With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many Georgians have family and friends visiting from out-of-town. Maybe they are the same family members whom you’ve taken to the Coca Cola Museum and Tallulah Falls before. So perhaps this year, instead of the same old, run-of-the-mill adventures, you try something a bit different. Take a look at these 13 places in Georgia that fall under the radar, but out-of-towners will surely love.
1. Goats on the Roof - 3026 Hwy 441 S, Tiger, GA 30576
Not only can you find delicious fudge, homemade ice cream and souvenirs galore, but you’ll also find a ton of goats. On the roof. The name of this family-friendly hotspot does not disappoint, and this adventure is a worth-while trek for those visiting from another state.
2. The Marble Mine Trail - 2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Rd, Summerville, GA 30747-5322
Located within James H. Floyd State Park, the Marble Mine Trail is something of a hidden gem. Not difficult in approach, the reward from this trail is something to marvel over. You’ll be taken to an underground cave, fit with a turquoise or emerald pool of water which catches a waterfall from above. It’s a magical hike to say the least.
3. Thomasville, Georgia
With over 70 historical sights in this little town alone, it’s hard not to visit Thomasville, Georgia and learn something new. Whether you’re searching for the latest antique find to add to your collection, or want to visit the church Jacqueline Kennedy attended after President Kennedy’s death, Thomasville is filled with charm and culture.
4. Georgia Mountain Market
Inside this secret flea market you’ll find a ton of awesome goods and vintage gems that you wouldn’t normally expect. In fact, inside this 45,000-square-foot flea market you’ll find some impressive booths, like Eric’s Records, which has over 20,000 vinyl records to peruse and add to your own collection. Or The Wicked Pig, which offers a big ol’ Southern buffet for lunch.
5. Mayfield Dairy Farm - 1160 Broadway Ave, Braselton, GA 30517
Not only can you take a tour of this famed dairy plant, but you can also sit outside in their rocking chairs with your fresh, homemade ice cream, and enjoy the day with your loved ones. Just make sure you stop to take a photo with the big brown cow!
6. Providence Spring, Andersonville
There is something pretty magical about Providence Spring, especially once you hear the story behind it. Legend has it, thousands of soldiers were dying in the fields in the summer of 1864. Conditions were rough and disease spread. Water was non existent. A group fo soldiers banded together to pray for rain and within days a bolt of lightning hit the ground and a spring erupted from the earth. This new water source, which never stopped flowing, was dubbed Providence Spring.
7. Whistle Stop Cafe - 443 McCrackin St, Juliette, GA 31046
Many people visit this cozy diner because it was the setting for the famed movie Fried Green Tomatoes. However, we recommend visiting because the food is just that darn good. If you need help to decide what it is you’d like to eat, then by all means order up the fried green tomatoes for a true treat.
8. Center for Puppetry Arts - 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
As the largest organization dedicated to puppetry in the United States, it’s only right that you take some out-of-towners to enjoy this gem. With a focus on performance, education and of course a museum, this is the perfect place to bring the whole family.
9. Tank Town USA - 10408 Appalachian Hwy, Morganton, GA 30560
There aren’t too many places in the country where you can drive an Army tank around and crush cars. Yet luckily for Georgians, we have one right in our backyard. Tank Town USA is the place to go with the entire family and experience an adventure unlike anything else in the world.
10. Booth Western Art Museum - 501 N Museum Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120
One trip to Booth Western Art Museum will surely provide you with a comprehensive history of how Western America came to be. At over 120,000 square feet of space, this is the largest permanent exhibition of Western art in the country. This is a fascinating, under-the-radar experience for everyone involved.
11. Santa Claus, Georgia
Yes, there is a town in Georgia called Santa Claus and yes, they love Christmas. For guests visiting out-of-state, especially the young children, a trip to Santa Claus, Georgia will surely delight in every possible way. See how the town prepares each year for the most important holiday.
12. The Panoramic Encyclopedia of Everything Elvis - 271 Foreacre St, Cornelia, Georgia
Inside the Loudermilk Boarding House Museum, you’ll find a comprehensive shrine to Elvis unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Artifacts, posters, vintage memorabilia, and heck, even a wart which was removed from The King’s hand decades ago. If you’re a rock music fan, or even just an Elvis fan, then this is the place for you.
13. Poole’s Real Pit BBQ - 164 Craig St, East Ellijay, GA 30540
You can’t have guests visit Georgia without a taste of real, Southern BBQ. Which is why Poole’s is the best place to go. Not only is the food from Poole’s a divine experience, but the entire ambiance of the place will knock your socks off. Make sure to snap a photo in front of Poole's BBQ Pig Hill of Fame just for a quick memento of your experience.