Guide For Things To Do With Kids In North Georgia, Including Helen

Posted by Tom Telford on Thu, Feb 17, 2022

Family vacations can be an enjoyable, bonding experience for everyone. But we all remember vacations that didn't go so well. The next time you take a family trip to one of the North Georgia Cabin Rentals, make sure you check out the many fun things for kids to do in Helen, GA so that this vacation becomes one to remember, not forget.

Things To Do With Family In & Around Helen Georgia

The natural scenic beauty of the nearby Chattahoochee National Forest and the fun and activities available in Helen provide the perfect backdrop for days full of fun with mom, dad, and the kids. Make the most of your time away as a family with these family-friendly activities.

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A Visit To BabyLand General Hospital

BabyLand General is headquarters for the world-famous Cabbage Patch Kids, operating off of an amazing 650-acre spread that's modeled after the most spectacular of antebellum architecture and design.

And admission is free.

Your children can see Cabbage Patch Kids created. They can adapt their own, order a custom design, or simply explore the beautiful and educational grounds the "hospital" provides for children's amusement. There are few better child-focused attractions anywhere in the country.

Live The Pioneer Days At Duke's Creek Gold And Ruby Mines

No, it's not a real hospital - it's one of the Top Ten toy lands in America! Many don't know this, but the Helen area was home to the first major gold rush in North American history, well before famous California and Yukon strikes. While the gold boom died off, Duke's maintains an authentic old-style mine, creating a fantastic combination of education and real-life experience.

You can even pan for gold using methods identical to pioneer gold bugs, and you get to keep what you find. You won't strike it rich since these veins are long tapped out, but you can get a truly unique souvenir for your children, created with their own efforts.

Or, simply explore the museum offerings, the old machinery, and the examples of gemstones that have come from the Helen area.

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Horseback Riding: Sunburst Stables Are The Gateway To Exploration

Sunburst offers guided tours of the surrounding countryside, with horses ready for beginners or experienced riders alike. Every animal is raised from birth around humans, treated with great love, and in turn, they love interacting with people! There's even a petting zoo, for ones too small to enjoy a full ride.

When you take a horseback tour, it can be an all-day affair, with stops for a picnic lunch, fishing, and mind-blowing views of a Georgia mountain sunset. If you have teenagers, Sunburst also offers zip-line adventures.

If your children love horses, ponies, or just about anything else on four legs, they'll love Sunburst Stables!

Helen Has Watery Fun Indoors AND Out: Tubing Included

If your kids love water, we've got two options depending on their mood. For safe, controlled family fun, check out The Helen Tubing And Water Park. This full-size water theme park offers plenty of slides, lazy rivers, and other exciting floating attractions in a totally safe environment.

Or, if you want to get away from the crowds and construction, make a call to The Cool River Tubing Company. They offer tubing adventures on the Chattahoochee River. The river is mild and gentle most times of the year, making it reasonably safe for attentive children. However, it's not as safe as a water park with on-duty lifeguards.

With the many lakes, rivers, and streams in the Chattahoochee National Forest, you could spend the whole family vacation in the water enjoying a wide variety of water sports. Grab an inner tube, kayak or raft and hit the Chattahoochee River or find one of the many lost lakes of northern Georgia for swimming, boating, and fishing. You can also simply visit the Helen Tubing and Waterpark to slip down slides or float around a lazy river.

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The Great Outdoors & Hiking

Begin developing an appreciation for nature in your kids by visiting the majestic waterfalls around Helen. Kids will love visiting Anna Ruby Falls, Dukes Creek Falls, and Raven Cliffs Falls. And, they can join the junior ranger programs at the Chattahoochee National Forest or the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Children love the outdoors, and in Helen, they can get close up with nature on the many trails in the region. The most known is the Appalachian Trail, but there are many others as well. The Cloudland Canyon State Park has trails ranging from 2 to 12 miles, perfect for both beginners and seasoned hikers. If you want more scenic views, there are also trails running along the Anna Ruby Falls, Dukes Creek Falls, Andrews Cove, and Raven Cliff Falls.

Amuse Yourself

Spend an afternoon at the Alpine Amusement Park in Helen where you can play a round of mini-golf, ride go-karts, or try your luck at the carnival-style games. Kids will also like exploring the town of Helen and its many restaurants, shops, and enjoy so many of the Helen, Georgia attractions.

The Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail provides great memory-making opportunities and allows families to experience a unique historical area. The trail begins at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia. Spend an hour or a day. Pack a lunch and enjoy the hike while looking for birds and other wildlife, or collect wildflowers along the way.

Smith Creek Recreation Area in Chattahoochee National Forest

For families looking for things to do in North Georgia that incorporate the great outdoors, the Smith Creek Recreation Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest can deliver. The site offers hiking and picnic areas as well as a half-mile, paved trail that leads to an observatory deck where you can sit down to view the breathtaking Anna Ruby Falls; an excellent reward for kids who complete the easy hike.

Miniature Golf

For the young golf professional in training, Helen, Georgia is the place to go. There are three miniature golf courses in the area that kids are sure to enjoy. At Alpine Mini Golf Village, kids can putt around, have a picnic, or grab an ice cream cone at the Village's ice cream parlor. For those children who like caves and waterfalls, Pirate's Cove is nearby.


There are many great fishing spots in Helen. The Chattahoochee River and Duke's Creek are both excellent choices for trout fishing. For more fishing fun, travel to Smith Lake where there is not only trout but an abundance of catfish, crappie, bluegill.

Duke's Creek Gold & Ruby Mines

At Duke's Creek, you and your kids can try your luck at striking it rich. This fun and very kid-friendly attraction allow your whole family to pan for gold and gems. Friendly and trained staff members are always ready and available to show first-timers the ropes at one of the park's many panning tables. Enjoy a day of bonding with your children as you search for precious stones in the same waters that the Gold Rushers panned back in 1828.

Duke's Creek guarantees that everyone will walk away from the park satisfied with their day's treasure hunting.

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Oktoberfest in Helen

Fall is a beautiful time in northern Georgia. The temperature cools, the air is crisp, and the leaves turn an array of brilliant colors. It's also the time of year when Helen celebrates her Alpine roots with a three-week Oktoberfest, the longest-running festival of its kind in the southern United States. Oktoberfest features polka dancing, face painting, German music, and crowd-pleasing food. Tantalize your taste buds with potato pancakes, apple strudel, and wiener schnitzel. It's fun for kids of all ages.

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center 

Scaly Mountain is located about a 40-minute drive from the cabin rentals in Helen, Georgia. They have activities all year long, such as skiing, ice skating, turf/snow tubing, bungee trampoline, and trout fishing. Kid-friendly activities abound at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center!

Pottery Museum & Kingdom Replica

Helen is also home to the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia that is a great place for all ages to learn about the rich folk art heritage and pottery-making techniques of this region, as well as Charlemagne's Kingdom; an HO-scale replica of the renowned king's Medieval European realm.

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Things To Do With Kids In The Atlanta Area

The north Georgia mountains are filled with outdoor recreational opportunities, historical museums, landmarks, and venues for families to learn about animals and the Earth. Families looking for things to do in north Georgia don't need to look far. North Georgia is home to the Chattahoochee National Forest as well as the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. The area offers both indoor and outdoor activities that are entertaining and educational.

North Georgia Aquarium

This Atlanta Aquarium boasts some of the most massive tanks in the world and is home to dolphin and shark exhibits. It also features several exhibits that teach spectators about fish that are native to Georgia.

Tellus Mineral Museum

This mineral museum has a lot more than minerals. It features dinosaur and fossil exhibits, including a giant T. Rex, as well as a planetarium and Science in Motion Gallery, which includes a Wright Brothers airplane. The mineral displays teach families about the minerals of Georgia as well as how they are extracted.

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Enjoy The Holidays With Your Children

For a terrific holiday escape for you and your loved ones, you can book some time in a mountain rental cabin in beautiful Helen, Georgia and make it your home away from home. You can sit by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa listening to the winter winds blowing around the eaves of your mountain hideaway.  Helen has a wealth of activities to offer visitors during the holiday season when it is transformed into a Christmas village that offers all the joys of the holiday season.

What does the holiday season in Helen, Georgia have to offer?

The Christmas season begins in late November with events such as the Annual Lighting of the Village which transforms the town into a festive atmosphere and includes a visit from Santa Claus. At the same time, The Festival of Trees is underway at Unicoi State Park with gorgeous wreaths and decorated trees throughout Unicoi Lodge.  

Christkindlmarkt is a German tradition with booths in the marketplace offering unique gifts and decorations with a Bavarian flair and foods providing the taste of the season.  Santa Claus and other costumed characters participate in the holiday cheer of the Annual Christmas Parade ushering in December. Deck the Halls at Unicoi State Park with family fun. Enjoy hayrides, Christmas crafts, and a special meal with music to celebrate the season. 

The lights shine under the clear mountain sky. Santa Claus, storytelling, and the joys of the season during the Nacoochee Village Christmas add to the anticipation of the big day. There is nothing more fun than viewing all this beauty while riding in a horse-drawn carriage from Alpine Carriage Company down the streets of Helen, Georgia.  The holiday season is a great time to bring your loved ones out to share in the joys of a traditional Christmas in the mountains of north Georgia.

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Stay With Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals During Your North Georgia Trip

While enjoying the festivities in Helen, Georgia, you can book some quality time at a luxurious mountain rental cabin. You get all the amenities of home and then some. We have cabins with hot tubs and Jacuzzi's as well as pool tables for your enjoyment.  The romance package includes a private luxury cabin with a hydrotherapy spa, a forty-dollar dining card to one of Helen's superb restaurants, a firewood kit, and S'mores to enjoy around the fire. Or, you can bring the entire family to enjoy the beautiful winter season.

Maybe the point of your vacation isn't to wind your children up with exciting activities, but to calm them down instead. In that case, there are cabins just waiting for you in the mountains with all the comforts of home. Get away from the beeping and flashing annoyances of real-life and see how your kids behave when they aren't being distracted by nonstop electronic interference.

Of course, with big-screen TV's and WiFi, they won't be totally disconnected from the real world. We know even kids these days have a hard time leaving their email and social media behind.

These magnificent cabins could also include:

  • Full kitchens.

  • Swimming pools, spas, or saunas.

  • Real wood-burning fireplaces.

  • BBQ pits for outdoor cooking - maybe even your own catch!

  • Private bedrooms with exquisite furnishing.

  • Billiards tables and other physical games.

  • And more!

For the perfect blend of outdoors beauty, and indoors comfort, a luxury mountain cabin truly delivers the best of both worlds!

Whether it is for a family getaway or a romantic getaway for two, Helen, GA has holiday events to inspire the spirit of the season.

Share Your Ideas & Stories

Make your next family vacation remember the many fun things to do in Georgia. Share in the comments below what you love to do with your family when visiting Helen Georgia.





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