Islands, mountains, cities or complete seclusion — a Georgia family getaway offers nearly anything you and the kids may be looking to experience. Families can explore Atlanta, the city that once hosted the Summer Olympics; lounge on one of the quiet Golden Isles or nearly touch the sky at Stone Mountain Park.
No matter your preference, southern charm and hospitality await you and the kids on these Georgia family getaways.
Written by Courtney Elko
Six Flags Over Georgia, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Zoo Atlanta, The World of Coca Cola and studio tours at CNN are not to missed. City tours, such as an open-air Smart car ride through the city, are another fun way to experience Atlanta with kids.
The recently expanded Center for Puppetry Arts is an especially unique stop for kids who love Jim Henson, and kids will also love splashing in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park, constructed for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
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Recommended Hotel: Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is an ideal visit for families on a Jekyll Island getaway. The education and research center allows families to learn about sea turtles and see them undergoing rehabilitation. Families can even take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and watch the sea turtles being fed. Golf, air boat rides and fishing are also popular on this Georgia Golden Isle.
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Recommended Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Teens will really enjoy a haunted tour through Savannah"s historic district or checking out the Bonaventure, which has been considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country. And the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, which has model trains and seasonal train rides, is great for young kids who love trains.
Top off a Savannah getaway with some Southern home cooking or seafood and your trip will be complete.
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Recommended Hotel: The Cloister Sea Island
St. Simons Islands
At low tide, the beaches on St. Simons Islands can be hundreds of yards wide, perfect for building sand castles. Families will also love to go fishing, kayaking, bicycling and golfing while visiting St. Simons Islands.
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Recommended Hotel: Ocean Lodge
Stone Mountain Park
Get the ultimate Stone Mountain Park view from the Summit Skyride, in which a Swiss cable car takes visitors to the top of the mountain. The 5-mile long Cherokee Trail also provides great views and family hiking.
There"s also skiing in the winter, and the Lasershow Spectacular, on summer nights has been dazzling families for more than 30 years with its loud music and fireworks.
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Recommended Hotel: Stone Mountain Inn
When you"re hungry, we recommend Sundae CafÃƒÂ© for shrimp and grits, jambalaya, lobster mac and cheese and of course, ice cream.
While there are a few Tybee Island family hotels, vacation rentals are in abundance on this island and a great option for larger or multigenerational family getaways.
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Recommended Hotel: Desoto Beach Hotel
Teens may enjoy a Marietta Food Tour, where hungry visitors tour the local restaurants and eateries. The walking tour allows you to burn off some of those calories, but families can also explore and learn about the Marietta Square, too.
If your family is feeling creative and has some time to kill, make a stop at Ã¢â‚¬Å“Just Kiln" Time,Ã¢â‚¬Â a paint-your-own pottery and art studio. Artists, with little or no experience, can choose to paint a canvas, vase, mug or whatever your creativity can bring.
Recommended Hotel: Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest
Families can stroll the Augusta Riverwalk and find the children"s playground, museums, an amphitheater and plenty of restaurants. Or hop on an Augusta Ghost Trolley Tour for an interactive, fun and Ã¢â‚¬Å“spiritedÃ¢â‚¬Â tour of the town. Augusta"s minor league baseball team, the Greenjackets, plays at Lake Olmstead stadium, so you can catch a game while you"re in town, too.
History buffs may enjoy checking out the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson or visit the Ezekiel Harris House. Harris was a prominent tobacco merchant and his house is an example of early Federal style architecture.
Recommended Hotel: Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
But if you"re family isn"t into history, there are lot of other things to do in Columbus, Georgia. Thrill-seeking families can brave the rapids on the Chattahoochee River or check out a Broadway show.
Civil War buffs will especially love a getaway to Columbus, Georgia. Civil War history is displayed at the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center, along with other museums.
Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Columbus/South Fort Benning
Lake Lanier Islands
The wave pool, splash pad and waterslides at LanierWorld are great for families who are looking to keep cool and have some fun in the summer months. Visit during the Fourth of July holiday and families can enjoy a fabulous fireworks display over the lake.
But if you miss Fourth of July, don"t worry because the Magical Nights of Lights runs from November through January and is considered the Lake Lanier Islands" most popular event. The light displays, Holiday Village and Santa"s Workshop will put families in the Christmas spirit on a Georgia getaway.
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Recommended Hotel: Courtyard Atlanta Buford Mall of Georgia
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