Travel with kids in Georgia

Kid-friendly Pirates’ House restaurant, Savannah, Georgia (courtesy Dizzy Girl at Flickr CC)There’s a lot of family-friendly action in the Peach State, and my article covering 20 places and events is now available on

There are “the obvious” sites in Atlanta, but I tried to look beyond that and cast a statewide net.

How about:

** Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway – A nationally-designated scenic route in northwest Georgia, this byway includes the Appalachian cultural legacy of Prater’s Mill (especially during their annual Columbus Day weekend Country Fair) and New Echota, the Cherokee Nation capitol in 1825 and the site of the first Indian language newspaper office. Cabins and camping are available in Fort Mountain State Park along the route.

** SAM Shortline Excursion Train – The Savannah, Americus and Montgomery (SAM) is part of a rail system that used to connect Savannah and Montgomery, Alabama. Nowadays, it’s a good way to visit President Jimmy Carter’s home and museum at Carter National Historic Site in Plains, and Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters in Americus. Visitors can tour Habitat’s Global Village; 15 representative Habitat houses from around the world, including Papua New Guinea and Ghana.

** Sapelo Island and Hog Hammock – Fans of the children’s television program “Gullah Gullah Island” already know a little about the unique Gullah/Geechee African-American culture in this part of the South. Today, the remote Sapelo Island and its only town, Hog Hammock, are still inhabited by the descendants of slaves who preserved their language dialect and food thanks to that isolation. Get here on a state-operated ferry from Meridian and take the guided tour, or contact writer and island resident Cornelia Bailey about her Geechee tours and lodging.

For the other 17 suggestions, please visit Family Friendly Must-Sees in Georgia, and feel free to comment and add your suggestions in the comments section here or at the original article.

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