Ziplining at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Georgia. Photo by Joe Kern Lee, @joekernlee
Joe Kern Lee, @joekernlee
Ziplining at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Georgia. Photo by Joe Kern Lee, @joekernlee

8 Amazing Adventures to Do with Your Family

Does your family love a good adventure? Georgia is full of experiences that all ages can enjoy - from ziplining to horseback riding and more. Below are eight ideas to help you start planning your trip. And, when you see even your teen sharing the trip with friends back home, you'll know you've scored big!

Fly Through the Sky

We dare you not to scream when you step off the platform at Historic Banning Mills and zip over the trees on a Screaming Eagle Canopy Tour. Six levels of tours let you choose your adventure, but we suggest the Flight of the Falcon tour, which includes the new 3,400-foot zipline where guests fly like Superman.

If your kids want to go even higher, what could be more exciting than to learn how to actually fly! The Experimental Aviation Association has a program called Young Eagles. It gives kids from 8 – 17 the opportunity to fly free in a small aircraft. After the program is complete, teens (14-17) are eligible for an online training course (a $200 value) and a voucher for their first flight lesson with an instructor! EAA has chapters across Georgia.

Riding dirt bikes at Durhamtown Off Road Resort in Union Point, Georgia

Tear Up the Track

Durhamtown Off Road Resort in Union Point, Georgia, is less than two hours east of Atlanta. Experienced and novice riders have lots of room to push their limits on dirt bikes and ATVs on 150 miles of one-way trails, including pee wee, supercross, MX, a dirt drag strip, a dirt flat oval and a freestyle park. Prefer hunting to motorsports? They have that, too.

Quail hunting dog

Learn to Hunt

Whether your kids grew up hunting with grandpa or are only used to shooting aliens on a video game, they’ll love a trip to Quail Country Plantation in Arlington, Georgia. Under the tutelage of an experienced guide, you all can spend the day outdoors watching the dogs flush out the quail, and maybe even bringing a few birds home for dinner.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

Ride into the Sunset

There are several places to view Georgia’s gorgeous scenery by horseback. Not far from Madison, Georgia, is a family dude ranch called Southern Cross Guest Ranch. In addition to overnight packages, Southern Cross also has day rides available. Wander through 200 acres of pristine forest, plus you can brush down the horses before and after the ride.

Camel at North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland, Georgia

Get a Selfie with a Camel

Get up-close with a camel or maybe a wolf at the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland. Visit in the spring when the baby animals are born and the experience is sure to make it on everyone's Instagram feed. While in Cleveland, visit the Cabbage Patch babies at Babyland General.

Paintball Atlanta

Play Paintball

Whether you are traveling with a young teen or an adult who's a kid at heart, playing paintball is high on the list of fun. You normally think of paintball as a sport that needs lots of suburban land, and there are plenty of those paintball fields in Georgia, but crazy as it sounds, there is a field located within the city limits at Paintball Atlanta.

Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia

Go Upside Down

Most people know about Six Flags Over Georgia theme park near Atlanta, but Georgia has another awesome theme park in the southwest corner of the state. Wild Adventures in Valdosta has roller coasters, a water park and safari, but they also have evening concerts – a perfect combination for family fun.

Tree climbing at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, Georgia

Climb Trees

There are lots of things to do at Panola Mountain State Park, located east of Atlanta, but the one that will get everyone excited is tree climbing. And, I don’t mean climbing your grandmother’s backyard tree. I mean strapping in to a harness, donning a helmet and shimming up a giant stately Southern Oak Tree named Naomi Ruth. Afterward, hit the many bike trails or take an archery class. You can do it all at Panola Mountain.

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Published: March 2019
Written by: Sue Rodman