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39 Fun Things to Do in Georgia: Unforgettable Adventures Await

39 Fun Things to Do in Georgia: Unforgettable Adventures Await

Planning your next travel adventure? Look no further than Georgia, a state brimming with gems, rich history, and endless fun. From charming small towns and photogenic landscapes to fall leaf-peeping and scrumptious bites, here are 39 fun things to do in Georgia that are straight up a good time.


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1. Stroll the Storybook Town of Helen

In the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, Helen offers a taste of Bavaria with its charming biergartens and German restaurants. This family-friendly town’s main street is lined with shops, boutiques, and attractions, making it a must-visit. 

Whether you’re riding the unique alpine coaster or savoring delicious German cuisine, Helen has it. It’s a tubing hotspot during summer, but its appeal lasts all year with cozy cabin rentals, wine tastings, and stunning scenery. Don’t miss dining at Muller’s Famous Fried Cheese Cafe—Czech bread dumplings are a standout.


2. Shop the Flagship Savannah Bee Company Store

For honey lovers, the Savannah Bee Company Store is a treasure trove. Founded by Ted Dennard in 2002 to support bee conservation, the store offers everything from high-end flavored honey to luxurious body products like the awesome Royal Jelly Body Butter.

With locations in six states, it’s the perfect spot to discover raw honeycomb and other delightful bee-related items.


3. Admire the Cool Murals in Cuthbert

A scenic drive through Cuthbert leads to a picturesque town square worth exploring. Despite the rain, the stately courthouse and vibrant murals caught my eye. One mural celebrates Cuthbert’s rich jazz history and notable figures like Roosevelt “Rosie” Greer and country singer Cole Taylor. It’s a beautiful representation of the town’s heritage.


4. Go for a Paddlewheeler Boat Cruise

One of the best ways to experience Savannah is aboard the Georgia Queen with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. This 1,000-passenger paddlewheel boat offers narrated tours along the Savannah River, complete with fantastic photo opportunities. 

Opt for a brunch or lunch cruise to enjoy tasty meals, including non-alcoholic beverages. Other options include gospel, sunset, sightseeing, and dinner cruises. For the best views, head to the top deck or stay in your assigned seat for comfort. 

The typical route includes landmarks like the Waving Girl statue and the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge.


5. Camp at Lake Blackshear State Park

Lake Blackshear State Park offers one of Georgia’s best RV camping experiences. Known for its reasonable prices and stunning setting, the state park features waterfront campsites among towering trees. Enjoy excellent onsite dining, a military aircraft museum, and an 18-hole disc golf course. 

For an extra treat, rent a pontoon boat at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club and enjoy a sunset sail on the lake.


6. Attend An Awesome Fair in Perry, Georgia

Ever wished for something and had it appear out of nowhere? That happened to my youngest daughter and me on a drive from Florida to Nashville. We were reminiscing about state or local fairs when a massive billboard for the Georgia National Fair in Perry suddenly appeared. 

Without hesitation, we turned off the road and embarked on a new adventure at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. This multi-day October event was spectacular, filled with rides, games, and spirited characters. The food was irresistible—think deep-fried Twinkies, Philly steak sandwiches, candy apples, and cotton candy.

It was an unforgettable experience that brought so much joy.


7. Go to the Highest Point in Georgia

For those who love the great outdoors, Brasstown Bald is a must-visit. Standing at 4,784 feet, it’s the highest point in Georgia and offers breathtaking views and numerous outdoor activities. The observation deck provides panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

On a clear day, you can see four states: Georgia (sometimes Atlanta’s skyline), North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It’s a perfect spot for scenic views and amazing photo opportunities. The markers on site make it easy to identify the distant landscapes, adding an educational touch to your visit.


8. Tour the Tubman Museum in Macon

The Tubman Museum in Macon is the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to African American art, history, and culture. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about the rich contributions of African Americans to Georgia and the nation. 

The museum features engaging exhibits covering various topics, from the Civil Rights Movement to contemporary African American art. Each exhibit is thoughtfully curated to better understand African American history and culture. 

On my visit, I was lucky enough to catch the King of Souls—Otis Redding exhibit and loved the Untold Stories section. Don’t forget to browse the museum store, which is filled with unique treasures. Tickets are $10 for adults; the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays. 


9. Eat Authentic Cuban Food

Rum Cake Lady offers delicious Cuban eats in McCaysville and downtown Blue Ridge. Being from southern Florida, I was thrilled to find authentic Cuban cuisine here in the Georgia mountains.

My daughter and I shared a Cuban sandwich, pressed to perfection, along with croquettes and some delectable rice and beans. Everything was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced, making it a delightful dining experience. Perfecto!


10. Savannah’s Squares: The Heart of Southern Charm

Savannah’s historic squares are a must-see. As you stroll through each square, you’ll be captivated by the beautifully preserved architecture, lush greenery, and rich history. These squares are perfect for a leisurely walk and are great for snapping picturesque photos and soaking up Southern charm. 

While all 22 squares have a unique appeal, Forsyth Park, with its iconic fountain, and Chippewa Square, famous for the “Forrest Gump” bench scenes, stand out as highlights.


11. Ride Horses at Brasstown Valley Stables

Imagine riding through rolling hills and serene trails on horseback—a perfect escape from daily life. You can do just that at Brasstown Valley Stables, nestled in Young Harris in the North Georgia mountains. This equestrian experience caters to both novice and experienced riders. 

You don’t need to be an expert; well-trained horses and experienced guides ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. My adult daughter had her first horseback ride here and loved every minute. With such beautiful scenery, it’s an experience you won’t forget. Helmets and riding gear are all provided. 


12. Visit the Allman Brothers Big House

Music lovers, this one’s for you. The Allman Brothers Band, one of the most influential rock bands of the ’70s, called Macon home. Their former residence, the Big House, is now a museum dedicated to their legacy. It houses an extensive memorabilia collection, including instruments, stage outfits, and personal items. 

Walking through the rooms where the band lived and created music feels like stepping back in time. Don’t miss the guitar room, which features some of the band’s iconic instruments, and the memorabilia room, showcasing rare photos, posters, and records, offering a glimpse into the band’s storied career.


13. Visit Dahlonega’s Gold Rush Museum

Did you know Dahlonega was once home to a US Mint? The town also hosts a museum dedicated to its gold rush history. For a small admission fee, you can learn about the gold rush in the Georgia mountains and how this tiny area made a significant impact. 

The museum features a short film, exhibits with gold panning and mining tools, and more. It’s suitable for all ages and offers a unique educational experience.


14. Eat at Crab Shack on Tybee Island

Two words synonymous with Tybee Island: Crab Shack. Ask anyone who’s been there, and they’ll tell you about dining at this famous spot, likely mentioning the alligator pool as well. I can’t visit the Crab Shack without indulging in their crab legs, but any seafood dish here is a delight.

Try the crab platter with peel-and-eat shrimp, sausage, boiled potatoes, and slaw. Dip everything in drawn butter for a savory treat. With indoor and outdoor seating offering views of the marshy waterfront and wildlife, it’s perfect for photos, and there’s even a gift shop you can’t miss.


15. Go Waterfall Chasing

Georgia has numerous stunning waterfalls, each more beautiful than the last. Waterfall chasing is an exciting way to explore the state’s natural beauty. Start with Amicalola Falls, Georgia’s tallest waterfall, renowned for its cascading waters and scenic trails, perfect for a day trip. 

Then, visit Anna Ruby Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest. This breathtaking double waterfall is accessible via a short hike.


16. Eat at The National in Athens

Athens, known for its vibrant music scene, is also a foodie haven. The National, a beloved eatery, combines Mediterranean flavors with Southern charm. This restaurant prides itself on a farm-to-table approach, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to craft delicious and sustainable dishes. Plus, it has a retro vibe and creates an ambiance for a memorable dining experience. 

Must-try options include the marinated olives, three-cheese board, and grilled beef hanger steak. Save room for the strawberry Basque cake with pistachios. Oh, my, my!


17. Learn About Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island on Georgia’s coast blends natural beauty with historical charm. Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities or exploring the island’s rich history, there’s something for everyone in the family. 

Enjoy pristine beaches and lush nature trails, ideal for beachgoers and nature enthusiasts. The Historic Landmark District features beautifully preserved buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Take a guided tour to learn about the island’s fascinating past.


18. See Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is one of Georgia’s most iconic landmarks, offering various outdoor activities and attractions for all ages. The park features several hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, with the most popular leading to the summit of Stone Mountain for stunning views.

Don’t miss the Laser Show Spectacular, a nightly event featuring dazzling lights, music, and fireworks. It’s a fun and memorable way to end your visit.


19. Attend the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival

Macon transforms into a true pink paradise every spring during the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival. This annual springtime event celebrates the city’s cherry trees and offers activities for all ages, including parades, concerts, and fireworks. 

Enjoy live music, delicious food, family-friendly fun, and carnival-style rides and games. The highlight, of course, is the cherry blossoms. Stroll through downtown Macon to admire thousands (as in a couple hundred thousand) of Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom. There’s even a BloomCam to watch from wherever you are in the world. 


20. Tour the Prohibition Museum in Savannah

Step back in time and delve into the intriguing history of America’s Prohibition era at the Prohibition Museum in Savannah. This unique museum offers a captivating and educational experience for all ages. 

With interactive exhibits that bring the past to life, you’ll learn about the rise of speakeasies, the societal impacts of Prohibition, and the efforts to repeal the 18th Amendment.

Take advantage of the replica speakeasy, where you can enjoy a cocktail and live music like in the Roaring Twenties. It’s a fun and immersive way to experience history firsthand.


21. See a St. Simons Island Sunset

St. Simons Island, part of Georgia’s Golden Isles, is a serene spot to unwind and witness one of the South’s most beautiful landscapes. The King and Prince Resort offers an ideal vantage point for sunsets that paint the sky in shades of pink, orange, and gold, reminiscent of a sherbet treat.

Whether you’re strolling along the beach or relaxing at the resort, the sunsets here are sure to leave a lasting impression.


22. Tour the World of Coke in Atlanta

Step into the World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta to uncover the legendary soda line’s fascinating history and culture. This iconic museum features interactive exhibits that take you through the brand’s storied past. Learn about the origins of Coca-Cola, explore vintage advertisements, and witness the bottling process.

One of the highlights is the tasting room, where you can sample over 100 Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. The 4D Theater, with its special effects and motion seats, offers a thrilling, immersive experience for visitors of all ages.


23. Eat Your Way Through the Buford Highway

Buford Highway is a culinary treasure trove, offering a diverse array of international cuisines. From authentic Mexican tacos to mouth-watering Korean BBQ, this bustling stretch of road has something for every palate.

Must-visit spots include El Rey Del Taco for delicious Mexican fare, H Mart Food Court for Korean delights, and Nam Phuong Restaurant for flavorful Vietnamese cuisine.

For a variety of upscale Asian dishes, Food Terminal offers a dynamic menu that resembles an in-flight magazine. And don’t forget Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe, where you can indulge in fresh pastries like spring onion hot dogs, money surprise unicorn cake, and red bean buns.


24. See A Spectacular Scenic Overlook at Bell Knob Overlook

For breathtaking views of Georgia’s natural beauty, visit Bell Knob Overlook in Hiawassee. This scenic spot offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys, making it a perfect place for photography or simply soaking in the beauty of nature. 

Visit during the fall for an extra layer of beauty, as the vibrant foliage adds a stunning backdrop to the already magnificent landscape. I’m not going to kid you; the drive to get there may provoke anxiety and white knuckles, but once you are there, the views are well worth the hair-raising journey. 


25. Taste a Fried Pie at Mercier Orchards

No trip to Georgia is complete without a fried pie from Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge. Famous for their delicious fruit pies, Mercier Orchards offers flavors ranging from classic apple to adventurous options like peach, blueberry, and cherry.

Each pie is made with fresh, locally grown fruit, ensuring a burst of flavor in every bite.

Enjoy a family-friendly day at the orchards with activities like wagon rides, fresh cider tastings, and a visit to the farm store. Trust me, you’ll want to try every flavor—peach is a standout, but cherry and apple are close contenders.


26. Tour Pebble Hill Plantation

Step back in time with a visit to Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville. This historic estate offers a glimpse into the South’s past with its beautifully preserved Greek Revival mansion and expansive grounds.

Explore period furnishings, artwork, and artifacts that narrate the plantation’s rich history. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, visit the stables, and explore outbuildings like the schoolhouse and dairy.


27. See the Georgia State Capitol

The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta is a testament to the state’s history and government. With its gold dome and impressive interiors, this architectural marvel is educational and inspiring. Inside, you’ll find stunning murals, sculptures, and historical artifacts that offer a dive deep into Georgia’s past.

28. Explore Downtown St. Marys

St. Marys, a charming coastal town, offers a perfect blend of history and relaxation. Visit the St. Marys Submarine Museum and Orange Hall House Museum to uncover the town’s rich past. Enjoy the serene Waterfront Park, the departure point for ferry trips to Cumberland Island—a pristine barrier island with breathtaking natural beauty.

I spend hours browsing this darling area. 


29. Climb the Tybee Lighthouse

One of Georgia’s iconic landmarks, the Tybee Island Lighthouse, offers a rewarding climb to the top. With 178 steps, the effort is well worth it for the panoramic views of the island and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Afterward, visit the Tybee Island Museum in the former keeper’s cottage to learn about the lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage.


30. Take the Athens Music Tour

Athens isn’t just a college town; it’s a hub for music lovers. Known as the birthplace of bands like R.E.M. and the B-52s, the city boasts a rich musical heritage. Start your tour at the legendary 40 Watt Club, catching a live show to feel the energy that has shaped the music scene.

Don’t miss the Georgia Theatre, another historic venue perfect for enjoying performances by both emerging and established artists.


31. Have a Praline at River City Sweets

Indulge in a Southern treat at River City Sweets in Savannah. Their pralines are legendary, made with roasted pecans, sweet syrup, butter, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Perfect for gifts or personal indulgence, these pralines offer a decadent taste of Georgia and Louisiana culinary traditions.

Whether you want to buy or shop, stop by for a tasting night or day.


32. Drink Great Wines in Ellijay

Ellijay, known for its apples, is also becoming a hotspot for wine enthusiasts. Start your tasting tour at Cartecay Vineyards, enjoying exquisite wines and panoramic vineyard views. Next, visit Engelheim Vineyards, where friendly staff will guide you through their award-winning selections.

Finally, relax on the deck at Ott Farms and Vineyard, savoring a glass of wine while taking in the mountain scenery.


33. Eat the Best Shrimp & Grits at Jonah’s in Thomasville

Jonah’s Fish & Grits in Thomasville serves up Southern classics that are worth the trip and wait time. Their shrimp and grits, featuring fresh shrimp, creamy grits, and savory spices, have garnered rave reviews.

Jonah’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients ensures every dish is fresh and flavorful, making it a must-visit for foodies.

Take advantage of the spectacular hush puppies and pretty much anything else on the menu, which is guaranteed to be superb.


34. Have a Luxury Retreat at Lake Oconee

For a luxurious escape, look no further than Lake Oconee. This beautiful lake offers a variety of upscale accommodations and activities for a relaxing getaway. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, epitomizes luxury with elegant rooms, fine dining, and a world-class spa.

Enjoy boating, fishing, and water sports with equipment rentals like paddleboards, kayaks, and pontoon boats. Golf enthusiasts will love the championship courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee, featuring six different courses catering to all skill levels.

35. Take a Food Tour in Savannah

Savannah’s culinary scene is as rich and diverse as its history. A food tour is a fantastic way to sample the city’s best eats while learning about its culinary heritage. Savannah Taste Experience and Southern Flavors Savannah offers top-rated food tours, including stops at several eateries and insightful commentary on the dishes’ history and culture. 

My guide was entertaining and knowledgeable, ensuring we stayed hydrated and took necessary breaks. Dishes we sampled included shrimp & grits, BBQ, fried gator, sliders, cheese & honey bites, British sausage pastries, and much more. You certainly won’t leave hungry. 


36. Tour the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Sports enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. This museum celebrates the state’s rich sporting history and honors its most outstanding athletes.

Exhibits cover a wide range of sports, from football and baseball to golf and auto racing. Interactive displays and memorabilia bring Georgia’s sports legends to life. 

Don’t miss the Hall of Fame Rotunda, featuring plaques honoring the state’s top athletes, and the popular NASCAR exhibit showcasing Georgia’s contributions to auto racing.


37. See a Falcons Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium

Football fans will find watching the Atlanta Falcons play at Mercedes Benz Stadium an electrifying experience. This state-of-the-art stadium offers a fantastic atmosphere with its retractable roof, massive video board, and modern amenities.

Arrive early to explore the stadium and enjoy pre-game festivities, including the unique 360-degree halo video board and the Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

38. Have a Girls’ Getaway in Dunwoody

Dunwoody is the perfect destination for a girls’ weekend. This charming Atlanta suburb offers shopping, dining, and relaxation. Visit Perimeter Mall, one of the Southeast’s largest shopping centers, for a day of retail therapy and dining.

Unwind with a spa day at one of Dunwoody’s luxurious spas, such as The Woodhouse Day Spa or Natural Body Spa, offering treatments that will leave you pampered and rejuvenated.


39. Walk Through the Juliette Gordon Lowe House

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum in Savannah is a historic landmark dedicated to the founder of the Girl Scouts. This beautiful Regency-style house is filled with original furnishings and artifacts that provide insight into Juliette Gordon Low’s life. 

Guided tours are available and highly recommended. Knowledgeable guides bring her story to life and explain the significance of her work. Tickets run between $10 and $15, depending on your age and whether or not you are a registered Girl Scout.

Book early; these tours fill up months in advance during the summer months. 


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