A wonderful glass enclosed terrarium filled with jungle foliage and lots of really cool butterflies---sometimes they even land on you to explore---just a short walk around a circular enclosure, still it is a beautiful experience--they do a great job....no extra charge when staying inside the gardens...
some golden koi at the end are gorgeous as well near the waterfall----
Closed for the season, it was still a day in the high 60s and we had a good 45 minutes lying on the beach in the sun with no one else around but a few bicyclers---saw a few great blue herons in the back pond....in season there is water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding....also Aqua Island, a kiddies waterpark in shallow water---
pine mountain has a small touristy downtown area that has a number of restaurants and gift shops. a fun place to walk around when visiting callaway gardens and the other nearby attractions of pine mountain.
franklin roosevelt state park is a 8 thousand acre wild life preserve on pine mountain. the state park is located on SR 190 between pine mountain and warm springs georgia. this beautiful state park offers camping, cottages, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming. the state park has 40 miles of hiking trails and 28 miles of horse trails. also the park has two lakes for swimming and a public pool. for those interested in nature this is a great place to visit in northwest georgia. for camping and cabin reservations call 800-864-7275.
callaway gardens is a 13,000 acre park and gardens that was built by carson callaway in 1952. callaway gardens offers a beautiful golf course, seasonal gardens, and nature trails. the park has a butterfly conservatory and is famous for it's vegetable garden. callaway gardens also has the azalea bowl which is one of the best azalea gardens in the U.S. if possible i recommend visiting callaway gardens in april when the azaleas are in bloom. check their website or call to get information for when each garden is in full bloom.
We are landlocked in Hotlanta, where the handful of lakes are overcrowded in the height of the summer. Two hours away is Callaway Gardens, a great place to escape for the day to enjoy some fun in the water. There is a very large lake with a beach for keeping cool, along with a playground, miniature golf, a train ride, paddle boats to rent, bicycle trails and bicycles to rent, and acres and acres of gardens to explore. There is a butterfly house where you can see hundreds of butterflies up close. There is also a rather large vegetable garden open for touring. It is a great place to take the kids for the day.
Keep an eye out for their water skiing show and the hot air balloon celebration.
If you don't enjoy having elks, bison and the like trot out directly in front of your vehicle to bum some feed off you, I wouldn't recommend this. If you don't mind such things, read on.
This place is situated 6.78 miles from the nearext exit on I-185 and is, in my opinion, pretty expensive, at $15.95 for ages 10 to 59 and $13.95 for everybody who falls outside that range (kids 2 and under get in free). And it is *hot* in the summer, and smells like bison droppings year round.
There is a small zoo at the front of the park, which you really *should* see while here, as well as a gift shop and massively overpriced/under-delicious restaurant reminiscent of a miniature school cafeteria. And, of course, there's the drive-through safari.
One has the option of either renting a "safari jeep" or driving their own car through the "safari" section of the park. It takes quite some time to get through either way, but don't drive your own car; there's always that chance that an elk's antlers will smash into your windshield if you're not extra-careful.
This destination is, any way one looks at it, an interesting experience; the drive-through safari offers *very* close views of several species. But it's expensive and pretty harrowing.
This is a wild animal park with a drive-through trail where you can either drive your own vehicle (we did this - I do not recommend it!) or drive a rented "safari van" and see all kinds of critters. There are exotic cattle, antelopes, gazelles, zebras, buffalo, and a few lions (in cages).
There is also a walk-through area in the park. There they have a leopard, ligers (a lion/tiger cross), wolves, raccoons, an alligator, lemurs, and exotic birds.
Kids love this place!
Callaway Gardens are public gardens created by Cason Callaway and his wife Virginia. The park provides a place where one will find beauty, relaxation, inspiration, and a better understanding of the living world.
Please see the travelogue for more photos!
Closed for the season, we could walk through the area where they have the laser tag---never done this but could be fun for families.....