National Parks / Natural World in CANTON with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Canton has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Canton, Georgia offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Canton itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Chattahoochee Nature Center

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    (17 miles) Roswell

    The Chattahoochee Nature Center is different each and every day - you never know what you will find out on the trails or what some of the resident animals will be doing. In addition to our trails ...

  • Kennesaw Mountain NBP

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    (18 miles) Kennesaw

    Monday, June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign occurred here. Preserved are historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments.

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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    (20 miles) Atlanta

    Take a solitary walk to enjoy natures display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Experience your ...

  • The Martin Luther King Jnr National Historic Site

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    (34 miles) Atlanta

    The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site includes a number of facilities that are operated in partnership with the National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center. ...

  • Stone Mountain Park

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    (35 miles) Stone Mountain

    Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Amazing adventures await as you discover ...

  • Fort Mountain State Park

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    (38 miles) Chatsworth

    An amazing nature filled family day out in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this picturesque state park has a range of outdoor activities, from horseback riding, mountain biking an hiking is a ...

  • Fort Yargo State Park

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    (47 miles) Winder

    Fort Yargo offers a fun camping, hiking and fishing experience. The park surrounds Marbury Creek Reservoir, a 260-acre lake with a swimming beach, fishing areas and boat ramps.

  • Black Forest Bear Park

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    (54 miles) Helen

    16 bears in individual habitats which you can view and feed from elevated boardwalks above the enclosures. Plus check out the reptiles and arachnids in GHC Exotics.

  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

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    (65 miles) Fort Oglethorpe

    In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, the gateway to the deep south. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the nations first, was created in 1890 to ...

  • Rock City Gardens

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    (71 miles) Lookout Mountain

    One of the south’s oldest and most popular natural attractions featuring the Enchanted Trail with a Swing-A-Long Bridge and Fairyland Caverns, as well as many festivals and events throughout the ...

  • Little River Canyon National Preserve

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    (71 miles) Fort Payne

    Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs ...

  • High Falls State Park

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    (78 miles) Jackson

    Park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist mill foundation. A campground, picnic areas and canoe rental are also available. This pretty park in ...

  • Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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    (82 miles) Comer

    Known as one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River.

  • Russell Cave National Monument

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    (91 miles) Bridgeport

    Explore this national monument cave in Alabama that was once home to prehistoric people, with history and outdoor adventure waiting for the family!

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  • Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum

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    (18 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 ...

  • GRHOF Thunder Road Museum

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    (25 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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    (32 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 World of Coca Cola

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    (33 miles) Atlanta

    A multi media attraction charting the history of the drink from every angle, including 4D theatre production and Pop Culture Gallery.

  • The APEX Museum

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    (34 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 ...

  • Rome Area History Museum

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    (39 miles) Rome

    As a vital center for local historical research, the Rome Area History Museum is appropriately located on Broad Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Rome, Georgia.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

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    (67 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 ...

  • Hunter Museum of American Art

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    (73 miles) Chattanooga

    Kids can understand American history in more detail through the art that was created through the centuries. Great inspiration in Tennessee

  • Creative Discovery Museum

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    (73 miles) Chattanooga

    A fun, interactive and hands-on children's museum in Chattanooga, with attractions perfect for kids to learn, play and get creative!

  • Ty Cobb Museum

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    (78 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!

  • Anniston Museum of Natural History

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    (85 miles) Anniston

    Kids can explore the wilds of Africa, the mysteries of 2,000 year old mummies, and the wonders of the North American wilderness in this fascinating Alabama Natural History Museum. An educational AND ...

  • Berman Museum of World History

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    (85 miles) Anniston

    Featuring more than 8000 artifacts, Berman Museum of World History offers a unique opportunity to view ancient treasures and objects from all over the world.

  • Georgia Aquarium

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    (33 miles) Atlanta

    With more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! One of the many fun family ...

  • Zoo Atlanta

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    (35 miles) Atlanta

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

  • Yellow River Game Ranch

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    (36 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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    (44 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

  • Bear Hollow Zoo

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    (67 miles) Athens

    A well kept and popular place for families to come and see Georgia’s native wildlife including many varieties of bears, deer, possums, turtles, otters, hawks, eagles and bobcats. They have a See ...

  • Chattanooga Zoo

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    (72 miles) Chattanooga

    Known as the best little zoo in the USA - this animal fun family attraction in Chattanooga will educate, excite and offer lots of fun animal encounters!

  • Tennessee Aquarium

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    (73 miles) Chattanooga

    The Chattanooga skyline features six magnificent peaks that top the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. River Journey is the original Aquarium building and features ...

  • Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain

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    (84 miles) Attalla

    An exotic animal park and rescue preserve where families can enjoy over 80 large predators, including tigers, leopards and bears, that call this reserve home, as well as a full contact barnyard.

  • Tennessee Valley Railroad

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    (70 miles) Chattanooga

    The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is proud to offer a wide variety of rides to suit your needs. For a quick trip, our Missionary Ridge Local takes only 55 minutes but packs all sorts of ...