Great Places for Family Reunions in Georgia
Spending time together and sharing experiences is a great way to stay connected as an extended family. No matter your budget or your geographic preference, there are lots of great destinations in Georgia that will keep multi-generational groups happy. Here are a few of our favorites.
On the Coast
All the new additions to Jekyll Island make it an even better place for a family reunion. The Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island is a perfect base camp. Located right on the beach, there are standard hotel rooms as well as suites, which offer a more condo-like experience.
The Holiday Inn has lots of gathering spots for family, including the pool, restaurant, bar and fire pits in the evening. There is a kids club, too, so parents can have some time to enjoy themselves without the little ones around.
Beyond the hotel is a plethora of activities from bike riding to tours of the Jekyll Island Historic District and the very popular Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Both are located next to the Jekyll Island Club Resort, where families have been vacationing for generations. Kids and kids at heart will want to spend at least one day at the Summer Waves Water Park located on the island.
In the Mountains
Smithgall Woods, Helen
Georgia State Parks are an excellent choice for family reunions of any size. Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen is the perfect place for smaller families. The hotel has 17 bedrooms spread out in six cottages, plus two pioneer campgrounds.
Duke's Creek, which runs through the property, is one of the premier trout streams in the state and a popular place for catch-and-release fishing. Be sure to call ahead if you want to fish, though; they limit the number of anglers.
All ages can enjoy the discovery room museum at Smithgall Woods, and the 28 miles of hiking trails any time.
In the City
There is no shortage of hotels within the city, so focus reunion planning on unique events at cool venues like these.
The Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta
Readers of USA Today voted the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta one of the 10 Best Attractions in 2017. There's good reason for that.
In addition to seven galleries, the Georgia Aquarium has a live dolphin and Sea Lion show, as well as a 4-D Funbelievable Theater and an animatronic show with Deepo, the mascot. In 2018, the aquarium is introducing puffins.
A favorite of young and old is the daily waddle walk with the Aquarium penguins. It happens each day between 10 and 11 a.m. In addition to learning about the adorable animals, you can also get a fun photo-op.
Savannah Rapids Park, Augusta
Commemorate your family reunion at the Augusta Canal National Historic Area Headgates by attaching a padlock to the headgate, just like couples do in Paris. While you are there, take in the historic buildings and view of the Savannah River rapids below.
For a low-key event, plan a family picnic by Reed Creek Falls. There is a playground nearby for youngsters to get some energy out before dessert. If weather is a concern, you can rent the Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The Pavilion can accommodate up to 500 and has an observation deck to view the rapids.
For active family members, rent a kayak (single or double) or bikes. Bicycle Peddler is a vendor at the park, and they even offer bike trailers for the little ones.
Merry Acres, Albany
Base your family adventure out of Merry Acres Inn & Event Center, a 100-room boutique hotel with a lot of Southern flare. In addition to event space, your family can also hang out with a sweet tea on the large Southern porch or meet up at the mineral-water pool.
Albany has lots of activities for every member of the family. Science lovers will like the Thronateeska Heritage Center with its old trains and Wetherbee planetarium.
And animal lovers won’t want to miss Chehaw Park started by Jim Fowler of Wild Kingdom fame. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the things to do in Albany!