25 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Find the top family activities in Blue Ridge.

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 www.brscenic.com.

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! 
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. 

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. 
Self Guided Tour Maps

5. Visit Mercier Orchards

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. Grab a boxed lunch for your picnic. 

6. Stand in Two States at the GA/Tenn 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. Pretty park located in the bend of the Toccoa River on River Road. Fishing, playground, picnic tables, restrooms. 

8. Go Whitewater Rafting

Ages 12 and older. Raft the wild Ocoee River just 30 minutes from Blue Ridge. Class 3 and 4 rapids! See a list of outfitters here.

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

Rent a pontoon, a paddle board or a pedal boat at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, 335 Marina Drive, Blue Ridge, and spend the day on the most beautiful lake in the mountains. 

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. Tube, Kayak 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 for some smooth sailing and beautiful scenery. 

14. Go Horseback Riding

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.

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. Go to a Drive-In Movie at the Swan

Enjoy a drive-in movie at the Swan Drive-in, one of Georgia’s five remaining drive in theaters, 651 Summit Street, Blue Ridge. 

19. Hike to the Swinging Bridge

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

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; Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge, 891 Old Cashes Valley Road; or The Blue Ridge Canopy Adventure, 319 Hells Hollow Road, Blue Ridge. 

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; or at The Lilly Pad on Aska Road. 

25. Meet Big Foot! 

The kids will love to learn how to hunt for Big Foot at Expedition Big Foot! This great new museum is located on Hwy 515 between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. 

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