We spent a week in George over the December holiday and were surprised at the many child-friendly activities we found to do in town. When we got I home I decided to compile a list of all the fun things we got up to as a family in George. If you are visiting this lovely town on the Garden Route with your family try some of these fun activities to liven up your holiday!
Visit Redberry Farm
Everybody kept on telling us to visit Redberry Farm including Google, so we just went. There is SO much for the kids to do on this farm: Pony rides, rabbit feeding, strawberry picking, riding the kiddies steam train, walking the hedge maze, bumper boats, bubble ball and a fun play park. Entry to Redberry farm is free of charge but you will need to buy tickets for each activity that you want to do on the farm, for example: the rabbit feeding, train rides or walking the hedge maze. This may make it feel a bit like a theme park but the benefit is that each activity/ ride is not swamped with people. So even if it’s a busy day on the farm and you find yourself between many other visitors, chances are, you will still be able to do the fun things you want to do on the farm. If the kids get hungry from all the activities have lunch at the tea garden, shop at the farmstall or book a picnic.
Tip: I highly recommend that you try the freshly squeezed strawberry juice on the menu at the tea garden. I promise that this strawberry juice is not your average run-of-the-mill strawberry juice! Enjoy
For more info visit the Redberry Farm website.
Go to the beach
Two of the most beautiful beaches that the Garden Route has to offer are situated near George: Victoria Bay and Herolds Bay. If you find yourself in George on a hot summer’s day drive down to one of these two beaches and have a family beach day in an idyllic setting.
Vic Bay is a secluded beach and top surf spot. A grass strip on the beach makes for great sun bathing even in windy circumstances. A kiosk will sort out any thirst, snack or ice cream cravings. Directions: Drive out of George as if you are driving to the Garden Route Mall. Do not turn off towards the mall but keep going and look for the sign that reads Vic Bay.
The secluded Herolds Bay is further from George (15 minutes) than Vic Bay but it is a hidden gem and its two tidal pools, rock pools and public braai spots make it very family-friendly. The public braai spots are at the end of Beach road and situated right on the beach area. Get there early, light the fire and sit back and watch the children navigate the rock pools. You will find the road to Herolds Bay when driving out of George on the N2 in the direction of Mosselbay. Look for road signs marked R404 / Herolds Bay.
Visit the Transport Museum & ride the Power Van
Visit one of the largest railway museums in South Africa. Cool features at the museum include real-life old trains, a train model room and an old steam train turned into a coffee shop. Find the transport museum at 2 Mission Street, George.
For even more fun book a ride on the power van. Although not a steam train but actually two carriages powered by a motorised trolley the power van takes passengers on a breathtaking route through fynbos and forest including 6 small tunnels. Trips are about two and half hours long and run up the Montague Pass stopping for a picnic at an old watering point called ‘Power’. You do need to pack your own picnic. Booking is essential, especially during the holiday season.
Where to have breakfast with the kids
We had breakfast at Redberry Farm and was very impressed. The children could play in the play park and we did some strawberry-picking while waiting for our food to arrived (Daddy and baby manned our table and ordered for us while the oldest and I went picking). Oh, and that strawberry juice we ordered to accompany our breakfast!! (See above) Divine!!!
Play area at Kontrei Padstal
On another day we visited the Kontrei Padstal as recommended by George locals. Although it is situated in a very unusual place – right next to the Sasol petrol station on the N2 (pass the entrance to the Garden Route Mall as you are leaving George in the direction of Knysna) – it has an enclosed outside play area where the kids can work up a sweat. Outside tables are limited so there may be a queue in peak season. What really got us was the breakfast. Do try the Farmers Breakfast priced at R25 (2 Eggs, bacon, chips, tomato and homemade bread) or the Early Morning Breakfast for R21.95 (1 Egg, Bacon, Mushrooms, tomato and homemade bread) Dec 2015 prices. My husband and I both had the Farmer’s Breakfast and it was A LOT to say the least. I couldn’t eat a bigger breakfast even if I wanted to and my husband who has a healthy appetite was very satisfied with his portion. Be mindful that the padstal can get very busy during peak season.
Where to eat in George (a very child-friendly restaurant)
We love, love Primi Piatti in George. With an indoor and outdoor play area (faux grass, plastic balls and jungle gym outside) and a pizza-making station inside where kids can play with and shape pizza dough they will definitely keep the kids entertained. The food is great and the kids can choose from the kiddies menu. The lady keeping order in the indoor play area went through a lot of trouble keeping our 1-year-old busy while we had dinner. Oh, and did I mention? The pizza is greeeaaatt!
Hope you enjoy your time as a family on holiday in George!