Walking the Etowah Trail to the Plaza and Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site – Cartersville, Georgia

just north of Atlanta at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. With six earthen mounds, this 53 acre historic site protects the land used from 1000 to 1550 AD by several thousand Native Americans. Start your visit to Etowah at the visitor center and prepare to walk around the site after this introduction to the plaza and three mounds which once held the priest's home, temples, and burial sites.

National Civil War Naval Museum – Columbus, Georgia

Did you know there are only four ironclad from the Civil War left? And one of right here in Georgia! Designed around the artifacts, this building houses the CSS Jackson, the largest surviving Confederate warship.   At more than 200 feet long, it’s remains are especially impressive when you step back to see the frame built to show its original size. Also present is other salvaged ship wreckage and replicas as well as weapons and equipment from the time. Leave time to explore the wall of detailed timeline of the Civil War; it’s enough in its own. 

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary – Locust Grove, Georgia

animals while providing education to the community of the value of all living things. With the goal of releasing animals back into the wild, this center offers these domestic, farm, exotic, and retired medical research animals a permanent home if this is not possible. Each large habitat area is set up to try to mimic their home as much as possible. Come see lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, and so much more.

Dunwoody Nature Center – Dunwoody, Georgia

The Dunwoody Nature Center is a free, shaded nature area just north of downtown Atlanta. There are multiple playgrounds to climb, tons of native forest for nature exploring, a wetlands boardwalk, stream water play, two miles of hiking trails, and a nature center with opportunities for geocaching nearby. It’s a great green space for a day of family fun.

Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia

Museum of Aviation – Warner Robins, Georgia

Take a two hour drive southeast from Atlanta to drive to the Warner Robins Air Force Base to visit an amazing, 51 acre aviation museum. It's free. It's big with four large buildings full of aircraft. It's beautifully done. Experience history lessons while pulling kids in with airplanes, helicopters, uniforms, weapons, and great educational displays. You won't be able to see it all in one day, so just start planning on your second trip.

Discovering the Magic of Discovery Cove: The Answers to All Your Questions

Family trips to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida can be overwhelming when you don't know what to expect. With these first-hand tips and tricks, your first trip to this magical Sea World park will allow you look forward to snorkeling with rays and meeting dolphins instead of searching for answers that you can't find. Know what to expect and prepare for an amazing experience!

A Charleston Visit to Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is the longest continually working plantation in the country and a lovely place to experience real southern history. Picture the magnificent grand entrance you expect from the Southern plantation movies. Tall towering oaks line both sides of the one lane road leading up to the grand entrance … Continue reading A Charleston Visit to Boone Hall Plantation

Exploring Archeology with a Family Trip to Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestown is a National Park site and includes the current and past archeological digs at the site. Started in 1994, archeological digs have been undertaken to discover the original site of the fort along the James River. This site is different than the reconstructed fort you will find at Jamestown Settlement (see post). Where: … Continue reading Exploring Archeology with a Family Trip to Historic Jamestowne

A Family Visit to the Jamestown Settlement: The Beginner’s Guide

WHERE: THE HISTORIC TRIANGLE IN VIRGINIA, CLOSE TO Williamsburg and historic Jamestowne MOM SCORE: 5/5KID SCORE: 5/5  The Jamestown area can be confusing - we've been and I still have to look up which is which. There are two Jamestowns to explore which are only five minutes ways from each other. Jamestown Settlement is a … Continue reading A Family Visit to the Jamestown Settlement: The Beginner’s Guide