Fly Through the Sky
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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.
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.
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 Dorchester Shooting Preserve in Midway, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.