Kid-Friendly Weekend Vacation Ideas

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! In fact, with winter breaks coming for some schools, and a couple of long holiday weekends coming up, now might be a good time to start looking at getting a jump on spring with a weekend getaway with the family. Lucky for you, no place has more things to do — or more kid-friendly things to do — than Callaway Resort & Gardens. Here are some ideas for activities for families in Georgia.

TreeTop Adventure & Ziplines

Wouldn’t it be nice to peel the kids off of their electronic devices, so they can actually appreciate the great outdoors? Perhaps nothing focuses the mind like climbing high up in the trees. TreeTop Adventure & Ziplines is an amazing in-air obstacle course that covers thousands of feet of forest and requires you to maneuver yourself through several zip lines, and dozens of logs, wires, ladders, discs and netting. Designed to challenge children and adults of all ages, you’re safely secured throughout the whole adventure, so there’s never an unsafe spill.

Birds of Prey Shows

No trip to Callaway Resort & Gardens is complete without attending one of the Birds of Prey Shows. Get an educational and close-up look at these amazing creatures by watching rescued owls, hawks, and other raptors as they perform demonstrations of speed, strength, and intelligence. Learn about the effects of man’s impact on these stunning animals while you appreciate them swooping overhead or resting on the glove of a raptor expert.

Bird of prey show


If you time your trip right, come out to Callaway Resort & Gardens for their annual BirdFest February 16 and 17. Included in Gardens admission and free for resort guests, it’s a chance for everyone in the community to celebrate the wonder of our feathered friends with games, activities, and crafts for kids of all ages. You can’t choose a better time of year to walk about the gardens while taking in the beauty of their natural surroundings than during BirdFest weekend.

A Natural Escape

Among all the family vacation resorts in Georgia, only Callaway Resort & Gardens features lush gardens and over 10 miles of biking and hiking trails. Rent bicycles for you and the kids and wheel about the expansive property, covering nearly all of the 2,500 acres along the 13 miles of paved pathways while you take your time to explore all the gardens and attractions you encounter along the way. Or slow down, and walk or hike through the dozens of lovely mountain trails that cover the property, each one featuring a spectacular assortment of plants and wildlife.

Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

You’ve seen the big, scary flying animals at the Birds of Prey Show. How about you check out some of the tiny, delicate kind? One of the largest tropical butterfly conservatories in North America, the Day Butterfly Center features 1,000 or more butterflies flying all around the glass-enclosed environment at any given time. Filled with tropical plants which double as butterfly food, watch these beautiful creatures as they burst from their cocoons to take flight for the first time. It’s an experience you and your kids will never forget.

With so much to do, Callaway Resort & Gardens is one of those rare destinations that you’ll have to pull your kids away from when the weekend’s over. To start planning your own family memories, make a reservation with Callaway Resort & Gardens today!


Explore All of Callaway

Beach & Water Sports

Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on Robin Lake

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TreeTop Adventure

Climb and zip through the trees on this fun forest course

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Butterfly Center

Meet over 1,000 colorful butterflies face-to-face

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Birds of Prey Shows

Discover the strength, speed, and beauty of these magnificent creatures

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Hiking & Biking Trails

Explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres by foot or by bicycle

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The Gardens

Drink in the beauty of azaleas, hydrangeas, and other woodland wonders

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Fantasy In Lights

One of National Geographic’s Top 10 Holiday Light Displays

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Summer Family Adventure

An authentic Georgia outdoor family getaway like no other

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Enjoy mouthwatering, chef-prepared cuisine at an array of restaurants

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Balloon Festival

Watch beautiful balloons aglow or enjoy your own tethered balloon ride

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Symphony on the Sand

A night beneath the stars with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

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Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard

Tournament for the greatest athletes in competitive watersports

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Some of the best lake fishing in the southeastern United States

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