Atlanta Dogwood Festival | Photo courtesy of Basheer Tome via Flickr
Atlanta Dogwood Festival | Photo courtesy of Basheer Tome via Flickr

Georgia is one of those states that isn’t really seen as a tourist destination but still has a lot of interesting places to visit and festivals to experience. Families will find plenty of activities to take part in, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate!

Golfing in Georgia

Augusta is home to one of the top golf tournaments in the world — the Masters. Every year it takes place at the Augusta National Golf Club. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes if you’re going to follow along as top golf players make their way around the historic course! Outside the annual tournament, it’s a beautiful course with first class services. Budget hotels can be difficult to find nearby, but try the Sunset Inn in Augusta. If you plan on spending a lot of time on the greens, treat yourself to a stay at the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest near the golf club.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Springtime sees the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Every year in Spring, the kids get worked up to tire themselves out on swings and inflatables. The festival also organizes the Theatre for the Young where they show theatrical plays for young kids. On the weekend, the popular place to be is the Backyard Barbecue and Brews, which showcases local brews, picnic food, and southern barbecue bites. Throughout the festival you can also visit the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition that showcases the art work from local schools. It’s the perfect activity for children in Atlanta!

Family Fun

For another interesting family festival in Georgia, check out the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, held annually in April. The festival brings art to the streets and features an artists’ market, live music, as well as arts, crafts, and activity areas for children.

If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, the Treetop Quest in Dunwoody is a must visit attraction. There are a number of self-guided treetop (or a little lower) obstacle courses, graded to suit different age groups and levels of difficulty. Staff will teach you how to use the climbing and safety equipment; then you can swing through as much of the courses and zip lines to your heart’s content!

Springtime is also a beautiful time for a jaunt down to visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center near Alpharetta. They offer live music, canoe trips, and the experience of getting back in touch with nature. If you’re headed out on a rainy spring day, head to the Andretti Karting & Indoor Games where the kids can enjoy go-karts and video games for the day.

Live Music Outdoors

If you enjoy watching live music, then the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in College Park is an outdoor venue well worth the visit. You can bring your own chairs and refreshments to enjoy watching and listening to different music concerts. One of the local favorites is the evening Jazz Under the Stars event. Maybe you’ll want to leave the little ones at home for this one!

While it’s easy to visit some of the most popular attractions — especially if you haven’t been there before — sometimes it’s more interesting to beat your own path down famous destinations!

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