Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Photo by @benjamingalland

Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Photo by @benjamingalland

Spring Break Vacations that Won't Break the Bank

Spring break is the perfect time for parents and kids to recharge before the jam-packed marathon that is the end-of-school. Planning a spring break vacation on a budget can be daunting, but it's perfectly doable, if you know where to look. Here are some of our favorite spring break locations in Georgia that won't break the bank.

Whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia


There are so many different things to do in Atlanta, it's hard to choose a few. For those looking to keep the costs of visiting multiple attractions down, consider an Atlanta CityPass. You can visit some of Atlanta's most popular attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and Zoo Atlanta. The passes are good for several days after the first use and allow you to save time by bypassing the ticket lines.

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Child on beach on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @bowtiesandbloomphotography

St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @bowtiesandbloomphotography

Golden Isles

Between Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island, there is a lot of free and inexpensive fun, besides just playing on the beach. Our favorites: the Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll and searching for tree spirits on St. Simons Island. With so many free and inexpensive activities in the Golden Isles, there may be room to splurge on accommodations.

The Golden Isles offers vacationers a plethora of lodging options, from the luxurious Cloister at Sea Island, to the beachside King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island or the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort.

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Beach on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland

Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland

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 campsites within a half-mile of the ferry dock. Wagons are available for rent, so it's sort of like car camping, without the car. 

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Azaleas in bloom at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Resort & Gardens

Springtime is when the famous Callaway Resort & Gardens azaleas start to peak. Take a hike or a bike ride through the gardens to find the beautiful blooms.

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.

Callaway has multiple lodging options as well, including The Lodge and Spa and Mountain Creek Villas.

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Rafting in Columbus with Whitewater Express

Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia


In 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 Coca-Cola Space Science Center, or Oxbow Meadows for turtles, snakes, alligators and more. The Columbus Marriott is a perfect home base for your city getaway.

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Mother and child hiking at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Photo by @pokkychoo

Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Photo by @pokkychoo

Georgia State Parks

There is no better value than a Georgia State Parks vacation. I like to call them my "yes" vacations. Whatever anyone wants to do, the answer is yes, because everything is so affordable. We've canoed at George T. Bagby State Park, learned archery at Panola Mountain State Park, ridden horses at F.D. Roosevelt State Park, and studied the water at Amicalola Falls State Park.

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Published: December 2023
Written by: Sue Rodman
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