High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia

High Museum of Art in Atlanta

Three Indoor Activities for Winter

Enjoy climate-controlled comfort while you explore some of these indoor attractions in Georgia.

Winter is the perfect time to head inside and enjoy these unique Georgia attractions.

Go to the theatre

Georgia has some beautiful historic theatres and some very talented theatre companies.

Cotton Hall Theater in Colquitt, Georgia
Cotton Hall Theater in Colquitt, Georgia

Cotton Hall Theater

Learn a little about rural Georgia history at Swamp Gravy, a folk life play that takes the real life stories of local figures in Colquitt, Georgia, and mixes them into a professionally written and directed play. Performed in Cotton Hall, a unique 284-seat theater that was once a cotton warehouse, the play features local residents.

Inside Cotton Hall, you'll find the mural "Saturday Morning in Colquitt." This is one of 16 murals around town that were created as part of the Millennium Mural Project with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The 15 other murals are spread out around town within an easy walk, but if you prefer, take the tram tour.

Sculptures at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia
Sculptures at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia

Visit a museum

Georgia has lots of wonderful mainstream museums like the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Augusta Museum of History, but it also has some quirky ones, too.

Georgia Rural Telephone Museum

See the evolution of the telephone at the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie. You’ve never seen so many telephones, or telephone equipment. This is a great multi-generational outing. Ask grandparents about party lines, dial phones and those horrible days when everyone shared ONE phone.

Laurel & Hardy Museum exterior

Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem

Follow the career of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Harlem, Ga., where Oliver Hardy was born. The duo became famous slapstick comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, and the town built the Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem. For the true fan, visit in October for the Oliver Hardy Festival, when the town of about 2,000 residents welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Uncle Remus Museum exterior

Uncle Remus Museum & Old School History Museum

The Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton pays tribute to Joel Candler Harris, who wrote the Uncle Remus tales of Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. The author was born in Eatonton. While you are in the area, check out the Old School History Museum, which is located in the original 1916 Eatonton School. A favorite exhibit there is the vintage drugstore with marble-topped soda fountain and 1940’s jukebox.

Take a train ride

Seeing Georgia by rail is a perfect relaxing wintertime activity.

SAM Shortline in Plains, Georgia
SAM Shortline in Plains, Georgia

Historic SAM Shortline Railroad

The SAM Shortline trains originate out of a depot in Cordele or Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort. Several different tours make stops in Leslie (the Rural Telephone Museum), Americus, Archery and Plains, where you can explore Jimmy Carter’s hometown, as well as his boyhood farm.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia, has several different excursions depending on the time of year. All trips depart from the historic depot built in 1905. Stay warm in winter by riding in the climate controlled rail cars rather than the open-air cars.

Georgia State Railroad Museum train

Georgia State Railroad Museum

For the true train aficionado, visit the Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah, where you can get close up with a fully operational turntable. Time your visit to ride either the No. 30 steam locomotive built in 1913, or the “modern” No. 119 diesel locomotive built in 1947. If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, go under your own power with the handcar. You’ll build up a sweat to keep you warm in the winter.

Published: December 2020
Written by: Sue Rodman