Your Guide to The Georgia Renaissance Festival with Kids
If your only experience with Renaissance Festivals is loud, 20-something beer guzzlers in 16th-century costumes, you need to try The Georgia Renaissance Festival again. And this time take your kids. You’ll still see lots of people in 16th century costumes (which kids love) plus so many family friendly activities. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you navigate this amazing festival in Fairburn that runs for eight weekends every spring.
Families don’t have to go broke to enjoy The Renaissance Festival. If you can make it opening weekend, adult tickets are BOGO. The second weekend, kids are free (up to four children with one paid adult ticket). Plus, kids five and under are always free. No matter when you go, be sure to buy your tickets online beforehand and save a few bucks.
If you save money on tickets, you will have more cash to enjoy the games and rides that the festival has to offer. Each one is between $2 and $5. Kids will love the swinging ships, The Barrel O’Bedlam ride and (real!) camel rides, just to name a few. Also don’t miss the Junior Test of Strength and The Amazing Maze.
Each weekend of the festival is a different theme–things like German Renaissance, Pet Friendly and Highland Fling. Kids especially love Pirates and Plunder weekend with pirates roaming the festival, pirate games and a costume contest.
Speaking of costumes, every weekend of the festival is a good time to sport your favorite Renaissance ensemble. If you don’t want to splurge on costumes, the festival has ones available to rent by the front gates. Even if your family doesn’t go all out with costumes, kids will just get a kick out of seeing all of the 16th-century-clad festival-goers.
There is nothing cuter than a little kid gnawing on a turkey leg. This festival has that and so much more. Kids will surely like the mac and cheese on a stick, giant pretzels and root beer floats. More adventurous kids may want to try “fryed” green beans, feast of fowl and Scotch eggs.
Spectators will have no shortage of opportunities to see family-friendly shows at the Georgia Renaissance Festival–jugglers, acrobats and even acrobatic dogs. Kids (and their parents!) especially get excited for the Extreme Joust with armored knights riding horses, fighting with swords and crossbows. Shows are included with your tickets but for an extra cost, you can sit in the preferred VIP section of the Extreme Joust and get perks like crowns and photo opps with the knights. Be sure to check the festival’s website to see the schedule as different weekends feature different shows.
Climb the Kingdom
It may not be authentically 16th-century, but the Superior Play Systems Kids Kingdom Play Area is a popular spot for kids. Let the kids climb and slide in this fun, free play area after all the jousting and juggling.
Pet the Animals
Don’t miss the Royal Petting Farm with goats and sheep and the Goose Gazebo where children can pet gentle geese.
Roll with It
Bring your own stroller or wagon or rent them at the front gates. Parents will enjoy the convenience of getting around the 32-acre festival without their kids complaining about all the walking.
Yes, there is a lot to do and see at the festival so if you’re not sure where to start, use their helpful “customize your experience” tool. With this, you can click on the shows you want to see, the rides you want to do and even the food you’d like to eat. After you have made your selections, the tool creates an agenda and emails it to you. (Now that is something they definitely didn’t have in the 16th century.)