Time is quickly winding down before school starts at the beginning of August. Looking for some different activities to do with the family that are close to home and won’t break the bank? Check out this list below of Cherokee County activities that are a bit off the beaten path.
Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University Funk Heritage Center
7300 Reinhardt University Circle, Waleska
A lesser known part of this center is the Bennett History Museum and Appalachian Settlers Village. Exhibits focusing on the history and art of the Southeastern Indians and European settlers. The Rogers Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art includes a collection of paintings, sculptures and creative works. Tools of the Trade is an extensive exhibit of thousands of tools dating back to the 17th century. Be sure to check out Warluskee’s Corner, a comfortable and child friendly place for parents to stop and talk to children about the history of Georgia’s first people complete with children’s books, hand puppets and hands on activities.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9-4, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5. Closed on Mondays and major holidays; $6 for adults, $4 for children
The Valley at JJ Biello Park JJ Biello Park
250 Brooke Blvd, Woodstock
Some of you with older children may know it well for its soccer fields and other team sports areas. It’s a great place for the smaller kids, too. Did you know this has one of the largest playgrounds in Georgia? It includes a rock climbing wall, interconnected play areas, plenty of slides and swing and even a separate play area for the very little ones. This playground will provide hours of fun for all ages.
Berry Patch Farms Berry Patch Farms
786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.
From now until early August, blueberries are in season. This farm takes pride in being pesticide-free—an added bonus. The farm is open Tuesday-Sundays from 8 am to 9 pm.
Interested in learning other places in Georgia that have pick-your-own fruits or vegetables? Check out Pick Your Own.
Close to Cherokee County….
Booth Western Art Museum Booth Museum
501 Museum Drive, Cartersville
The 120,000 square-foot museum houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Galleries include contemporary Western American art, historic Western art, Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie poster, and Western illustration. Sagebrush Ranch is an interactive gallery where children of all ages can learn about art and Western America. In addition, the museum regularly has temporary exhibits. Admission for adults is $10; free admission for those with active military ID and for all children 12 and under.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site Etowah Indian Mounds
Route 1, Cartersville; open Tuesdays – Sundays, 9 am – 5 pm
Located 5 miles southwest of I-75 exit #288. Follow brown directional signs.
The 54-acre site includes a small museum with an area to watch a film that traces the history of the Etowah Indian. The Indian Mounds themselves are a place of religious rites performed by chiefs and priests. It’s also the final resting place of this important tribe members. It dates back to 1000 AD. This site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.
Looking for more ideas? There are so many great travel books about Georgia. Here’s one that will definitely expand upon our hidden activities theme: Georgia Off the Beaten Path: Discover Your Fun, by Janice McDonald
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