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Spend Time and Save Money in Georgia's Classic South Region

Southern charm that’s easy on your wallet

  • International Disc Golf Center

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Georgia’s Classic South region offers lots to do without spending a lot of money. Visit some of the region’s communities to learn more about their notable history (going as far back as America’s birth) and residents (comedian Oliver Hardy was born here), or spend time outdoors trying a different twist on a popular sport. Here are a few area highlights – all for $5 or less.

The Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia, Harlem – Visit the birthplace of mustachioed comedian Oliver Hardy – one of the famous entertainment duo Laurel and Hardy – at one of three museums dedicated to the pair. (The other two are in Ulverston, England, and Solingen, Germany.) See photographs and other artifacts commemorating Hardy’s 25-year comedy career and laugh at the duo’s movies. There are 106 of them. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free admission, but donations are accepted.

Disc Golf, Appling – Take a swing at the sport of disc golf at the International Disc Golf Center, home of the Professional Disc Golf Association. Test your Frisbee-throwing skills at three disc golf courses at Wildwood Park, or several courses in nearby Augusta and Evans. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $3 per vehicle. Greens fees: $5 adults, with special rates for military, children 12 and under, Columbia County residents and Professional Disc Golf Association members.

Wrightsboro Cemetery, Thomson – Search for the graves of war veterans at this historical cemetery. Some of the veterans buried in Wrightsboro gave their lives during the Revolutionary War, while others fought in the Civil War battles of Gettysburg, Shiloh or Fredericksburg. Free admission.

Ogeechee River Car Museum, Jewell – Stroll down memory lane through the perspective of classic cars from the 1900s to today (including a 1908 Waltham-Ori and a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible) before drinking up memorabilia in the Coca-Cola room. Contact the museum at (706) 465-1385 to arrange for a tour. Free admission.

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