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Especially during the months of summer vacation and even on weekends throughout the year, it can be a challenge to keep kids entertained. However, there’s a tremendous benefit to interrupting the screen time of little ones to have real-world experiences that are fun, educational, and interactive. Here are some of the best activities to do in Georgia if you’re looking for cheap entertainment for kids!
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Although many kids love visiting animals and learning about how they live, zoos tend to cost a pretty penny. One exception is the Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens, which offers free admission for both kids and adults. A variety of Georgia wildlife animals live here that are physically or emotionally challenged and are unable to fend for themselves in the wild. Animals include black bears, a bald eagle, wild turkeys, an American alligator, and many others. You can visit the zoo from 9am to pm daily, and this is also a fun spot for kids’ birthday parties. You can also hike with your kids on the 1.25 Birchmore Trail in Memorial Park and bring your leashed dog along too.
On a hot day in Georgia, there’s no better way to cool off with kids than river tubing. The big local guide company here is Cool River Tubing, which runs Chattahoochee River trips from Helen. The opportunity is available every day of the week during the summer, with one-hour and two-hour trips costing just $8 per person. You can also get an all-day pass for $12 and ride the water slides for $5. Also, your kids can “shoot the hooch” for free if you book an adventure combo package that also includes zip lining ($55 total) or the climbing wall ($45 total).
Another great free place to visit in Georgia with kids is the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Parking is free as well, and the museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily, except for major holidays. Located at 1942 Heritage Boulevard at Robins Air Force Base, you and your kids can take a self-guided tour for free or a guided tour for kids ages five and older that last about 1.5 hours and costs $3 per person. Either way, you can see various types of aircraft on display and honor veterans for their service in the Air Force. Make sure to check out the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in the museum’s Century of Flight Hangar.
Georgia is a wonderful place to introduce your kids to different types of music and traditions. The Woodbine Opry has lots of live music performances, including bluegrass on Friday nights and old country on Saturday nights. The venue is located at the corner of Second Street and Camden Avenue in Woodbine, and performances start at 7pm. These are very low-key shows that are family-friendly and affordable.
The Beltline is one of the very best parts of Atlanta because it provides residents and visitors with a safe and scenic place to get active in the outdoors. It encompasses 22 miles of pedestrian-friendly rail transit and 33 miles of multi-use trails, also giving you and your kids access to over a thousand acres of parks. Take your pick of the Eastside Trail, Northside Trail, Southwest Connector Spur Trail, or the West End Trail depending on where you’re coming from and how much exercise your kids can handle. Whether you’re on foot, bikes, or even rollerblades, this is an ideal way to experience the outdoors in an urban environment…for free!
What kid doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer’s day? When you visit the Mayfield Dairy’s Braselton Visitor Center, your kids won’t just get a sugar rush, they’ll also learn about everything from science to technology, art, and nutrition. Here you can take a tour of the dairy and learn how products are made from one of the largest plants in the Southeast. The cost to take a tour and get a scoop of ice cream is $4.50 per adult and $3.50 per child. Tours are offered every hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
If your kids love cars, consider making a trip to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville. The admission cost to the museum is $6 for adults, $2 for children, and free for kids under six years of age. They’ll learn about the history and heritage of the sport and get to pick up a keepsake souvenir to take back home. The museum is located at 415 Highway 53 in Dawsonville and open from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays and from 10am to 5pm on every other day.
Lots of kids are also into trains, and there’s an awesome railroad museum in Savannah to visit if you’re taking a family vacation in the area. This is a National Historic Landmark at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities, and it offers much more than just a museum. Train rides are offered throughout the week, and a schedule of ride times can be found on the museum’s website. Located at 655 Louisville Road in Savannah, the museum costs $10 per adult and $6 for kids between the ages of two and 12. It’s open every day from 9am to 5pm, except major holidays.
Story time is a nightly ritual for many little ones, but there’s also a wonderful place in Decatur that celebrates early literacy in a fun and engaging way. The Little Shop of Stories is an independent children’s bookstore that has regularly scheduled kids’ story hours. Check the shop’s website for event updates and to join a free story time with your kids, host a birthday party here, or join a summer reading program. You can also shop for books to take home with you and enjoy some family time later.