3 Awesome Affordable Adventures in Pine Mountain, Ga.

  • Stone Cottage at FDR

    Historic stone cottages are some of the accommodations available at FDR State Park.

Pine Mountain is best known as the home of Callaway Gardens, a soothing retreat that caters to families, couples and friends, as easily as it does conference attendees. There is a ton to do at the resort no matter what time of year. Spring is especially beautiful with azaleas in bloom. Cool off during the summer in Robin Lake. Fall is the perfect time to get your adrenaline flowing at Treetop Adventure, and winter is magical with the annual Fantasy in Lights. Although Callaway Gardens may be the most well-known attraction in Pine Mountain, it’s not the only one. Here are three other reasons to visit Pine Mountain.

FDR State Park: Named for the only four-term president in U.S. history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, FDR State Park offers lessons in history, nature and fun. My boys loved riding at Roosevelt Stables and just hanging out at the campfire. This Georgia State Park also has lots of unique in-park programming like picnic supper hikes, American Frontier Days and Full Moon paddles on Lake Delanor.

Get up close to exotic animals at Wild Animal Safari.
Get up close to exotic animals at Wild Animal Safari.

Wild Animal Safari: The giraffe’s long black tongue was stretched out in front of me, obviously searching for a tasty treat. My toddler was almost on the floor of the zebra truck, wrinkled brow trying to figure out what this strange creature was doing. While this scene was going on in my lap, behind me were squeals of “ewww” and “yuk” as various animals came looking for the food my children were tossing out. My sight was blurred with tears of laughter. Needless to say, I highly recommend Wild Animal Safari. Visit them online to purchase discount tickets before you go.

Learn about FDR at his home in Pine Mountain.
Learn about FDR at his home in Pine Mountain.

The Little White House: Technically, this is in Warm Springs, but it’s worth the slight detour. The Little White House was the only home that Franklin Delano Roosevelt ever owned. He came here to relieve the pain associated with his polio by bathing in the warm springs. Guests can tour the house, as well as listen to FDR’s famous fireside chats in the museum. Tip: If you have a Georgia library card, you can see any of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites for free by checking out a Georgia State Parks Pass from the library.


Sue Rodman

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