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Top 10 Staycation Ideas for South Georgia!

South Georgia is a lovely agricultural region; not always a destination stop, but often an area you’ll travel through to get to many other fun destinations. Located central to Atlanta, the beaches of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida panhandle, and Disney, if you live in or near the SouthEast and want to go “anywhere” for your summer vacation, you’ll most likely have to drive through this region while you’re on the road.

Yet there are many of us who do live here year round, or near enough that visiting some of these spots could be considered a “staycation”. And for those of you in either camp, I thought I’d put together a little travelogue of possible destinations in our neck of the woods!

With Memorial Day pretty much marking the beginning of the summer vacation season, if you’re still working on travel plans – or not working on anything elaborate because of finances or your work schedule – give some of these destinations a shot!

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Top 10 Staycation Ideas for South Georgia

The following locals are all wonderful in their own way! The Okkefenokee is on my own family’s summer bucket list, and I’ll be sure to post my thoughts…  So now, in no particular order, our

Top 10 Staycation Ideas in South Georgia!

1) Trail 37 Trail 41



Agri-tourism is alive and kicking in SW Georgia!  Read about our adventures a while back when we discovered this interesting backroads…

Since that post was written, you’ll now find a corresponding North-South corridor along Georgia Grown Trail 41.





2) State Park/Beach vacation

Fun Family VacationSouth Georgia has a number of park locations, and sometimes the BEST (or only!) vacation destination is a shore location (especially for those of you whose “Happy Place” IS the beach!).  Re-read Candy’s piece on some neat ideas and ways to keep the cost down while you’re enjoying yourself!






3) Callaway Gardens

AzaleasAh, Callaway!  Now there’s a place for year-round fun!  Wendy Bellacomo described in great detail how delightful Callaway Gardens is in the spring, but they will not be limited to just a season!  There’s lots to do year-round.  (Travel tip:  they put on a terrific show during the Christmas holidays, too!)






4) Tyson Steel Wildlife Museum

TysoneSteelHow ’bout THIS deal: hubby can stop by Tyson Steel Products, and the family can have a field trip to an amazing Natural History Museum…in the middle of, well, lots of farms!  If you’ve never been there…you HAVE to see it to believe it! I know, it doesn’t look like much on the outside, but inside…






5) Plains, GA and the boyhood farm of Jimmy Carter

PlainsPlains is a common field trip location for local school students due to the immense amount of valuable history that one can learn there, but it’s also a quiet, friendly town full of opportunities for antique shopping and picnic lunches or suppers.  Plus, it’s just down the road apiece from Americus (see below), which is a cute little destination in itself.







6) Warner Robbins Area – Museum of Aviation 

National STEM AcademyHome of the GA Aviation Hall of Fame, this place is FULL of stuff to do and to learn!  Lots going on here…check their calendar to see what’s going on when you can get there.





7) Albany, GA –



Chehaw Park, Flint RiverQuarium, All-American Fun Park, Turtle Park… We’ve had lots to share about this city!






8) Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center

If you have a child interested in STEM topics, they also have a great selection of summer camps covering robotics, 3d printing, engineering (using LEGO bricks!), and rocketry!






9) Okefenokee Swamp Park

A stunning combination of Mother Nature and history, and a National Wildlife Refuge park.






WIndsor Hotel Americus, GA

Historic Windsor Hotel – Courtesy of Pinterest



10) Americus

Historic city and home to the headquarters of Habitat for Humanity (go see their International Village!), Cafe Campesino, the Rylander Theatre, and the lovely Windsor Hotel




11) And find even more ideas on Pinterest!

We have “Travel” pins, as well as  “SouthWest GA“; and don’t forget our “Great Escapes” post for other ideas.  And if (when?) you really get desperate…do a quick search for “Staycation South,” which covers pretty much the whole region!!

Finally, please take a moment and pick up our wonderful Field Trip Guide, to use whether you’re traveling to far and distant shores, or creating your own staycation experience. It will help inject a bit of education into any destination while keeping the fun alive, so you can make the most out of your summer!

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What are your summer travel or vacation plans? Got any suggestions for us? You know the score: fill up those comments below!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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2 Responses to Top 10 Staycation Ideas for South Georgia!

  1. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle June 19, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    It is a bit far for me to come but it sounds like a place to go and enjoy and have a great break.

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    • Pat June 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

      Well, if you ever DO get this far…please let me know. I’d be happy to host you and show you around!!

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