WINNER: Boulevard Animal Hospital
298 Prince Ave. · 706-425-5099
A block off Boulevard, actually, but still a close-in, downtown, neighborhood vet, the one with the big metal animals in the front yard and lots o' love for your pets.
RUNNER UP: Hope Animal Medical Center
1150 Mitchell Bridge Rd. · 706-546-7879
WINNER: Memorial Dog Park
298 Gran Ellen Dr. · 706-613-3580
Just say, "Memorial Park," and you'll start tails wagging; friends will come up to you with leashes in their mouths and smiles on their faces.
RUNNER UP: Sandy Creek Dog Park
400 Bob Holman Rd. · 706-613-3631
WINNER: Memorial Park and Bear Hollow
293 Gran Ellen Dr. · 706-613-3580
Kids love Memorial Park as much as dogs love it, and for good reason. It's in-town, it's outside, it's familiar but always different, changing with the seasons. Parents love it, too.
RUNNER UP: Sandy Creek Nature Center
205 Old Commerce Rd. · 706-613-3615
WINNER: Canopy Studio
160 Tracy St. · 706-549-8501
Canopy is a wonderland for the kind of healthful, purposeful play that kids love, as if some giant had strung up a bunch of swings and ropes just for kids (and the kids in all of us).
RUNNER UP: Dance FX
1260 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-355-3078
WINNER: Treehouse Kid and Craft
815 W. Broad St. · 706-850-8226
"Creative" and "class" define Treehouse. It's all about being creative with children, fulfilling their needs and challenging them to do it themselves.
RUNNER UP: Good Dirt
510 N. Thomas St. · 706-355-3161