Trip Ideas

50 Budget-Friendly Travel Ideas for Families

It doesn't have to cost a lot of cash to have fun with your family in Georgia. In fact, it doesn't have to cost anything!

  • Don Carter State Park

    Georgia's newest state park on Lake Lanier features a swimming beach, cabins and campgrounds.

Here are some ideas for affordable, downright cheap and even free family fun around Georgia.

Historic High Country

1. Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville - Giddyup to this impressive museum where kids and adults can make like cowboys.

2. Downtown Dalton - High-five a farmer and find out how he grows his awesome food.

3. Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, Summerville - Travel inside the mind of visionary folk artist Howard Finster.

4. Tanglewood Farm Miniatures, Canton - Get small with more than 100 miniature animals in their Wild West Town.

5. Floyd E.C.O. Center, Rome- Learn about wildlife native to the Etowah, Coosa and Oostanaula River Basin.

6. Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site - Immerse yourself in the history of Georgia’s Native Americans.

7. Silver Comet Trail, Rockmart - Bike, skate, ride your horse, jog with your dog or walk this 61.5-mile trail from Atlanta to the Georgia/Alabama state line.

Northeast Mountains

8. Tallulah Gorge State Park - Sway on a suspension bridge above this rocky canyon and hike to the waterfalls.

9. Don Carter State Park, Gainesville - Laze away a summer afternoon on the beach on Lake Lanier.

Metro Atlanta

10. Centennial Olympic Park - Cool off in the Fountain of Rings on a summer day or catch a free concert in this Olympic-sized green space.

11. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site - See where Dr. King was born, worked, worshipped and is buried.

12. Historic Oakland Cemetery - Learn Atlanta’s past at this monument-filled final resting place.

13. Atlanta Beltline - Walk, run, bike and skip Atlanta’s in-town traffic on this former rail corridor.

14. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park- Hike or drive up the mountain that was home to General Sherman’s Union Army in June 1864.

15. Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, Locust Grove - Meet thousands of rescued animals at this 250-acre family-owned sanctuary.

16. Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre - Enjoy a current double-feature at one of the country’s few remaining drive-ins.

Historic Heartland

17. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens - Release your artistic talents during monthly Family Days.

18. State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens - Get dirty learning about plants, wildlife and the environment.

19. Skate Park of Athens- Make like Tony Hawk at this state-of-the-art facility.

20. Otis Redding Statue at Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Gateway Park, Macon - Walk, jog, bike, canoe or fish along this 11-mile trail.

21. Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon - Immerse yourself in Georgia’s ancient history.

Classic South

22. Mistletoe State Park, Appling - Camp, picnic, bike, hike, swim or fish at this top bass spot.

23. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area - Jog, walk or bike along wide towpaths once used by mules to pull canal boats.

24. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park - Hike through this swamp located near downtown Augusta.

Presidential Pathways

25. Habitat for Humanity-Global Village & Discovery Center, Americus - See how Habitat for Humanity works to end poverty around the world.

26. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains - Get schooled on the life of our 39th President.

27. Andersonville National Historic Site - Learn history firsthand at this infamous Civil War military prison.

28. Butts Mill Farm, Pine Mountain - Play all day at this farm full of fun.

Magnolia Midlands

29. Hunter Cattle Company, Brooklet - Feed and care for the hens, sheep, pigs and cows during a farm vacation.

30. Jesup Drive In – Watch the latest releases under the stars at one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Georgia.

31. Splash in the Boro Family Water Park & Aquatic Center, Statesboro - Dive in and have a blast at this family waterpark.

Plantation Trace

32. Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Blakely - Explore the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the Southeastern U.S.

33. Chehaw Park, Albany - Roam among rhinos, cheetahs and lemurs at this zoo designed by Wild Kingdom’s Jim Fowler.

34. Ray Charles Plaza, Albany - Sing along by his life-sized statue as the Albany native’s hits fill the air

35. The Big Oak and Big Oak Cam, Thomasville - Pose for a pic by this historic (c.1685) live oak.

36. Wild Adventures Theme Park, Valdosta - Win the entertainment trifecta at this theme park, animal park and water park all-in-one.

37. Fitzgerald’s Wild Chicken Festival - Honor the birds that call downtown Fitzgerald home with a crowing contest and more.

The Coast

38. Okefenokee Swamp Park, Waycross - Glide through the lily-laden waterways of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

39. Tybee Island Lighthouse/Museum - Climb the 178 stairs of Georgia’s oldest (c.1732) and most intact lighthouse.

40. Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade - Soak and get soaked in the “South’s Largest Water Fight.”

41. Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, National Historic Landmark, Savannah - Learn about the fascinating, artistic, forward-thinking founder of the Girl Scouts.

42. Forsyth Park, Savannah - Spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic in this downtown park with its iconic white fountain.

43. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah - Wander beneath the massive moss-draped live oaks in this 200-year-old cemetery.

44. Old Fort Jackson, Savannah - Defend the city from the state’s oldest standing brick fortification (c. 1808).

45. First Friday Fireworks, Savannah - Celebrate the end of the week and beginning of the month with festive fireworks on River Street.

46. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island - Marvel at the mystery and tenacity of these ancient creatures.

47. Altamaha Coastal Tours , Darien - Access the magic of the Georgia shore in a sea kayak or canoe.

48. Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Center & Museum, Riceboro - Immerse yourself in Geechee culture at this living museum.

49. Savannah By Foot - Venture into the haunted past of this mysterious city.

50. Geocaching in Georgia State Parks - Hunt for hidden treasure using your brain, tech-savvy skills and a GPS or smartphone.

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