Family Fun in Eatonton
Take a small-town getaway near Atlanta
If you’re looking for a small-town getaway with plenty of family-friendly fun not too far from Atlanta, head to Eatonton. This "Lake Country" town has a rich historic heritage that will captivate even the most history-hating kids—how can you not love a town that gave birth to the creators of Brer Rabbit, Chick-Fil-A, and The Color Purple? And with Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair both in the neighborhood, there’s ample space to get outdoors and play, too.
If you want to wake up to lake views, book one of the one- to three-bedroom lake villas at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee. Kids can chill on the porch overlooking the lake or head over to the pool area to play ping pong or basketball with the resort’s other young visitors, while parents will appreciate being able to satisfy snack attacks with the fully equipped kitchen. If you prefer a no-frills place to stay, the friendly staff and low rates at the Western Motel (no website; 706-485-1100), off Highway 441 in the city’s business district, may appeal.
Don’t miss the Uncle Remus Museum (pictured above), a few blocks south of the courthouse in downtown Eatonton. The museum does a great job of putting Joel Chandler Harris’s classic children’s stories about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and company into their historical and literary context. The Old School History Museum has cool historical exhibits, including a replica of an old-fashioned drug store, that kids may enjoy exploring. Visit the past at the Rock Eagle and Rock Hawk effigies, 2,000-year rock mounds of quartz shaped like giant birds. Hike to one of the observation points, and you’ll get a little exercise and a great view. Take a farm tour at Crooked Pines Farm (pictured at left). Depending on the season, you may also be able to join the fun at one of the farm’s seasonal events.
Have lunch or dinner with the locals at Smith’s Coastal Grill on Jefferson Avenue. The fish or shrimp tacos are a menu favorite, but you’ll find a variety of salads, wraps and burgers to choose from.
Photos courtesy Visit Eatonton