Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island

Georgia Escapes for Labor Day Weekend

Relax on a long weekend trip that fits perfectly in that sweet spot between summer and fall!

Labor Day is the perfect excuse to work in that vacation you missed during summer break. You can enjoy time at the beach or a dip in the lake…or head to the mountains for a mild breeze and a hopeful peek at fall. These eight Georgia escapes are ideal for Labor Day.

Lake Blackshear Resort Pontoon Rentals

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Cordele

At Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, families can relax in a lakeside cabin, villa or at the Inn. Don’t miss the Family Affair Package, great for extended multi-generational trips. It includes breakfast plus two activity rentals, including a pontoon boat, jet skis, bikes, kayaks or a round of disc golf. Now and always, kids under 12 stay free. While you’re in Cordele, don’t miss a ride on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train.

Callaway Hot Air Balloons

Southern Pine Cottages at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain

Take in the last of summer at Callaway Gardens. Stay at the Mountain Creek Inn or in a Southern Pine Cottage, explore Callaway Gardens, rent bikes, play tennis and golf, and play at Aqua Island for some summertime excitement. Don’t forget that Labor Day at Callaway means you can experience the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival with extraordinary nighttime balloon glows, balloon flights and tethered balloon rides, a classic car show, live music, beach activities and much more.

Kayaking Flint River

Merry Acres Inn, Albany

The rooms and suites at Merry Acres Inn are made for relaxing. You’ll find hardwood floors, hearty Southern oaks and comfortable porch dining options here. Kids will adore the saline pool, and mom and dad love the proximity to family fun attractions like Flint RiverQuarium and Chehaw. Hit up Kayak Attack Adventures – they’ll outfit you with a kayak or canoe for an adventure down Flint River from one of two new launch points.

Stone Mountain Fireworks

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott, Stone Mountain

Stick close to the city with a stay at Stone Mountain Park’s Atlanta Evergreen Marriott. Play in the pool (indoor and outdoor options mean pool fun regardless of the weather!), challenge the kids to a game of "life-size" chess, and explore Stone Mountain Park.

Stone Mountain Park offers a special Labor Day fireworks display all weekend. Take to the trees at the new SkyHike, cool off at Geyser Towers, ride the Scenic Railroad around the mountain and take a gondola to the summit for spectacular views.

Brasstown Valley Resort Horseback Riding

Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris

Head to the mountains for fun on Brasstown Valley Resort's 503 acres of family fun. Kiddo activities include arts and crafts, ping-pong and video rental for indoor play, and hiking, golfing, fishing and pool time for outdoor excitement. Don’t miss the guided trail horseback rides, including hand-led rides for kids under 6 years old. Want to hit the golf course or the spa? No worries! Baby-sitting services are also available.

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island

If you’re looking for a family beach getaway — sunny weather and shoreline for miles — then head to Jekyll Island. Stay at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or Summer Waves Water Park. Kayaking, biking, dolphin cruises, exploring Tidelands Nature Center…there are plenty of ways to adventure here.

Unicoi Lodge Fire Pit

Unicoi Lodge, Helen

Whether you want to explore the Alpine town of Helen or stay within the grounds of Unicoi State Park, Unicoi Lodge is a great home base for families. Choose from kid-approved barrel cabins or affordable rooms within the lodge (including loft options the kids will adore.)

The Adventure Lodge program is great for active families, with packages that include 3-D archery, paddle boarding, kayak fishing, zip lining and more. And every family will want to gather around the campfire for s’mores and stories from the park’s animated storytellers.

Westin Savannah

Westin Savannah Harbor Resort, Savannah

Relax in luxury at Savannah’s premiere resort for families. The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort is Savannah’s only downtown hotel to offer secluded beach access for guests only along Daufuskie Island — all via their on-site marina. Need a break from the sand? No worries! The hotel also offers a poolside oasis with a full restaurant, interactive children’s area, saltwater pool and hot tub.

Published: August 2016
Written by: Lesli Peterson