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Summer Escapes & Excursions Close to Home

Need a vacation that won’t break the bank and doesn’t require air travel or a long car ride? We found a few ways to enjoy our great state and still stay close to home in the north Atlanta metro region. From spas to outdoor adventures, museums, and water parks, we found something for everyone.

Lake Lanier Islands & Margaritaville

Take a day trip to Hall County and enjoy the waterpark at Lanier Islands Margaritaville, with water slides, wave pool, zip lines, and beach area. Stay for a long weekend to take advantage of overnight packages that include meals and excursions like the Brunch Cruise or the Full Moon Package. There is live music on the beach, special events with movies on the big screen, July 4th firework extravaganzas, and great food at several restaurants on site, including Margaritaville. Dock your boat, rent an RV space, or stay at the resort to enjoy this great Lake Lanier getaway, where fun family memories are made every day.

Chateau Elan Winery & Spa

Need a grown-up escape this summer? Chateau Elan knows how to help you relax with spa treatments, fine dining, deluxe accommodations, and visits to the on-site winery and vineyard. Located in Braselton, Georgia, this top-rated, award-winning winery and resort offers great packages for Independence Day, Father’s Day, and other events throughout the year. It’s a great place for a quick retreat where you’ll feel worlds away.

Gold Mining, River Tubing, and Cabin Rentals in Dahlonega

Visit the North Georgia Mountains in Dahlonega to see the home of the first United States gold rush. It happened just a couple hours’ north of Atlanta, and mines still exist today where visitors can tour mine shafts deep inside the mountains and mine for their own gold and gems. Then, take a ride down the Chattahoochee on a river tubing adventure to cool off from all that hard work. Cabins are available for rent throughout the area, some with river access, others secluded high in the mountains. It’s a unique way to escape the city hustle and experience the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.

Waterfall Hikes in the North Georgia Mountains

Looking for a day trip that will take you far outside the sights and sounds of city life? Atlanta Trails has comprehensive lists of water fall hikes across the state, but we love their list of two-hour hikes that are short, challenging, and scenic. Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water to spend the day in the forest, following the stream uphill. Be on the lookout for wildlife, including black bears!

City Pass Atlanta

Maybe a visit to the city is just what your family needs to kill the summer boredom. With City Pass Atlanta, you can visit FIVE of Atlanta’s top attractions, all of them hand-picked and packaged together to give you maximum savings.  For just $76 for adult tickets and $62 for children, your family can visit the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola, take studio tours at CNN, visit Zoo Atlanta or the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and also choose between the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame. This is a ton of Atlanta adventure for a tiny price tag!  Each of these attractions makes a great day trip, but the savings you’ll get with City Pass is hard to beat and can occupy your family for a full week of fun.  Visit  City Pass Atlanta for all the details.

There are so many day trips, adventures, and excursions close to home in the north Atlanta metro area. We’re fortunate to live, work, and play in such a great place. We hope your summer is full of relaxation, laughter, and fun!

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