Bear and tiger at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia

Animals at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia

5 Georgia Places to Explore with Your Toddler

Looking for an extra special place to adventure with your toddler? Georgia is filled with hidden gems to maximize the talents of your little one – curiosity, exploration and fun! Here are five of our favorites across the state.

1. Noah's Ark in Locust Grove

Noah's Ark is an animal rehabilitation home in Henry County, with an opportunity to see bison, monkeys, bears and more. We love it even more than the zoo because it is in a natural habitat, shaded, and less crowded.  Admission is only $5, and children under 2 are free. When you visit, be sure to also make a stop at the nearby Locust Grove Train Watching Platform to see the trains sail by and hear the engineers talking!

2. Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth

Antique train at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia
Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia

When my son was young, we practically lived at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Try the second-Thursdays preschool program (it's so well organized!) or adventure on your own. Kids can climb into trains and even take a short ride around the property in a caboose. If your family loves trains like we do, then you can find more train adventures here.

3. Chehaw Park in Albany

Child feeding animals at Chehaw Park in Albany, Georgia
Chehaw Park in Albany, Georgia

For more animal adventures, head to Chehaw in Albany. The Wild Animal Park here was started by Jim Fowler of Wild Animal Kingdom. Take a ride in a safari truck, pet a python, feed the camel and more!

4. Savannah Children's Museum in Savannah

Children playing on playground in Savannah
Savannah Children's Museum in Savannah, Georgia

A visit to the coast requires a stop at the Savannah Children's Museum. It is located entirely outdoors, with an afternoon's worth of places to explore. Get lost in a maze, read a book in a secret nook, work in the sensory garden or just run and have fun. If you're visiting in the warm weather months, be sure to wear a swimsuit!

5. Birdsong Nature Center in Thomasville

Child running through a garden at Birdsong Nature Center
Birdsong Nature Center in Thomasville, Georgia

Birdsong Nature Center is a living museum and outdoor classroom in Thomasville. The trails here include multiple places for kids to interact with nature, including a bluebird trail with 43 bird boxes for attracting these beauties. There are also pond habitats, a butterfly garden, a bird “Listening Place,” and a spectacular Bird Window for intimate bird-viewing opportunities.

Published: March 2017
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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