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Entertainment & Amusement Parks

  • Emerald Princess II Casino — See if luck is on your side at the Emerald Princess II cruise ship, with four decks filled slots, blackjack tables, dice tables, roulettes, stud poker and much more.
    • Location: 101 Gisco Point Drive, Brunswick
    • Phone: 800-842-0115
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Cruises sail seven days a week. Call for departure times.
  • A Little Light Music (Coastal Georgia Historical Society) — Bring a bite to eat and a blanket to the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and enjoy “A Little Light Music” under the stars.
    • Location: Various venues
    • Phone: 912-634-7090
    • Costs: $12 for adults; free for children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Concerts begin at 7 p.m., May through August.
    • Other: Call for a schedule of events and venues.
  • Jekyll Island Convention Center — Catch some top national acts in this gorgeous oceanfront venue.
    • Location: 75 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-6400
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • Mary Ross Waterfront Park — A fun outdoor amphitheater at Mary Ross Waterfront Park hosts a multitude of performances and events.
    • Location: Bay Street at Gloucester Street, Brunswick
    • Phone: 912-262-6665
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • Summer Waves Water Park — Nine wet and wild rides await you at Summer Waves as well as exciting slides, a lazy river and a wave pool.
    • Location: 210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-2070
    • Costs: $19.95 for general admission; $15.95 for juniors (under 48 inches tall); $24.95 for a two day ticket (must be used within 5 days of first use); $10.95 for seniors, age 60 and older; free for children, age 3 and younger; $11.95 for Night Splash (weekdays starting at 3 p.m.); $13.95 for Night Splash (Saturday and Sunday starting at 4 p.m.).
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Six Flags over Georgia — Enjoy the thrill rides, water rides, live entertainment and restaurants at Six Flags Over Georgia, located just 20 minutes from Atlanta.
    • Location: 275 Riverside Pkwy SW, Austell
    • Phone: 770-739-3400
    • Costs: $61.99 for general admission; $41.99 for children under 48 inches; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Hours and days of operation vary seasonally, so visitors should call before arriving.
  • Hurricane Harbor — An exciting new attraction at Six Flags Over Georgia, Hurricane Harbor features a giant wave pool, an enclosed tunnel into a zero-gravity wave slide on Tsunami Surge, water slides on Bonzai Pipelines.
    • Location: 275 Riverside Pkwy SW, Austell
    • Phone: 770-739-3400
    • Costs: Hurricane Harbor is included free with your Six Flags Over Georgia admission.
    • Hours: Hours and days of operation vary seasonally, so visitors should call before arriving.
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park — For an amazing concert adventure, head about 27 miles north of Atlanta to this 12,000-seat amphitheater, where you can sit outdoors or under a roof. It was nominated by the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards as a “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue.” It hosts leading national acts of all types, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
    • Location: 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta
    • Phone: 404-733-5010
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • Stone Mountain Park — Georgia’s most-visited place, the 3,200-acre Stone Mountain Park is has something for everyone: Summit Skyride, Geyser Towers, SkyHike, Scenic Railroad, a 4-D theater, an antebellum plantation and the Discovering Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall.
    • Location: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
    • Phone: 770-498-5690
    • Costs: Ticket prices vary so visitors should call ahead for information.
    • Hours: Hours and days of operation vary seasonally, so visitors should call before arriving.
  • Georgia Dome — See national touring musical acts at the home of the Atlanta Falcons, the Georgia Dome.
    • Location: 1 Georgia Dome Drive, N.W., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-223-9200
    • Costs: Call for ticket information.
    • Hours: Tours are offered on the hour Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Philips Arena — The Philips Arena is not just the home of the Atlanta Hawks and Dream basketball teams. It also delivers top-ranked concert tours and family shows and was named one of the best arenas in the country by Rolling Stone magazine.
    • Location: One Philips Drive, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-878-3000
    • Costs: Call for ticket information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming events.
  • Wild Adventures Theme Park — Take a day trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta. It’s a water park and animal park in one where you can enjoy rides and roller coasters, hundreds of exotic animals, shows and all-star concerts.
    • Location: 3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta (just north of the Florida state line)
    • Phone: 229-219-7080
    • Costs: Call for ticket information.
    • Hours: Opening times vary so visitors should call ahead for information.
  • All-American Fun Park — The whole family will find something to enjoy at this park: bowling, miniature golf, laser tag, blaster boats, go-carts and a virtual roller coaster.
    • Location: 2608 North Slappey Blvd., Athens
    • Phone: 229-436-8362
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Christmas and Easter.
  • State Theater — The State Theater hosts a wide variety of popular music concerts for every taste.
    • Location: 313 Pine Ave., Athens
    • Phone: 229-436-1228
    • Costs: Call for ticket information.
    • Hours: Call for a concert schedule.
  • Austin’s Firegrill and Oyster Bar Restaurant — This is the place to be for live entertainment on the weekends.
    • Location: 2817 Old Dawson Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-883-4482
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Shows at dinnertime.
  • The GEM Theatre — Known as “The Gem in Calhoun’s Crown,” the historic 461-seat GEM Theatre in downtown Calhoun showcases movies, concerts, plays and much more.
    • Location: 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-625-3132
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • Calhoun City Park — Located in downtown Calhoun, the City Park is beautiful outdoor venue for a wide variety of concerts and other entertainment events.
    • Location: N. Wall Street, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-602-5570
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for schedule of events.
  • Tradewinds Casino Cruise — Try your luck on Vegas-style games on a casino cruise alongside Savannah’s Bull River. Enjoy the casual dining and outdoor dance floor.
    • Location: 8010 Hwy. 80 East, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-303-5994
    • Costs: $5 for a basic boarding pass; $10 for a basic meal.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Savannah Riverboat Cruises — A great dinner is not all you’ll get when you go on a riverboat cruise. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment and an unforgettable tour of Savannah.
    • Location: River Street Riverboat Company, 9 East River, Savannah
    • Phone: 800-786-6404
    • Costs: Call for information on cruise prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on cruise schedules.
  • Savannah Theatre in Historic Chippewa Square — Built in 1818, the Savannah Theatre is the oldest continually operating theater in the United States. Its performances have been described as “two hours of high energy music, dance and comedy, perfect for a southern evening!”
    • Location: 222 Bull St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-233-7764
    • Costs: $35 for adults; $17 for children, age 17 and younger; free for active military and dependents.
    • Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Lucas Theatre for the Arts — Built in 1921, the Lucas Theatre is the place to go for top-notch national and international entertainment, including country music stars, movie screenings and much more.
    • Location: 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-525-5050
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • City Market — One of the main hubs for entertainment in Savannah, City Market features street musicians, live music and special events in its pedestrian-only courtyards. You’ll also find indoor entertainment in its many restaurants and bars.
    • Location: Jefferson at West St. Julian Street, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-232-4903
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • Star Castle Family Entertainment Center — For some family fun, visit this 28,000-square-foot facility known for its popular video games, a full-size roller skating rink, a state-of-the-art laser tag arena and a food court.
    • Location: 550 Mall Blvd., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-354-5437
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $6 for children.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.
  • Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Saloon — For more adult fun, stop by this popular bar for a very entertaining music show in which patrons decide what will be played – and could even end up on stage.
    • Location: 314 B Williamson St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-527-6453
    • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Chippewa Square – Visit Chippewa Square in the downtown historic district if you’re in the mood for some exciting nightlife and entertainment.
    • Location: Bull and McDonough Streets, Savannah
  • 40 Watt Club — One of the nation’s best rock clubs, according to Rolling Stone magazine, the 40 Watt Club is an internationally-renowned venue for some of the best bands in the rock scene.
    • Location: 285 W. Washington St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-549-7871
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • Georgia Theatre — Another famous rock venue, this one located in the heart of historic downtown Athens, where bands like R.E.M. and John Mayer have played and recorded videos.
    • Location: 215 N. Lumpkin St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-549-9918
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • The Classic Center Theater — Catch touring Broadway productions and headline entertainers at this 2,053-seat grand showplace, also home to the Athens Symphony Orchestra.
    • Location: 300 N. Thomas St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-357-4444
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.

Arts & Cultural

  • Golden Isles Live! — Head to St. Simons Island and this lively venue for a great variety of classical music and jazz performances.
    • Location: Call for venues and performance schedule.
    • Phone: 912-638-4111
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
  • The Coastal Symphony of Georgia — Classical music lovers will enjoy a performance by the Coastal Symphony of Georgia throughout the year at various venues.
    • Location: St. Simons Island; call for venues and performance schedule.
    • Phone: 912-634-2006
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
  • Jekyll Island Museum — Take in the rich heritage of Jekyll Island. Its 240-acre riverfront Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District offers a beautiful glimpse into its architectural legacy.
    • Location: 100 Stable Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-4036
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Brunswick Actors Theatre — This theater in historic downtown Brunswick seats 115 and produces quality theater productions throughout the year.
    • Location: 1413 Newcastle St., Brunswick
    • Phone: 912-262-0628
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Performance on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • The Ritz Theatre and Arts Center — At the historic Ritz, built in 1899, you’ll find live performances, films, exhibits and more.
    • Location: 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick
    • Phone: 912-262-6934
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • The Woodruff Arts Center — The Woodruff Arts Center is the largest in the Southeast. Home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre and High Museum of Art, the Woodruff combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus.
    • Location: 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-733 4200
    • Costs: Call for schedule of performances
    • Hours: Monday, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park — Summer home of the internationally-recognized Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this state-of-the-art concert space was nominated by Pollstar Concert Industry Awards as 2009 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” for its setting in a beautiful natural area surrounded by majestic heritage trees.
    • Location: 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-733 4200
    • Costs: Call for schedule of performances.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • The Fox Theatre — Locally known as the “Fabulous Fox,” this grand old venue built in 1929 has been consistently ranked in the top three theaters in North America. It has hosted performances by everyone from Elvis Presley to Madonna, as well as countless Broadway shows, and continues to host major national acts of all types.
    • Location: 660 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-881-2100
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History — Encounter the world's largest dinosaurs and much more at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
    • Location: 767 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-929-6300
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $17 for students and seniors; $16 for children, age 3 to 12; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Atlanta Black History Tour — The most comprehensive tour of the African-American history and culture of Atlanta, it showcases the life of the city’s African-Americans from pre-Civil War times to the present day.
    • Location: 21 Larkin Place, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-929-6300
    • Costs: Tour prices vary, so call ahead for information.
    • Hours: Tour times vary, so call ahead for information.
  • High Museum of Art — The High Museum of Art is considered the leading art museum in the Southeast. It has a celebrated collection ranges from classic to contemporary art. It also offers special exhibitions featuring the world's greatest art, photography, folk art and African art as well as works by Southern artists.
    • Location: 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-733-4400
    • Costs: $19.50 for adults; $12 for children, age 6 to 17; $16.50 for senior and students.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Alliance Theater — You’ll be able to watch a variety of world-class plays at this award-winning theater, which is also considered to be one of the most successful and respected acting education programs in the United States.
    • Location: 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-733-4650
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of performances. Closed Monday.
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center — One of the most respected contemporary art centers in the Southeast, it exhibits cutting-edge works by important local, regional, national and international artists.
    • Location: 535 Means St. NW, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-688-1970
    • Costs: $8 for general admission; $5 for students and seniors. Free admission on Thursdays.
    • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Georgia Museum of Art — This official state museum of art specialized exhibits for visitors of all ages as well as free admission for all exhibitions.
    • Location: 90 Carlton St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-542-4662
    • Costs: Free.
    • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Monday.
  • Morton Theatre — The oldest vaudeville venue in the United States, this venue hosts great live theater, music concerts, dance concerts and more.
    • Location: 195 W. Washington St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-613-3770
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (ATHICA) —Regional, national and international artists calls ATHICA home.
    • Location: 160 Tracy St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-208-1613
    • Costs: Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
    • Hours: Because hours and days of operation vary seasonally, visitors should call ahead for information.
  • Aurum Jewelry & Art Gallery — Aurum’s prize-winning artists design rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings as well as crafting fine jewelry to fit your specifications. It also features exhibitions of artworks and crafts from across North Georgia, including pottery, painting and woodwork.
    • Location: 125 E. Clayton St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-546-8826
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Railroad Arts District — The unique Railroad Arts District is formed by a group of artists and businesses located around the CSX railroad tracks that run through the north end of town. You’ll get great finds here.
    • Location: Pulaski Street, Barber Street, Tracy and Oneta streets, Athens
  • Athens Symphony Orchestra — For almost 50 years, this excellent community orchestra has been offering free concerts at the Classics Center.
    • Location: 300 North Thomas St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-425-4205
    • Costs: Free but tickets are required for entry and can be picked up at the box office of the Athens Classic Center.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming performances.
  • Georgia Museum of Natural History — Explore the collections of bird, fish, insect, mammal and zoo archaeology at the museum, named one of the "Top Ten Fun and Free Places to Take Your Family," by Georgia Magazine.
    • Location: Natural History Building, corner of East Campus Road and Cedar Street, UGA Campus, Athens
    • Phone: 706-542-1663
    • Costs: Free.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Athens Master Chorale — The Athens Master Chorale is a nonprofit select 50-member volunteer concert choir that has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York and in Atlanta. You’ll enjoy their beautifully rendered versions of major classical works as well as shorter sacred and secular pieces and even folk songs and spirituals.
    • Location: 495 Belmont Road, Athens
    • Phone: 706-546-0023
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for schedule of performances.
  • Athens Community Theatre — From “Man of La Mancha” to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the Athens Community Theatre produces a wide range of plays for every taste. It is Athen’s longest-running community theater.
    • Location: 115 Grady Avenue, Athens
    • Phone: 706-548-3854
    • Costs: Call information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for performance schedule.
  • Harris Arts Center — Home to a variety of excellent art galleries, the Roland Hayes Museum and the Ratner Theater, this arts center features rotating exhibits and many cultural performances.
    • Location: 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-629-2599
    • Costs: Call for ticket information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events.
  • The GEM Theatre — Built in downtown Calhoun in 1939 and renovated in 2011, the GEM Theatre provides a state-of-the-art theater experience in a historic setting.
    • Location: 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-625-3132
    • Costs: Call for ticket information.
    • Hours: Call for schedule of events.
  • Lucas Theatre for the Arts –This historic theater, built in 1921, is a majestic venue for superb classical music and operas, traveling repertory companies and film screenings.
    • Location: 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-525-5050
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule for upcoming events.
  • Art Center at City Market — On your visit to City Market, allow plenty of time to peruse the wide variety of original works – from fine to contemporary art – by more than 50 local artists. Explore the many art galleries and visit with the artists in their City Market Art Center studios.
    • Location: 308 West St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-232-4903
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Tricentennial Park — In this area you'll find three museums in one convenient downtown location: the Georgia State Railroad Museum, the Savannah Children's Museum and the Savannah History Museum. All three are definitely worth a visit.
    • Location: Savannah History Museum, 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Savannah Children's Museum, 655 Louisville Road, Savannah, Georgia State Railroad Museum: 655 Louisville Road, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-651-6823
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • SCAD Museum of Art – This contemporary art museum showcases the work of acclaimed artists, including Jane Alexander, Uta Barth, Lynda Benglis, Alfredo Jaar and many others.
    • Location: 601 Turner Blvd., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-525-7191
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and following day, and Christmas Day.
  • Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (Telfair Museum) — Designed in 1818 by British architectural prodigy William Jay, the Telfair Academy is a former mansion in the neoclassical Regency style. It contains two nineteenth century-period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art.
    • Location: 121 Barnard St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-790-8800
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $5 for students (kindergarten through college); and free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Sunday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, closes at 3 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Jepson Center for the Arts (Telfair Museum) — The Jepson is dedicated to contemporary art and features the works of some of the most important artists of the past fifty years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and others. For the younger crowd, there is ArtZeum, a 3,500-square-foot interactive gallery for children. There are also a café and a store.
    • Location: 207 W. York St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-790-8800
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $5 for students (kindergarten through college); and free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Sunday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, closes at 3 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Owens-Thomas House (Telfair Museum) — Considered by historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the United States, the Owens-Thomas boasts a decorative arts collection and a beautiful English-inspired parterre garden as well as an original carriage house that contains one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South.
    • Location: 124 Abercorn St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-790-8800
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $5 for students (kindergarten through college); and free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Sunday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, closes at 3 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Isaiah Davenport House Museum — For a superb example of Federal architecture, visit the Isaiah Davenport House on Columbia Square. Built between 1815 and 1820, it features a wonderful collection of Davenport china and period decorative arts.
    • Location: 324 E. State St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-236-8097
    • Costs: $9 for adults; $5 for children, age 6 to 17; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, opens at 10 a.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m.; Saturday, opens at 1 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Closes at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed on New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Albany Area Arts Council — The council hosts events at the historic Carnegie Library building, including performing and visual arts shows. There you can also purchase tickets to area arts events in and view exhibitions of works by regional artists.
    • Location: 215 N. Jackson St., Albany
    • Phone: 229-439-2787
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of events. Closed on all holidays.
  • The Albany Museum of Art — Its six galleries showcase works from the museum’s permanent collection as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists. It boasts one of the finest collections of sub-Saharan African art in the Southeast.
    • Location: 311 Meadowlark Drive, Albany
    • Phone: 229-439-8400
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on holidays.
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra — Southwest Georgia’s only professional orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra performs year-round.
    • Location: 308 Flint Ave., Albany
    • Phone: 229-430-8933
    • Costs: Event prices vary; season and individual event tickets available.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on holidays.
  • Art Park on Pine — At the Art Park, in the downtown Albany area, everyone can watch and/or create and perform all forms of art. It’s also the venue for a variety of cultural events.
    • Location: 128 Pine Ave., Albany
    • Phone: 229-438-3999
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Theatre Albany — Live theater flourishes at this award-winning theater, which has been producing outstanding performances 1932. Theatre Albany is the oldest and one of the host highly regarded cultural organizations in the city.
    • Location: 514 Pine Ave., Albany
    • Phone: 229-439-7141
    • Costs: Call for a schedule and prices.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Albany Municipal Auditorium — All it takes is one visit this historic site to see why it has earned a reputation throughout Southwest Georgia as an important venue for the performing arts.
    • Location: 200 North Jackson St., Albany
    • Phone: 229-430-5200
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of performances.

Restaurants & Shopping

  • Crabdaddy’s Restaurant — House specialties at this local favorite include fresh local grilled, blackened, steamed and fried seafood as well as steaks and local vegetables. It’s coastal cuisine at its best.
    • Location: Ocean Boulevard, St. Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-634-1120
    • Hours: Open every evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Treasures By The Sea — For a very unique gift, visit Treasures by the Sea on St. Simons Island, which specializes in shirts that change color in the sun and other unique items.
    • Location: 227 Mallery St., Saint Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-634-5700
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Latitude 31 Seafood Restaurant — Yes, it really is at Latitude 31! Enjoy fresh fish, wild Georgia shrimp, oysters and crab.
    • Location: 370 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-3800
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • SeaJays — An island favorite that features its famous low country boil buffet, plus a menu stocked with soups and chowders, all with breathtaking views of the Jekyll Harbor Marina.
    • Location: 1 Harbor Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-3200
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Driftwood Bistro — Inside Villas By the Sea, Driftwood Bistro serves excellent Low Country cuisine that includes meat loaf, stuffed flounder, herb-crusted pork tenderloin and fried, grilled and blackened Wild Georgia shrimp.
    • Location: Villas By the Sea, 1175 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-2521
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Brunswick’s Newcastle Street — Newcastle Street is the main dining and shopping area in historic downtown Brunswick. It features new and established locales, antique shops, art galleries and restaurants with a wide range of menus. And don‘t forget to order a big bowl of Brunswick Stew.
  • Brunswick’s Historic Norwich Street District — From thrift shops to high-end stores, you’re sure to make fantastic finds in this busy, culturally diverse area of downtown Brunswick. And check out its outdoor cafes and many other eateries.
  • Georgian Room Restaurant — The only Forbes 5-Star restaurant in Georgia, the Georgian Room is definitely worth a visit. It offers "Refined Southern" cuisine and impressive décor with gold and crystal chandeliers, hand-painted china, silver flatware, and European linens.
    • Location: 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island
    • Phone: 800-732-4752, x4347
    • Hours: Dinner only. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Other: Reservations are required. Required attire for gentlemen and young men, age 12 and older, is coat, collared shirt and slacks. Ties are optional.
  • Anderson Fine Art Gallery — Art connoisseurs and collectors will want to head for this gallery, a great local source of high-quality, original paintings.
    • Location: 3309 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-634-8414
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment
  • Whittle’s Gift Shop — Jekyll Island’s oldest gift shop sells Jekyll Island souvenirs, T-shirts, sea shells, bridge items and much more.
    • Location: 40 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-2552
    • Hours: Open daily during summer, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and during winter, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Gypsea Glass & ACE Music Center — You’ll find unique and unusual gifts at Gypsea Glass, where they create hand-blown glass works onsite, from jewelry to sculpture and stained glass.
    • Location: 13 Pier Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-9797
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Jekyll Books at the Old Infirmary — A staple on Jekyll Island with its wrap-around front porch, Jekyll Books has something for every reader — and unusual gifts, too. Southern Living magazine calls it a “Jekyll Island must-see.”
    • Location: 101 Old Plantation Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-3077
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Commissary — Once the general store for island residents, today the Commissary shop sells its own label of Georgia-based food items, specializing in recipes with Georgia peach and Vidalia onion. They offer delicious jams, jellies, barbecue sauces, hot sauces, salad dressings and more.
    • Location: 24 Pier Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-2878
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Virgina Highland — Known for its restaurants, pubs, galleries and interesting shops, this area east of midtown Atlanta includes many stores where you’ll be sure to find unique gifts and apparel.
    • Location: Virginia and Highlands avenues, Atlanta
  • Little Five Points — This bohemian hangout (also known for independent theater and music) is where you’ll find trendy clothes and funky vintage items.
    • Location: 164 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta
  • Atlantic Station — Atlantic Station includes more than 50 stores, sidewalk cafes and hip restaurants. You’ll find great boutiques and delicious eateries whenever it’s convenient for you – it’s abuzz with people 24 hours a day.
    • Location: 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-733-1221
    • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Atlanta’s Bennet Street District — For some of the best antiques and art in Atlanta, head for Bennet Street in south Buckhead. It offers an eclectic mix of antiques shops, galleries, studios and restaurants.
    • Location: 2100 Block of Peachtree Road, Atlanta
  • The Shops at Miami Circle — If antiques are your thing, head over to Miami Circle, recognized internationally for its museum-quality antiques, estate jewelry and rare book galleries.
    • Location: Miami Circle NE, Atlanta
  • Buckhead — Known as "The Beverly Hills of the East," the chic Buckhead district boasts upscale eateries and more than 1,400 stores. It’s a must-visit location when visiting Atlanta.
    • Location: 3060 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-261-7922
  • Downtown Atlanta — In addition to its major attractions, arts and culture and, of course, sporting events, downtown Atlanta offers amazing shopping and delicious dining locales.
  • Boulevard Historic District — The beautiful Boulevard neighborhood has it all, from unique boutiques to tantalizing cuisine, art galleries, craft stores and even a popsicle business.
    • Location: North of Prince Avenue less than a mile from downtown Athens
  • Cobbham Neighborhood — In this residential foodie haven you’ll find everything from Argentinian cuisine to fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes. Cobbham restaurants are open from early morning breakfast to late night coffee and dessert. You’ll also find great shopping in Cobbham.
    • Location: One-third mile from downtown, off Prince Avenue, Athens
  • Five Points — A sophisticated, 1920s-era neighborhood Five Points offers high-end eating locales that have gained national attention as well as charming coffee houses, boutiques and much more. 
    • Location: Milledge Avenue and Lumpkin Street, Athens
  • Georgia Food Tours — It’s worth taking a walking tour of Athens’ cuisine. You’ll discover the city’s best locales plus local history and culture. In addition to some great food, you’ll enjoy drinks and entertainment at several local restaurants and shops.
    • Location: 194 Habersham Drive, Athens
    • Phone: 706-410-1111
    • Costs: $45 per person; 15% discount for groups of eight or more.
    • Hours: Call for reservations.
  • Historic Downtown Calhoun — A wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and even a general store await you in pedestrian-friendly downtown Calhoun.
  • Simply Southern Restaurant — Here you’ll enjoy Southern specialties like catfish, hand-battered chicken tenders and onion rings, fresh-cut fries and rib eye steak sandwiches.
    • Location: 7335 Fairmount Highway SE, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-624-4442
    • Hours Call for hours of operation
  • Sharkey's Seafood & Wings — Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find something you’ll enjoy at Sharkey’s where all dishes are prepared fresh.
    • Location: 408 Court St., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-383-8270
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Harris Arts Center Museum Store — Visit for a variety of handcrafted gifts by local and regional artists. Pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, baskets, blown glass, turned wood and art dolls are some of the many items it offers.
    • Location: 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-629-2599
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Country Friends — In this charming country cottage you can purchase dinnerware, seasonal decor, home decor, body products, jewelry and more.
    • Location: 1086 Lance Road, NE, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-625-5026
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Calhoun Antique Mall — Into antiques? You’re sure to enjoy Calhoun’s very own Antique Mall, housing an impressive collection of antique stores.
    • Location: 1503 Red Bud Road NE, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-625-2767
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Savannah’s Historic District — You’re sure to find wonderful treasures and enjoy the local cuisine at the historic district’s wonderful outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants and interesting shops.
    • Location: Savannah River, East Broad Street, Gwinnett Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Savannah
  • The Pirates' House — Originally the inn mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. It’s been around since 1753, and was once a hangout for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas.
    • Location: 20 East Broad St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-233-5757
    • Hours: Serving lunch and dinner.
  • Leopold's Ice Cream Restaurant — Even the ice cream shops have a history in Savannah. Leopold's has been a favorite since 1919, still using much of the original décor and implements, including the original soda fountain, sundae holders, banana split boats and malted-milk dispenser.
    • Location: 12 East Broughton St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-234-4442
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours — Savor the many flavors of historic Savannah with a walking and tasting tour through its gardens and historic landmarks. Suitable for all fitness levels, the tours offer visitors tastings at outstanding restaurants, specialty food stores and other notable eateries, while offering a local's perspective on Savannah’s culture, history and architecture.
    • Location: Locations vary by tour. Call for more information.
    • Phone: 888-684-1283
    • Costs: Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour: $54.95 for adults and $29 for children, age 11 and younger; First Squares Food Tour: $45 for adults and $29 for children, age 11 and younger.
    • Hours: Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Savannah’s City Market — There are a multitude of fun shops along the streets of the City Market, from art galleries to boutiques and specialty shops. And don’t forget to take food breaks at some of the best restaurants and cafes in Savannah.
    • Location: Jefferson at West Saint Julian Street, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-232-4903
    • Hours: Hours vary according to individual shops. Call for information.
  • Savannah’s River Street — Along the Savannah River, River Street is a nine-block concourse ideal for shopping, eating, strolling and ship-watching. Its more than 75 boutiques, galleries, artists' studios, restaurants and pubs are housed in charming, century-old former cotton warehouses.
  • Livi & Company — For easy access to more than 80 stores, head for Livi & Company. There you’ll find stores selling traditional gifts as well as antiques, handmade jewelry, vintage cowboy boots and so much more.
    • Location: 3105 Ledo Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-435-0356
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Southern Elegance of Georgia — This boutique shopping center features stores with gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself. Vendors specialize in jewelry, home décor, seasonal decorations, handcrafted gifts and more.
    • Location: 2700 Dawson Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-436-6887
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • BJ’s Country Buffet — Check out BJ’s Country Buffet for true Southern cooking – buffet style — in the heart of Albany.
    • Location: 2401-A Dawson Road, Albany
    • Phone: 229-439-1600
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Austin’s Firegrill and Oyster Bar Restaurant – Heap on the servings of the delicious Southern-style tender steak, juicy pork and fresh seafood served up by Austin’s.
    • Location: 2817 Old Dawson Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-883-4482
    • Hours: Serving lunch and dinner.
  • Carter’s Grill & Restaurant — In the mood for Soul food? You’ll find some of the best in the area at Carter’s.
    • Location: 321 W. Highland Ave., Athens
    • Phone: 229-432-2098
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • The Catch – If you’re in the mood for seafood, Apalachicola, Destin and St. Simons Island are the sources of the fresh dishes you can enjoy at The Catch, where they never use frozen food.
    • Location: 1332 Whispering Pines, Athens
    • Phone: 229-446-2235
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • RiverFront Bar-B-Q — RiverFront Bar-B-Q in downtown Albany is walking distance to the river. It offers up a menu that includes tasty BBQ pork, chicken, ribs, onion rings, baked beans, potato salad, chili dogs and more!
    • Location: 105 W. Broad Ave., Athens
    • Phone: 229-888-4647
    • Hours: Call for information.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

  • Sea Island Golf Club — Rated No. 4 out of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in the nation, this seaside Island golf club has three 18-hole championship courses and is home to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic.
    • Location: 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island
    • Phone: 855-572-4975
    • Costs: Call for information regarding greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • King and Prince Golf Course — Designed by Joe Lee and Billy Fuller, this award-winning 18-hole course is renowned for its challenging layout amongst ancient forests, vast salt marshes and dramatic island holes.
    • Location: 100 Tabbystone, St., Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-634-0255
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Coastal Pines Golf Club — A Mark Bennett course, Coastal Pines features some of the most picturesque scenery near Georgia’s coast and, with five sets of tees, it’s ideal for the whole family.
    • Location: 1 Coastal Pines Circle, Brunswick
    • Phone: 912-261-0503
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Jekyll Island Golf Club — Created back in the days of the Rockefellers and Morgans, it is still one of the premier golf clubs in the Southeast and Georgia's largest public golf resort. With three 18-hole golf courses, Jekyll Island will suit golfers of all ages and ability levels.
    • Location: 322 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-2368
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Jekyll Island Tennis Center — Host of six USTA-sanctioned tournaments annually, the Jekyll Island Tennis Center’s clay courts are ideal for beginners and advanced players alike.
    • Location: 400 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-3154
    • Costs: Court fees are $8 per person, per session. Racquet rentals are $3 per session. Ball hopper rental is $5 per session. Ball machine rental is $12 per hour. Lessons are $25 per session. Clinics are $10 per session.
    • Hours: The full-service pro shop is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Evening and night play can be booked with a reservation by calling during business hours.
  • Echelon Golf Club — A work of the renowned architect Rees Jones, Echelon Golf Club’s rolling hills, elevation changes and panoramic views make it a very special place. Golf Magazine rates Echelon as the 11th best course of the more than 400 golf courses in Georgia.
    • Location: 501 Founders Drive, Alpharetta
    • Phone: 770-888-4653
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call information on tee times.
  • Stone Mountain Golf Club — Just a few minutes from downtown Atlanta, Stone Mountain features two 18-hole championship courses — the Stonemont and the Lakemont. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Stonemont Course has hosted many national professional events.
    • Location: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
    • Phone: 770-465-3272
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • The Frog Golf Club — About 35 miles from Atlanta you’ll find the Frog Golf Club, designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio. The Frog is considered one of the top courses in Georgia.
    • Location: 2699 Georgian Pkwy., Villa Rica
    • Phone: 770-459-4400
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Charlie Yates Golf Club — This Rees Jones-designed, mid-length course just four miles east of downtown Atlanta was named a “Top 10 Short Course” by Golf Range Magazine. It offers a mix of challenging par 3s and par 4s.
    • Location: 10 Lakeside Village Drive, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-373-4655
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Lake View Golf Course — Only an hour away from Atlanta, this golf course in Calllaway Gardens features wide fairways and many water holes. It reflects the philosophy of Gardens founder Cason Callaway, who was fond of saying that if a golfer lifts his or her head on a shot, they should see something beautiful. It was designed by J.B. McGovern, a longtime assistant to the legendary Donald Ross and Dick Wilson.
    • Location: Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain
    • Phone: 800-852-3810
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Mountain View Golf Course — This is a challenging but playable course that will test your abilities. It’s one hour outside of Atlanta and was designed by Dick Wilson, architect of Chicago’s renowned Cog Hill No. 4
    • Location: Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain
    • Phone: 800-852-3810
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Philips Arena — The Philips Arena is home for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA's Atlanta Dream basketball teams.
    • Location: One Philips Drive, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-878-3000
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming games.
  • Georgia Dome — Watch a game by the Atlanta Falcons, known for their white-knuckle seasons with record-setting home games, at the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world. It has hosted two Superbowls and currently is the venue major events such as the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff and Bowl Games, SEC Football Championship as well as numerous NCAA Men’s Final Fours.
    • Location: 1 Georgia Dome Drive NW, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-223-9200
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming games. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Turner Field — The "Home of the Braves," iconic Turner Field combines the ambiance of old-time baseball with modern family entertainment. You’ll be treated to breathtaking skyline views and some of the best ballpark food in the country. Take in an Atlanta Braves game; it’s the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America.
    • Location: Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-614-2363
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming games.
  • University of Georgia Golf Course — The University Golf Course is both beautiful and challenging. This par-71 Robert Trent Jones layout is widely regarded as one of the best university courses in the United States.
    • Location: 2600 Riverbend Road, Athens
    • Phone: 706-369-5739
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Georgia Bulldogs Football Games/University of Georgia — Athens is home to NCAA action in numerous sports – and the admission is free.
    • Location: University of Georgia, Sanford Stadium, Athens
    • Phone: 706-542-1231
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming games.
  • Classic City Roller Girls — Watch Athens' all-female, flat-track roller derby league at the 2,000-seat Classic Center Arena. You’ll get two periods of hard-hitting roller derby plus entertainment during intermission.
    • Location: The Classic Center Arena, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-357-4444
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming games.
  • Fields Ferry Golf Club — You’re sure to enjoy the new Bermuda greens of this 18-hole, par-72 championship course.
    • Location: 581 Fields Ferry Drive, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-625-9001
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Summertree Golf Course — This 9-hole, par-35 course provides a relaxing setting to enjoy your game.
    • Location: 2233 Dews Pond Road, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-629-5588
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • McEntire’s Golf Range — Visit McEntire's Driving Range, where you can hit balls and get lessons and tips on how to improve your game.
    • Location: 265 Curtis Parkway, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-629-3972
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Savannah Quarters Golf Club — Just minutes from Savannah, the Quarters Golf Club offers a resort-style environment and a Greg Norman golf course.
    • Location: 8 Palladian Way, Pooler
    • Phone: 912-450-2700
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • The Club at Savannah Harbor — Right in Savannah you’ll find this golf club with a 4-Star rating for "Highly Recommended Places to Play" from Golf Digest and a designation by Conde Nast Traveler as one of America's 100 top Golf Courses.
    • Location: 2 Resort Drive, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-201-2240
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Historic Grayson Stadium/Savannah Sand Gnats Professional Baseball — Take in a professional baseball game in an historic setting. The Sand Gnats have been around since 1904, and the Grayson Stadium (built in 1926) has hosted baseball legends like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson.
    • Location: 1401 E. Victory Drive, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-351-9150
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Flint River Municipal Golf Course — Opened in 1964, this public course has a slope rating of 114 and a 69.4 USGA rating. The course features three sets of tees for different skill levels.
    • Location: 2000 McAdams Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-430-5267
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Grand Island Club — This public golf club is home to an 18-hole, links-style golf course, pro shop, grill and tennis courts.
    • Location: 270 Grand Island Drive, Athens
    • Phone: 229-878-1800
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Albany Panthers of Albany State University – Experience the fast-paced action and nonstop entertainment of arena football with the Albany Panthers.
    • Location: James H. Gray Civic Center, Albany
    • Phone: 229-435-1230
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

  • Bloody Marsh Battle Site — British and Spanish troops fought in 1742 for control of British fortifications as part of a much larger conflict known as the War of Jenkins' Ear. Markers and information panels at this outdoor observation site explain the battle, which ended Spain's claims to the Georgia territory.
    • Location: 1810 Demere Road, St. Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-638-3639
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 830 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Fort Frederica National Monument — These archeological remnants tell the story of the original settlers, who were caught in the battle between Spain and England. Ranger-led tours and soldier/colonial life programs recall life in Georgia’s second town.
    • Location: 6515 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-638-3639
    • Costs: $3 per person; free for children, age 15 and younger.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • St. Simons Lighthouse Museum — The 1810 St. Simons Lighthouse is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia. Climb its 129 steps to get spectacular views of neighboring Jekyll Island, Brunswick and the south end of St. Simons Island.
    • Location: 610 Beachview Drive, St., Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-638-4666
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $5 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. Closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
    • Other: The lighthouse may be closed during bad weather and heavy rain. Call ahead for information.
  • Cassina Garden Club Slave Cabins — Hamilton Plantation, near Fort Frederica, was a working plantation. Today, only two of the slave cabins remain. Glass windows and wooden outside doors indicate that these cabins were probably living quarters of slaves that were high in the privilege hierarchy.
    • Location: 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island
    • Phone: 912-638-1908 or 912-638-9808
    • Costs: Free, but donations accepted,
    • Hours: Open from June through August, visitors can tour the cabins each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Private tours also can be scheduled in advance.
  • Historic Brunswick Courthouse — Located on Magnolia Square, one of the historic parks and squares that used to house livestock as a community pasture, the courthouse is a fine example of Neoclassical Revival style or Beaux Arts architecture, this beautiful building is definitely worth a look.
    • Location: 701 G St., Brunswick
  • Horton House Historic Site — Built in 1743, this house is one of the oldest buildings in Georgia. The house, now a ruin, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Location: N. Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily.
  • Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site —–Built in the early 1880s by William Brailsford of Charleston, this beautiful plantation produced rice in the marshes along the Altamaha River. A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is also an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings.
    • Location: 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N., Brunswick
    • Phone: 912-264-7333
    • Costs: $7.50 for adults; $7 for seniors, age 62 and older; $4.50 for children, age 6 to 17; free for children, age 5 and younger. Group rates are available with advance notice.
    • Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last main house tour departs at 4 p.m. The gates are locked at closing. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • National Historic Landmark District on Jekyll Island — Jekyll Island was once a private club retreat whose members included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented more than one-sixth of the world’s wealth. Today you can take a tram tour of this National Historic Landmark District, including many of the opulent mansions their millionaire owners called “cottages.”
    • Location: 100 Stable Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-4036
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: call for information.
  • Atlanta History Center — The site includes two historic houses (the 1928 Swan House and 1860s Smith Family Farm), the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Goizuetta Gardens with 22 acres of historic gardens and trails, and the Kenan Research Center. The all-inclusive admission ticket includes tours of the Margaret Mitchell House, birthplace of the famous novel-turned-movie “Gone with the Wind.”
    • Location: 130 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-814-4000
    • Costs: $16.50 for adults; $13 for seniors and students, ages 13 to 18, and college students with a valid ID; $11 for children, age 4 to 12; free for members and children, age 3 and younger. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted rates.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m. The gardens and grounds close at 5:15 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site — Come hear his story, walk in his footsteps and visit the home of his birth and where he played as a child. Listen to his sermons in the restored 1960s sanctuary of his church, the Ebeneezer Baptist Churh, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Finally, pay a visit to his tomb.
    • Location: 450 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-331-5190
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Other: The first tour of Dr. King's Birth Home starts at 10 a.m. and the last tour for the day is 4:30 p.m. The Birth Home tour lasts 30 minutes.
  • Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum — This Civil War museum features the world's largest oil painting, the "Battle of Atlanta." But the main attraction may be the Cyclorama, an experience like no other. As the theater rotates through history, guests are treated to surround sound with music, sound effects and narrations.
    • Location: 800-C Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-658-7625
    • Costs: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, age 6 to 12.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with shows every hour on the half hour.
  • College Football Hall of Fame — The Hall of Fame displays the history of college football and highlights some of its greatest legends. The Hall also features children’s activities and a retail store.
    • Location: 250 Marietta St., NW, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-880-4810
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights — The Center for Civil and Human Rights is ranked as a top-five Atlanta attraction by TripAdvisor. Interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology bring Atlanta’s civil rights legacy to life. In addition, visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and much more.
    • Location: 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-991-6970
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $13 for seniors and students; $10 for children, age 3 to 12.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Last admittance at 4 p.m. Closed Monday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Georgia State Capitol Museum — More than 120 years old, the Georgia Capitol continues to be one of the most impressive buildings in the state. A museum is housed in the Capitol building and displays exhibits artifacts, including historic flags and works of art.
    • Location: 206 State Capitol, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-656-2846
    • Costs: Call for information on admission.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.
  • Margaret Mitchell House — You’ll enjoy a visit to the birthplace of the writer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Gone with the Wind.”
    • Location: 130 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-249-7015
    • Costs: $13 for adults; $10 for seniors; $8.50 for children, age 8 to 12.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery — You’ll find this secret sanctuary less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta. This 1850 garden cemetery, the final resting place of many of Atlanta's settlers and builders, is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture, as well as a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias.
    • Location: 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta
    • Pho ne: 404-688-2107
    • Costs: Admission is free. Guided tours are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to dusk
    • Other: Self-guided walking tour maps are available at the Visitors Center/Museum Shop for $4.
  • Double-Barreled Cannon — Athens has one of the two remaining double-barreled cannons forged during the American Civil War.
    • Location: Grounds of City Hall, Hancock Avenue and College Avenue, Athens
  • Carter-Coile Country Doctor’s Museum — Visit this authentic medical office from the late 1800s and see historic physician's instruments and tools for surgery, dentistry, eye exams and pharmaceuticals.
    • Location: Marigold Lane, Winterville
    • Phone: 706-742-8600
    • Costs: Free admission upon request at Winterville City Hall, 6 miles from downtown Athens and within Athens-Clarke County.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Athens Historic House Museums — The Athens Historic House Museum Association offers a collective ticket for an interior tour of four fascinating house museums: the Church-Waddel-Brumby House, the Taylor-Grady House, the T.R.R. Cobb House and the Ware-Lyndon House.
    • Location: 280 E. Dougherty St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-353-1820
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Morton Theatre — This is the oldest surviving vaudeville theater in the United States, and it was built, owned and operated by an African-American. Built in 1910, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and it’s still functioning as a venue for musical and dance performances.
    • Location: 195 W. Washington St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-613-3770
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site — When you visit this historic site, you’ll be standing on one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation, where the infamous “Trail of Tears” officially began. Tour 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home and a store dating back to 1805.
    • Location: 1211 Chatsworth Hwy., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-624-1321
    • Costs: Admission - $5.50 to $7.
    • Hours: Open Thursday through Saturday. Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Battle of Resaca Reenactment — About 10 minutes from Calhoun, Resaca is the location of the first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign in 1864. The reenactment is held on the historic Chitwood Farm, a 650-acre section of the original battlefield.
    • Location: Chitwood Road, Resaca
    • Phone: 706-625-3200
    • Costs: Admission is $2 to $5
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site — Walk this one-mile trail to view the last original parade grounds and entrenchments constructed by the Georgia Militia. Confederates placed a light artillery battery on a hill overlooking the Oostanaula River that was used extensively during the Battle of Resaca. After the battle, Union forces constructed a larger separate fortification that remains in excellent condition.
    • Location: 117 Taylor Ridge Road, Resaca
    • Phone: 706-625-3200
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk.
  • Oakleigh/Gordon County Historical Society — Used as Gen. Sherman’s headquarters during the Civil War, this beautifully restored antebellum residence is now home to the Gordon County Historical Society.
    • Location: 335 S. Wall St., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-629-1515
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Tours by appointment only.
  • Resaca Confederate Cemetery — T he oldest Confederate military ground in Georgia, this is the final resting place for more than 400 soldiers who died during the Battle of Resaca.
    • Location: Confederate Cemetery Road, Resaca
    • Phone: 706-625-3200
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk.
  • Savannah’s Historic District — Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, Savannah’s historic district is one of the largest landmarks in the country. It encompassing more than 20 city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. You’ll be enchanted by its cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks dripping with Spanish Moss.
    • Location: Savannah River, East Broad Street, Gwinnett Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Savannah
  • Davenport House Museum — The restoration of Davenport House marked the beginning of Savannah’s historic preservation movement. Built by master builder Isaiah Davenport for his family, it is an American Federal-style house and contains fascinating artifacts from the years 1820 to 1827.
    • Location: 324 E. State St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-236-8097
    • Costs: $9 for adults; $5 for children, age 6 to 17; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closes at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed on New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • The Ships of the Sea Museum — This maritime museum is housed in the William Scarbrough House, designed by English architect William Jay and built in 1819 for one of the principal owners of the S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. One of the earliest examples of domestic Greek Revival architecture in the South, the museum has a large collection of ship models, artifacts and memorabilia as well as exquisite gardens.
    • Location: 41 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-232-1511
    • Costs: $8.50 for adults; $6.50 for students and seniors; free for children, age 5 and younger; $20 for families (two parents and any siblings under 18). Groups of 10 or more, $5.50 per person, but reservations should be made in advance.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission at 4:15 p.m. Closed Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day.
  • First African Baptist Church — Constituted in 1777, this church is the oldest African-American church in North America and is a registered historic landmark in the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and Places. It was part of the Underground Railroad and many of its features are the originals, including its stained-glass windows.
    • Location: 23 Montgomery St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-233-6597
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $6 for students and seniors, age 60 and older.
    • Hours: Tours offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
    • Other: For group tours, contact the tour director at 912-233-2244
  • Pin Point Heritage Museum — This museum brings to life the history of the Gullah/Geechee enclave of former slaves on Pin Point, which was isolated and self-sustained for almost 100 years. Still populated by its descendants, this fascinating community was founded by first-generation freed African slaves.
    • Location: 9924 Pin Point Ave., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-667-9176
    • Hours: Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Other: Call 912-232-3945 for information about group tours.
  • Chippewa Square — At the center of Savannah’s downtown historic district you’ll find Chippewa Square, designed in 1815 and named to commemorate the Battle of Chippewa in the War of 1812. It’s also known as Forrest Gump Square because the bus stop scenes from the Oscar-winning movie were filmed on the north end of the square.
    • Location: Bull and McDonough Streets, Savannah
  • Old Savannah Tours — You’re sure to love these informative but fun trolley tours through Savannah’s historical sites. Actual historical re-enactors appear from time to time, boarding and walking the aisles, and the tour guide is dressed in a wardrobe from long ago as well.
    • Location: 250 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-234-8128
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule.
  • Flannery O' Connor Home — Literature fans will enjoy a visit to this museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and short story writer.
    • Location: Lafayette Square, 207 E Charlton St., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-233-6014
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $5 for students and active military personnel; free for children, age 15 and younger.
    • Hours: Friday through Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thursday and major holidays.
  • Tybee Island Light Station — Be sure to climb to the top of the first lighthouse on the South Atlantic Coast. It’s been guiding mariners safely into the Savannah River for more than 270 years.
    • Location: 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island
    • Phone: 912-786-5801
    • Costs: $9 for adults; $7 for seniors, children, age 6 to 17, and groups of 10 or more with a reservation; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ticket sales stop at 4:30 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Morrell Park — This beautiful riverside park is the home to a symbol of Savannah's southern hospitality: the Waving Girl. The statue commemorates Florence Martus, who waved her welcome to ships entering Savannah's port for more than 44 years. Also in Morrell Park is Savannah's Olympic Flame from the 1996 Olympic yachting events.
    • Location: River Street and East Board Ramp, Savannah
  • Washington Square — Designed in 1790 and named in honor of George Washington, this square has some of the oldest houses in Savannah.
    • Location: Houston and St. Julian streets, Savannah
  • Calhoun Square — Calhoun Square was designed in 1851 and is the only square where all of the original historic buildings remain.
    • Location: Abecorn and Wayne Streets, Savannah            
  • Chatham Square — Chatham Square was designed in 1847 and is known for its townhouses, each of which is 20 feet wide with identical architecture and much-admired for its ironwork and unique doorways.
    • Location: Barnard and Wayne streets, Savannah
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist — This breathtaking cathedral on Lafayette Square was built between 1873 and 1876 and is a stunning example of French Gothic architecture.
    • Location: Lafayette Square, Abercorn and Macon streets, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-233-4709
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace — Savannah's first National Historic Landmark, the home of the founder of the Girl Scouts was built in 1820 and is an interesting site.
    • Location10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah
    • Phone: 912-233-4501
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $9 for children, age 17 and younger.
    • Hours: Vary by season; call ahead.
  • City Market — You’ll still see horse-drawn carriages in City Market, the commercial and social center of Savannah since the early 1700s. Located on the original site of the market used by farmers and traders in the 1700s, adjacent to Ellis Square, it comprises a four-block area of restored warehouses and shops.
    • Location: Jefferson at W. St. Julian Street, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-232-4903
  • Carnegie Library Building — Today headquarters for the Albany Area Arts Council, the historic Carnegie Library was donated by Andrew Carnegie and built in 1900 on the site of the state Normal School. On Nov. 11, 1975, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
    • Location: 215 N. Jackson St., Albany
    • Phone: 229-439-2787
    • Costs: Free admission
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed holidays.
  • Albany Area Chamber of Commerce — This is the only marble structure in downtown Albany. Built in 1917, the building was originally a bank and the original vault door and much of the original architecture has been preserved.
    • Location: 225 Broad Ave., Albany
    • Phone: 229-434-8700
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Albany Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) — Once the home of the Old Mount Zion Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke, today this 1906building is considered the most important site in the new Albany Civil Rights Institute’s collections.
    • Location: 326 W. Whitney Avenue, Albany
    • Phone: 229-432-1698
    • Costs: Call for information on admission.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bridge House/Albany Welcome Center — Built by African-American bridge builder Horace King and restored circa 1858, this historic site is now home to the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau. While there, pick up Albany souvenirs, including its famous stuffed turtles, books by local authors and postcards by a local photographer.
    • Location: 112 N. Front St., Albany
    • Phone: 866-750-0840
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
  • Thronateeska Heritage Center — Located in Heritage Plaza, this is one of the oldest train depots in Georgia. It houses the History Museum, with a display of the 1912 Train Station and a fascinating train exhibit. It’s also home to a full-dome planetarium and science museum, the first in the world of its kind. Also in Heritage Plaza is the Fryer-Merritt House, built in the 1800’s.
    • Location: 100 W. Roosevelt Ave., Albany
    • Phone: 229-432-6955
    • Costs: Call for information on admission and planetarium show fees.
    • Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for tour reservations.
  • Historic Tift Park — This national historic site features a beautiful oak-lined carriage trail, part of the original landscaping from 1912, as well as a picnic and play area.
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site — Less than one hour away from Albany is the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. There you can see President Carter’s restored high school with exhibits that explain the Carters' lives in Plains. There’s also a museum focused on his 1976 presidential campaign, and his boyhood farm, where he lived until he departed for college. The farm is restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1938.
    • Location: 300 N Bond St, Plains
    • Phone: 229-430-5222
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: The Plains High School Visitor Center and Museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 1976 Presidential Campaign Headquarters is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Other: There is also the Carter Home (visitors not allowed inside) and numerous other Carter exhibits throughout the grounds.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

  • St. Andrews Picnic Area — This park provides beach access and is a short walk from Jekyll Point (the southern-most point on the island). A very popular area for birding and shelling, the area is also great for dolphin sightings. It has walking paths and a wildlife viewing platform.
    • Location: S. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island
  • Biking on Jekyll Island — There are more than 20 miles of biking and walking trails on Jekyll Island, through shaded maritime forests, sand dunes and the island’s history.
    • Location: Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-2648
    • Costs: Bicycle rentals, $5 for hour or $13 all day; tandems, $7.50 per hour, $20 all day; kiddie seat, $2 per day; specialty bikes, $9 per hour for adults and $7.50 for children; dual trikes, $16 per hour; mini-surrey: $19 per hour; 4-person surreys, $25 per hour; bike trailers for children: $4 per day (In addition to bike rental fee).
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Jekyll Trolley Tours — Take a vintage trolley tour of significant historical sites around the Jekyll Island as well as its multiple ecosystems.
    • Location: Lighthouse Trolleys; tours depart from the Jekyll Island Club valet
    • Phone: 912-638-3333
    • Costs: Regular tours are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for children age 3 to 12, and free for children age 2 and younger. Ghost tours are $15 for adults, $7 for children age 3 to 12, and free for children age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Day tours offered Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ghost tours offered Tuesday through Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
    • Other: Reservations required for ghost tours. Tickets available at any hotel on Jekyll Island. Private tours for families, wedding groups or corporate events are available; BYOB and food allowed on board.
  • Howard Coffin Park — This park features beautiful walking trails, biking and a refreshing pool.
    • Location: Lanier Boulevard, Brunswick
    • Hours: Park closes at dusk unless scheduled otherwise.
    • Other: The park is dog-friendly.
  • Great Dunes Park — The epicenter of Jekyll Island’s beach scene, Great Dunes Park has beaches and trails as well as the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which uses the beach here to release rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtles.
    • Location: Middle of the island, where Ben Fortson Parkway meets N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island
  • Sea Turtle Encounter — Take a private tour with a Sea Island naturalist as they patrol the beach for nesting sea turtles. Tour is on golf cart that can fit up to 4 guests.
    • Location: Front of Beach Club, Sea Island
    • Phone: 855-572-4975
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. through July 12th; Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. through end of season.
    • Other: Reservations required.
  • Mary Ross Waterfront Park — You’ll get a perfect view of the sunset across the marshes from this waterfront park. You may spot huge ocean-going ships from around the world as well as picturesque shrimp boats. It’s also home to the Brunswick Bazaar and Farmer's Market and site of the annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and other events.
    • Location: Bay Street at Gloucester Street, Brunswick
    • Phone: 912-262-6665
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Brunswick Bazaar and Farmer's Market open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Other: Call for schedule of other events.
  • East Beach — Also known as St. Simons Island Beach, the stretch of beach along the oceanside of St. Simons Island offers many fun things to do, from great shelling to extreme kite boarding and everything in between.
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens — The Atlanta Botanical Gardens consists of 30 acres of outdoor gardens, an award-winning children's garden and a canopy walk through Storza Woods. It’s also the location for the Fuqua Conservatory, an organic biosphere and home to important collections of tropical palms and conifers as well as the Fuqua Orchid Center, which has the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States.
    • Location: 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-876-5859
    • Costs: $18.95 for adults; $12.95 for children, age 3 to 12; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operations vary seasonally, so visitors should call ahead for information.
  • Stone Mountain Park — Georgia’s most-visited place is spread across 3,200 beautiful acres. The park is built around the world’s largest piece of exposed granite (thus its name).
    • Location: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
    • Phone: 770-498-5690
    • Costs: Admission fees vary so visitors should call ahead for information.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operations vary seasonally, so visitors should call ahead for information.
  • Centennial Olympic Park — Created for the 1996 Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park today is the site for festivals, performances and other events.
    • Location: 265 Park Ave. West NW, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-223-4412
  • Callaway Gardens — A short one hour away from Atlanta you’ll find yourself in this beautiful 6,500-acre, world-class horticultural garden, resort and preserve, where you can also golf, bike ride and more.
    • Location: 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain
    • Phone: 706-663-2281
    • Costs: Call ahead for information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Chattaahoochee Nature Center — This nature center is just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta and well worth a visit. Its Discovery Center Museum and Nature Exchange with hands-on exhibits provide fun for the whole family. And you can also hike the woodland trails, stroll through beautiful butterfly and native plant gardens or explore the river boardwalk.
    • Location: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell
    • Phone: 770-992-2055
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students, age 13 to18; $6 for children, age 3 to 12; free for members and children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Grant Park — Atlanta’s oldest city park is surrounded by the neighborhood also known as Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest historic district. Its lush lawns, stunning views and live entertainment all take place under a beautiful canopy of ancient oak trees.
    • Location: 625 Park Ave. SE, Atlanta
  • Piedmont Park Conservancy — Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, Piedmont Park is a preferred green space and central gathering spot with its beautiful views of the midtown Atlanta skyline. The park includes a walking and jogging path, picnic facilities, playgrounds, tennis courts and a public swimming pool. It’s also the site for major events, such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
    • Location: 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-875-7275 x230
    • Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Atlanta History Center — In addition to two historic houses (the 1928 Swan House and 1860s Smith Family Farm), the Centennial Olympic Games Museum and the Kenan Research Center, The center includes the Goizuetta Gardens with 22 acres of historic gardens and trails. The all-inclusive admission ticket includes tours of the Margaret Mitchell House, birthplace of the famous novel-turned-movie “Gone with the Wind.”
    • Location: 130 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-814-4000
    • Costs: $16.50 for adults; $13 for seniors and students, ages 13 to 18, and college students with a valid ID; $11 for children, age 4 to 12; free for members and children, age 3 and younger. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted rates.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m. The gardens and grounds close at 5:15 p.m.
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery — You’ll find this secret sanctuary less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta. This 1850 garden cemetery, the final resting place of many of Atlanta's settlers and builders, is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture as well as a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias.
    • Location: 248 Oakland Ave., SE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-688-2107
    • Costs: Free admission. Guided tours are $10 for adults, $5 for students, children, and seniors.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to dusk.
    • Other: Self-guided walking tour maps are available at the Visitors Center/Museum Shop for $4.
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia — This exquisite 313-acre All-American selections garden and Audubon Society important bird area also has five miles of nature trails that extend into the natural areas.
    • Location: 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens
    • Phone: 706-542-1244
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Founders Memorial Garden — Created in 1891, this is a living memorial to the nation’s first garden club. It features a lovely trickling fountain, rare flora, winding walkways and ornamental shrubbery.
    • Location: 325 S. Lumpkin St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-542-1816
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Georgia’s Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route — For a great day trip, get on a bicycle and explore the beautiful scenic byways of the Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route, a 170-mile trek that winds through some of Georgia’s most beautiful antebellum towns.
    • Location: Get itineraries from the Athens Welcome Center, 280 E. Dougherty St., Athens
    • Phone: 706-208-8687
    • Costs: $15 per person
  • Memorial Park — A very popular destination for families, Memorial Park has a zoo, nature trails, swimming, grills, picnic areas, a playground and more.
    • Location: 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens
    • Phone: 706-613-3580
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to sunset and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to sunset.
  • Ben Burton Park — Enjoy the beauty of Georgia nature at this 32-acre wildlife preserve with a beautiful hardwood forest. It also has a 1.2 mile mineral surface loop trail for walking or jogging and a picnic area with grills.
    • Location: 616 Mitchell Bridge Road, Athens
    • Phone: 706-613-3795
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset.
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center — This nature center features 225 acres of woodlands and wetlands with miles of trails and a wildlife observation station. The Education & Visitor Center includes live reptiles, amphibians, marine and freshwater aquariums.
    • Location: 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens
    • Phone: 706-613-3615
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Monday and Sunday.
  • Carters Lake — With its 62 miles of shoreline, a full-service marina, campgrounds, boat ramps, beach, picnic area, playgrounds and nature trails, this is one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast. It’s the perfect location to camp, hike, bird watch, fish and picnic.
    • Location: 575 Marina Road, Chatsworth
    • Phone: 706-276-4891
    • Costs: Call for boat and cabin rental information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Chattahoochee National Forest (The Pocket) — When you’re in the mood for some outdoor activities such as picnicking, hiking, camping and fishing, this beautiful recreation area has it all. It got its nickname, The Pcoket, for lying in a low area surrounded by the steep ridges of the Horn and Mill Mountains.
    • Location: Sugar Valley
    • Phone: 706-695-6736
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Open daily. Call for hours of operation and other information.
  • Calhoun City Park — You can have a picnic right in downtown Calhoun at City Park. Just get some food from one of the local eateries and enjoy a meal beside the fountain.
    • Location: N. Wall Street, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-602-5570
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Flat-Water Paddling with the New Echota Rivers Alliance (NERA) — For a refreshing outdoor experience, enjoy scenic views as you paddle down Gordon County’s gorgeous rivers, the Oostanaula, the Coosawattee and the Conasauga.
    • Location: Call for paddle trip departure sites
    • Phone: 706-263-4002
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of trips.
    • Other: NERA offers guided paddle trips March through November.
  • Seabloom Farms — Spend the day in the country. Get lost in a 5-acre corn maze, relax on a hayride pulled by an antique 1940's Ford tractor, pick your own pumpkin or make your own scarecrow.
    • Location: 346 Harbor Road, Sugar Valley
    • Phone: 678-848-1405
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule.
  • The Sonoraville Recreation Complex of Gordon County — Play tennis, baseball, soccer, football or go skating. When you’re done, have a relaxing picnic on the grounds of this beautiful 79-acre park.
    • Location: 7494 Fairmount Hwy., Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-602-4435
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Skidaway Island State Park — Walk the trails that wind through a maritime forest and past salt marshes leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. From there you can watch deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other wildlife. Children will love the 20-foot ground sloth replica and the reptile room in the park’s Interpretive Center.
    • Location: 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah
    • Phone: 800-864-7275
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Forsyth Park — Located in the city’s Historic District, this park is a popular spot for recreation sports, people watching, sun bathing or just relaxing in the shade. The park's most visited attraction is the Forsyth Park Fountain on the north end, which was designed to resemble Paris’ grand fountain at the Place de la Concorde.
    • Location: Between Drayton and Whitaker Streets (east and west) and Gaston and Park Streets (north and south), Savannah
    • Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset; lighted areas until 11 p.m.
  • SACGC Botanical Garden — This beautiful garden includes both formal and naturalistic plantings, but that’s not all. You’ll also enjoy its two-acre pond, nature trails and archaeological exhibit.
    • Location: 1388 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-355-3883
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open year-round during daylight hours.
  • Tybee Island Beach — For a fun but laid-back beach experience, head 20 minutes east of Savannah to the stunning Tybee Island. It’s the perfect spot for sunbathing, walking, biking, sailing, fishing or just enjoying the sand dunes and wildlife, from rough-billed pelicans and fiddler crabs to bottlenose dolphins.
    • Location: 802 1st St., Tybee Island
    • Phone: 912-786-5444
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Greenway Birdwatching Trail — The Albany Chapter of the Audubon Society has designated this trail as one of the best local hotspots for observing migrating fall warblers. About 35 species of warblers have been located on this three-mile trail.
    • Location: Dougherty County Riverfront Park, east of the Flint RiverQuarium, Albany
    • Phone: 229-296-7567
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Chehaw State Park — One of the state’s largest play parks has its home in Chehaw State Park, where you can also go camping, hiking and BMX bike racing.
    • Location: 105 Chehaw Park Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-430-5275
    • Costs: Call for information
    • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Bicycling in Albany — Exercise as you sightsee. With a trail system for bicyclists and easy access to local eateries and shops, biking in downtown Albany is the way to go. You can rent bikes from the Albany Welcome Center.
    • Location: Albany Welcome Center,112 Front St., Albany
    • Phone: 229-317-4760
    • Costs: Bike rentals are $10 for four hours, $15 for all day
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
    • Other: Each rental bike comes with a helmet, a lock and basket at no extra charge.
  • Canoeing/Kayaking on the Flint River — The Flint River, which stretches, unimpeded, throughout southwest Georgia, is an ideal place for canoeing and kayaking. The Flint River Outpost in Flint River Park provides canoes and kayaks for rent. The most popular trip (about 8 miles) is from the Radium Springs Landing to the Flint River Outpost.
    • Location: Flint River Outpost, 11151 Old Georgia Hwy. 3, Athens
    • Phone: 229-669-3162
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Hillsman Park — Lined with azaleas and dogwood trees, large lime sinks have emerged to create this city landmark, which is also a beautiful recreational park.
    • Location: 601 N. Van Buren Street, Athens
    • Phone: 229-430-5222
  • Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden — Get a peek at the wondrous Monarch butterflies at the Radium Springs Garden. Its Monarch Butterfly Garden is a certified “Pollinator Habitat” and a fascinating and inspiring place to visit.
    • Location: 2501 Radium Springs Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-317-4760
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Radium Springs Gardens — One of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, Radium Springs Garden features an underground cave, gorgeous foliage-draped hillocks, crystal-clear waters and indigenous and exotic flora. It also has a restored terrace, a casino garden and beautiful gazebos.
    • Location: 2501 Radium Springs Road, Athens
    • Phone: 229-317-4760
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m.to 5 p.m.

Zoos & Aquariums

  • The Georgia Sea Turtle Center — This is the state’s first sea turtle rehabilitation facility. Visit it to better understand the lives of sea turtles and other native animals.
    • Location: 214 Stable Road, corner of Hopkins and Stable Road, Jekyll Island
    • Phone: 912-635-4444
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; $5 for children, age 4 to 12; free for children age 3 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (except December through February); Thanksgiving, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Georgia Aquarium — The Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium on Earth in more than 10 million gallons of water. It’s more than 60 exhibits display creatures from everywhere in the world and have amazing features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in existence.
    • Location: 225 Baker St. NW Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-581-4000
    • Costs: $35.95 for adults; $29.95 for children, age 3 to 12; $31.95 for seniors.
    • Hours: Open daily. Call for hours of operation.
  • Zoo Atlanta — As if housing more than 1,500 animals from around the world didn’t make it worth the visit, Zoo Atlanta is also the home of the only giant twin pandas in the country and the largest zoological collection of orangutans and gorillas.
    • Location: 800 Cherokee Ave., SE, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-624-WILD
    • Costs: $21.99 for adults; $17.99 for seniors; $16.99 for children, age 3 to 11; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily. Call for hours of operation. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Bear Hollow Zoo — Check out Georgia’s native wildlife at this zoo in Memorial Park. Admission is free.
    • Location: 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens
    • Phone: 706-613-3616
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit hall is open on Saturdays and most Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oatland Island Wildlife Center — Learn all about the animal species native to Georgia at this wildlife center.
    • Location: 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-395-1500
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children, age 4 to 17; free for children, age 3 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily. Call for hours of operations. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • MAREX Aquarium — Georgia's first salt-water aquarium, the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium showcases the state's marine life. In fact most specimens are caught right off the coast by aquarium staff. A Touch Tank allows visitors to interact with some of the state’s marine invertebrates.
    • Location: 30 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-598-2496
    • Costs: $6 for persons, age 13 to 64; $3 for seniors, military personnel and children, age 3 to 12; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and on holidays as well as most Saturdays before a Monday holiday.
  • Tybee Island Marine Science Center — The Tybee Island Marine Center offers a great variety of activities, including several types of nature tours. There are also exhibits about the flora, fauna and habitats of Savannah’s barrier islands.
    • Location: 1509 Strand Ave., Tybee Island
    • Phone: 912-786-5917
    • Costs: call for information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Chehaw Wild Animal Park — Designed by well-known naturalist Jim Fowler of TV’s “Wild Kingdom,” the Chehaw Wild Animal Park features natural habitat exhibits with native and exotic animals.
    • Location: 105 Chehaw Park Road (Highway 19, Philema Road), Athens
    • Phone: 229-430-5275
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Flint RiverQuarium — The Flint RiverQuarium features a unique 175,000-gallon Blue Hole and is one of only a few open-air aquariums in the world. On exhibit are more than 100 South Georgia species of fish, alligators, turtles and other aquatic animals. A great bonus is the Cypress Pond Aviary, home to more than 30 birds indigenous to the Flint River watershed.
    • Location: 117 Pine Ave., Athens
    • Phone: 229-639-2650
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information. Closed Monday and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Other Points of Interest

  • College Football Hall of Fame — The Hall of Fame displays the history of college football and highlights some of its greatest legends. The Hall also features children’s activities and a retail store.
    • Location: 250 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta
    • Phone: 404-880-4810
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Cannon’s Point Preserve (CPP) — You’ll be able to see wild native species, a beautiful mature maritime forest and six miles of marsh in this spectacular 600-acre tract of green space at the north end of St. Simons Island. You may find numerous shell rings and middens dating back to 2500 BCE as well as plantation ruins dating back to the 19th century.
    • Location: North End of Simmons Island
    • Phone: 912-638-9109
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Other: Access to the north end is limited to bikes and pedestrians only.
  • Skyview Atlanta — Jump into one of Skyview Atlanta’s comfy, climate-controlled gondolas for a one-of-a-kind view of Atlanta from atop a 200-foot tall Ferris wheel high above Centennial Olympic Park.
    • Location: 168 Luckie St., Atlanta
    • Phone: 678-949-9023
    • Costs: $13.50 for adults; $12.15 for seniors and military personnel; $8.50 for children, age 3 to 12.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • CNN Studio Tour — Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a major news network? Take a 55-minute guided walking tour that lets you peek into the CNN newsroom, control room and much more. And be sure to keep your eyes wide open; there’s no telling who you might see while walking the halls.
    • Location: 1 CNN Center, Atlanta
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $14 for seniors and children, age 13 to 18; $12 for children, age 4 to 12. Call for information on group rates.
    • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • The Tree that Owns Itself — Discover the mystery of The Tree That Owns Itself, a white oak tree believed to have legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base.
    • Location: Corner of Finley Street and Dearing Street, one block off Broad Street, Athens
  • The Rock Garden — Set in a background of flowers and greenery you’ll find more than 50 diminutive buildings. Crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells, odd pieces of broken glass and china, rocks, ceramic tile, cement, wire and other materials, they are amazing miniature replicas and not to be missed.
    • Location: 1411 Rome Road, Calhoun
    • Phone: 706-263-1937
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: call for information.
  • Forrest Gump Bench in Chippewa Square — Get yourself a box of chocolates and sit in the very same spot (though not the same bench--that's now at the Savannah History Museum) as Forrest Gump did in the popular movie.
    • Location: Chippewa Square, Bull and McDonough streets, Savannah
  • Savannah’s Hearse Ghost Ride Tours — In the mood to get a little spooked? Savannah is known for its ghost tours. Ride in real hearses through the cemeteries and beautiful streets of the historic and Victorian districts. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see a real ghost.
    • Location: 412 E Duffy St. #B, Savannah
    • Phone: 912-695-1578
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for a tour schedule.
  • Ray Charles Plaza — The main attraction at this beautiful plaza along the Flint River is a life-size sculpture of the much-admired Ray Charles seated at a Baby Grand piano. As his music plays, water flows over the pedestal and spills into a reflecting pool at its base. Grab a piano key bench and enjoy the “concert.”
    • Location: Front Street, Athens.

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