Historical Attractions in ATHENS with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Athens, Georgia!)

Athens is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Peach State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Athens’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Athens when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Elachee Nature Science Center

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    (34 miles) Gainesville

    The Chicopee Woods Story follows the meanderings of Walnut Creek through previous times in the Chicopee Woods. Learn about past inhabitants of the area through dioramas, actual fossils and artifacts, ...

  • Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Centre

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    (49 miles) Johns Creek

    We provide the public with an educational resource to gain knowledge, enjoyment, appreciation, and a sense of stewardship of the natural and historical environment.

  • Fernbank Science Center

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    (55 miles) Atlanta

    Fernbank Science Center offers hands-on science activities for kids.The exhibit hall presents numerous displays which deal with a whole array of scientific concepts. The theme for the entire exhibit ...

  • Magaret Mitchell House

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    (58 miles) Atlanta

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a turn-of-the century, three-story, Tudor Revival building where Margaret ...

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  • Georgia Museum of Art

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    (1 miles) Athens

    With free admission, this Museum of Art is a great place for the family to enjoy a cultural and artistic day out in Georgia! With kids activities and hands-on exhibits, it's a fun way to spend the ...

  • Ty Cobb Museum

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    (28 miles) Royston

    Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players ever, and now kids can learn all about his life and achievements at this Georgia museum all about him!

  • GRHOF Thunder Road Museum

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    (53 miles) Dawsonville

    The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (GRHOF) officially re-opened August 2007. The museum, recognized by the state legislature as the official home of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, recognizes ...

  • High Museum of Art

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    From a stately home on Peachtree Street to its current award-winning buildings in a spectacular setting, the Museum become the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States with its renowned ...

  • The APEX Museum

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    Visit the Yates and Milton Drug Store, one of Atlanta's first Black owned businesses. Listen to the stories of early African American pioneers in Atlanta and learn all about the powerful Black ...

  • Childrens Museum of Atlanta

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    Hands on learning for curious minds under 8 years, with experiments, interactive discoveries and multi media exhibits so kids can learn as they play in Atlanta!

  • The World of Coca Cola

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    A multi media attraction in Atlanta charting the history of Coca Cola from every angle, including 4D theatre production and Pop Culture Gallery!

  • The Museum

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    (72 miles) Greenwood

    The Museum has over 30,000 artifacts in their collections, ranging from fossils to oriental textiles. Imagination is the only thing limiting how this rich resource can help educators in the ...

  • Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum

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    (82 miles) Cartersville

    Tellus will occupy more than 120,000 square feet and feature galleries devoted to minerals, fossils, transportation technology, and hands-on science experiences. Tellus will also house the only fully ...

  • The Childrens Museum of the Upstate

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    (84 miles) Greenville

    80,000 square feet, and three floors of interactive fun in South Carolina, all focused on arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment.

  • South Carolina Children's Theatre

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    (83 miles) Greenville

    Immerse yourself in the magic of live storytelling at this South Carolina Children's Theatre, with child-friendly shows and hands-on theatre experiences!

  • Bear Hollow Zoo

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    (2 miles) Athens

    A charming zoo filled with non-releasable native Georgia wildlife, perfect for that animal-tastic day out filled with learning and experiences. Free admission too!

  • Yellow River Game Ranch

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    (41 miles) Lilburn

    You will have the animals eating out of your hand-- literally! This wonderful game ranch has 24 wooded acres with over 600 animals and birds that families can get right up close to. From buffalo, ...

  • North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm

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    (54 miles) Cleveland

    Over 400 animals at this premier Georgia petting farm and zoo! Pony and wagon rides, as well as guided walks too. Great animal fun for the kids

  • Zoo Atlanta

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    Animal keeper talks, training demonstrations, fun shows, animal encounters and more!

  • Georgia Aquarium

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    Visit the WORLD's second largest aquarium, and it happens to be in Georgia! With 10 million gallons of water, and over 100,000 animals from all around the world!

  • Greenville Zoo

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    (84 miles) Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!

  • Six Flags Over Georgia

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    (68 miles) Austell

    Gravity-defying thrill rides, family pleasers and kiddie rides - all come together to give families a super fun day out at Six Flags Georgia!

  • LanierWorld

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    (39 miles) Buford

    A super fun way to get drenched in summer! Enjoy over a dozen super cool rides and attractions at LanierWorld - a very cool waterpark!

  • Chattahoochee Rapids Beach

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    (40 miles) Lake Lanier Islands

    With more than a dozen exciting rides and attractions, Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark at Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers summer fun for the entire family. The Beach & WaterPark is a multi ...

  • Helen Waterpark and Tubing

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    (57 miles) North Helen

    Tubing and waterpark fun for all ages in Georgia, with fun slides, adventures, pools, and even a rock wall!

  • High Falls Water Park

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    (65 miles) Jackson

    Offers a family pool with 2 water slides plus an interactive kids' area featuring a Pirate Ship with another slide and a giant squirty mushroom.

  • Six Flags White Water

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    (65 miles) Marietta

    HUGE water fun with Six Flags, with over 50 amazing water attractions, extreme thrills, relaxing spills, and everything in between!

  • Cherokee County Aquatic Center

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    (66 miles) Holly Springs

    Two indoor pools and one outdoor pool for those budding swimmers to have a splash about or improve their swimming techniques.

  • Discovery Island Splash Park

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    (82 miles) Simpsonville

    Water fun in South Carolina with water slides, splash playground, lazy river and surf simulator!

  • Otter Creek Splash Park

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    (91 miles) Greenville

    A small community water park with slides, zero entry pool and interactive splash pad - located in a great Greenville park.

  • Shipwreck Cove Waterpark

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    (98 miles) Duncan

    2 flume slides, kiddie lagoon with loads of play features, plus lazy river and larger leisure pool for bigger kids with rustic pirate ship and water cannons.

  • Gold n Gem Grubbin

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    (51 miles) Cleveland

    Pan for gold and search for that fortune at this Georgia panning adventure! You never know what you will find!

  • CNN Studio Tour

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    (60 miles) Atlanta

    Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the CNN studios, where kids can learn all about how television is made! CNN Studios also give an insight into the history of CNN.

  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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    (83 miles) Blue Ridge

    Nestled in the mountains of Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest, historic Blue Ridge awaits you and your family. Our regular 4 hour, 26 mile round trip winds along the beautiful Toccoa River ...

  • Joyful Events Fishing Trips and Beach Outings

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    (93 miles) Atlanta Newnan

    All inclusive deep sea fishing trips, beach outings, bottom fishing and more all in Georgia, with welcoming staff and accessible facilities!