Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Photo by @jessicadauler
18 Georgia Spring Break Destinations
Beaches or mountains, small towns or parks, 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.
Due to COVID-19, some events might be canceled or postponed, and some destinations might have changed their visitation information. This list may not reflect the most recent updates. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm your plans. For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.
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.
State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Photo by @meganlogden
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, which features a 2.5-acre children's garden with interactive learning elements.
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.
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.
For something a little different, see the Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm & Lardworks Glass, Fiber & Jewelry Studio.
Ride horses, see the multitude of waterfalls in the area, or hike a strip of the Appalachian Trail.
Find more Blairsville trip ideas in this Guide to Blairsville.
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.
Plan your overnight in nearby Adairsville at the lovely Barnsley Resort.
Find more Cartersville trip ideas in this Guide to Cartersville.
Whitewater rafting in Columbus, Georgia. Photo by @whitewaterexpress
Visit the The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, The Columbus Museum (the second largest art museum in Georgia) or the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Fort Benning.
Find more Columbus trip ideas in this Guide to Columbus.
Photo by @adventures_of_louellajames
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.
Golden Isles & Jekyll Island
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @sweetpeascottageonjekyllisland
Climb the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, frolic the beaches and take a trolley tour.
Find more trip ideas in this Guide to Georgia's Coast.
Relax poolside at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, a AAA Five Diamond Resort named one of the best hotels in the country. Or, take part in the resort's many activities from horseback riding to golfing and canoeing.
Venture to nearby Durhamtown Off Road Resort to try dozens of adventurous activities, from sporting clays to fishing, paintball to ATVs, and an archery and rifle range. They also have camping and cabins where you can stay and hunt.
Over in Eatonton, the Young Harris Water Sports at Lake Oconee rents jet skis, pontoon boats and wake boats, as well as skis, wakeboards, knee boards and tubes to pull behind the boat.
Find more Greensboro trip ideas in this Guide to Greensboro.
Hike Anna Ruby Falls, and then grab peanuts at Fred’s Famous Peanuts.
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, 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 Mounds National Historical Park, 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.
Find more Macon trip ideas in this Guide to Macon.
Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. Photo by @mrclark3
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 swamp's 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.
Find lodging at Callaway or in the state park.
Visit the Rome Area History Museum and the Clock Tower Museum.
Get out on the water with your pup. River Dog Paddle Co. offers dog-friendly paddleboard rentals and tours, and your pup is welcome to join you on a river adventure. They even keep doggie treats behind the register counter at the paddleboard shop!
Find more Rome trip ideas in this Guide to Rome.