Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Georgia. Photo by Tropico Photo, @tropicophoto
10 Best Things to Do this Summer in Georgia
Road trips to quirky landmarks, water parks, drive-in movies and many more of the hottest ways to explore Georgia this summer.
Summertime in the Peach State is unlike anywhere else. Sure, it can be hot, but we have plenty of ways to cool down. No matter what part of Georgia you'll be visiting, you’re sure to have a great time. We have a few suggestions to add to your list!
Cool off at a waterpark
What better way to beat the summer heat than by visiting one of Georgia’s water parks?
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
The Water Park at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands opens every May as another way to enjoy the lake with mat racing slides, a zipline and water activities for little ones.
Six Flags White Water
Six Flags White Water in Marietta, outside of Atlanta, is a longtime favorite with nearly 70 acres of slides, tube rides, and a wave pool.
SoakYa Water Park at Lake Winnepesaukah
At Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park and SoakYa Water Park in Rossville, swimmers can relax at the beach lagoon, race on the slides and splash in the interactive kids area.
Splash in the Boro
At Splash in the Boro Family Water Park in Statesboro, swimmers can float on the lazy river, brave the water slides and bob in the wave pool.
Stone Mountain Park
Over at Stone Mountain Park is Geyser Towers, a kid-friendly series of rope bridges with spraying water.
Summer Waves Water Park
On Jekyll Island, swimmers can take a break from the beach at Summer Waves Water Park to brave the Pirates Passage flume, drift down Turtle Creek and wade into the kiddie pool.
Valdosta’s Wild Adventures theme park also has Splash Island waterpark, which features thrilling slides, a calm wave pool, and even cabanas to relax in.
Hit up the farmers market
Take advantage of the state's agricultural bounty by visiting one of the many Georgia Grown farmers markets, like Dublin's Market on Madison, the Atlanta State Farmers Market and the Cordele State Farmers Market, the major watermelon distribution hub for the Southeast. They’re easy to find in nearly every region. You’ll find fresh produce, meats, seafood, prepared foods, and crafts. It’s a great way to pick up ingredients to cook for friends and family. The Georgia Department of Agriculture is a good place to start looking.
Plan a road trip to see quirky landmarks
Georgia has some truly unique attractions that are worth a road trip in their own right. There are quirky artist havens like Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Paradise Garden in Summerville, and the faces carved into trees on St. Simons Island. The Ashburn Peanut is a beloved landmark for those driving south along I-75, while the Plains Peanut has the same smile as President Jimmy Carter. The Georgia Guidestones in Elberton have a bizarre past, while the Doll's Head Trail is a funky Atlanta hike.
Catch a drive-in movie
Although there aren't many drive-in theaters left, summertime is great for catching an outdoor film in Georgia. Gather your friends, chairs, and snacks for a new or second-run movie. Swan Drive In in Blue Ridge, Starlight in Atlanta, Jesup Drive In in Jesup, Tiger Drive In in Tiger, and Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater in Trenton are ones you can check out around the state. Wilderness has the world's largest screen!
Make a run for it
An Atlanta (and Georgia) tradition is the world’s largest 10K race: the AJC Peachtree Road Race. It hosts more than 60,000 runners and walkers from around the world as it winds from Buckhead to Midtown every July 4. Spectators come out to watch the festivities and hand out food and other items. Even if you're not up for the race itself, make a sign to cheer on the competitors!
Eat a peach
Nothing says Georgia more than peaches! Summer is the best time to get them from roadside stands and in restaurants. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the state fruit, whether in fried pies, milkshakes, peach wine, jams or straight from the tree.
Soar through the trees
Feeling adventurous? Georgia has a number of thrilling ziplines for all experience levels. In Columbus, you can zip from Georgia to Alabama with Blue Heron Zipline Adventure Park. Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge soar above North Georgia with two towers and three sky bridges. Banning Mills Screaming Eagle canopy tours has the largest, continuous zip line canopy tour in the world.
Go on a farm stay
Get up close with the animals at one of Georgia's farm stays and guest ranches.
The Rock Ranch is one of the most unique, featuring Conestoga wagons you can spend the night in. The ranch was previously owned by Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A.
In Bluffton, White Oak Pastures is a working cattle farm with guest cabins.
Tour a historic home
Choose a part of the state and there's a historic home you can learn about. In Atlanta, it might be the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center, while in Madison and Milledgeville, part of Georgia's Antebellum Trail, there is no shortage of historic homes. Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, the Callaway family home, and the Little White House in Warm Springs, where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt retreated, also can't be missed.
Chow down on ice cream
Cool off with a cool treat! Georgia has some fantastic ice cream establishments. You’ve likely heard of Leopold’s in Savannah, which usually has a line down the street. Lane Southern Orchards makes peach ice cream, and Jake’s Ice Cream in Atlanta is a must-stop if you’re walking the Atlanta Beltline.