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!

  • Ocmulgee National Monument Park

    Walk along the same paths as American Indians at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.

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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