Georgia Adventures: Great Day and Weekend Trips
Make plans for summer fun! Visit these top-notch destinations, right here in Georgia.
If you’re looking for family fun and adventure, look no farther than your own backyard! Rabun County, just a short trip away, is Atlanta’s backyard playground for all kinds of adventures. This quaint mountain getaway offers a wealth of unique and wonderful experiences, all of which come with amazing views, fresh air and sunshine. From thrilling outdoor activities like hiking, biking, rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, fishing and camping, to the relaxing pleasures of cultural exploration, spas, golfing, shopping, wining and dining, there’s something for everyone in Rabun County!
Travel to Alpine Helen, a place that has Old World towers, gingerbread trim, traditional German foodstuffs and strasses and platzes spilling over with Scandinavian goods. A natural beauty, Alpine Helen is perched on the Chattahoochee River in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Enjoy ziplining, tubing, indoor slot car racing, laser tag, more than 25 restaurants, 150 shops and Georgia’s only mountain coaster and largest Adventure Lodge – Unicoi State Park.
Wild Animal Safari is the destination for family fun! The 300-acre park has scenic views, dozens of animal species and knowledgeable zookeepers. Take a 3.5-mile driving tour to see animals from the comfort of your car, enjoy a guided tour or rent a Zebra Van. At the Walkabout Adventure Zoo, make friends with Bengal tigers, two-toed sloths, peacocks, exotic birds, lemurs and much more. Be sure to visit their newest arrival, Malaika the baby giraffe!
Blairsville offers the perfect North Georgia getaway for families! Visit beautiful Vogel State Park, where you can paddleboat, hike or relax by the campfire. Take a horseback ride through the mountains or enjoy a swim in Helton Creek Falls. In June, the Scottish Festival and Highland Games brings dancers, bagpipes, and heritage to Blairsville. Animal lovers can get up-close and personal with the residents of Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm.
Splash Island Waterpark is an inflatable on-water obstacle course that provides hours of fun for all ages. It’s a perfect summertime attraction providing water adventures, acrobatic thrills and athletic challenges in a safe environment. Participants must be at least 7 years old, 45″ and good swimmers for the main obstacle course. Those who don’t meet the requirements must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children ages 4-7 are welcome on the KidsCircuit play area!
Welcome to Villa Rica, where you can pan for gold and gemstones or take a scenic train ride around the gold mine ruins at Pine Mountain Gold Museum. After a fun day at the museum, take in a summer concert at The MILL Amphitheater in downtown while enjoying the new Entertainment District. Plan your Playcation in Villa Rica, an amazing find!
Get outside and meet some cows! Immerse yourself in the world of dairy farming with a tour of Rock House Creamery. A working dairy farm since 1940, Rock House Creamery is a true Georgia Grown family farm. Learn about creamline milk and cheese and how it’s made. Tour our extensive vegetable garden and sample milk, ice cream and cheese curds. Fun for the entire family! Public and private tours available.
Located less than 30 minutes from Downtown Atlanta and one exit away from Six Flags Over Georgia, Douglas County offers cozy lodging making it the perfect place to Stay, Play and Visit. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, canoeing and hiking at Sweetwater Creek State Park, Georgia’s most visited state park. Within the county, experience a unique disc golf course, swimming and a host of trails; equestrian, biking, hiking, walking and the admired Butterfly, Agri, Film and History trails. Also, visit Arbor Place Mall and the local eateries downtown. Explore Outside the Lines in Douglas County, Georgia.
There’s no age limit on fun and a love for fireworks at the Conyers Red, White and Boom on Sunday, July 3. Visitors are invited to this patriotic celebration in the heart of Olde Town Conyers from 6-10 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and complimentary shuttles to the festivities are available. Fireworks at dark, food trucks, children’s activities, two stages of music, a beer garden and more await!