Springtime in Georgia marks the beginning of beautiful flower blooms, warm afternoons outdoors and popular spring celebrations. Georgia’s scenic beauty, nationally known attractions, and beautiful coast offers an array of vacation opportunities for everyone.
Georgia in Spring!
Spring in Georgia brings blooming flowers, warmer days and festivals of all kinds. It’s time to start planning spring break and other weekend getaways around the Peach State. There’s something to offer every interest!
Overlooking beautiful Vogel State Park, Blood Mountain offers the best in hiking as you can truly immerse yourself in the Appalachian nature. There is a 2.5-mile hike to the top of beautiful Blood Mountain which is lush and green during spring. Hikers can enjoy the serene nature as they make their way up to the top and experience the gorgeous view.
Spring Celebration at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain features special activities and events for families and friends to share against the backdrop of Callaway Gardens’ dazzling display of twenty thousand colorful native blooms. But Callaway Gardens is more than just flowers, providing amenities such as golf, outdoor adventures, a beautiful sandy lakeside beach, and so much more. There is a lodge and spa located at the garden as well as cottages and an inn.
St. Simons Island is a postcard-worthy vacation stop that has been a family favorite for decades. The island’s sandy beaches, natural beauty and rich history offers a wide variety of activities that will create lasting memories for family and friends. St. Simons offers local shopping and dining as well as all the beautiful scenery the southern coast has to offer.
Georgia’s Lake Country boasts a number of lakes, including Oconee and Sinclair. Closer to Atlanta, Allatoona and Lanier welcome boaters and fishermen. Lakes Burton, Rabun, Hartwell and Blackshear are also worth exploring.
The Peach State has a thriving scene for craft beverages as new breweries and distilleries are opening every year in every corner of the state. No matter where you go, plan on having a designated driver.
Plan a road trip
What’s a better time to start planning a getaway by car? Decide what you want to see, whether it be coast or mountains, cities or small towns. Follow the charming historic towns of the Antebellum Trail or the coastal communities from Richmond Hill to Darien along US-17. Bring your own car, or hire a campervan from Scamper Van or Escape Campervans, which allows you to sleep in your wheels at one of the state’s many campgrounds.
Hunt for murals
Looking for colorful walls to photograph? You’re in luck. Atlanta has hundreds of murals in every corner of the city, especially around Cabbagetown and Old Fourth Ward. Savannah also has its own, usually commissioned by art galleries and non-profits to beautify their buildings.
Macon also has upped its game in terms of public art, with murals, sculptures and Little Free Libraries around town. Don’t miss the mural in Dublin, which honors the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Attend a spring festival
Just as daffodils, dogwoods and azaleas flourish in the spring in Georgia, so do outdoor arts festivals and music festivals. Pick any city, and you’ll likely find a spring festival to enjoy! Just a sampling of festivals include:
International Cherry Blossom Festival – The International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon is a perennial favorite, held in March, that features art exhibitions, rides and performances.
Savannah Music Festival – Savannah Music Festival in March and April is the state’s largest, featuring artists from all genres, including classical, jazz, folk, country, and rock.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival – The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is held every April in Piedmont Park and features a juried art competition, arts and craft vendors, performances, and food and drink. It’s Atlanta’s oldest outdoor event and features views of the skyline framed by blooming trees and flowers.
Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival – The Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson brings in big-name acts every May.
Food Festivals – Attend one of Georgia’s spring food festivals to sample a huge menu of options. A few choices include:
- Vidalia Onion Festival
- Woodbine Crawfish Festival
- Georgia Strawberry Festival
- Taste of Richland & Market
- Taste of Alpharetta
- Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
- Georgia Blueberry Festival
- North Georgia Highlands Seafood & Wine Festival
Beaches or mountains, museums or hikes, Georgia is bursting with spring break adventures for the entire family! Feel like spending your spring break in the mountains or taking in the waterfalls? Or maybe you prefer to enjoy it via horseback?
From charming cities to lakeside resorts, Georgia has prefect spring break vacation ideas for everyone and every interest.