Conestoga wagon camping at The Rock Ranch

Conestoga wagon camping at The Rock Ranch

Four Sassy Georgia Sleepovers

The camel’s whiskers tickled my cheek, searching for an opening to enjoy some of my morning coffee. Waking up with camels is all part of the plan at the North Georgia Zoo.

Sue and a friendly camel at North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm, Cleveland, Ga.
Sue and a friendly camel at North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm

Overnight campers set up tents or campers next to the camels for sleepovers at the zoo, protected by the Great Pyrenees dogs that roam the perimeter of the property at night. The evening’s entertainment is a flashlight walk through the empty zoo and some up-close animal encounters. Howling with the wolves is optional.

If you’re looking for something a little different than your standard hotel room, why not try one of these overnight adventures in Georgia?

Georgia Aquarium. Photo by Gregory Ng, @followgreg

Sleep with the fish at the Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium photo by Gregory Ng, @followgreg

It’s not every day you can wake up to a whale shark watching you. OK, so he probably isn’t watching you, but you could watch him all night long if you want during a sleepover at the Georgia Aquarium. Enjoy the aquarium without the crowds and get a personal tour of the different habitats.

Fort King George Historic Site in Darien, Georgia

Sleep like a soldier at Fort King George

At Fort King George in Darien, Georgia, you can have a sleepover on the bluff and visit the fort at night, or sleep inside the fort! Have a solider talk about life in the fort, or if you want to make things really interesting, book a cannon firing!

Conestoga wagons at The Rock Ranch

Sleep in a covered wagon at The Rock Ranch

At The Rock Ranch, you can rest your head in an authentic Conestoga covered wagon. Wake up to sunrise over the 1,500-acre working cattle ranch founded by the late Truett Cathy, who also founded Chick-fil-A. Visit when they have a special event, and you’ll have early access to the fun.

Tree climbing with Sue Rodman at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, Georgia

Sleep in a tree at Panola Mountain

It’s not just for the birds anymore. At Panola Mountain State Park, climb a tree and spend the night viewing the stars through the canopy. Your bed is a hammock high in the treetop. Hopefully you won’t need to go to the bathroom until morning.

Published: December 2019
Written by: Sue Rodman