The Lilly Pad Village, Blue Ridge

4.4
#4 of 6 in Outdoors in Blue Ridge
Fun activities for the entire family await at The Lilly Pad Village, where you can play mini golf, fish a little pond, hike the scenic mountain scenery, or browse a neat gift shop for a few memorable souvenirs. You can also spend time gem mining, an ideal activity for anyone interested in becoming a 19th-century prospector for a day--it's a trip in time as well as an educational activity your kids with hugely enjoy. Find out more on the website, and look for discount packages and info about custom-designed hiking experiences. Take a look at our Blue Ridge holiday planner to schedule your visit to The Lilly Pad Village and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The two women working this were absolutely lovely! My husband and I came a few minutes before close and they stayed open just to let us mine and walk the store. We got beautiful gems, and our gem guid...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    The staff is great and very accommodating, my son fished for the first time and have a blast catching his first fish. The gem mining was fun for my two young ones. I highly recommend The Lilly Pad for...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    A good time had by all! This was the best gem mining experience we have ever had. The owner and staff were great with the children. No child left there empty handed.  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    We passed this place on the way to a tubing adventure and thought it might be worth a peak. Turns out, it's worth every penny of a pesk. The entire property is clean and well maintained. The owner is a very nice, helpful person who wants you to have a great experience. My girls fished for about three hours before we were rained out - at which point we were told we could come back due it being a 'rain out' at no additional charge. It's not some high end operation, it is quaint, it is charming and overall a fun time. I recommend this for families with children who want to enjoy some group activities while relaxing.
  • April 6, 2017
    We had an awesome time at Lilly Pad Village! Our three kids (age 3-9) did the gem mining and it was really cute. They each got their own bucket of dirt and sifted through it to find gems at the mining station. Each one of them walked away with at least 10-15 pretty gems. It was really enjoyable and the staff was super nice and friendly. Highly recommend! For the people that commented the prices were too high, it was $15 per child. We were a little skeptical, but when our kids found so many gems and had such a great experience, it was well worth it. You could not buy that many gems in a store for $15. And I asked a nice lady that worked there where they get their gems and a guy digs up the dirt and bags it for them. This place actually exceeded our expectations and the grounds are very nice and well kept. We came in early April during spring break and it was very pretty. I think people that leave negative reviews need to change their negative outlook on life!!!!
  • June 25, 2017
    Our family visited the Lily Pad today. Our 2 boys had a great time gem mining! Exceptional service and wonderful place to take the family.
  • June 24, 2017
    The gem mining is a must for the kids!! You will not be disappointed!!! The teacher is extremely sweet and know her gems!!!
  • March 20, 2017
    Highly recommend the Lilky Pad to anyone with kids! The staff does not treat you like just anther customer, but actually take the time to make the adventure worthwhile. Best bang for your buck and great scenery to take in. I am from eastern NC and be back for more buckets of fun in the future!

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Although Blue Ridge offers a good selection of budget-friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury resorts, the easiest way to experience this scenic part of Georgia may be to stay at a mountain cabin. The area surrounding Blue Ridge boasts many privately owned vacation cabins. Many offer spacious rooms and their own fireplace and hot tub, plus unbeatable mountain views and lots of privacy. For something a little more rugged, consider staying at a campground offering both tent and trailer sites.
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