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The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Spring Break Vacations that Won't Break the Bank

It's time to start making those spring break plans. The best way to save money on spring break is to stay close. Here are five favorite spring break locations in Georgia that won't break the bank.

Callaway Resort & Gardens

Callaway Gardens ziplines

Callaway Gardens ziplines

Get your adventure on at Callaway Resort & Gardens. Treetop Adventure is a challenging ropes course with moderate zip lines, perfect for families. For a budget option, watch the free Birds of Prey show where falcons fly through the air instead of humans. Springtime is also when the famous Callaway azaleas start to peak. Take a hike or a bike ride through the gardens to find the beautiful blooms. Callaway has multiple lodging options as well, including The Lodge and Spa and Mountain Creek Villas.

Columbus

Whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia

One of our favorite cities in Georgia is Columbus. Whitewater Express is the place to go for high adventure, with daily rafting trips down the Chattahoochee, as well as the Blue Heron Aerial course. For less expensive fun in Columbus, visit the National Infantry Museum, voted the best free museum in the nation, or Oxbow Meadows for turtles, snakes, alligators and more. The Columbus Marriott is a perfect home base for your city getaway.

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain. Photo by @allaboutdp. Submitted via Instagram.

Stone Mountain. Photo by @allaboutdp. Submitted via Instagram.

Get your nature fix in the morning with a hike up Stone Mountain for a spectacular view of nearby Atlanta. Then, switch gears to theme park mode in the afternoon with activities like Sky Hike, a 4D theatre, and mini-golf at the Crossroads. Finish out your day with a free laser show, complete with fireworks. Stone Mountain has several lodging options from camping to the Stone Mountain Inn and the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

Cumberland Island

Glimpses of the Carnegie lifestyle can be easily imagined throughout the ruins of Dungeness on Cumberland Island. - GDEcD Photography

Glimpses of the Carnegie lifestyle can be easily imagined throughout the ruins of Dungeness on Cumberland Island.

Looking for pristine beaches away from the resort crowds? Try remote Cumberland Island. The only way to get there is by ferry, so you won't have to contend with the usual spring break throngs. Cumberland has secluded and affordable camp sites within a half-mile of the ferry dock. Wagons are available for rent, so it's sort of like car camping, without the car. In addition to the gorgeous beaches, there are historical tours, ranger-led programs for the kids, and the Dungeness Ruins to explore.

Holiday Inn Resort, Jekyll Island

Relax poolside at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island.

Relax poolside at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island.

For a more traditional beach vacation, try the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island. Guests at Holiday Inn Resort have access to a quarter-mile of private beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean, on-site amenities including a swimming pool, whirlpool and kiddy pool, outdoor fire pit, Kid’s Club and playground. Explore the larger Jekyll Island with these free things to do. Act early for savings.

Published: January 2019
Written by: Sue Rodman