Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off for summer and a perfect excuse to pack up and head out on a long weekend adventure in Georgia. No matter your preference for a beach, city or lake vacation, you’ll find lots of options throughout the state. Here are a few of our favorites.
Ride the Rapids in Columbus
Tackle the rapids of the Chattahoochee River by day with Whitewater Express, relax and let the kids play in the splash fountain in the afternoon, and enjoy a great meal in the evening. The next day, take in the world-class Columbus Museum, a leisurely bike ride along the Riverwalk, or a zip line into Alabama. Columbus has lots of adventure in the heart of the city.
Feel the lash on CATWOMAN Whip, take a dizzying journey on POISON IVY Toxic Spin, or go old school and ride the legendary Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta. When the heat of the day sets in, cool off on one of the park's thrilling water rides.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a big beach holiday. Take a break from the sand and surf by climbing the 129 steps to the top of the St. Simons Island lighthouse for spectacular views of the island. Learn more about the area’s military history with a visit to Fort Frederica National Monument, or just relax with some freshly popped popcorn on the upstairs deck at Brogen’s and watch the activity on the pier.
Sit back on your float and go with the flow on a tubing trip on the Chattahoochee River. From Helen to Roswell, Sandy Springs to Columbus, outfitters can set you up with a tube and a ride to some of the best places to float on the river. Experience the gentle current carrying you through the beauty of nature, and watch as birds, turtles and other wildlife join the summer party on the water.
With its 30 acres of pristine lakefront property and amenities like golf and tennis, fishing and boat rentals, and an infinity pool with private cabanas, the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is renowned for its luxurious accommodations. Book a stay in a suite with a private balcony, where you can spend the morning sipping coffee, and then spend the day lounging by the pool after your massage at the spa. End the day with an indulgent meal at the Linger Longer Steakhouse, and you've set the tone for your most relaxing summer yet.
Spend the long weekend soaking up the Old-World-meets-modern-cool vibe in Savannah, highlighted by some fun in the sun on Tybee Island, just a short drive from the city. Explore the shops and restaurants at Savannah's Plant Riverside District on the river, grabbing a cocktail on the roof at Myrtle & Rose, and be sure to stop at Leopold's for a perfect summertime treat to enjoy as you relax in Forsyth Park. Dig into fresh seafood at The Crab Shack on Tybee before heading to the beach to play in the sand near the pier or climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the island.