Deanna Brown Thomas leads the James Brown Family Historical Tour in Augusta, Georgia
From Comedy to Vampires: A Three-Day Entertainment Group Tour of Georgia
Georgia's rich music and entertainment scene has something for every group.
Georgia is a veritable treasure trove for music lovers and movie buffs, with a star-studded history of virtuosos and a thriving present-day film industry. From behind-the-scenes tours of secret set locations to childhood homes of lyrical legends and tastes of the stars' favorite treats, the Peach State has something to offer every entertainment enthusiast.
James Brown Family Historical Tour, Augusta
Board a luxury tour bus to explore significant locations in James Brown's life. His childhood home, elementary school, and the arena named in his honor are all on the agenda. By the end of the one-hour 45-minute tour, you might feel like you know "The Godfather of Soul" personally. Group discounts are offered for 15 or more guests (maximum 50 per tour), with two-week advance booking and may include entrance to Augusta Museum of History's extensive exhibit on the artist.
Augusta Museum of History, Augusta
No matter what historical topic strikes your fancy, this nearly 60,000-square-foot building has much to interest. Exhibits highlight golf's rich history and the Masters Tournament. The "Local Legends" gallery features displays on athletes, entertainers, and musicians from the regions (including Grammy Award-winning country group Lady Antebellum). Guided tours are offered on weekdays, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Laurel and Hardy Museum, Harlem
Comedy fans will remember the barrels of laughs from early Hollywood stars Stan Lauren and Georgia-born Oliver Hardy, who performed together in more than 100 movies from the silent era to the "talkies." Opened in 2002, this charming museum features movie props, memorabilia, costumes, and even a car driven by the comedians, as well as some of their films available for viewing in an on-site theater.
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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah
Wander this eerily beautiful cemetery on a bluff above the Wilmington River and look for noteworthy graves including that of four-time Academy Award-winning composer and Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer. It was also featured in the famed novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Bonaventure Historical Society offers free guided one-hour tours of the 170-year-old cemetery on the second Sunday of the month. Private tours for nonprofits and schools and a mobile tour app are available.
Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah
Hollywood producer Stratton Leopold, son of one of the parlor's original founders from 1919, is now at the helm of this famous downtown ice cream parlor. While you're tasting signature flavors like Tutti Frutti - which was lyricist Johnny Mercer's favorite flavor after working there as a boy - peruse the movie posters and notice photos of stars like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, and Sir Anthony Hopkins indulging in the legendary scoops.
Historic Downtown, Brunswick
Turn your group loose in this charming coastal town and let them explore. The Ritz Theater, built in 1899, started as a grand opera house and now hosts a year-round schedule of performances, films, and art exhibits. For low-key live music, grab a bite at Tipsy McSway's and dance the night away. Or, take in a play at the intimate 111-seat Brunswick Actors Theatre, which puts on six productions each year.
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Rock Candy Tours, Macon
This Middle Georgia city is home to some of the state's most storied rhythm, blues, and Southern rock history. With a variety of tour offerings - including custom, private excursions, and walking and bus tours - guests might see locations for The Allman Brothers Band album cover photo shoots and the graves of key band members; the Tic Toc Room, where Little Richard performed; and the historic Douglass Theatre, which helped launch Otis Redding's career.
Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tour, Covington
Covington has earned its "Hollywood of the South" moniker, having played host to more than 100 films and TV productions, including In the Heat of the Night, The Dukes of Hazzard, Remember the Titans, and Footloose. To see behind-the-scenes gems, opt for a custom tour based on your group's interests (discounts available). Fans of The Vampire Diaries will go wild for that tour, which features exclusive access to the Lockwood mansion, the courthouse, and other recognizable locations.
Atlanta Movie Tours, Atlanta
Whether you're hoping to walk in the footsteps of our favorite zombie, vampire, superhero, or Gone With the Wind character, this expertly guided tour has you covered at film locations in and around Atlanta. The full-service tour is fully customizable for two to 200 guests (or even more) and may include everything from impersonators and photographers to catered meals, snacks, and coach transportation.
Don't-Miss Dining: Augusta Food Tours, Augusta
Taste your way through some of Augusta's most exciting restaurants aboard a vintage Southstar Trolley. Depending on the tour, you might stop for barbecue at Southbound Smokehouse, rich red velvet cake at The Boll Weevil, or a Georgia-brewed IPA at World of Beer. Groups of 15 or more may choose a custom private tour.
Must-Stop Shopping: Tumi Factory Store, Vidalia
If unbeatable deals are music to your ears, this factory store is your paradise. The shop is owned by the local Tumi luggage plant and offers the brand's stylish wheeled duffels, hard-side suitcases, laptop bags, and more, sold at up to 60 percent off retail prices.