Callaway Discovery Center

Virginia Hand Callaway (1900-1995), co-founder of Callaway Gardens, was passionate about connecting man with the natural world. Her legacy continues at this beautiful facility that bears her name. Nestled in a wooded environment on the edge of Mountain Creek Lake, the 35,000-square-foot facility is the logical starting point for a guest’s tour of Callaway Gardens.

In the main lobby, a staffed information desk and interactive kiosks provide an overview of the Gardens’ past and present, and a small theater features “The Story of Callaway Gardens,” a continuously playing orientation video. The Discovery Center also houses an auditorium, an exhibit hall, an education wing and the Discovery Gift Shop. Outside is the Vaughn-Jordan Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden, the Discovery Café and the Discovery Amphitheater, host to our Free-Flighted Birds of Prey Shows.