Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

4 Georgia Spring Break Adventures for Families

What's your ideal way to welcome Georgia's impeccable spring weather? Feel like spending it in the mountains, taking in the waterfalls? Or maybe you prefer to enjoy it via horseback? From charming small towns to lakeside resorts, we've got spring break vacation ideas your family will love.

Boy holding a saddle at Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

Southern Cross Guest Ranch

You don't have to head out West to experience life on a genuine dude ranch; simply head to Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, which has been welcoming guests for nearly 30 years. In addition to staying the night at Southern Cross (some rooms have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces!), you also experience caring for and riding their horses. Guests are involved in the entire process of horseback riding, including brushing the horse and managing the tack. There is also a pool, a game room, mountain bike trails, and plenty of space for roaming and relaxing.

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Tubing in Helen, Georgia

Tubing in Helen, Georgia


Who wouldn't want to spend their spring break in a Bavarian Alpine village, especially one deemed "Georgia's Outdoor Adventure Destination!" Home to three state parks, Helen is filled with hiking, waterfalls and myriad other outdoor adventures – all perfect in Georgia's spring temps. In fact, you do not want to miss tubing in Helen; it's a rite of passage! For the best accommodations, try one of the state parks, Hampton Inn right in the heart of the city, or a peaceful cabin rental.

Find more trip ideas in this Guide to Helen.

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Pool at Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Photo by @jessicadauler

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Photo by @jessicadauler

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee pool complete with deck service, or head out on the water of gorgeous Lake Oconee. With kayaks, Yolo boards, peddle boats and more, the water action is out of sight, and great for families. Don't miss the Ritz Kids programs, too. Ritz-Carlton Reynolds is one of our favorite Georgia luxury escapes.

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Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia

Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia


Not only is Alpharetta one of Georgia's sought-after neighborhoods for living, it's also a great place to vacation. Stay at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta (with an indoor and outdoor pool) while having fun shopping at Avalon, taking a cooking class at Whole Foods, or hitting a few balls at TopGolf. And Alpharetta's food scene does not disappoint. You'll want breakfast at Da Vinci's Donuts, lunch at Colletta and dinner at South Main!

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These are just a few weekend getaways for spring break. Where's your favorite springtime Georgia destination?

Published: December 2023
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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