The start of the school year is right around the corner. Stores are replacing their beach towels and bathing suits with pencils and notebooks. We’ll slowly begin the transition of summer camps, pool parties, and midday park trips to homework, soccer practice, and dance recitals. But just because the school year is on its way in, doesn’t mean you have to forgo the rest of the summer! There’s still time to plan some fun vacations and day trips around our beautiful state.
From the wooded adventures in West Georgia to the sunny coastal lakes and family fun to the East, our state has a wide variety of fun no matter what you’re thinking of doing this summer! If you’re more of an adventurous family, plan a hiking trip! If you’re more of the mellow family, then plan a staycation and pack a picnic at your nearest park. Whatever you plan to do this summer, we’re sure it’ll be a blast!
But if your well of ideas is running dry, here are some family-friendly trips to plan before the start of the school year.
1. Plan a hike
No matter where you live in Georgia there are beautiful hiking trips to take. If you’re near Savannah try going on a hike through McQueens Trail or Skidaway Island State Park! There are countless outdoor and scenic trails you can take the family on this summer. Check out Visit Savannah for a full list of hikes to take with friends and family.
2. Pack a picnic at your nearest park
Is there a park nearby that you’ve always wanted to take the family to but haven’t gotten around to it? Well here’s your invitation to plan that picnic! Pack an ice chest and bring the juice boxes and sandwiches. Invite others to join in on the fun and celebrate the last weeks of summer with those you love most.
3. Take the kiddos to a plant nursery
If you’re stumped on things to do with the kids as the summer winds down, take them to your nearest plant nursery and let them take home a plant! It’ll be a lesson in taking care of a living thing as well as a refreshing change of pace for you and the kids. Show them around the nursery, explain what native plants are and what are exotic plants. It can be a mini-science field trip to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
4. Plan a trip to your local library
If the weather isn’t agreeing with you, or if you want to prepare the kids for the year ahead, take them to the library and let them check out some books! Many local libraries have weekly and monthly events during the summer for children, check your local library’s event calendar to see what they have upcoming and plan a day with your kids!
5. Go to a zoo or animal sanctuary
Take a road trip to a zoo or animal sanctuary! One of Georgia’s favorites is Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove. Get a group together for an educational tour of their facility. Or just pop on over and take a self-guided tour of the sanctuary.