Popular Georgia History Spots
When we think of vacation, we often think of fun in the sun and theme parks. There is no reason why parents cannot include some history in the summer vacation plans too. The key is, to make the history fun and not make kids feel like their summer vacation is a full-blown history lesson. Let’s explore Georgia history spots that kids will love.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
It is no hidden fact that kids love trains. On the Blue Ridge, Scenic Railway families will be able to enjoy a 4-hour train ride through the Chattahoochee Forest and next to the Toccoa River. The family adventure will start at the Blue Ridge historical depot which was built in 1905. There will also be additional stops on your trip. McCaysville/Copperhill is going to be the highlight of your train ride. Located at the Georgia-Tennessee state line, families will have a two-hour layover to explore the city. Families will be able to eat, shop, and even walk across the bridge to enjoy refreshing views of the river.
While this is not a significant history hot-spot, kids are sure to love the train and the 26-mile ride. Boarding starts 45 minutes before taking off time, and they do not hold the train for late entries.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park will give you the feeling of a theme park. They provide many attractions such as Dinosaurus Explore, Dinotorium, Farmyard, Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall. Families can camp here and explore Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain is famous for its monolith of Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Also included is President Jefferson Davis. At night families can purchase tickets to see the laser light show, and even get preferred seating on the Memorial Lawn.
Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout House
The Girls Scouts were founded in 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low. When visiting this house, families will learn about Juliette Gordon Low and the history of how the Girl Scouts of America came to be. Here families will also be able to see the original uniforms, paintings, statues, and even the diary of Juliette Gordon Low.
Savannah Trolley Tour
Savannah is a premier location to visit favorite Georgia history spots. By taking the Old Town Trolley tours, families will be able to hop on and off the trolley and see 15 different historical locations in Savannah. Just a few of the stops offered are the Ships of the Sea Museum, Pirates House, Cathedral of St. John Baptist, and the Massie Heritage Museum. The history that surrounds Savannah Georgia is so rich that families will be able to learn while having fun.
Georgia is full of different military forts. Families can explore Old Fort Jackson that is outside of Savannah, where they can witness daily cannon firings, and participate in programs that are interactive for the entire family. There is also the Fort Pulaski National Monument. Here families can enjoy a picnic lunch while talking about what they have learned from the indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Civil War Naval Museum
If your kids are interested in the Navy and boats, then the Civil War Naval Museum needs to be on your Georgia History spots to visit. The Civil War Naval Museum has navy ships like the CSS Jackson, and the remaining pieces of wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee on display. They also have replicas of other vital boats in Georgia’s history. Families can also see the most extensive collection of authentic Civil War Naval flags too. While here, families can participate in self-tours, or have guided tours.
See, all these locations are perfect to include into your family vacation. You still can enjoy all the fun in the sun, as well as add some Georgia history spots that kids will love too.
Have you been to any of these Georgia history spots? If so, what was your favorite? If not, which of these will you include in your itinerary for Georgia History spots?