Cabbage Patch Kids Babyland Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia

Six months.

Cabbage Patch Babyland

A few days before leaving for my 30th birthday weekend getaway in Dahlonega, Georgia, my sister asked if we were going to be anywhere close to the Cabbage Patch nursery called “Babyland.”  It turns out, the bed and breakfast we would be staying at was conveniently just about 20 minutes away.  Accidently awesome! (That’s one of my new catch phrases that will soon sweep the nation like “just saying” as well as one. word. sentences.).

By the way, my parents kept Jack for us that weekend.  That’s why you won’t see him in these pictures.

Babyland is one of those legendary places where if you grew up in the South and in the Eighties like I did, you’ve heard about it- almost wondering if it’s just a fabricated urban legend.  Mainly all I knew about it was that you could go visit a nursery of Cabbage Patch dolls- like a real nursery. Well, if it involves a random adventure, my wife and I will be the first in line.

Cabbage Patch Babyland

I will just say this right off the from the start: I highly recommend going to Cabbage Patch Kids Babyland.  First of all, it’s free admission.  Granted, it’s sort of out in the middle of nowhere, but for us, that was part of the allure.  The building itself is a new, beautiful mansion.  When we walked in, we asked a stranger to take our picture as we sat in a giant head of cabbage.

cabbage patch doll

Cabbage Patch

Then we walked through the nursery with the “crying” (recorded baby noises running through the speakers in the ceiling) Cabbage Patch babies. Next we entered the grand room where the main attraction is the actual cabbage patch itself- where the Cabbage Patch babies heads are “sprouting up.”  It made me think of that game at Chuck E. Cheese’s where you try to hit the gopher when it pops out of the hole, but you never know which one it will come out.  There where all these baby heads and they would randomly start moving- but you never knew which one would be next.  It entertained me, perhaps more than it should have.

cabbage patch

babyland cabbage patch

The whole place is like a huge nostalgic museum featuring the history of all versions of the Cabbage Patch Dolls, mixed with the ultimate Cabbage Patch Doll store.  When Jack gets older, my wife and will look forward to taking him there. The Cabbage Patch Kids Babyland is not just for girls.  I would be completely confident in taking my son just because I know how mesmerized he would be by all the magical moving baby heads.

babyland cabbage patch

So if you’re planning to be driving through northern Georgia in the near future, consider going a bit out of route and taking your kids to this one-of-a-kind palace. I can assure you that you will be just as entertained as your kids, because with all the retro memorabilia there, it’s a ticket straight back to 1983.  And who wouldn’t want to go back to 1983? Seriously.

cabbage patch

Cabbage Patch

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  1. by Mike

    On June 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I am pretty sure the one in the silver/glitter outfit is Lady Gaga!

  2. by Nick Shell

    On June 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    That’s exactly who I thought of too!

  3. by Karen

    On June 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I visited there when I was a young girl and I thought it was the most awesome place on earth! I look forward to taking my daughter when she gets older.

  4. by Camilla

    On June 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I still have my cabbage patch doll from my childhood trip to Babyland. It’s one of those random places in the South, similar to the unclaimed baggage store in Scottsboro.

  5. by Amy

    On June 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    My mom grew up in Cleveland and I spent summers at my grandparents farm and would go to Babyland every year.

  6. by Nick Shell

    On June 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    It’ll be a great trip for you both. Of course, this is the new and improved version :)

  7. by Nick Shell

    On June 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Camilla, my childhood classmate, that’s a great comparison. The South can be good for random stuff!

  8. by Nick Shell

    On June 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wow, you were lucky :)

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