Here are some ideas for affordable, downright cheap and even free family fun around Georgia.
Due to COVID-19, some destinations might have changed their visitation information. This list may not reflect the most recent updates. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm your plans. For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.
The Rock Garden in Calhoun, Georgia. Photo by @mdcoa
, 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
The , Cartersville - Giddyup to this impressive museum where kids and adults can make like cowboys. Booth Museum
Downtown - High-five a farmer and find out how he grows his awesome food. Dalton
, Summerville - Travel inside the mind of visionary folk artist Howard Finster. Howard Finster's Paradise Garden
Rome-, Rome - Learn about wildlife native to the Etowah, Coosa and Oostanaula River Basin. Floyd E.C.O. Center
Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by @mikedesilvestri
- Immerse yourself in the history of Georgia’s Native Americans. Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site
, 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 Silver Comet Trail Seven Landmarks on the Silver Comet Trail.
- Sway on a suspension bridge above this rocky canyon and hike to the waterfalls. Plan your trip with this Tallulah Gorge State Park Guide to Tallulah Gorge State Park.
, Gainesville - Laze away a summer afternoon on the beach on Lake Lanier. Don Carter State Park
- Cool off in the Fountain of Rings on a summer day or catch a free concert in this Olympic-sized green space. Centennial Olympic Park
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Photo by @kodysworld2
- See where Dr. King was born, worked, worshipped and is buried. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
- Learn Atlanta’s past at this monument-filled final resting place. Historic Oakland Cemetery
- Walk, run, bike and skip Atlanta’s in-town traffic on this former rail corridor. Atlanta BeltLine
- Hike or drive up the mountain that was home to General Sherman’s Union Army in June 1864. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
, Locust Grove - Meet thousands of rescued animals at this 250-acre family-owned sanctuary. Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Photo by @c15roy
A tlanta CityPass - Atlanta CityPass allows you to visit five of the best attractions in the city while saving 45% off admission. See the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and choose three more from Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
, Athens - Release your artistic talents during monthly Family Days. Georgia Museum of Art
, Athens - Get dirty learning about plants, wildlife and the environment. State Botanical Garden of Georgia
- Make like Tony Hawk at this state-of-the-art facility. Skate Park of Athens
, Macon - Walk, jog, bike, canoe or fish along this 11-mile trail. Otis Redding Statue at Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Gateway Park
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, Georgia. Photo by @rumersongs
, Macon - Immerse yourself in Georgia’s ancient history. Ocmulgee National Monument
, Appling - Camp, picnic, bike, hike, swim or fish at this top bass spot. Mistletoe State Park
- Jog, walk or bike along wide towpaths once used by mules to pull canal boats. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
- Hike through this swamp located near downtown Augusta. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
See a replica of the Oval Office at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta. Photo by @mwaters18
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Atlanta - Step into an exact replica of the Oval Office and experience a day in the life of the president.
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains - Get schooled on the life of our 39th President.
- Learn history firsthand at this infamous Civil War military prison. Andersonville National Historic Site
National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center, Columbus - Trace infantry history from colonial times to the present.
Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia
Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins - See more than 85 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles, cockpits and award-winning exhibits, and experience the Virtual Reality Simulator.
– Watch the latest releases under the stars at one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Georgia. Jesup Drive In
, Statesboro - Dive in and have a blast at this family waterpark. Splash in the Boro Family Water Park & Aquatic Center
, Blakely - Explore the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the Southeastern U.S. Kolomoki Mounds State Park
, Albany - Roam among rhinos, cheetahs and lemurs at this zoo designed by Wild Kingdom’s Jim Fowler. Chehaw Park
, Albany - Sing along by his life-sized statue as the Albany native’s hits fill the air. Ray Charles Plaza
The Big Oak in Thomasville. Photo by @whighamimages
, Thomasville - Pose for a pic by this historic (c.1685) live oak. The Big Oak and Big Oak Cam
, Valdosta - Win the entertainment trifecta at this theme park, animal park and water park all-in-one. Wild Adventures Theme Park
Vidalia Onion Museum - Discover the story behind the Vidalia Sweet Onion, and meet Yumion, the colorful mascot!
, Waycross - Glide through the lily-laden waterways of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Okefenokee Swamp Park
- Climb the 178 stairs of Georgia’s oldest (c.1732) and most intact lighthouse. Tybee Island Lighthouse/Museum
Douglas County Film Trail - Take a self-guided tour of locations you've seen in your favorite film and TV shows, including The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, The Haves and Have Nots and Stranger Things.
, Savannah - Learn about the fascinating, artistic, forward-thinking founder of the Girl Scouts. Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, National Historic Landmark
Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia
, Savannah - Spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic in this downtown park with its iconic white fountain. Forsyth Park
, Savannah - Wander beneath the massive moss-draped live oaks in this 200-year-old cemetery. Bonaventure Cemetery
, Savannah - Defend the city from the state’s oldest standing brick fortification (c. 1808). Old Fort Jackson
Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, St. Marys - See artifacts that cover the timeline and people of the island, including Native Americans, African Americans, the Staffords and the Carnegie family.
, Jekyll Island - Marvel at the mystery and tenacity of these ancient creatures. Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Kayaking with Altamaha Coastal Tours in Darien, Georgia
, Darien - Access the magic of the Georgia shore in a sea kayak or canoe. Altamaha Coastal Tours
, Riceboro - Immerse yourself in Geechee culture at this living museum. Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Center & Museum
Walking Tours - Venture into the haunted past of this mysterious city. Savannah
Geocaching in Georgia State Parks - Hunt for hidden treasure using your brain, tech-savvy skills and a GPS or smartphone.