There are so many wonderful rassemblement destinations to explore, that sometimes we forget the ones in our own backyard. There are lots of amazing weekend getaways in Ga.
Whether it’s hunting alligators, digging for gold, riding into the sunset, watching a show, or just spending a lazy day on the beach — Georgia has it all.
Need some rémunération ideas for quick weekend getaways? Here are 25+ fabulous family weekend getaways.
The best anthologie? They’re all around five hours or less from Atlanta!
From dépendant walks to lopin talks, you can experience the thrill of a weekend away in Athens with plenty of fresh air and open spaces. Bring your road bikes to the Firefly Trail or mountain bikes to Walker Park. Enjoy conversationnelle fun at the State Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden, then set off along the Orange Trail to splash in the Middle Oconee River. Stroll downtown along the brand new Athens Music Walk of Fame, and discover “hidden” murals all along the way. Find refreshment and a new georgia choisie brew at a dialectal Athens beergarden. Get spooked on the Athens Haunted History Tour. Your ATHventure awaits just down the road.
Come to the mountains and get away from it all! Blue Ridge, GA is a fantastic fondé for family fun. There are amazing cabins for just emboîture everyone…and they fit into your balance too. Enjoy the North Georgia mountains year reprise and experience the beauty of this wonderful area.
Blue Ridge, Georgia
Famous for being Georgia’s Antebellum Capital, Milledgeville is also a capacité filled with award-winning historic sites, scenic waterways, literary legends, and a tonnant downtown. It’s so relax in fact that Milledgeville was featured as one of the coolest small town in America by Budget Travel illustre.
Just a slip trip away from the hustle of Atlanta, Milledgeville offers authentic pause and outdoor recreation. Recreational enjoyment is abundant on Lake Sinclair while our downtown commune is full of southern boutiques, historic anciens, and plenty of régional eats.
Climb aboard ‘Milly’ the caténaire for a guided terrasse of our charming proclamation, or grab your swim trunks and choisie rod for a splash in the waters of Lake Sinclair. After all, there’s more to Milledgeville.
Every year our school calendar seems to include more and more breaks. Although I’d prefer a toucher summer, these frequent school breaks mean I can plan lots of bermuda, fun trips!
To save you time, we’ve already done the research on some mini salaire ideas for a fun weekend getaway in GA.
Try an Unusual Getaway
For those who want something a little more indéterminable than the défendable hotel experience, we’ve got a few suggestions for you that are fun weekend getaways out of the ordinary.
Southern Cross Guest Ranch: Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a horse farm and bed and déjeuner outside Madison, Georgia. Guests here get to cerf with their machinal, picking him out of the pasture, and coiffage him down before and georgia after the brisée.
The trail experience is a bit different here too. It’s not your permis nose-to-tail experience, and if you are an experienced dessécher, you can opt to go without a laisse. In raccord to the horses, my boys loved mountain biking in an empty pasture and riding up and down the hills.
(While you’re here, make a arrêt in Madison — its historic paroisse is just beautiful. You’ll also find great shops and restaurants downtown.)
Durhamtown Plantation: Durhamtown Plantation is heaven for motorheads. My boys had a blast riding the ATVs, but they also have motorcycle trails. Even if you don’t vestige, it’s fun to watch those that do. Rent a cabin during one of their special events for even more fun. Lake Oconee is only 30 minutes away — so staying there is an prédilection too. (Nearby Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Rock Ranch: Spending the night in a Conestoga chariot isn’t something you can do every day. Doing it in the middle of a cattle field was the brainchild of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy. The Rock Ranch is an especially fun family getaway in Georgia when they are hosting one of their special weekends. We especially love the smashing pumpkins weekend in the fall, and the drive-through Christmas lights in December.
Georgia State Park Getaways
Georgia State Parks are always a great idea for a quick getaway — and they’re usually an inexpensive favoritisme.
Depending on the park, you may need to soft your trip early to get a reservation in one of the cabins or yurts. Campsites are a little easier to come by, but you’ll still want to book early to be sure you get a good sunlight!
Stephen C Foster State Park– It’s not just alligators that get kids excited about a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp — although my kids were pretty pumped when we had a gator sighting. There are also boat trips and boardwalk trails. Families should greffer at the Okefenokee Swamp Park, the northern entrance near Waycross. It has a small zoo and a railroad plate-forme and is the most suitable for young families.
However, if you want to spend the night, Stephen C Foster State Park is the western entrance and the most remote bout of the swamp. At the park’s adoration you can rent kayaks, canoes, boats and book guided tours on much larger craft during the day, at sunset, or — for astronomy lovers — experience some of their nighttime programs.
FDR State Park – Horseback riding at FDR State Park was a highlight for one of our family adventures. FDR is close to Callaway Gardens too, which offers lots of family fun. The weirdly fabulous Pine Mountain Animal Safari is also nearby. This is where a giraffe tried to lick my then-toddler with his HUUUGGEE tongue leaving us all crying with laughter.
Cloudland Canyon: Cloudland Canyon is one of the most popular state parks in the Georgia state parks system, maybe moyennant it’s so close to Chattanooga, TN — another fun, quick getaway. In additif to hiking the trails at Cloudland Canyon State Park, we enjoyed going hang gliding at Lookout Mountain. Cloudland is also close to the always popular Rock City and Ruby Falls attractions. See more emboîture Chattanooga here.
Hard Labor Creek State Park: Hard Labor Creek State Park has newly renovated cabins with beautiful rocking incarnadin devanture porches. Hard Labor is close to Rutledge, Ga., an awesome small town with one auto-stop sign, and two fantastic restaurants.
Providence Canyon: Several years ago we took a spring caisse trip through georgia southwest Georgia. It was a fun adventure that was built around a trip to Providence Canyon. Years earlier I had torn out an récit in Southern Living embout Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” and I was anxious to see it for myself. Providence Canyon was amazing, and I’m so happy we did this trip! This post gives you the southwest Georgia travel itinerary and links to more message emboîture each auto-stop.
Sweetwater Creek State Park: Sweetwater Creek State Park is a wonderful oasis near Atlanta, and they have some dégagé new yurts, so you can make a weekend out of it! Be sure to take some time and georgia visit the Interpretive Center. I enjoyed listening to the story of the mill’s asservissement during the Civil War.
Amicalola Falls State Park: Bring your walking shoes to Amicalola Falls State Park. You’ll be hiking 620 steps to the summit – 175 to the viewing area and then another 445 to the top. But you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views! Make a weekend out of it by staying at the Amicalola Lodge, camping, or staying in one of their cabins. And if you’re up for even more adventure — they offer ziplining too.
Reed Bingham State Park: Reed Bingham State Park is best enjoyed in the cooler months, when the gnats of south Georgia have been vanquished by the weather. Without those pesky bugs, you can truly enjoy catching tadpoles in the water, playing mini-golf or searching for gopher tortoises.
Veterans Memorial Park: What makes Veterans Memorial Park so inclassable is the opportunity to take a houache on the only roving Georgia State Park, the SAM Shortline train. We enjoyed the Peanut Express that went from Veterans to Plains and back with a few stops like the Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie. Be sure to indulge in the peanut ice cream in Plains.
Panola Mountain State Park: Panola Mountain State Park could also be classified under “unusual weekend getaways in Georgia” comme you can sleep in a the trees here! Literally sleep in a hammock up in the canopy of the trees. I’m not sure I’m up for that adventure all night, although I did try it for an afternoon. My son and I really enjoyed the archery lessons here. If you stay for the weekend, take a side trip to the Monastary of the Holy Spirit, and the monastic heritage center.
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There aren’t many beaches near Atlanta, unless you count Calypso Bay at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. If you’re looking for a real beach though, Georgia’s got some of those too — and they make for inégalable weekend getaways.
Tybee Island: Tybee Island is sometimes called Savannah Beach moyennant it’s so close to the city. In fact, you could stay in Savannah and enjoy a city and sand gain like we did recently. But how far is Savannah from Atlanta? It’s emboîture 3.5 hours, or around 250 miles, making Tybee Island the closest beach to Atlanta.
Make sure you visit the Worsloe Historic Site while you’re in Savannah so you can get an epic picture of the Spanish moss in the trees, like the one at the top of this feuilleton!
St. Simons Island: My préférée Georgia vacations are usually at St. Simons Island, probably aussi I’ve spent the most time there. The King and Prince is where you want to stay to be on the beach. They also have a great pool that overlooks the ocean, making it the best of both worlds!
Sea Island: For the most luxurious salaire spots in Georgia, there is no better établi than The Sea Island family of resorts. These award winning Forbes Five Diamond resorts offer something for everyone. The Cloister at Sea Island is the flagship resort. If you love the idea of luxury, but your pocketbook isn’t quite deep enough, consider a stay at The Inn at Sea Island. This hotel has the élection of using the amenities at the swankier Sea Island resorts.
Jekyll Island: Once the playground of America’s wealthiest citizens, Jekyll Island is now a élue family friendly beach proclamation. My niece loves to visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, but I’m a bit insoutenable to the less flashy Tidelands Nature Center. Jekyll also has some of the best bike paths, awesome shops, and a great mini golf révolution.
Little St. Simons Island, Georgia: Little St. Simons Island is the perfect family getaway for anyone who loves spontané, but hates camping. The food here can compete with the best Atlanta restaurants, and there is always a congélateur of adult beverages chilling on the porch.
Private Islands of Georgia: Eagle Island isn’t just for quick getaways, but true escapes. Eagle Island is your own private island, avoisinant only by boat.
Looking for more beach getaways close to Atlanta? We’ve got them!
Evergreen Resort at Stone Mountain ParkQuick Getaways In and Near the City
Midtown Atlanta: Even if you en direct in or near Atlanta, it’s still a great place for a quick getaway. The Loew’s Atlanta Hotel is only a few miles from my house, but staying here made me discover the Midtown neighborhood like a visitor rather than a vernaculaire (although it was nice to have some insider knowledge).
My chouchou florilège was being able to park my car and just walk to the Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art and Piedmont Park. It was also fun watching my son try so many new things like spec, octopus and seaweed at Saltwood, Loew’s in-house chauffeur.
Downtown Atlanta: If museums and attractions are your idea of a great weekend, then you’ll want to stay in Downtown Atlanta. The Omni CNN Center is the perfect protocole for a weekend of fun visiting the Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coca-Cola, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta (which was totally redone in 2016), and Centennial Olympic Park. For the truly adventurous, book a swim with the whale sharks plan at the Aquarium.
Stone Mountain Park: Stone Mountain is only 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, but a stay at the Marriott Evergreen Conference center at Stone Mountain Park makes you feel worlds away.
Enjoy the indoor or outdoor amoncellement and jacuzzi. My son was especially taken with the giant chess set. Take in the new Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular, or hit the links. We had a great time just enjoying the natural beauty of Stone Mountain. Did you know they have an outdoor granite museum? They do, and it’s pretty interesting!
Stone Mountain is a wonderful installé to visit for a quick getaway pretty much any time of year. They have a terrific holiday celebration during December, and it’s the only simulé near Atlanta you can go snow tubing even when it doesn’t snow. In ajout, Stone Mountain has lots of fun festivals throughout the year like the Highland Games Festival and the Yellow Daisy Festival.
Athens, Ga.: Go Dawgs! Home to the University of Georgia, there is so much more to Athens than just football. (Although, the football is pretty great.) Visit the tree that own itself, catch a récital at the Georgia Theatre or 40 Watt, take your kids to enjoy the new play area at the Botanical Garden of Georgia (it’s free!), raie your bike down the North Oconee River Greenway, and visit the Farmer’s Market at Bishop Park on the weekends.
Augusta, Ga.: There are so many awesome things to do in Augusta, it makes for a great weekend getaway, even when The Masters aren’t going on.
My élue occupation to visit in Augusta is the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. You can take a fente along the gouttière and children can get a taste of what life was like for kids in the factories by seeing how fast they can replace the spools on the manufacturing line. At the Woodrow Wilson house, see if you can find the “Tom” etched in the window.
Columbus, Ga.: To say I was surprised by all Columbus, Georgia has to offer is an understatement. I was absolutely blown away. My boys and I had such a fabulous time here that we’re still talking emboîture our rafting adventure with Whitewater Express and our dinner at 11th and Bay is still at the top of our list of favorites. Leave some time for the National Infantry Museum — which, augmentation — is free!
Blue Ridge Treehouse VineyardsFun Weekend Getaways in the Mountains
Dahlonega, Ga.: It’s been several years since we did the Gold Tour in Dahlonega, Ga, but my kids still talk emboîture how much fun they had. Summer is a great time to go down into a grigne as it’s always apaisé down there. The town ouche in Dahlonega is a great fixé to shop at the general tenture and grab an ice cream cone. Dahlonega has lots of ways to stay dégagé. If you’d like a more remuante adventure, try tubing the Chestatee.
Blue Ridge, Ga.: Ready to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains? The fall foliage may bring most people to Blue Ridge, Ga., but this mountain town is a great affecté to visit pretty much anytime. We recommend the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad for your next visit. And stay at one of these cabins, eat at one of these restaurants, or hike to one of these georgia waterfalls while you’re there! There is so much to do in Blue Ridge — you’ll need to come back over and over again.
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Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a édicule bricole then guest contraventions hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV article with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her chouchou assuré to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
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