On the weekends and on holidays, Atlanta families are always looking for ways to spend more time outside of their Atlanta real estate. Luckily for you, the great state of Georgia has many outdoor adventures to offer. Whether you want a leisurely stroll through a garden, a water-based voyage or an aerial view of the scenery, one of these top 10 outdoor attractions is sure to appeal to you.
- Stone Mountain Park: More than 3,000 acres of natural beauty complete with a variety of fun, family activates await at Stone Mountain Park. Take a trek in the sky with SkyHike, the nation’s largest adventure course; explore a gushing geyser at Geyser Tower; climb aboard a full-size 1940s locomotive for an excursion around the mountain or take the Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain for views spanning up to 60 miles. If you’re looking to connect with nature, you can enjoy a hike up the mountain, 15 miles of wooded trails, fishing on a 360-acre lake, two golf courses or spend the night under the stars at Georgia’s largest campground. Stone Mountain park is also home to the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®.
- Yellow River Game Ranch: Wildlife lovers of all ages will enjoy a trip to the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, Ga. Located just two-and-a-half miles east of Stone Mountain, this outdoor attraction gets you up close and personal with tons of wildlife. More than 600 birds and indigenous animals to the state of Georgia, including our own General Beauregard Lee, can be seen on the mile-long trail.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden: Located adjacent to Piedmont Park is the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown. Visitors to the garden will find plenty to see and do all year-long with several varieties of gardens, a canopy walk, conservation centers, seasonal exhibits and events, educational classes and much more. Hours of operation vary by season, and tickets are $18.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages three to 12 and free for garden members or children under the age of three.
- Six Flags Over Georgia: Thrill-seekers will delight in riding Six Flags Over Georgia’s 11 heart-pounding roller coasters, including the hyper-coaster Goliath, which is ranked as one of the top roller coasters in the world. Other rides and attractions include ThunderRiver, a wild rafting adventure; SkyScreamer, a 24-story tower and several interactive children’s areas. The park, located on I-20 west of Atlanta in Austell, is open seasonally, so be sure to check the website for details.
- Six Flags White Water: Beat the heat at the Southeast’s largest water park located on Cobb Parkway in Marietta, where the whole family can make a splash! Water-based attractions include the Tornado, a giant, funnel-shaped thrill ride that plummets guests down a 132-foot tunnel; Cliffhanger, one of the tallest freefalls in the world; Atlanta’s only ocean, the Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool; the Little Hooch lazy river and a six-lane 100-Meter splash racing slide.
- Callaway Gardens: Located an hour southwest of Atlanta is Georgia’s 6,500 square foot resort complex in Pine Mountain, Ga. Originally conceived in 1930 as a way to promote and protect native azalea species, Callaway Gardens first opened its doors in 1952 as the Ida Carson Gardens. Today, visitors can enjoy the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, several walking and biking trails, Robin Lake Beach, two golf courses, the treetop adventure and zip lines, the overlook azalea garden, Callaway brothers azalea bowl, Mr. Carson’s vegetable garden, the John A. Sibley Horticulture Center and seasonal events.
- Wild Animal Safari: In Pine Mountain, Ga., you can also explore your wild side with a safari featuring more than 65 different species and more than 650 animals. Whether you choose to take on the wild from the comfort of your own car or from the complimentary bus tour, you’ll get your fill of lions, tigers and bears.
- North Georgia Canopy Tours: Georgia’s ultimate zip line treetop adventure awaits at North Georgia Canopy Tours off of I-985 northeast of Atlanta. Take a ride on an hour-long course with nine zip lines, two sky bridges and two nature walks or a three hour Adventure Tour with 12 zip lines, two sky bridges, three nature walks and a thrilling finale on the dual zip lines. Other attractions and activities include camping in an authentic Native American teepee, disc golf course, cornhole boards, tetherball, foosball and geocaching.
- Chattahoochee Outfitters Shoot the Hooch: If a water-based adventure is what you’re after, you’ll want to shoot the hooch in Roswell, Ga. at Azalea Park. Take a fun, relaxing trip down the Chattahoochee River by raft, tube, canoe, kayak or paddleboard seven days a week. Course options include a one-and-a-half mile trip from Don White Memorial Park, a three mile trek downriver at Island Ford or an all-day adventure from Garrard Landing.
- Historic Banning Mills: Located at the Banning Mills Resort in Carrollton is the world’s largest and longest zip line canopy tour with five different tour options. Also located on the property are a ropes course, 14-story climbing wall, aerial adventure challenge park, power free fall from a 150-foot high tower, horseback riding trails, kayaking adventures, RV camping, a bed and breakfast with a spa and several dining options.
No matter what season it is, Georgia offers Atlanta new home residents a variety of outdoor attractions right in your own backyard. So, get out there and start exploring!