Spring break use to be what college students waited for every year, a week-long break from their studies with partying and beaches and of course alcohol. But, spring break is not just for the college kids anymore. With schools transitioning to year-round calendars many students are getting up to two weeks off during the month of March, making it the perfect time to take a much needed family vacation. Spring break destinations are all over the United States rather than just at the beaches along the coastline and activities can include anything from visiting museums, to amusement parks, to camping and hiking the outdoors. We’ve got a list of fun fun-filled activities for an exciting spring break in Georgia.
Chattahoochee Whitewater Park- Located in downtown Columbus on the Chattahoochee River, experience the thrill of a lifetime while whitewater rafting in the middle of the city. The 2.5 mile stretch of river rapids is the longest in the U.S for urban whitewater rafting and is one of the top 12 man-made adventures as rated by USA Today. Experience the excitement of racing down the river on class III and class IV rapids; the later in the day you go, the bigger the rapids. Guides will provide short instruction before leading you down the raging river. Get ready for an experience you and your family will never forget.
Unicoi State Park– Helen, GA- tucked inside the Georgia Mountains is Unicoi State Park. This beautiful piece of land has many outdoor activities for visitors young and old. There are many different hiking and biking trails that makes for a great day’s adventure. The trails range from easy to difficult so you can choose your own type of challenging climb. Not to mention the beautiful scenery that you’ll get to take in from the top of the mountains. Also inside Unicoi State Park is a beautiful mountain lake that offers great swimming, fishing, and boating opportunities. For the appetite that you work up exploring the park, there is a restaurant on site. Campgrounds are located around the park as well with water and electric hookups for RV and tent camping. Explore the mountainous countryside of beautiful Georgia during the day and camp under the stars at night.
Historic Banning Mills- For more thrilling activities for the whole family visit Banning Mills; the world’s largest zip line canopy tours and activity destination. They have everything form zip lines for adults, to kayaking tours, a birds of prey and nature shows, and hiking and horseback riding trails. For the kiddos they have “squirrel village” which gives the littler adventure seekers the opportunity to maneuver the aerial obstacles a little closer to the ground. Plus, if you love the idea of living like Tarzan for a night, you can actually stay in one of the “treehouse” cabins up in the treetops! There’s fun in every activity for the whole family at Historic Banning Mills.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge– spanning the Florida/Georgia border, Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge was put in place to protect the Okefenokee Swamp and all the animals that inhabit there. It is considered one of the seven wonders of Georgia and attracts thousands of visitors every year. You can either choose to explore the swamp on your own or with a guide. The Swamp Island scenic drive offers you the opportunity to view the best parts of the swamp without getting out of your car and without a guide. If you choose to explore with a guide, the park service offers boat tours and paddling tours. There are campgrounds within the refuge where you can stay overnight but must have a permit since it is a protected area. Most people think of swamps as dirty, hot and infested with bugs and animals you don’t wish to encounter but, there is actually beautiful scenery to explore.
Wild Animal Safari- Pine Mountain, GA. Imagine getting to go on an African safari without having to travel thousands of miles across the ocean to another continent. The 500 acre park at Wild Animal Safari lets you see, touch, and feed animals from countries like Africa, India, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. They have camels, bison, antelope, zebras, pythons and giraffes just roaming around for you to interact with. Guided tours of the park are given daily and you can choose different options of how you want to interact with the animals. You can choose to drive yourself through the tour or take a guided bus tour. Either way, you get to see these majestic creatures up close and personal.
Explore a Gold Mine– Dahlonega, GA- you hear stories of going underground and digging for gold, now you get the opportunity. The Consolidated Goldmine at Dahlonega is the largest hard rock gold mine east of the Mississippi River. Guests can take a 40 minute guided tour through the mine, traveling 200 feet underground. Visitors can also do a little gold panning and gemstone mining for themselves. Learn how to sort through other rock and sediment to expose the little pellets of gold. This is a great activity for all ages. The mine is open daily.
These are just a few of the many activities you can take your family to on spring break this year. Whether you’ve got one week or two, gather up the family and spend a little quality time together in Georgia.
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