5. Braves Game
The Rome Braves should be a staple for your summer entertainment (with or without kids)! I love taking the kids for the $5 grass seats and letting them enjoy the outdoors while I take in the atmosphere and game. Bring a blanket to sit on and sunglasses to wear until the area is shaded. Read more about the Rome Braves’ kid-friendly deals on our Rome GA with Kids website. $5+ or $2 on Tuesdays
4. Berry College Hikes
Rome is lucky to have such secluded hiking so close. Our favorite hikes are the House of Dreams (pretty landscaping around the house) and hiking to the reservoir from the Old Mill. Both are fairly strenuous, so if your kids aren’t quite ready for long hikes, try the short trail near the gazebo (park on the left just after the duck pond and bridge). We are also fans of just parking near the cows or deer and just observing. Free.
3. Honeymoon Bakery
There are several great “treat” places around Rome, but Honeymoon Bakery is at the top of the list. My kids love the fantastically decorated sugar cookies (new decorations daily), but I prefer the macarons…or fruit tarts…or turtle bars…you should probably go enough times to try everything. $2-5.
2. Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight in Armuchee is a gem for families. There is a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia including rare and working planes and vehicles; children are welcome in and on many of them. Be on the lookout for their many special events throughout the year including monthly Breakfast Fly-In’s and the museum Open House along with the Hot Air Balloon Festival coming this June. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm. $5/person or $30/annual family membership.
1. Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center
Though nothing too crazy, the ECO River Education Center is worth a visit. See frogs, turtles, fish, and even an alligator as you learn about local ecology. Once you finish, head outside for the (somewhat) recent addition of an outdoor cage currently holding raccoons. Next, work your way inside the tree house to view the river, and then finish your visit by letting your kids release some energy at Ridge Ferry Park. Check out the ECO Center’s Facebook Page for exciting upcoming events. Open Monday-Thursday 1-4pm. Free.
*Bonus: Rome Labyrinth
Have you visited the Rome Labyrinth? Built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930’s, the brick labyrinth is on land originally designed as an amphitheater. With a convenient location (behind the Rome Visitor Center and Georgia’s Rome Gift Stop), I like to stop by every now and then to let the kids run around or take a cool picture.