Daffodils in bloom at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia
10 Best Things to Do this Spring in Georgia
Spring in Georgia brings blooming flowers, warmer days and activities of all kinds. From outdoor adventures that take advantage of the great weather to favorite events that only happen once a year, here are some of the best things to do around the state this season.
Go to the beach
Georgia's beaches are among its best resources. Plan a getaway to explore some of Georgia's 15 barrier islands, including:
Brunswick and its four barrier islands - St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island - are brimming with activities from deep-sea fishing to golfing and shopping. Seek out the otherworldly landscape of Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, hunt for tree spirits on St. Simons Island, and indulge in luxurious solitude on Little St. Simons. Explore all there is to see and do in the Golden Isles.
Tybee Island is a family-friendly beach town that is a short drive from downtown Savannah. Rent a cute cottage, go on a dolphin tour, dig in to fresh seafood and much more. Find places to stay and things to do in the Guide to Tybee Island.
Adventurous types can camp at the beach at Cumberland Island, a National Seashore known for its wild horses and ruins of the Dungeness mansion. Catch the ferry to the island, and be prepared for a vacation experience like no other.
Attend a spring arts or sports event
Just as daffodils, dogwoods and azaleas flourish in the spring in Georgia, so do outdoor arts and sports events. Pick any city, and you'll likely find a spring event to enjoy!
International Cherry Blossom Festival
The International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon is a perennial favorite, held March 17-26, 2023, that features art exhibitions, rides and performances. Plan your trip with this Guide to Macon.
Savannah Music Festival
Savannah Music Festival March 23-April 8, 2023, is the state's largest, featuring artists from all genres, including classical, jazz, folk, country, and rock. Plan your trip with this Guide to Savannah.
Take in an Atlanta Braves game at Truist Park. The World Series Champion Braves open at home on April 6, 2023, against the San Diego Padres. The Braves' first homestand of the season will continue with three more games against the Padres and a three-game set against the Reds. Plan your trip with this Insider's Guide to Atlanta Braves Games.
Tickets to the legendary golf tournament in Augusta are hard to come by, but even if you don't have tickets, there is plenty to do off-course during Masters Week April 3-9, 2023. Follow these tips on how to make the most of your trip. Plan your trip with this Guide to Augusta.
Delight in spring blooms and talk about our gardens
Spring color pops out early in Georgia, especially sunny yellow daffodils and cheery pink cherry trees and tulip magnolias. Trace the season's progression through the rainbow of colorful flowers, trees and bushes that burst onto the scenery from their winter slumber. From the North Georgia mountains to the coast, you can explore a gorgeous array of gardens expertly created to showcase the season's best.
See the largest daffodil display in the nation at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground in early March. More than 200 varieties of early, mid and late bloomers cover 50 acres of hillsides and valleys.
Experience the beauty of 20,000 azaleas in bloom at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain during Spring FlowerFest March 25-May 7, 2023.
See Rock City in full bloom during the Southern Blooms Festival in May. The Enchanted Trail comes alive with color as blossoms open all about the gardens.
Celebrate Mother's Day weekend at the 16th annual Picnic in the Garden at Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange on May 13, 2023, featuring a picnic spread contest, live music, pony rides, yard games and more. Explore the historic Ferrell Gardens, which are one of the best-preserved 19th-century gardens in America.
Find more gardens to visit in this list of 6 Botanical Gardens You Can't Miss this Spring.
Take a culinary tour of the state
You can't say we don't eat well in Georgia! Go in search of fresh flavors this spring on a culinary trip across the state.
Georgia's spring food festivals offer a huge menu of options. A few choices include:
- Georgia Strawberry Festival, April 22, 2023
- Vidalia Onion Festival, April 20-23, 2023
- Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival, May 13, 2023
- Taste of Alpharetta, May 11, 2023
Grab a bucket and head to one of Georgia's many pick-your-own farms for a true Southern springtime tradition. The whole family will have fun picking their favorite springtime treats fresh from farms throughout the state.
Find where to pick strawberries in Georgia.
Check out one of the many food tours like Atlanta Food Walks, Taste of Thomasville Food Tours or Savannah Taste Experience.
Get out on the water
Enjoy the great outdoors around Georgia, especially the lakes, rivers and ocean.
Georgia's Lake Country boasts a number of lakes, including Oconee and Sinclair. Closer to Atlanta, Allatoona and Lanier welcome boaters and fishermen. Lakes Burton, Rabun, Hartwell and Blackshear are also worth exploring.
For high-octane whitewater rafting, visit the artificial rapids in Columbus. Clayton has some beginner-friendly rafting, as well.
Exploring the Okefenokee Swamp
Take a guided boat tour with knowledgeable naturalists to experience the mysterious Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, or rent a canoe or kayak and set out on your own. Reserve a camping platform to stay overnight for a truly unique outdoor adventure! Take advantage of the discounts on multi-day, multi-entrance passes to Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross and Okefenokee Adventures in Folkston, to experience boat tours, train rides, nature shows and the incredible scenery of the fascinating swamp environment.
Go see a drive-in movie
Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback, and Georgia boasts five that have been going strong for decades. From the Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater in northwest Georgia, which boasts the largest outdoor movie theater screen in the world, to the Jesup Drive-In in south Georgia, which has 1950s-esque car hops, these theaters offer classic fun for the whole family. See what's showing at a theater near you!
Plan a road trip
What's a better time to start planning a getaway by car? Decide what you want to see, whether it be coast or mountains, cities or small towns. Follow the 41-mile Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway through the mountains, drive along US-17 to coastal communities from Richmond Hill to Darien, or taste your way through the state on Georgia Grown Trail 37. Bring your own car, or hire a campervan from Live More Campervans, Scamper Van or Escape Campervans, which allows you to sleep in your wheels at one of the state's many campgrounds.
Hunt for murals
Looking for colorful walls to photograph? You're in luck. Atlanta has hundreds of murals in every corner of the city, especially around Cabbagetown and Old Fourth Ward. Savannah also has its own, usually commissioned by art galleries and non-profits to beautify their buildings. Macon also has upped its game in terms of public art, with murals, sculptures and Little Free Libraries around town. Don’t miss the mural in Dublin, which honors the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tour a brewery, cidery or distillery
The Peach State has a thriving scene for craft beverages as new breweries and distilleries are opening every year in every corner of the state. No matter where you go, plan on having a designated driver.
Atlanta has the most craft breweries, including big-name ones like Sweetwater and those with multiple locations like Monday Night. But there are many breweries in other cities and towns, like Macon Beer Company, Creature Comforts in Athens, and Eagle Creek Brewing in Statesboro. Grab a bite with your pint at a brewpub, like Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth.
For more great breweries, check out this list of The 21 Essential Breweries in Georgia.
The gluten-intolerant can rejoice, as there are also cideries around the state. Urban Tree Cidery is located on Atlanta's Westside with a taproom to sample their varieties. Treehorn in Marietta is another favorite, as is Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge. If you're looking for a low-alcohol option, Cultured South on Atlanta's West End brews the popular Golda Kombucha.
Distilleries also are open to visitors to offer a glimpse into how your favorite spirits are made. Atlanta has the ASW Distillery, Old Fourth Distillery and Independent Distilling distilleries. Dalton Distillery and Dawsonville Distillery both specialize in legal "white lightning." Richland Rum in Richland and Brunswick crafts the only single-estate rum in the United States, made from Georgia-grown sugar cane.
Bike the trails
Gear up with your helmet and two wheels to explore the state. There are plenty of paved bike paths for beginner or expert riders.
Silver Comet Trail
The Silver Comet Trail is a national treasure, running from Smyrna to Cedartown before crossing into Alabama.
The Atlanta BeltLine is a popular path, looping around the city, but can be crowded on weekends. Also check out the lesser-visited sections of the trail like the Westside and Northside.
The 18-mile long linear Carrollton GreenBelt is the largest paved loop trail system in Georgia. Explore Carrollton by pedaling to the University of West Georgia, numerous shopping centers and a number of city parks along the way.
Arabia Mountain PATH
The Arabia Mountain PATH runs 30 miles, linking cultural, scenic, natural and historic sites, including the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.
The Chattahoochee Riverwalk in Columbus runs 15 miles alongside the water, offering views of the whitewater rapids and a connection to the National Infantry Museum.