Tallulah Gorge State Park. Photo by Mike Clark, @mrclark3
18 Georgia Spring Break Destinations
Beaches or mountains, museums or hikes, Georgia is bursting with spring break adventures for the entire family!
Whether you are traveling far or near, saving or splurging, excitement awaits you in every region of Georgia. Here are 18 spring break destinations for your family that hold the promise of memories that last a lifetime.
Spend an entire day at Chehaw Park, designed and supervised by Jim Fowler (think "Wild Kingdom"). Take an open-air ride through the African veldt, or feed Bogart, the two-hump camel. Tour Flint RiverQuarium for a lesson in blue holes and a unique opportunity to see an albino alligator. A stop at Thronateeska Heritage Center offers science fun, a planetarium show, and a special train adventure. Merry Acres Inn & Event Center is the best spring break slumber location, with spacious rooms, a mineral spring pool and easy dining options.
Find more Albany trip ideas in this Guide to Albany.
Talk to the animals at Bear Hollow Zoo and then follow up with a trip to Sandy Creek Nature Center, where kids can hike more than 4 miles of trails, see wildlife and even check out a 19th century log cabin. Try skateboarding/BMX riding at the Skate Park of Athens and check out the World of Wonder playground next door. Or you can stroll through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Find more Athens trip ideas in this Guide to Athens.
Ride your bikes along the Augusta Riverwalk, stopping for a picnic or a concert in a shady park. See what life was like in 1845 at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area museum and take one of the Augusta Canal Petersburg Boat Tours. Hike through Phinizy Swamp Nature Park or kayak at the Augusta Canal National Historic Area Headgates. Visit the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson or Meadow Garden, Historic Farm House of George Walton, one of Georgia's three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Learn about Native American history to today's Masters of golf before shouting "I Feel Good!" with James Brown’s music and memorabilia at the Augusta Museum of History. Need a break? Let someone else do the driving aboard a Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta.
Find more Augusta trip ideas in this Guide to Augusta.
Brasstown Bald and Vogel State Park are great adventurous escapes. Visit DeSoto Falls Recreational Area or Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm & Lardworks Glass, Fiber & Jewelry Studio. See the Sleepy Hollow - Whimsical Fairy Garden, or visit the TrackRock Archaeological Area. Ride horses, see the multitude of waterfalls in the area, or hike a strip of the Appalachian Trail.
Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to the border town of McCaysville. Pick fruit at Mercier Orchards, or go gem mining or fishing at Lilly Pad Village. Hike Fall Branch Falls or the 265-foot Swinging Bridge Trail over the Toccoa River, part of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Roast marshmallows over a fire at your cabin.
Find more Blue Ridge trip ideas in this Guide to Blue Ridge.
Explore Tellus Science Museum and Booth Western Art Museum. Hike the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site and do not skip the west rim of the Pine Mountain Trail. Visit the Bartow History Museum and Red Top Mountain State Park. Plan your overnight in nearby Adairsville at the lovely Barnsley Resort.
Find more Cartersville trip ideas in this Guide to Cartersville.
Explore the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, and ride the rapids with Whitewater Express - Columbus. Visit the The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, The Columbus Museum (the second largest art museum in Georgia) or Heritage Park Columbus. See the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the quirky Lunchbox Museum in River Market Antiques, and drive by Kadie, the cow of Columbus.
Find more Columbus trip ideas in this Guide to Columbus.
Pan for gold at Consolidated Gold Mines or Crisson Gold Mine, and stop at the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site for more info. Ride horses at Gold City Corral & Carriage Company, or see the animals at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, A North Georgia Zoo. Visit the downtown area’s restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shops, and take a spooky ghost tour!
Find more Dahlonega trip ideas in this Guide to Dahlonega.
Climb the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, frolic the beaches and take a trolley tour. Head to Jekyll Island for a history tour aboard the Tram, or see the turtles at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Don't skip Driftwood Beach. Go shrimpin’ on the Lady Jane Shrimpin' Excursions, or take a dolphin tour. There are bikes, geocaches, mini golf, tree spirits and seriously yummy eats.
Two state parks grace the town of Helen – Unicoi State Park & Lodge and Smithgall Woods State Park – each with hiking, fishing and plenty of fun. In Helen, you can go tubing on the Chattahoochee River, play Alpine Mini Golf or grab ice cream while you watch others play. Hike Anna Ruby Falls, and then grab peanuts at Fred’s Famous Peanuts. Adjacent to Helen, visit Sautee Nacoochee’s Old Sautee Store & Museum (awesome lunch!) or visit the art scene at Sautee Nacoochee Center.
Find more Helen trip ideas in this Guide to Helen.
Historic Banning Mills
Fly through the air on the world's longest and largest zipline, Historic Banning Mills Screaming Eagle Eco Zip Line Canopy Tours. The Crazy Squirrel Village provides aerial elements for even the younger crowd. Enjoy a live birds of prey show, kayaking, horseback riding and hiking. Stay in the lodge or cabins, or high in the sky in one of the treehouses.
Listen for ancient drumbeats inside the Earth Lodge, North America's oldest public building, at Ocmulgee National Monument, or dig for fossils like Ziggy, the 40 million-year-old whale skeleton, at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Swoosh down a 60-foot in-ground slide, and climb on the Shel Silverstein-inspired Circle Sculptures at Coleman Hill, or make new friends at the renovated historic Tattnall Square Park playground in the College Hill Corridor. Hike through the maze of rescued animals taking sanctuary at Dauset Trails Nature Center in nearby Jackson, or imagine taking to the skies in one of the retired jet fighters at the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation - Home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Find more Macon trip ideas in this Guide to Macon.
Stay at Black Rock Mountain State Park, hike Tallulah Gorge State Park, soak up the history at Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center, and visit the Goats On The Roof for a snack and some fun! In nearby Dillard, visit Andy's Trout Farm, or take out the horses at Dillard House Stables. Hike Dick's Creek Falls or Becky Branch Falls. Don’t miss a stop at The Dillard House for lunch.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Spanning the Georgia-Florida border, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge protects the Okefenokee Swamp, one of the seven wonders of Georgia. Families can see the sites along Swamp Island Drive, including The Pond, Discovery Trail, Chesser Island and others. The adventure of a lifetime awaits daring families with older kids: a paddle trip through the swamp. Make it an overnight experience, roughing it at one of nine designated shelters in the swamps interior.
Callaway Resort & Gardens explodes with color in spring. Tour the gardens and the butterfly house. Fridays offer music on the beach, a farmers market, a high-flying circus and nighttime movies. Swim in the liberty pool at F. D. Roosevelt State Park, or talk to the animals on the Wild Animal Safari. Find lodging at Callaway or in the state park.
Visit the Rome Area History Museum and the Clock Tower Museum. Wander the Chieftains Museum / Major Ridge Home, Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum. Pack your bathing suit and head to Cave Spring for a dip in the Georgia-shaped pool and a view inside the cave.
Find more Rome trip ideas in this Guide to Rome.