The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor Creek State Park
9 Affordable Day Trips for a Georgia Getaway
With so many school vacations, it's difficult to plan a trip for each one. Or maybe you don't have kids, but can't steal away for a full week's vacation. Instead of traveling for an extended visit, why not plan some awesome day trips? Here are nine great one-day outings that will have you exploring all the regions of Georgia.
Atlanta is the perfect place for a shopping holiday. Girls of all ages will enjoy the American Girl Boutique & Bistro at North Point Mall. Make it extra special by spending the night at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta with the American Girl package.
Relax with a classic comedy at the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem, Ga. Afterward, head to nearby Martinez for a little outdoor fun at the Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center.
A day trip to Sapelo Island is the perfect way to escape the world for a few hours. Board a boat in Meridian, Ga., near the town of Darien. Take the day tour of Reynolds Mansion, or book a private tour of the small community of Hog Hammock and the natural side of Sapelo Island.
On your way to play golf, go mountain biking or swim at Hard Labor Creek State Park, make a pit-stop in historic Rutledge. You can lunch in an authentic train caboose and pick up some locally made honey as well as some local history at the Rutledge Hardware.
Historic High Country
No time or money to visit the Old West? Then head to Cartersville to the Booth Western Art Museum instead. In addition to cowboys and Indians, you'll also find a gallery of American presidents. Best of all, the Booth is free the first Thursday of the month after 4 p.m.
Get back to nature at the Center for Wildlife Education on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. This facility is known for birds of prey, so be sure to catch the flight show during your visit.
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Visit the grandeur of the Old South at Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville. Afterward, come back to modern times with lunch at one of Thomasville's many downtown restaurants.