Attractions in Georgia

From Atlanta to Savannah, visitors will find a diverse array of landscapes, attractions, and things to do in Georgia. With Barrier Islands beaches, museums, and theme parks, kids of all ages will find plenty of distractions during a Georgia vacation. And Civil War buffs - history enthusiasts in general - won't be disappointed, because Georgia is an American state that is steeped with a rich past still in evidence today. Atlanta Attractions Bold and vibrant, Atlanta offers a wide variety of attractions for kids and adults on a family vacation. Start with a stroll through the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, then see the sight of the 1996 Summer Olympics at Centennial Olympic Park. The Georgia Aquarium is always a special adventure, as are the World of Coca Cola, Zoo Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park, Six Flags Theme Parks, and CNN Center. For some truly heady stuff, take everyone to the High Museum of Art, Piedmont Park, and SciTrek. Georgia history comes alive at the Margaret Mitchell House, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. Visit http://www.atlantaga.gov/Visitors/Attractions.aspx Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park During the Civil War, the North and South fought on the battlefields of Georgia for control of the area in 1863. Nearly thirty years later, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park was formed-the first of its kind-to commemorate the brave acts of the Union and Confederate Soldiers and to remember this time in Georgia's history. Visit http://www.nps.gov/chch/ Georgia Beaches From freshwater lakes to seaside islands, Georgia offers beaches and water recreation like nowhere else in the south. Along Georgia's coast, visitors find a variety of landscapes including populated towns, marshlands full of migrating birds, and romantic, isolated sand beaches. It's no surprise that there are plenty of activities for families or couples, like sailing, fishing, or just lazing under the Georgia sun. For more information, go to http://www.georgia.org/Travel/Discover/Coast/ Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachians and an old backbone of the North American continent, get their start in Georgia and run north through Virginia onward to Pennsylvania. Take a drive along the scenic skyline or a unique ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic

Railway. Rafting and canoeing adventures are also available for adults and kids at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. For more information, visit http://www.blueridgemountains.com/ Savannah, GA Savannah is one of Georgia's most interesting cities. Full of history and romance, Savannah offers visitors a peek into Georgia's past, with its old-world architecture, moss-covered trees, and atmospheric neighborhoods. A few Savannah highlights include haunted house tours, the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah's historic district and homes, Bonaventure Cemetery, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Forsyth Park Fountain, Old Fort Jackson, Fort McAllister, and Fort Pulaski. Visit http://www.savcvb.com/ Georgia's Barrier Islands Along Georgia's coastline, the Barrier Islands offer an enchanted playground for family fun and adventures. Jekyll Island is home to some of Georgia's loveliest outdoor recreation, including golf, bicycling, and bird-watching. Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and get to know more about these gentle creatures. Cumberland Island is managed by the National Park Service, and its natural setting is in pristine condition. Little St. Simons Island is a private island available for rental - imagine having a whole island to yourself! Okefenokee Swamp Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 400,000 acres of freshwater swampland. It's both a wildlife refuge and a National Wilderness Area. The peat bog gives the waters its brownish coloring, and the Suwannee River runs the swamps waters into the Gulf of Mexico almost 300 miles away. There are a variety of habitats in the Swamp, including blackgum forests, prairie, and swamp islands. http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee/ Columbus, GA Lauded as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance, Columbus, Georgia, is also a fascinating place to visit. Coca-Cola was invented here, and visitors can learn all about it at the Dr. John S. Pemberton Home - he happens to have been the inventor. Civil War buffs won't want to miss out on seeing the Confederate navy ships and the Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's home "Little White House," the Columbus Museum, and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center are all here in this coastal town. Visit http://www.visitcolumbusga.com/ Callaway Gardens Located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Callaway Gardens is a premier family resort offering a variety of activities that celebrate the environment. Admission includes access to nature trails, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, the Day Butterfly Center, the Overlook Garden, Mr. Cason's Vegetable Garden, Discovery Bicycle Trail, Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Pioneer Log Cabin, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, and Sibley Horticultural Center. For more information, visit http://www.callawaygardens.com/ Augusta National/The Masters Augusta, Georgia, is home to the Masters Tournament of golf, held each April at the Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta is also the home of many exciting Georgia attractions, including the Cotton Exchange, Fort Discovery, and the Morris Museum of Art. For information on the

Masters, go to http://www.masters.org/en_US/index.html, and for information on visiting Augusta, go to http://www.augustaga.org/

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