Family Fun for YOU in Cleveland, Georgia

Anna Ruby Falls

Booking a trip to North Georgia with your family to stay in a cabin is always a great way to spend time together. It’s amazing to get away from work or school, and it allows everyone to relax and have fun! While there are so many activities and adventures awaiting you around your vacation rental, sometimes it’s even more fun to go on a drive and explore the surrounding areas on a day trip getaway. North Georgia has plenty to do, including outdoor activities (playgrounds, historic sites, hikes in the North Georgia mountains, and more), family farms, great restaurants, museums, art galleries, and more. 

One favorite North Georgia town is Cleveland, Georgia, about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Ellijay and Blue Ridge. It’s not too far, so you don’t have to worry about the kids getting antsy on the way there. Of course, there has to be a good reason for you to take your family and leave the cabin, and the reason is because of all the great family-friendly things you can do in Cleveland, from outdoor fun to the unique Cleveland attractions – including the Cabbage Patch Kids experience at Babyland General Hospital! 

Family Fun Activities

Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf
You might not be the best golfer in the world, but that’s ok because you can sharpen up your putting skills at Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf and Arcade that perfectly pairs with the Bavarian theme of Helen, GA. They are one of the top-rated things to do for families with kids in Cleveland, Georgia. They have an amazing view from their rushing streams and beautiful waterfalls. 

Golf-wise, there are two 18-hole mini-golf courses and the largest arcade within a 30-mile radius complete with games of chance and super arcade challenges. Even if your kids don’t enjoy mini-golf, arcade games are always a hit. You will find your kids begging you for more money for the games, so they can win even more and have a blast! 

North Georgia Wildlife Park 
The North Georgia Zoo will keep your kids entertained and captivated. Zoo admission is $24.99 per adult, $22.99 per child (ages 2-11), FREE for infants. This includes being able to visit and interact with tons of miniature and rare breed farm animals. You can also get up close to other animals like a giant tortoise, alligator, a parakeet, and much more! There is also a wildlife walk to learn more about wild animals such as deer, kangaroos, lemurs, Fennec foxes, snakes, and alligators. 

There is also a petting farm that kids love and a reptile experience you can add on. You will encounter giant pythons, giant tortoises, monitor lizards, alligators and crocodiles, tarantulas, giant frogs, chameleons, dragons, and iguanas. There is also so much more you can do there! The wildlife park has been featured on Dirty Jobs and Wild About Animals, so you can meet some TV animal stars! At the North Georgia Zoo, they love animals. They treat them the way they were created to be treated, with dignity and love. All you have to do is enjoy your time! 

Wildwood Outfitters
If you love thrills and getting wet, then Wildwood Outfitters is perfect for you and your family on the Chattahoochee River. They offer a variety of trips for all ages and expertise. Whether you require a leisurely float down the river to soak in the scenery, a fun kayak tour, or an adrenaline kick while you are running the rapids, they can make it happen! 

There are 4 sections you can raft on. Section I has a minimum age of 5 years, length of 5 miles, time of 2 ½-3 hours, and Class I rapids. It goes from Highway 17 to Highway 255 Bridge. Section II has a minimum age of 5 years, length of 5 miles, time of 2 ½-3 hours, and Class I-II rapids. It’s similar to section I, but the key difference is Smith Island, which is rated as a Class II rapid. Section III is the most popular one with once again a minimum age of 5 years, length of 5 miles, time of 2 1/2 -3 hours, and Class I-II (III) rapids. Even though this section is a bit more advanced than the others, it is still great for all levels of paddlers. Lastly, section IV is from Highway 384 Bridge to Mossy Creek or Belton Bridge Park. Depending on what route you take, it is 5-10 miles, 2 ½-3 hours (5 miles) 4-6 hours (10 miles), Class I (II), and with a minimum age of 5.

Gold ‘n Gem Grubbin’
Since the California Gold Rush (1848-1855), everyone gets excited about the thought of finding gold. Well, those thoughts can become a reality when you take your family to Gold ‘N Gem Grubbin.’ They began as a commercial gold mine and opened to the public in 1989. They have happily served the public since with an old fashioned philosophy: great customer service. They are also family owned and operated. Choose your bucket type and get ready to hunt for some kid-friendly fun! Fun Fact: They were featured on the Travel Channel’s Cash & Treasures show. Be sure to have this place on the list when in Cleveland! 

Zip N Time (Nacoochee Adventures)
Unless you have a fear of heights, zip lining is never a bad option. Zip N Time started out in 2012 offering just zip line tours. Since then, they have added ATV excursions, a giant swing, tree houses, and a 3-level challenge course. Their number one priority is you! They undergo continuous safety and communication training to ensure you have the best trip possible. There are multiple zip line packages available with a variety of pricing, tour lengths, and weight and age restrictions. 

If ziplining isn’t for you, the giant swing, bicycles, and challenge course are just as much fun! The swing is $20 per person and about 10 to 15 minutes long. Bicycles can be rented at $5 per hour or $20 per day. It’s truly a unique way to see this alpine mountain town. The Yonah Quest Challenge Course is $39 per person with guides to help and supervise on the side. 

Anna Ruby Falls
If you love hiking, nature, and waterfalls, then you must take your family to go see Anna Ruby Falls. It is located near Unicoi State Park in White County. The waterfall is accessible via a half-mile paved trail from a public use area with a small admittance charge. It is designated a National Recreation Trail in Georgia. 

A paved 0.4-mile footpath leads from the parking lot to the base of the falls, with easy walking for about 30 minutes. If you’re feeling ambitious, take the 4.6-mile Smith Creek Trail for a more challenging hike. This longer trail leads from the base of Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park. Parking is $5, and entrance is $3 per person (16 and up). Hours are 9 AM – 6 PM daily, weather permitting. 

DeSoto Falls
Similar to Anna Ruby Falls is DeSoto Falls. It is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest DeSoto Falls Scenic Area. The trails lead to 2 different falls on Frogtown Creek. The lower falls is 0.3 miles downstream from the trailhead, and the second is 0.75 miles upstream. 

A cool fact is according to a legend, Spanish armor belonging to the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, or one of his men, was found near here. This led many to believe that the expedition passed through this region in 1540 in their attempt to find gold. Coming from Dahlonega, head north on GA9/Morrison Moore Parkway for 13 miles, then turn left onto US-129 for 4 miles. The trails will be on the left. 

Tips for YOU and Your Family

Make the most of your family time with some of our favorite vacation tips. 

  • Be prepared – Check the weather, traffic, trail reports, and updated events info online. 
  • Be flexible – Things change on vacation, so learn to go with the flow! 
  • Try to stay in the moment with your family and enjoy it (put away the screens). 
  • Bring any creature comforts that make you feel at home while you’re away. 

You and your family are now all set to have family fun in Cleveland! On your way there, make sure to encourage your kids to look out the window as it is a pretty drive. And be sure to check out other great scenic drives on our blog.