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.
21. Visit the Burra Burra Mine
See a real copper mine at the Ducktown Museum off Highway 64 in Ducktown TN.
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.
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.