Three Awesome Georgia Adventures for Teens

  • Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding

Teens can be a hard bunch to please. They are too big for the kid stuff and too young for the adult excursions. Not only that, but it’s often hard to find time in their busy schedules, so when you do go, you’ll want to make sure it’s a memorable experience. I’ve found that most teens crave a little adventure, something outside the ordinary, or something that is geared specifically for them. Here are three teen worthy adventures in Georgia.

Zip Line Adventures

About an hour west of downtown Atlanta is Historic Banning Mills and the longest zip line in the Georgia, aptly known as the Screaming Eagle. The Banning Mills zip lines are definitely fun, but I like to mix things up with the high ropes course, and for those truly adventurous types, there is the Free Fall, a 10-story drop, straight down. Right now you can get a discount on zip line tours at Historic Banning Mills through the deals section on Explore Georgia.

North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula, Ga.
North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula, Ga.

Another great zip line is North Georgia Canopy Tours located in Lula. When the teens are done zipping, they can participate in a bit of disc golf, too.

Another favorite is TreeTop Quest. This is more of an adventure course with a few zip lines thrown in.

Callaway Gardens Treetop Adventure is also a good choice, and there are lots of bike trails to ride on before or after the zip.

Teen Nights

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has their own teen programs that include special teen-only nights, and open studio events meant just for teens. The best part is all of these events are planned with the help of the High’s Teen Team, a group of high school students who share a common interest in art.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

In addition, the High’s neighbor, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has their own teen-only nights, as well as a monthly teen lounge where high schoolers can hang out and participate in open mic night or just listen.

Hang Gliding

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding in Rising Fawn is sure to thrill even the toughest teen critic. No experience is necessary, and you start your flight on the ground with a tandem guide. A plane brings you gradually up into the air, then lets you go for the flight back down.

My teens were able to navigate the glider in the air with the help of a guide and truly enjoyed seeing the North Georgia mountains from a bird’s eye view.


Sue Rodman

Sue Rodman is Georgia’s official Smart Travel Explorer and the managing editor of the award-winning family travel site 365 Atlanta Family.

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