Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush in California, thousands of prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia, marking the true beginning of our country’s first gold rush. Dahlonega thrived and a U.S. Branch Mint opened in 1838, coining more than $6 million in gold before closing in 1861. Today, visitors can see a complete set of these rare coins, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides, film and gift shop.
The beautiful Anna Ruby Falls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest and are readily accessible with a little bit of hiking. The water cascading over the drop offs is created by two creeks. The Curtis Creek falls drop 153 feet and the York Creek falls are a much shorter but still spectacular 50 feet. The water at the bottom of the falls is then considered to be part of Smith Creek which flows into and forms Smith Lake – the centerpiece of Unicoi State Park.
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2 Day Sample Itinerary-Day 1:
- Morning departure for North Georgia
- Snacks and drinks en route
- Dahlonega Gold Museum
- Boxed Lunch
- Anna Ruby Falls a hike to twin waterfalls
- Breakfast included at the hotel
- Smithgall State Park, ranger led biology programs
- Boxed lunch included
- Bavarian Village of Helen
- Depart for home
- Snacks and drinks en route
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- 3 meals & 2 snacks
- 1 nights lodging
- Tours and admissions as listed
- Kelly Tours T-shirt
- Kelly Tours tour director
- Georgia Highlights TourExplore Georgia and all of its historic wonders with this Georgia Highlights tour. We will take you to all of the states most popular sites and give you a well rounded education of the "Peach State". From South Georgia's war and presidential history to Atlanta's bustling city scape, and then travel up to get rich quick in the mines of Dahlonega.
- North Georgia Tour$ 249Kelly Tours can make sure your student field trip to North Georgia is worry free and unforgettable. Visit the site of the nation's first gold rush, Dahlonega Georgia and experience the wonder of nearby Anna Ruby Falls then onto Smithgall State Park. It's very educational. Students can learn about native animals, encounter many different taxidermied animals, snakes, plants and so on. Finally the Bavarian Village of Helen, Georgia awaits for exploration and unique shopping.
- Renaissance Festival$ 119Let Kelly Tours help you explore the past with Leonardo Da Vinci, Henry VIII, Shakespeare, learn how people of the 16th Century ate without grocery stores or refrigerators. Learn what musical instruments were like in the Renaissance, where superstitions abound the weapons of war were a necessity.
- Jekyll Island$ 119Let Kelly Tours assist you in planning your student field trip to the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center & Jekyll 4H Center where they can explore ehibits on turtle conservation, rehabilitation and their journey from egg to adulthood. The 4H Center offers many programs including a Beach Ecology Program where students will examine barrier island dynamics like erosion. Other interesting topics include the organisms found on the beach, and the importance of dunes and the plants that grow on them.
- Savannah$ 129Let Kelly Tours assist you in planning your student field trip to Historic Savannah, Georgia. Savannah, Georgia boasts the largest National Landmark Historic District in the nation containing a wealth of Georgia history. Students will literally encounter history all along the way as they visit the historic buildings, monuments, and cemeteries of Georgia’s First City. Old Fort Jackson is the oldest standing brick fort in the state. Students will not only visit this historic site, they will be actively engaged in hands-on activities that will help them to learn what garrison life was really like for antebellum and Civil War soldiers. A short distance from Savannah is Tybee Island offering a wealth of information for students on marine life and the eco systems of Georgia’s coast.
Combine with Fire and Fur Native American Program to customize your student trip to North Georgia
Choose from the following nearby attractions to customize your student trip to North Georgia
Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies, an extraordinary exhibition of the world's largest plastinated sea creatures, made its public debut at Georgia Aquarium on September 27, 2013. This exhibit reveals a unique look at the mystery and magic of the deep sea. The new exhibition invites guests to see both outside and inside the bodies of the most remarkable and elusive sea creatures ever discovered. Deemed 'sea monsters' centuries ago by early oceanic explorers, the sea creatures in this exhibition help guests understand how these animals were designed for the deep. The exhibition includes a...
Students will learn while exploring the complete story—past, present and future—of the world’s best-known brand! From a thrilling multisensory 4-D theater to a marvelously restored 1880’s soda fountain, you’ll experience something new and inviting around every corner. You and your students have so much to learn and will also take home a special one-of-a-kind World of Coca-Cola glass bottle produced exclusively for our guests on our fully-functioning bottling line. Snap a photo with our 7-foot Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Take your taste buds on a tantalizing tour with over 60 different...
With a living laboratory representing more than 200 species, Zoo Atlanta offers countless opportunities for teachers and students to explore, discover, observe and apply real-world context to the lessons learned in school. There’s always something exciting going on at Zoo Atlanta including animal keeper talks, training demonstrations, shows, animal encounters and more! Specific educational programs can be added. Content covers Georgia Performance Standards for your grade in a lively, engaging format. Program activity packets developed by Zoo staff and certified Georgia teachers include...
Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s...
At the Cyclorama students will experience a retelling of the Battle of Atlanta as they view one of the remaining examples in the world of an art form that was popular at the end of the 19th century, before moving pictures. The “cyclorama” is a show in a cylindrical room that features a painting on the outer wall of the room with the patrons seated in rotating seats in the center. A 14-minute film shows events leading up to the Battle of Atlanta. Artifacts from the American Civil War period are displayed on two floors and include weapons, photographs and uniforms. A touch-screen computer...
Take a backstage tour inside CNN Studio's, the global headquarters of The Worldwide Leader in News. Your students will get a firsthand look at how the news is gathered, written and reported by the inventors of 24-hour news. Plans and activities are available to enrich your tour of CNN's world headquarters before, during and after your...
The world’s largest aquarium with over 100,000 marine animals from 500 different species! Playful otters and sea lions will bring a smile to your face, and the beauty of the 5 Beluga Whales will have you hypnotized. Gigantic whale sharks are exhibited in the Ocean Voyager Hall where schools of rays and tropical fish create a myriad of colors. Twenty-five percent of the public floor space has been dedicated to educating students of all ages who visit the Aquarium. The recently added dolphin exhibit adds 84,000 square feet to the facility, including a 1.3 million gallon exhibit to accommodate...
Take a tour of the working center of Georgia’s state government. One of the most recognizable features of the Atlanta skyline is Georgia’s gold-domed state capitol building, located several blocks southeast of the center of downtown. Although dwarfed by nearby skyscrapers, the dome glistens from the same hill that supported the first state capitol building in Atlanta. Students have the chance to experience the grandeur of the Georgia Capitol while reinforcing what they are already learning in class about Georgia’s history and government. Students will also get a peek inside the House or...
At BODIES…The Exhibition, students will see real human specimens dissected and preserved to display the intricacies of each body system. Students will also see the effects on the body of disease and unhealthy life choices – what happens to the lungs, for example, when people smoke. BODIES…The Exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity for learning human anatomy, health, and biology. Award-winning Teachers Guides...
Take a Kelly Tours student trip to Atlanta to see The Titanic Exhibit. The Artifact Exhibition is a great catalyst for lessons in science, history, geography, language arts, math, and technology. Students will learn the compelling story behind the Ship’s promised voyage and tragic demise. Innovative, educational guides designed with classroom-friendly lessons will generate student interest before a class visit and extend student learning beyond the field trip.
Atlanta Evening Activities
Choose from the following evening activities to customize your student trip to Atlanta
History is an experience within the walls of our 11th century-style castle. During the Medieval Times Educational Matinees, your students will step back into the Middle Ages as they witness medieval games of skill, spectacular horsemanship and even an authentic jousting tournament. As the Knights battle, our serfs and wenches serve a King’s feast to be eaten Medieval-style: sans silverware! A guide to The Middle Ages complete with classroom activities, downloads, lessons & more is...
The official name of the Hawks home is “Philips Arena” but real Hawks fans know that the real home court advantage is at “The Highlight Factory”. Have your group of kids welcome the Atlanta Hawks players onto the court before pre-game warm-ups! The Kids Tunnel allows 30 kids, ages 6-14, the opportunity to create a tunnel for the Hawks to run through as they take the court for the game (additional fees may apply for the Kids Tunnel...
After opening in 1997, the “Home of the Braves” has quickly become an Atlanta landmark and the benchmark for future baseball park design. Turner Field combines the nostalgia and the atmosphere of old-time baseball with state-of-the-art entertainment unlike that of any other park. Enjoy just a game or schedule a tour. Tours stop at: Braves Msueum and Hall of Fame, Coca-Cola Sky Field, Scouts Alley, Broadcast Booth, Luxury Suite, Press Box, Clubhouse, The Plaza, Dugout and the Museum...
When it comes to fun, they have it all. Test your putting skills on one of our unique miniature golf courses. Tackle the track and rev up the excitement in one of our hi-octane Go Karts. Our bumber boats is a demolition derby on the high seas. Swing away in our batting cages, we’ll serve up a fast on that’s just your speed. Gamers rejoice! We’ve got all the latest greatest games just for you! Thousands of gallons of water logged fun is waiting in our ALL NEW water play area, Buccaneer...
The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment. Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, originally the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, was designed in the late 1920s as headquarters for the 5,000-member Shriners organization. It was a beautifully outlandish, opulent, and grandiose monument during the excesses of the pre-crash 1920s. Students will experience the grand architecture of the mosque-like structure complete with minarets, onion domes, and an interior décor even more lavish than its façade. The Fox’s 4,678 seat theatre is booked more than 300 performances a...