Yvette Delport, our assistant manager writes...
I recently discovered the Redberry Farm. It is the perfect day out with your family as it includes outdoor entertainment for the kids and fresh air for adults. A little electric train ride through the berry fields, harvesting berries with your kids and a horse ride are some of the activities that you will find on the farm. They also have delicious fresh berry juices, great cappuccino's and milkshakes from the coffee shop. Kids can have fun on the jungle gyms and feed the farm animals.
If you have not taken a trip up the Outeniqua mountains with the power van - be sure to book it now. It involves a scenic ride up the mountain to the old reservoir, where you can have a picnic with the family. The views are magnificent all year round.
The local library and museum are indoor activities worth doing and are both a short walk from Whispering Oaks Guest House. On the corner of the library you can find Primi Piatti Restaurant with a super play area for the little ones with a bonus Wakaberry attached to the area. Have a relaxing meal while your children play under the watchful eye of the playground assistants at Primi Pitatti.
Ster Kinekor at the Garden Route mall as well as Panarottis has a lovely indoor play area and kids entertainment, as well as child minding. Find the Garden Route Meander next to the mall were Texas Kids is all about kids activities and parents can enjoy a meal there too. An old South African favourite is the Spur restaurant which is super child-friendly and a real South African experience not to be missed.
Happy Valley is an indoor, supervised children’s play centre and party venue that offers a series of activities devoted to the physical, mental, emotional and social development of children as well as improving their creativity, self confidence and self image.
George is the perfect base for a family holiday with so much to see and do in the area. Most activities are within a short drive from the centre of town where we are situated and can be enjoyed all year round.
Our guests often ask us for advice on what to see and do in and around George, so our Assistant Manager, Yvette Delport has done some research and come up with our "Top 5 Things Do in George".
1. The Outeniqua Transport Museum & Power Van
Take a walk down memory lane when you visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum where many restored steam trains are on display, a total of 13 locomotives can be found in this museum. To top it off, there is also a private vintage car collection to complete the exhibition.
For a unique eco experience, an Outeniqua Power Van trip is the thing to do. Currently this is one of the most popular attractions in the Garden Route. Enjoy the Garden Route from the comfort of rail buses in exclusive groups. Travel into the Outeniqua Mountains, one of the most scenic railway passes in the country and experience forests, passes, waterfalls and tunnels. Flora and fauna is prolific along the route and a knowledgeable guide will make this trip a memorable experience.
2. Victoria Bay
Victoria Bay beach is the closest beach to George. It has a safe bathing area and its own tidal pool and jetty. Victoria Bay is one of the most famous beaches in the vicinity for safe bathing and a challenge to top surfers. Take a sunset stroll to the point or enjoy a light meal and refreshments at the beach cafe.
3. Garden Route Botanical Garden
Situated at the top of Caledon Street and only a short walk from Whispering Oaks Guest House, the Garden Route Botanical Garden is worth a visit for the role it plays in raising awareness about the unique kinds of flora that exists in the Garden Route. It has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, has a small nursery selling indigenous plants and a cafe with a child-friendly play area.
4. Dutch Reformed Church
What a majestic and beautiful piece of architecture against the backdrop of the Outeniqua mountains and sky. A little bit of history: The cornerstone of this magnificent "Moeder Gemeente" (Mother Church) was laid in 1832. The foundations were 6-foot-deep and five-foot-wide to carry the 3-foot-thick walls. Building materials were brought to the building site by wagon. The yellowwood and stinkwood used, came from the local forests in and around Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. The original roof was made from reeds which originated from Riversdale. This is a must-see when visiting George.
5. Outeniqua Farmers Market
The Outenique Framers Market has more than 150 food and craft stalls, live entertainment, lots of undercover seating and tons of secure parking. For the kids, there’s a train ride, pedal cars, ponycyle rides, face painting, bunnies, sand art and a massive play park. So if it’s farm fresh fruit and veggies, international cuisine, sweet treats or gifts and decor that you are after, then Outeniqua Farmer’s Market is the place for you. Bring along the whole family, pets welcome too!
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