4 Georgia Spring Break Adventures for Families

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 cities to lakeside resorts, we've got spring break vacation ideas your family will love.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Care for and ride the horses at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Photo by Lesli Peterson
Care for and ride the horses at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Photo by Lesli Peterson

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, Ga. In addition to staying the night at Southern Cross (some rooms have Jacuzzis 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.

Helen

Take a carriage ride through Helen, Georgia. Photo by Lesli Peterson
Take a carriage ride through Helen, Georgia. Photo by Lesli Peterson

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.

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Infinity pool at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia
Infinity pool at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia

Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds 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 Ritz Kids Camp. The children will have a blast with their physical and creative programs while Mom and Dad check out the on-site spa or golf course. Reynolds Plantation is one of our favorite Georgia luxury escapes.

Alpharetta

With 100 hitting bays in three stories, state-of-the-art technology and outstanding food, TopGolf is a hit even for people who have never played golf. - TopGolf Alpharetta
With 100 hitting bays in three stories, state-of-the-art technology and outstanding food, TopGolf is a hit even for people who have never played golf. - TopGolf Alpharetta

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, hitting a few balls at Topgolf, or enjoying afternoon tea at American Girl Bistro. 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!

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

Published: February 2017
Written by: Lesli Peterson