, or a slice of cake at The Little Bakery, 3558 East 1st. St. Just up the road visit Riverwalk Sweets in The Copper Basin for a variety of nostalgic and fun candies and popcorns.
4. Take a Waterfall Hike on the Appalachian Trail
Take a hike to Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail. Find directions on our hiking or waterfalls Self Guided Tour Maps.
5.Visit Mercier Orchards and The Folk Collaborative
Only 1 mile from Blue Ridge on Georgia Highway 5, Mercier's has tractor tours and U-pick strawberries, blueberries and apples in season. Yummy fried pies, apple cider, apples, peaches, jams and preserves. Bring your fishing pole and enjoy catch and release in their pond. At The Folk Collaborative you can enjoy U-pick, wagon rides, fried pies, the mercantile and events like movie nights.
6. Stand in Two States at the GA/TN Blue Line
Downtown McCaysville on Toccoa/Ocoee Street. Look for the Blue Line and stand in two states at one time!
7. Picnic at Horseshoe Bend Park on the River
McCaysville on Hwy 60. Horseshoe Bend is a pretty park located in the bend of the Toccoa River on River Road with fishing, a playground, picnic tables, and restrooms. For other places check out this picnic blog.
8. Have fun at a Playground
Enjoy one of the many area parks in Blue Ridge and McCaysville.
9. Discover the Lilly Pad Village
Located 7.5 miles from Blue Ridge on Aska Road at 24 Adelaide Drive, the The Lilly Pad offers gem mining, fishing (poles and bait provided) and a round of mini golf in the woods! Lots of family fun to be had.
10. Rent a Pontoon Boat or Take a Guided Tour
Rent a pontoon, a paddle board or a pedal boat at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, 335 Marina Drive, Blue Ridge, or Blue Ridge Boat Rentals, 7715 Old Hwy. 76 and spend the day on the most beautiful lake in the mountains. Take a scenic guided tour of Lake Blue Ridge with Capt'n Joe's Lake Adventures.
11. Swim at Morganton Point Recreation Area
Morganton Point is a recreation area on Lake Blue Ridge with fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, kayaking and camping. Pebble beach – wear water shoes. Take Hwy. 515 south from Blue Ridge to Hwy. 60/Morganton. In Morganton, turn right on Lake Drive, go one mile. More about Morganton Point here.
12. Kayak, Canoe or Raft the Toccoa River
Fun for all ages. There are lots of options for rentals along the river above and below the Lake Blue Ridge dam. See a list of outfitters here.
13. Kayak or Stand-Up Paddle Lake Blue Ridge
Rent a kayak or paddle board at Morganton Point Recreation Area, Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters, Lake Blue Ridge Marina or The Paddle Zone for some smooth sailing and beautiful scenery.
14. Go on a Horseback or Carriage Ride
Lots of choices of riding stables in Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Riding for all ages, plus hayrides and overnight trips. See a list of riding stables here. Enjoy a private farm tour and countryside carriage ride with Daffodil Hill Farm and Carriage, (706) 851-4430.
15. Catch a Fish!
Fish for trout at Tammen Park, Hwy 515, Blue Ridge; or Morganton Point, Morganton; or Horseshoe Bend Park on the Toccoa River, Hwy 60 in McCaysville. For a sure catch, try out the Lilly Pad Village pond on Aska Road. Many more places to fish – Download one of self guided tour maps here.
16. Visit the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery
The Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery has a visitor center and exhibits on raising trout, as well as a large insect display. Fish Rock Creek while you’re there. Open all year, Monday – Friday. Highway 60 South between Morganton and Dahlonega.
17. Explore The Ocoee Whitewater Center
Site of the 1996 Kayak competition in the Olympics located on Highway 64 between Ducktown and Cleveland TN., the Whitewater Center has hiking and biking trails, swimming holes, nature exhibits and a legacy bridge.
18. Escape Room Adventures
Visit the area's escape room for this interactive game of clues and puzzles, Escape Blue Ridge, 389 West 1st Street, Blue Ridge.
19. Go Hiking
Hike the Aska Trails on Aska Road or visit the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River on Hwy 60 south of Morganton. Download a self-guided tour hiking map here. Before you go read our Tips for Hiking with Kids blog.
20. Go Gem Mining
Discover treasure in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Aska Mining Company, Cohutta Cove Mini Golf, or The Lilly Pad, all Gem Mining operations.
21. Visit the Burra Burra Mine
See a real copper mine at the Ducktown Museum off Highway 64 in Ducktown TN.
22. Go Ziplining!
Have a blast at Blue Ridge Adventure Park on Highway 515; or Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge, 891 Old Cashes Valley Road.
23. Go Bowling!
Bring your family, friends and all of the kids bowling at Fannin Lanes Bowling Center, 4115 East First Street, Blue Ridge. Open bowling 7 days a week and holidays.
24. Play a round of Mini Golf
Play a round of putt putt golf at Cohutta Cove Mini Golf at Cohutta Country Store, Highway 515; at The Lilly Pad on Aska Road; or at 2nd Story Entertainment in Downtown Blue Ridge.
25. Find all the Trout on the Trout Art Trail
The trout statue's names have fallen in the fish bowl and we don't know who is who! Using the map, visit each fish stature at it's location, find it's name, and fill in the names of each fish on the sheet. This adventure is also available as a challenge on our app! where you can check in at each location and receive a badge upon completion. Once you have found all the trout names and filled them in on your sheet, return it to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center for a prize!!
26. Take Flight
Go on a helicopter ride with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours and see Blue Ridge from the sky. 1010 Appalachian Hwy. (706) 946-1010
27. Pinball Fun
Vertigo Pinball has a selection of pinball and arcade games for the whole family to enjoy! 500 East Main St. (706) 946-1416
28. Tube the Toccoa River: Fun for all ages
Enjoy a relaxing time on a tube with Toccoa Valley Campground, Rolling Thunder River Company and Toccoa River Tubing Company in McCaysville.
29. Visit a Tongue in Cheek Zoo
Stroll around the zoo and learn fun facts about the over 25 species of artistic renditions of animals. There is also a playground for the kids to enjoy at The Zoo Groovy Metal Yard Art.
30. For Older Kids
Check Out: Axe Throwing Therapy, Blue Ridge Paintball, Haunted Blue Ridge Ghost Tours, Walk the Line Axe Throwing or Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River!
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