Quick spring break destinations for the last few days of break

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Gainesville
Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Gainesville Photo courtesy of atlantabg.org


Photo courtesy of georgiaaquarium.org
Photo courtesy of georgiaaquarium.org


Spring break’s end is right around the corner, but if you don’t have plans yet, it’s not too late. There are many places to spend spring break close to home and that won’t cost a fortune.

If you are unable to go out of town for a week of vacation, why not stay here and have fun?

Some of the closest staycation locations are:

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville location, complete with a visitor center, outdoor gardens, a model train garden, and an amphitheater.  Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville. Cost is $8 for adults. www.atlantabg.org/visit/gainesville. 404-888-4760.

You could also visit the Chattahoochee Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course. Call for cost, daily hours or to schedule a tee time. 301 Tommy Aaron Drive, Gainesville. www.gainesville.org/chattahoochee-golf-course. 770-532-0066.

Pick a local, state or national park and take a hike or have a picnic.

Some nearby parks include:

Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 280 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville

Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Reservations are required for fishing. There are cottages available to spend the night. Prices start at $165/night. http://gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods.

There is a $5 parking fee for state parks.

Visit http://gastateparks.org for more information as well as other parks in the area.

Take a day trip and drive to Cleveland or Helen and visit local attractions such as: 

Babyland General, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 300 N.O.K. Drive, Cleveland. Admission is free. www.babylandgeneral.com. 706-865-2171.

North Georgia Zoo & Farm, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland. Cost is $8. www.northgeorgiazoo.com. 706-348-7279. The zoo is also hosting a special event “Bouncing Babies,” with celebrating spring with the addition of baby animals to the zoo March 19-20.

Some Atlanta area staycation ideas are:

The Georgia Aquarium is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW,  Atlanta. Online cost is $31.16. You can get discounted prices after 4 p.m. for only $24.95. At the door cost is $38.95. www.georgiaaquarium.org. 404.581.4000.

Skyview Atlanta, open noon to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday. It is located at 168 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. Cost is $13.50 per person or $50.00 for a VIP gondola with a glass bottom and leather seats, and seats up to 5 people, and is perfect for a date night.  www.skyviewatlanta.com. 678-949-9023.

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens Atlanta location is another option. The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Cost is $18.95. http://atlantabg.org. 404-876-5859. The gardens are hosting a special event now through April 10 called Orchid Days. There are also several optional classes  offered for a nominal fee.

While you’re in Atlanta, why not take in a show at The Tabernacle, Center Stage or Buckhead Theater. Visit www.ticketmaster.com to find events happening during spring break.

More staycations close to Atlanta

Six Flags over Georgia will be open weekends during spring break 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Six Flags is located at 275 Riverside Parkway SW,  Austell. Cost is $44.99 plus $20.00 parking. www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

Stone Mountain Park also has a lot to offer.  Some of the attractions include the Summit Skyride, Rio 4D movie, Scenic Railroad, Geyser Towers, The Great Barn, Skyhike and Ride The Ducks. They even have hiking, camping, hotel accommodations, and an 18-hole golf course. Times vary by day. Please check the website for daily hours and open attractions. A daily parking pass costs $15.00, the attractions are an added cost. www.stonemountainpark.com.

There are many options for stay at home spring break destinations. Choose the ones that are best for you and enjoy your spring break.

  • Michelle is a Junior at UNG working toward her Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Communications/Journalism, Business, and Social Science.

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