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Georgia Vacations Travel Guide

 

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Baby Equipment Rentals - companies in Georgia that rent baby gear and equipment including car seats, strollers, cribs and more

Family Resorts in Georgia - resorts, hotels and other family friendly lodging

Georgia Department of Tourism / Economic Development - things to do, places to stay, maps, calendar of events and more.

 


Zoos

Chehaw Wild Animal Park
Philema Road (Georgia Highway 91 North)
Albany, Georgia 31701
Phone: (229) 430-5275
Elevated boardwalks and paths through more than 100 acres of Georgia's piney woods let you get a close up glimpse of both native and exotic animals roaming in natural habitats. Chehaw Wild Animal Park is located within The Parks at Chehaw, an 800-acre recreation facility.

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Phone: (404) 624-5600
Founded in 1889, it is one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the United States.  The zoo's collection consists of nearly 1,000 specimens, representing more than 250 species of animals from all over the world. The zoo is home to many threatened and endangered animals.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve
469 Old Dahlonega Highway
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
Phone: 706-864-9411
Located 45 minutes north of Atlanta, and sitting on over 20 acres of gently rolling farmland, there are over 100 animals, with many different species at CWP. The Preserve is a magical place to walk around or feed some of the animals. The pace of the Preserve is meant to be slow as guests’ meander among the exhibits. This is when the questions usually start and staff members or volunteers circulating throughout the property are quick to help with answers that hopefully lead to more questions. There are many places to sit throughout the Preserve, picnic tables to enjoy lunch or a snack, and a playground for the little ones.

Kangaroo Conservation Center
222 Bailey-Waters Rd.
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
Phone: (706) 265-6100
"Largest kangaroo collection outside of Australia"

Wild Animal Safari
1300 Oak Grove Road
Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822
Phone: (800) 367-2751
The 500-acre Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari, offers a unique, hands-on safari experience. Visitors can see, touch and feed hundreds of exotic animals from every continent - a true worldwide safari.

 


National Parks

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (770) 399-8070
The Recreation Area lies within four counties, north and northeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. It consists of 16 land units along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. In addition to providing recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and boating, the park contains a wide variety of natural habitats, flora and fauna, nineteenth century historic sites, and Native American archeological sites.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Phone: (404) 331-6922
Birth Home Tour Tours are conducted daily by park rangers. Register for a tour upon arriving on site at the information desk located in the Visitor Center.  School House Program An educational program for school children is offered throughout the school year.  While visiting six circular pods read Dr, King's own words describing different periods of the first seventy years of the 20th century. Take time to listen and watch the five minute videos in each pod highlighting the period. Children Of Courage is about children in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s for the children of today. It gives examples of the children that marched and how the youth of today can live positive lives.  NOTE: Tours fill quickly and are on a first come first serve basis.  No advanced ticket purchases.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia
Phone: (706) 866-9241
Chickamauga Battlefield features an 7 mile self-guiding auto tour, monuments, historical tablets, hiking trails and horse trails. The visitor center contains exhibits and a 26 minute multi-media program, the Battle of Chickamauga, that provides unique orientation to this Civil War battle.  Lookout Mountain contains monuments, historical tablets, hiking trails, scenic vistas, and the historic Cravens House.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw, Georgia
Phone: (770) 427-4686 x0
The visitor center provides introductory information about the park and the battle. While walking some of the 17 miles of interpretive walking trails you will see historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and various interpretive signs.

Hamburg State Park
6071 Hamburg State Park Road
Mitchell, Georgia 30820
Phone: (478) 552-2393
Hamburg State Park covers 750 acres in the extreme northern section of Washington County and is one of the most scenic parks in the state of Georgia. The 225-acre lake teems with fish that have been impounded by the dam built across the Little Ogeechee River. Bass (more than one 13+ pounder has been caught here), bream, crappie and catfish can be caught. There's good fishing below the dam as well, where the crappie, bream and channel cats love the aerated water.

Cumberland Island National Seashore
St. Mary's, Georgia
Phone: (888) 817-3421 / (912) 882-4335
Backpacking, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, nature walks, stargazing, wilderness area and wildlife viewing.

Fort Frederica National Monument
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Phone: (912) 638-3639
Bird Watching, historical tours, photography, hiking, nature walks, stargazing, wildlife viewing.

 


Museums

Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street at 18th
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Phone: 404-873-3391
The Center for Puppetry Arts is one of the largest organizations in the United States dedicated to the art of puppetry. The Center is a magical place where adults as well as children can be entertained, educated and enlightened about all forms of puppetry.

Fernback Science Center
Atlanta, Georgia
Where Science becomes Adventure!

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta, Georgia
Great exhibits, IMAX theater and more!

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Phone: (404) 331-3942

Institute of Paper Science and Technology
500 10th Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Phone: (404) 894-6663
In addition to more than 2,000 books, the Museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. Guide tours and hands-on papermaking workshop where children and adults will enjoy making their own sheets of paper out of recycled blue jeans, cotton, and banana leaves!

SciTrek
395 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Phone: (404) 522-5500 ext 249
SciTrek features more than 150 hands-on exhibits.  Permanent exhibits include the Virtual Village which introduces visitors to computer technology and software; Gateway to Telecommunications explores communications from Morse Code to modern day innovations of switchboards and internet connections; Simple Machines spotlight early inventions such as levers, planes and pulleys; and KidSpace where children 2 through 7 years olds are introduced to the fun of science through water play, face painting, puppet shows and other entertaining activities.

NSC - The National Science Center
One Seventh Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: (800) 325-5445
270 interactive exhibits, all of which are are hands-on or "minds-on" activities that challenge the visitor to learn more. Exhibit topics range from the fundamentals of electricity to the complexities of biomedical equipment. A high-tech theater experience traces the dramatic evolution of human communication from the caveman era through modern day advances. Attractions around the center are designed to involve the visitor and spark the imagination, particularly near the giant Tesla Coil where our own "indoor lightning storm" is created. Other Fort Discovery features include a gallery especially for young scientists ages seven and under, a computer lab, regularly scheduled exhibit and science demonstrations, a Science Store, and an adjacent restaurant overlooking the Riverwalk.

Coca-Cola Space Science Center
701 Front Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Phone: (706) 649-1470
The Center includes Omnisphere Planetarium Theatre, the Challenger Learning Center - simulated Missions to the Moon and beyond; Mead Observatory - real stars, nebula and galaxies for your own eyes to see and Exhibit areas - hands on Exhibits - to amuse and inform.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame
200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Macon, Georgia 31201
Phone: (478) 750-8555
An extravaganza of music memorabilia of over 450 Georgia artists, videos, interactive exhibits and hospitality with a Georgia accent. Just 90 miles south of Atlanta, the Hall of Fame is convenient to all points in Georgia and the Southeast. Allow one to two hours to see the museum.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
301 Cherry Street
Macon, Georgia 31201
Phone: (912) 752-1585

Museum of Arts and Sciences - Macon
4182 Forsyth Road
Macon, Georgia 31210
Phone: (478) 477-3232
The Museum occupies a modern 45,000 sq. ft. brick building and several outbuildings on 14 acres of wooded land on U.S. 41 in midtown Macon. Within the main building are a lobby, Museum Store, four galleries for changing exhibits, a 118 seat planetarium with a 40-foot dome, The Discovery House and Back Yard, a classroom, independently climatized collection storage vault and a 149 seat auditorium.

Ty Cobb Museum
461 Cook Street
Royston, Georgia 30662
Phone: (706) 245-1826
The museum fosters education and understanding of baseball and Ty Cobb by providing art and memorabilia, film, video, books and historical archives.

St. Mary's Submarine Museum
Located on the St Mary's River in Historic Downtown St Mary's.
St. Mary's, Georgia
A wide variety of Submarine artifacts, memorabilia and information are available for viewing, and you can checkout the beautiful St Mary's waterfront thru a real periscope.

Rollins Planetarium
Young Harris, Georgia
Phone: (706) 379-4312
The Rollins planetarium is one of the largest in the state of Georgia, is located in the Alva and Edna Maxwell Center on the campus of Young Harris College. It houses a Spitz System 512 projector under a 40-foot-diameter dome and is capable of seating 111 people in comfortable reclined chairs.

 


Theme Parks, Amusement Parks & Water Parks

Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Parkway
Six Flags Over Georgia is located on Interstate 20, just west of Atlanta.
Austell, Georgia 30168
Phone: (770) 948-9290
Six Flags Over Georgia breaks all the rules for fun this season with over 100 rides, ALL-NEW shows and attractions for families and kids of all ages.  Click here for directions.

Six Flags White Water Adventure Atlanta
250 Cobb Parkway North
Marietta, Georgia 30062
White Water is located just north of Atlanta, at Exit 265 (formerly Exit 113) off I-75 (follow the signs off the exit)
Phone: (770) 739-3430
Water rides fun for the whole family and for any age.

Wild Adventures
Valdosta, Georgia

 


Family Activities

If you know of a family activity in Georgia, let us know and we will add it here.

 


Summer - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Beaches, Lakes, etc.)

Jekyll Island - Beaches, biking, fishing, golfing, tennis and much more.

St Simons Island - High Tide's Guide to St. Simons Island is your key to adventure in the exciting world of Georgia's Golden Isles, where miles of scenic natural landscape and over 200 years of history have created a unique and compelling vacation destination for generations.

Tybee Island - Located 18 miles east of Savannah, this small barrier island boasts a wide, 3-mile long beach that's backed by sea oat-covered sand dunes and is perfect for sunbathing, people-watching and frolicking in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The island's south-end pier and pavilion is a splendid venue for strolling above the ocean and listening to the music of the live bands.

Lake Sidney Lanier - Water Skiing, fishing, swimming, camping and much more.  This lake is over 30 miles long and is one of Atlanta's most popular boating lakes. Numerous coves and islands are located all over the lake. Located northeast of Atlanta just west of Cumming and U.S. 19.

West Point Lake - Water Skiing, fishing, swimming, camping and more.  There are 34 public recreation areas on this lake of 525 miles of shoreline.  Just north of Columbus off I-85.

Allatoona Lake - Fishing, water skiing, swimming, camping, hiking, nature walks and more.  45 miles north of Atlanta off I75 and Cartersville exit.

Lake Seminole - skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, nature walks, hiking in rugged ravines and more.  Near Bainbridge.

Zoos, Museums, National Parks, Theme, Amusement and Water Parks listed above.

 


Winter - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Ski Resorts, etc.)

Sky Valley Resort
One Sky Valley Way
Sky Valley, Georgia 30537
Phone: (706) 746-5302
Sky Valley is Georgia's only ski slope and is located high in the mountains between North Carolina and the Nantahala and Chattahoochee National Forest.  They offer a championship golf course and recently built the ski resort with four slopes and one beginners hill on the 2,400-acre resort property.

 


Helpful websites and services

If you know of a website or company that is helpful to families traveling to Georgia, let us know and we will add it here.

 


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