Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Memorial Day Getaways Around Georgia

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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, some events have been canceled or postponed, and some businesses have modified their operations. This list may not reflect the most recent updates. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm event plans.

For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.

Rafting in Columbus with Whitewater Express
Rafting in Columbus with Whitewater Express

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.

More: Guide to Columbus

Water ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. Photo courtesy ACVB
Water ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. Photo courtesy ACVB

Brave the rides at Georgia's amusement parks

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. When the heat of the day sets in, cool off on one of the park's thrilling water rides.

Several other Georgia amusement parks are home to amazing rides, too. In Valdosta, meet life-sized dinosaurs at Wild Adventures, or experience the Cannonball at Lake Winnepesaukah.

More: Family Fun at Theme Parks

St. Simons Island. Photo by Mark Durant, @iammarkdurant
St. Simons Island. Photo by Mark Durant, @iammarkdurant

Hit the Beach on St. Simons Island

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.

More: Guide to St. Simons Island

Camping on Lake Lanier at Shady Grove Campground with Georgia Glamping. Photo by teddythemorkie, @teddy.takesthecity
Camping on Lake Lanier at Shady Grove Campground with Georgia Glamping. Photo by teddythemorkie, @teddy.takesthecity

Spend the Night on Lake Lanier

For something a little different, rent a houseboat on Lake Lanier. After cruising around the lake, there are lots of different activities available at the Lanier Islands Resort, such as kayaking, golf, horseback riding, zip lining and the Margaritaville at Lanier Islands water park. Or, you can go camping at a number of campgrounds on the lake such as Don Carter State Park and Shady Grove Campground.

More: 8 Amazing Ways to Go Camping Without a Tent

Published: May 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman