You can travel the world and see amazing things, and sometimes, it’s the hidden gems…  the things that you had not planned for, or the unique local activities you remember the most!  Maybe you have family visiting and you are looking for activities for teenagers.  Maybe you’re a local keeping the kiddos from turning their minds into mush on their devices.  Perhaps you are taking a day trip to Cherokee County during the holidays to visit friends or family.  Whichever it may be, visit some of these local off-the-beaten-path places and enjoy a new adventure!

Carma Vinyl & Vibes

Find a unique blend of nostalgic, new, and whimsical gifts including vinyl records.  Located in downtown Ball Ground along Gilmer Ferry Road, Carma Vinyl & Vibes allows music lovers the opportunity to browse, shop, and play vinyl selections.  Check out new releases and vintage records at your leisure.

Spend a day at The Art Barn with furry friends.

Enjoy some time on the farm at The Art Barn!  Meet your furry friends in the barnyard – the donkeys, Ellie, Ernie – the miniature donkeys, Jenny and April – the sweet sheep, Willow and Fern – and last but not least the fabulous goats, Jester, Blossom, Latte, Holly and Oakley. Oh, and the pigs, let’s not forget them – Dottie, Hank, Pearl and Billy. There are also horses, ponies, AND more goats and sheep to see in their paddocks. Visit with the chickens and Oh, the FARMTASTIC art you will make! Hop on a Hayride and cruise around the farm, learn about compost, and earthworms, plus see what’s growing in the garden. Be sure to bring a picnic to enjoy under the Magnolias at the tables or out in the grassy green paddock on a quilt! Online tickets are required for admittance. NO pony rides currently.

Pedal Punk ATL

Pedal Punk ATL is a 12-passenger group bike propelled by pedal power, traveling on the streets of Downtown Woodstock’s entertainment district. Don’t worry though, there is a motor full of cogs and rivets to help if needed! Walk up and pay for a single seat, or book the whole bike for corporate events, birthday/wedding parties, or neighborhood get-togethers. Stops are made along the way to refresh beverages or pick up a snack from local establishments.

Blue Ghost Arcade

Tap into your inner child and have fun at the arcade! Blue Ghost Arcade has gaming options for all ages with arcade cabinets, pinball machines, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, board games, and more!

Life is complicated. Sometimes, you want to do something that isn’t. To add some simplicity to your life, try arcade games for adults. There is so much variety that almost anyone can find a game that they enjoy.

Admission is good for the entire day. All games are set to FREE PLAY which means NO QUARTERS OR TOKENS are needed! You will be given a wristband at entry which allows you unlimited reentry until closing. Popcorn is included with admission!

Falany Performing Art Center – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Friday, Dec 15, 2023

If you enjoy great music, join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an exquisite Christmas concert at the Falany Performing Arts Center in Waleska.  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances, which also features educational and community concerts.

Rock Climbing @ “The Buzz”

The weather outside might be frightful, but inside The L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens, Jr. Recreation Center at Veteran’s Park, the 2-story rock climbing tower is delightful!  Situated in the main atrium, the rock allows several climbers at once to ascend.  Safety harnesses are used to secure the climber.  Great indoor adventure at a reasonable price!  And you never know who you might see.

Interactive Stock CarSimulator and an Airport Beacon @ History Cherokee

There are many reasons to visit the Cherokee County History Center. Let’s highlight two:  Dixie Speedway Stock Car Simulator and the Cherokee County Regional Airport Beacon.

The frame for the Dixie Speedway stock car was created by Capital Cars and is an actual frame made specifically for our permanent exhibits by Capital Race Cars of Woodstock. Capital Race cars is owned and operated by the Green family, as is the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock. Despite the frame’s small, almost child-like size, is it a full-scale race car frame used by race car drivers (minus a few pieces to make it easier for museum guests to climb inside). The videos playing on the “dashboard” of the car were given to us from Marshall Green. They are of actual laps on Dixie Speedway’s dirt track and will fascinate all ages!

The airport light was the Cherokee County Regional Airport Rotating Beacon and was donated by Lead Edge Design Group. This beacon stood watch over the airport during the period when the airport grew from being a small recreational airport to one of the top business airports in the southeast. It flashed green on one side and white on the other and welcomed visitors from all over the United States.

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Elf Movie showing @ Canton Theatre

See the movie, Elf, at the wonderful, historic venue Canton Theatre.  A wonderful holiday classic, Elf takes the innocence of a child and mixes it with absurdity to provide a fun laugh-out-loud experience for all ages.  Visit this link for tickets:

“Filmed in Cherokee” Tours

This interactive “Filmed in Cherokee” app experience can help you find the filming locations here in Cherokee County and share some fun behind-the-scene facts for all ages.  Did you ever wonder where Timmy Failure ate?  Or which lake was featured in the TV Series “Ozark”?  Where did Greg’s cross-country trek with his family end in the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”?  Check out the free app and create your own tour of the multitude of filming locations in Cherokee!  Take a selfie.  Find out how to get involved in the next film project.  A great adventure awaits!