Check the plantation’s website for closures and/or special events. There are small snacks for purchase in the Visitor Center, but that is all for food. Bring water with you, especially in the summer.
Good to know
Children must be 6 years old to tour the house. Walking around the grounds gets hot, bring plenty of water and sunscreen with you.
Pebble Hill Plantation is closed on Mondays. The plantation is also a wedding/event venue, so check its calendar of events before you go. Some portions of the grounds may be closed to the public during events.
About This Day
Whether your family vacation is on Florida's panhandle or you're passing through southwestern Georgia en route elsewhere, this is a great day trip for the family. Visit one of the South's most beautiful Georgia Plantations. Wandering around Pebble Hill Plantation offers a look into its history and some great architecture. After exploring the grounds, head into historic Thomasville. The town has a lovely air of grace and southern charm that transports you to another era. As far as what to do in Thomasville with kids, there are loads of options for shopping and dining. Our nuggets enjoyed the selection at The Scoop Deli & Ice Cream, also perusing the books at The Bookshelf. Lastly, be sure to stop off at Grassroots Coffee for your locally roasted, caffeine fix and food too.
Pebble Hill Plantation is a wonderful way to get a glimpse into the rich history of the South, especially if you have young kids. Although they might not quite grasp what this place was or care about the history, there is plenty around for them to look at, as well as a lot of space to run around. You can spend as little as 30 minutes walking around the grounds, or half the day touring the house as well as the outdoor spaces. Set your own pace exploring, or have a guided tour of the mansion. Our nuggets enjoyed the garden, the huge trees, and most of all the horses in the stables. Our older two were quite intrigued by the swimming pool and tennis courts, which look nothing like a modern-day pool or tennis court in their eyes. This place would be a wonderful option for bringing a picnic lunch. There is also a small play structure on the east side of the grounds.
DIRECTIONS The driveway to the Visitor Center is very long. Keep following it until you reach the stables, which is where the Visitor Center is located.
TIP Once you pay at the Visitor Center, there is a short video about the history of the plantation. The grounds are huge; however, it seems easy to keep track of your nuggets. Children younger than 6 years old cannot tour the inside of the house.
Thomasville is simply a charming little town with an active downtown area. There is something for everyone: bookstores, home décor shops, boutiques with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, gourmet food shops, as well as dining experiences for all budgets. If you enjoy quaint, historic downtown areas that have been revived with modern shopping and dining, you cannot pass through Thomasville without stopping on Main Street. Our nuggets enjoyed ice cream from The Scoop Deli & Ice Cream and window shopping along Main Street. Their favorite store was The Bookshelf, which has a wonderful children’s book section as well as a table with paper and crayons.
DIRECTIONS From the Plantation, turn left onto highway 319 and Thomasville is less than 10 minutes away.
TIP Some shops have high-end items, so keep an eye on your kids. Thomasville has an active downtown, so check its calendar of events if you don't want to go on a day when it will be busy.