We recently took a trip to visit family in Atlanta, Georgia and had such a wonderful time savoring all the fall season has to offer. We traveled with my sister in law and my six nieces and nephews (check out her blog here). These nearby activities were fun for everyone from my two-year-old toddler to my eleven-year-old niece. Here’s my list for family fall fun in North Georgia.

Apple Picking

We had a blast at the Red Apple Barn in Ellijay, GA. I have never been apple picking before, so I was surprised at how much fun it was! Entry was $7.50 per person (plus the cost of an apple bag or basket) and included a hay ride to the orchard, unlimited time spent apple picking, painting rocks (my daughter’s favorite), picking flowers, a cup of apple cider and an apple cider donut. There were so many different types of apples to choose from. I loved sampling different types of apples as we walked through the orchard. Several trees were even low enough for the princess to reach which made apple picking fun for the whole family.

Talking Rock

After apple picking, we headed to a nearby park called Talking Rock. The park was right on a creek and offered tons of fun for the kids. There was a parked trained the kids could walk through and tour and a park to burn off some energy. We packed picnic lunches and really enjoyed stopping here for lunch.

Hiking

There are several beautiful hiking trails near Atlanta, GA. Here’s a link to a great list! Here’s a link to a great list! We went hiking near my father in laws house. The views were beautiful and we got a great workout. It was so much fun to hike as a family and explore. Especially as the leaves start to change and the weather cools off, hiking provides is great family fall fun in North Georgia.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is rich in civil war history and was the battle ground for one of the most prolific fights in Georgia during the civil war. The national park had tons of hiking trails. We visited the museum at the park entrance and the kids completed workbooks for the ‘Junior Ranger’ program to learn about the civil war. Once completed, each kid earned a ranger badge and a gift bag with tons of goodies. This is a great stop if you want something that’s free and educational!

The Southern Museum

Also located in Kennesaw, The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive HistoryThe Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History was really interactive. We particularly loved the kids play section. There were train simulators, morse code communicators and tons of hands-on train play. There was even a toddler section with wooden train sets, puzzles, books, foam building blocks and a mini train car (complete with wooden kitchen). Princess Evie spent the most time in the toddler area and wasn’t too thrilled when it was time to leave. It was surprising how many kid friendly events The Southern Museum hosts. If you plan to visit, be sure to check their calendar for classes and other events.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is one of world’s largest aquariums, with awesome exhibits, interactive fun and tons of animals. The Whale Shark was my favorite and the jellyfish were Evie’s. We all loved the dolphin show and the hands-on touch and feel tanks. This is definitely a ‘must-do’ on our list of family fall fun in North Georgia. It’s also conveniently located in downtown Atlanta near the Coca Cola Museum and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. I was pleasantly surprised that the Georgia Aquarium had nursing areas specifically for breastfeeding moms. However, their stroller valet service was a little aggravating as I felt like I was constantly backtracking to pick up my stroller. The food was also incredibly expensive, though they offered several great options. There aren’t restrictions on bringing food in, so in the future, we’ll definitely pack snacks and lunch. 

Fall Fun in North Georgia

Of course, the best part about fall in North Georgia is the changing of the leaves. While the foliage wasn’t completely turned yet, we still saw several beautifully colored trees. The weather in the evening was wonderful, while it was still rather warm during the day. We visited in early October. If you want to ensure you see fully changed leaves and experience cool fall weather, make sure to plan your trip for late October.

Fall Fun in North Georgia Atlanta

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