Animal Encounters (Beyond the Zoo and Aquarium)

I’m pretty sure anyone that lives in the general Atlanta area and has kids is familiar with the zoo and the aquarium. But did you know that there are other awesome animal encounters within a few hours drive?   Let’s start closest to home (drive times are estimated from the center of Smyrna)…   The […]

{Worth the Drive} New Orleans

  When you think about New Orleans does it mostly involve Mardi Gras, spring break, and Pat O’s Hurricanes? If so, you are probably not considering New Orleans when planning a family-friendly vacation. But guess what?  New Orleans has a lot to offer beyond Bourbon Street for families and children of all ages. To help […]

{Worth the Drive} Golden Isles

  The first family vacation that I remember vividly was to the Cloister on Sea Island when I was 7 years old. It was 10 days of sun, diving for sand dollars, bingo, milkshakes, and reading comic books during the brief cooling afternoon showers. It became a family tradition, one that today, 35 plus years […]

{Worth the Drive} Savannah, GA

Like Charleston, Savannah is another short trip that offers plenty for both parents and young kids.  To me, the best part about Savannah is that the trip through town to go eat or shop can be as much fun as your ultimate destination.  The city provides endless squares with fountains, statues, gazebos, and the like […]

{Worth the Drive} Charleston Family Fun

If you’re looking for a vacation spot with something to interest both the kids and the adults, Charleston SC is a great place to visit!  We recently took a Charleston family trip that went quite smoothly, considering we had a newly “potty-trained” 2yr old and a bottle-refusing 8 month old in tow. Roughly 5 hours […]

{Worth the Drive} All Aboard! Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Santa Express

{Updated November 2014} This post originally ran last year but we have an update for you! The folks over at The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway are giving away 4 tickets for a non-themed train ride during the the 2015 season! More details and contest entry are below. We enjoyed our experience so much that we immediately […]

{Worth the Drive} The Art Barn with Farmer Sue

While this blog will cover Smyrna and the surrounding communities, we’ll also highlight activities, events, and destinations that are worth the drive. One of these treasures is The Art Barn at Morning Glory Farms. Located in Hickory Flat (between Alpharetta and Canton), it only took about an hour to get there from Smyrna, yet it […]