Bear Hollow Zoo is a popular place for families to interact with Georgia’s native wildlife. Located in Memorial Park in Athens, this small wildlife trail is home to black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, owls and many other species of wild, free-living animals. Every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the exhibit hall is open to the public, featuring projects for younger visitors and live animals to see and touch. The park also features a mile-long nature trail, expansive playground equipment, a pond and a variety of settings for a picnic.
Stay nearby: Graduate Athens
Oconee Forest Park is adjacent to the University of Georgia intramural complex and is a 60-acre natural area containing walking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail, a 15-acre lake and the largest scarlet oak in Georgia.
Eat nearby: Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Stay nearby: Hotel Indigo
Washington Farms provides a fun, unique experience: picking your own strawberries straight from the field! The Farm will open for strawberry season in April and host their Super Spring Saturdays in April and May where visitors can enjoy farm activities and fun including wagon rides, a petting zoo, paintball, and more.
Eat nearby: Rachel’s Southern Style Restaurant
Stay nearby: SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Heritage Park in Watkinsville is a quiet place to take a relaxing walk on the 2.5 miles of walking trails, a challenging bike excursion on the 9.5 miles of bike trails, a ride on the 4.5 miles of equestrian trails, a family picnic or just a place to breathe in fresh country air.
Eat nearby: Traveling Hobo Café
Stay nearby: Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast
Hard Labor Creek State Park near Madison provides activities like fishing, kayaking, golfing and geocaching, and has something for everyone! Watch the little ones play in the shallow beach water while the adventurous teens set out on a kayaking adventure. Be sure to catch a moonlight movie in the park at the end of a fun-filled day!
Eat nearby: The Caboose
Stay nearby: Cottages at Hard Labor Creek State Park (pet-friendly)
The Rock Hawk Park on Lake Oconee in Eatonton is open to the public for hiking, biking, boating, camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking and hunting. This park functions as an outdoor classroom and has 15 miles of multi-use trails, plus 20 miles of biking trails. Join them on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for Trailhead Tuesdays.
Eat nearby : Bone Island Grill
Stay nearby: The Lodge on Lake Oconee
Lake Sinclair in Eatonton and Milledgeville is a popular spring break destination that offers an array of activities for the whole family. Have a thirst for adventure? Call Twin Lakes Jet Ski and Pontoon Rentals to rent a ski boat, water-skis/tow ropes, skis, slalom, knee board, or wake board! For those looking for a more relaxed experience, Oconee Outfitters offers paddle boards and kayaks to wade through the gentle waters.
Eat nearby: Jackson’s Bar and Restaurant
Stay nearby: Sunset Marina and Inn
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