Ocmulgee National Monument Park

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

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!

Here are some ideas for affordable, downright cheap and even free family fun around Georgia.

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.

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden in Summerville is an inspiring collection of folk art.

4. The Rock Garden, Calhoun - Stroll among the folk art creations of volunteers, featuring wee-sized buildings resembling castles and cathedrals amid acres of flowers and greenery.

The Rock Garden photo by Stephen Rahn

5. Rome-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.

Home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site is the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeast.

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. Along the way, look for these Seven Landmarks on the Silver Comet Trail.

8. Tallulah Gorge State Park - Sway on a suspension bridge above this rocky canyon and hike to the waterfalls. Plan your trip with this Guide to Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Photo Credit: John Datum - https://www.instagram.com/johndatum/

9. Don Carter State Park, Gainesville - Laze away a summer afternoon on the beach on Lake Lanier.

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 Historical Park - 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.

Photo by Candy Cook.

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.

Wander the 313 acres of themed gardens and nature trails at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Free admission. - State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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.

The Earth Lodge at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia.

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.

GDEcD Photography

24. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park - Hike through this swamp located near downtown Augusta.

Take a nature walk through the Phinizy Swamp in Augusta and keep your eyes peeled for alligators. - 99baggett via Flickr

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.

Learn about President Carter's childhood on a tour of the farm where he grew up in Plains.

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. 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.

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.

Ordered by General James Oglethorpe in 1732, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River for more than 270 years. - JENO Photography via Flickr

40. Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade - Soak and get soaked in the “South’s Largest Water Fight.”

41. Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, 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.

The Spanish moss drapes over Forsyth Park in Savannah.

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.

Photo courtesy of Savannah Waterfront, Facebook, and Pablo and Britt Photography LLC

46. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island - Marvel at the mystery and tenacity of these ancient creatures.

Photo courtesy of the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center

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. Walking Tours Savannah - 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.

Published: April 2018