GA Staycations

Only have a few days to get away and want to have a great visit with lots of fun, try one of these Georgia staycation locations.

Atlanta -From plays at the Fox Theatre to art exhibits at the High Museum of Art, family fun at Stone Mountain, The World of Coca-Cola, Six Flags, and Zoo Atlanta, to romantic evenings at the Westin Peachtree Plaza-there is so much to do in Atlanta that you will need several days to see it all. To get the most for your money, consider purchasing and Atlanta City Pass which includes tickets, attraction information and directions as well as money saving coupons to additional area events, activities and even restaurants.

For educational activities be sure to visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Cyclorama, and the Georgia Aquarium. Learn more about the best museums in Georgia here. There are historic locations like the Margaret Mitchell House, the Georgia State Capital or Underground Atlanta, cultural events at the Alliance Theatre or Chastain Park Amphitheatre, a plethora of shopping centers (Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Arbor Place, or Cumberland Mall to name a few), and many free activities like the 21 acre Centennial Olympic Park where you can hear concerts as you enjoy a picnic lunch, Castleberry Hill with its art galleries and trendy shops and restaurants, or Piedmont Park with its myriad of playground equipment, sport fields, tennis courts, and many sidewalk areas great for walking, biking and rollerblading.

There is After 5 fun at Eddies Attic, the Blue Room, the Atlantic Station, Park 75 Lounge and others—just ask a local and they will be sure to have their own recommendations. You can enjoy food from around the globe at the numerous restaurants like Silk, Trois, Sotto Sotto or Tierras—Food of the Americas. Regardless of your budget, age, personality or interest, Atlanta is sure to have something for the whole family. Learn more about Atlanta at our Atlanta visitors guide. One thing to keep in mind when visiting Atlanta is that the city is sprawled out over many miles and doesn't have an easy to use public transportation system like other large cities. If you want to avoid the hassle of driving in an unfamiliar city consider renting a limo in Atlanta. If you don't go the limo route be sure to bring plenty of cash for parking that averages about ten to twenty dollars per spot and can vary depending on time used. (hint: parking decks are often cheaper than parking lots)

Savannah -From fine dining to historic locations, shopping centers to guided tours, Savannah has something for everyone. You can sign up for the 90 minute after dark Ghost Walk tour, or learn about the city’s history on a 90 minute Old Savannah Tour. If you enjoy history of the deep, visit the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Other great activities include watching a play at Lucas Theatre, seeing artworks at Telfair Academy of Arts and Science, taking a carriage ride, seeing the exotic and native plants at the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens or the Chatham County, watching the animals at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium or the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, or even taking in a Savannah Sand Gnats baseball game.

South Georgia Coastline - For a fun-filled Georgia staycation, visit the many attractions found along the coastal Georgia. You will be amazed at the swamp animals (alligators, American bald eagles, woodpeckers…) at Okefenokee, get your fill at fantastic restaurants like Tybee Island’s Crab Shack or Mudcat Charlie’s in Brunswick; see historic homes and lighthouses, check out the trains at Folkston Funnel or simply sit back and relax along Georgia’s sandy southern shores.

Visit the areas along I-20 —there are many small towns with a wide variety of fun-especially if you love spending time in nature. You can go largemouth bass fishing at Greensboro’s Lake Oconee or Clarks Hill’s Lake McDuffie; enjoy golfing at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, the Reynolds Plantation, the Harbour Club and the Reynolds Landing which are located along Lake Oconee; see assorted historic landmarks or simply unwind at one of the many antebellum and restored B&B’s, waterside cabins or cottages. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Head to Georgia’s heartland and visit the plethora of antique shops and history filled locations. As you meander your way through Macon, Athens, Warner Robbins, Milledgeville, Forsyth and others, you are sure to find the perfect piece for your home. Other regional activities include the 90 minute Classic City Tours in Athens, the Lewis Vaugh Botanical Gardens in Conyers, the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon and the Museum of Natural History and Creation in Social Circle--- to name just a few.

North Georgia - Whether you enjoy history and archaeology or prefer fishing, boating and quiet sunsets, stunning mountain sunrises or tubing Helen, when you head for the north Georgia mountains there is plenty to do.

The Northeastern side of Georgia is home to Dahlonega, where you can pan for gold at Crisson Gold Mine, enjoy wine tastings at the numerous wineries and vineyards (Chateau Elan, Three Sisters, Wolf Mountain, GA Wines Inc., Frogtown Cellars, Crane Creek, and more) There are covered bridges, music halls, the Lanier National Speedway, the Misty Mountain Train Museum, fishing at the Cedar Mountain Trout Farm or Lake Burton Trout Hatchery and numerous other family friendly area attractions.

If you are expecting a baby then check out our Georgia Babymoons page that will show you some of the best things to do in GA for those wanting one last fun getaway.

Photo Credits: World of Coke b yStig Nygaard; Savannah byBill Ward; Arch on Georgia Coast by Savannah Grandfather; North Georgia Mountains by Matt Phillips