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.
8. Tallulah Gorge State Park - Sway on a suspension bridge above this rocky canyon and hike to the waterfalls.
9. Cool River Tubing, Helen - Laze away a summer afternoon tubing down the Chattahoochee River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
29. Hunter Cattle Company, Brooklet - Feed and care for the hens, sheep, pigs and cows during a farm vacation.
30. Vidalia Onion Festival – Taste the unique flavor of the official state vegetable at this food and fun-filled weekend.
31. Splash in the Boro Family Water Park & Aquatic Center, Statesboro - Dive in and have a blast at this family waterpark.
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.
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).
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.