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

Posted by Tom Telford on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

Things To Do For Kids in Helen GAFamily vacations can be a wonderful, 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.

A Visit To BabyLand General Hospital

No, it's not a real hospital - it's one of the Top Ten toylands in America! 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 being created, adopt their own, order a custom design, or simply explore the beautiful and educational grounds this "hospital" provides for their amusement. There are few better child-focused attractions anywhere in the country.

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

Many don't know this, but the Helen area was home to the first major gold rush in North American history, well before the famous California and Yukon strikes. While the gold boom died off, Duke's maintains an authentic old-style mine, creating an amazing combination of education and real-life experience.

You could even pan for gold, using methods identical to pioneer goldbugs, 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.

Horseback Riding: Sunburst Stables Are The Gateway To Exploration

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

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 mindblowing views of a Georgia mountain sunset. If you have teenagers, Sunburst also offers zipline adventures, but obviously they aren't for young ones.

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 the construction, make a call to The Cool River Tubing Company instead. They offer tubing adventures on the Chattahoochee River itself. The river is mild and gentle most times of the year, so it's reasonably safe for attentive children - although, of course, it's not as safe as a water park with life guards in attendance.

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.

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. Kids can also join in 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. For more scenic views, there are also trails running along 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 the 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 of the Helen GA Attractions.

Amicalola Deer Park

This deer park boasts "Santa's reindeer" for children to watch and even feed. Families can enjoy the deer as well as hike, picnic and camp. The park offers fun events throughout the year, including an eco-music festival, Tumbling Water Music Festival, Family Harvest Festival and Santa "Sleighay" Rides.

The Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail provides great memory-making opportunities as well as lets families 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.

Kangaroo Conservation Center

Families looking for truly unique things to do in North Georgia should enjoy the Kangaroo Conservation Center, an 87-acre wildlife park that offers several different types of kangaroo species. The park offers guided tours, and there is also a butterfly garden as well as a collection of birds and lizards.

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 the breathtaking Anna Ruby Falls; a great reward for kids who complete the easy hike.

Miniature Golf

For the young golf professional in training, Helen GA 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 near by or they can visit the Alpine Amusement Park for more mini-golf fun.


There are many great fishing spots to be found 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 also 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 will enable the whole family to go panning 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.

Oktoberfest in Helen

Fall is a special 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. One of the most popular times of year to visit Helen, Oktoberfest features polka dancing, face painting, German music and crowd-pleasing food like potato pancakes, apple strudel and wiener schnitzel. It's fun for kids of all ages.

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center 

Located just about a 40 minute drive from the cabin rentals in Helen, GA. At Scaly Mountain, 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, 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.

Things To Do With Kids In The Atlanta Area

The North Georgia Mountains are filled with outdoor recreational opportunities, historical museums and landmarks, as well as 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 aquarium boasts some of the largest 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 the 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.

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 coco 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, GA 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 himself.  At the same time, The Festival of Trees is going on 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 flare and foods offering the taste of the season.  Santa Claus and other costumed characters will participate in the holiday cheer of the Annual Christmas Parade ushering in the month of December.  Deck the Halls at Unicoi State Park offers family fun with hayrides and Christmas crafts along with a special meal and music to celebrate the season. 

The lights will be shining under the clear mountain sky with Santa Claus, story telling and the joys of the season during the Nacoochee Village Christmas. There is nothing more enjoyable and romantic than viewing all this 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.

Stay With Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals During Your North Georgia Trip

While enjoying the festivities in Helen, GA, you can book some quality time at a luxurious mountain rental cabin that has all the amenities of home and then some with the additional hot tub and Jacuzzi as well as pool tables for your enjoyment.  You can choose the romance package that 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 could 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. You can 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 TVs and WiFi, they won't be totally disconnected from the real world either. 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.

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Make your next family vacation one to remember with 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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