There is so much to see and do in the Great State of Georgia. You’ll find pristine beaches, fun activities, family attractions, smiling faces, warm greetings, and exceptional service. For history buffs there are Civil War attractions, history and heritage museums, historic homes, tours, and trails. Georgia is also the birthplace of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and Civil Right leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Georgia is also one of only 5 states in the United States to have hosted the Olympic Games. I love everything Georgia has to offer and I love sharing some of the great things to see and do in Georgia. Here are some of Georgia’s beloved, well-known sights as well as some of those overlooked, less-touristy places one can visit throughout the state!
Stone Mountain Park
Georgia was one of the 11 states that seceded from the Union during the Civil War. That Confederate heritage is remembered at Stone Mountain. One of the most visited places in Georgia, Stone Mountain Park offers the entire family 3,200 acres of year-round fun. From fantastic shows and attractions to recreational golf to museums and art displays, fine dining opportunities as well as awesome shopping adventures, you will always find something fun and interesting to do here.
The park’s centerpiece is its mountain-like quartz monolith that stands more than 800 feet higher than the land surrounding it. It features a relief carving of three Confederate leaders – Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. This carving is the largest of its kind in the world. Ride a cable car to the top or hike the one-mile path; either way, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline.
Atlanta, Georgia’s state capital, offers tons of fun. There are so many amazing things to do in Atlanta. This metropolitan city is full of events, activities, and attractions. Atlanta is also one of only 5 cities in the United States to have hosted the Olympic Games. The Summer Olympics were hosted in Atlanta in 1996. From history, to outdoor adventures and award-winning culture, you’re sure to find seasonal sensations year-round!
Savannah has been called one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors to its cobblestone streets, parks, and notable historic buildings. Attractions include the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA), the Georgia Historical Society (the oldest continually operating historical society in the South), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South’s first public museums), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America.) And that’s just the beginning of the list!
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the second largest aquarium in the world. It is one of the most impressive collections of marine life on the planet. The expansive complex holds 10 million gallons of water and tens thousands of species, from the massive whale shark to beluga whales, sea otters, manta rays, and penguins. Visitors can enjoy additional fun with exhibitions, events, and even the 4D Theater. There are plenty of great activities for visitors to look forward to making this an excellent choice for a great day out.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
A hugely popular attraction with both national and international visitors to Atlanta, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a must for your itinerary. Tour his birth home and visit historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where you can hear some of his most moving sermons. Stroll around the World Peace Rose Garden or enjoy taking in the monument.
The visitor center is the place to stop for a brief orientation to the historic site, registration for a tour of Dr. King’s Birth Home, a tour of the featured exhibits, and for viewing a short film. This has become one of the top attractions for visitors to this area and it provides an inspirational, educational and fascinating experience.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Anyone that loves color, fragrance and natural beauty will be delighted with the fabulous Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Here you will see one-of-a-kind flowers, vibrant plant displays, and the most beautiful landscapes. You will be stunned by the beauty that these exhibits. In addition to enjoying a relaxing stroll around the gardens you can also benefit from access to a cafe and a gift shop. The Botanical Gardens also host various events over the course of the year, so look out for these if you want to enjoy an even more exciting experience.
Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL, Jekyll Island is one of the barrier islands known as the Golden Isles. From sprawling beaches to historic ruins, Jekyll Island is a beautiful blend of serenity and discovery will not forget in a hurry. It is a unique and stunning place that enables you to enjoy natural beauty, history, and entertainment as well as total relaxation in wonderful surroundings. You can enjoy everything from golf and shopping to a visit to the wonderful Georgia Sea Turtle Center—Georgia’s first sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education facility—when you visit this destination.
National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia provides you with access to well over two centuries of a rich and fascinating history. With thousands of artifacts, monuments, interactive exhibits and video presentations on display, the National Infantry Museum is one of the nation’s leading military history destinations. Visitors of all ages can experience firsthand the American Infantryman’s journey to defeat tyranny around the globe.
Anna Ruby Falls
These breath-taking Anna Ruby Falls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest and are readily accessible for the price a few dollars and a little bit of hiking. Two creeks have created the drops from which the waterfalls cascades and those who make the short hike to the falls will be delighted that they did. The trail to the decks from which to view the falls is around half a mile from the parking area, so you don’t have a very long walk ahead of you. Of course, if you enjoy hiking there are other trails that you can enjoy as part of your day here such as the Lion’s Eye Trail. The visitor center and recreation area is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. There is a gift shop – offering local crafts and paintings.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
Filled with natural beauty and resources as well as recreational opportunities, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests span close to 870 acres running through multiple counties. There is an abundance of greenery to take in as well as crystal clear waters and woodland. If you are looking for outdoor recreation you will have plenty to choose from when you head here, including picnicking, camping, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. This is a great way to immerse yourself in stunning surroundings and enjoy being out in the fresh air with the chance to explore and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
The South offers its own style of entertainment and attractions and Georgia doesn’t disappoint. From family fun to the great outdoors, you’ll discover it all in Georgia.