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5 Family-Fun Eccentric Excursions in Georgia

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    Explore Downtown Plains on your way to the Peanut of Peace and Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Farm.

This isn’t a complete list of the bit of eccentric excursions we have in Georgia, but it is a compilation of our favorites! What did we miss that you love? Let us know your favorite Georgia travel finds using #ExploreGeorgia on social media!

Old Car City USA (White)

Old Car City USA in White, Ga., is a haven for photographers.
Old Car City USA in White, Ga., is a haven for photographers.

If your kids love old cars and running in the woods, then Old Car City USA works well! It’s also a haven for photographers. You can meander 6 miles of trails or stick to the section near the entrance, which is where the oldest automobiles sit among 4,000 in this classic car junkyard. Don’t skip the second-story museum of “cup art.” See photos from our Old Car City USA visit here.

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden (Summerville)

Explore Howard Finster
Explore Howard Finster

One of Georgia’s noted art attractions, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden has acres of folk-art sculptures and paintings to inspire your kiddos. We spent an entire afternoon examining each piece, then stayed the night at nearby Sloppy Floyd State Park, where fishing is a must. See pictures from my boys’ adventure at Howard Finster’s.

Smallest Church in America (South Newport)

The smallest church in America welcomes all visitors!
The smallest church in America welcomes all visitors!

Just off Hwy 95 between St. Simons Island and Savannah is the small town of South Newport. Don’t blink when you drive through or you’ll miss Memory Park Christ Chapel, the Smallest Church in America. It experienced a fire late last year but has since been restored and is even hosting weddings. Kids will adore the 10-foot-by-15-foot church, which is open to all denominations.

BabyLand General Hospital (Cleveland)

See vintage and new Cabbage Patch Kids at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland.
See vintage and new Cabbage Patch Kids at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland.

Kids can pick out their favorite Cabbage Patch doll straight from the source at BabyLand General Hospital. Licensed Patch Nurses (LPNs) are available for an adoption consultation. A fathers’ waiting room is available, as well as rocking chairs on expansive Southern porches looking out on the Georgia mountains.

Peanut of Peace (Plains)

The world’s second largest peanut stands at 13 feet tall in Plains. It was originally made for display in a 1976 political parade with Jimmy Carter and has stood the test of time. Davis E-Z Shop, on whose property is sits, dubs it the Peanut of Peace. You can visit Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Home during your visit of the peanut! It’s a special way to sneak some educational travel into a fun adventure.

 

Lesli Peterson

Lesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.

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