Virginia Hand Callaway (1900-1995), co-founder of what was originally called Ida Cason 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 your tour of Callaway Resort & Gardens.
In the main lobby, an information area with a knowledgeable staff and interactive kiosks provides an overview of the Gardens’ past and present. The Discovery Center also houses an auditorium, art exhibits, an education wing featuring our Crawleseum, and the Discovery Gift Shop. Outside is the MEGA BUGS Exhibit, TreeTop Adventure Zip Lines, Vaughn-Jordan Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden, the Discovery Café, and the Discovery Amphitheater, where you can experience our Free-Flighted Birds of Prey Shows.
Featuring more than 28 scenes, and over 73 larger-than-life insects, we proudly introduce MEGABUGS! Our outdoor adventure encounters are an immersive and interactive area for ‘bugologists’ of any age to explore.Learn More
With ten zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet in length, and other high-flying challenges deftly woven into the natural forest, TreeTop Adventure will take your love of nature to new heights.
Experience one of Callaway Gardens’ most talked about activities, featuring magnificent creatures demonstrating their strength and speed.
Rental bikes and equipment are available daily, based on availability, at the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, and seasonally at the Beach Bike Barn.
This charming eatery in the Callaway Discovery Center is a wonderful spot for a light lunch or snack in the Gardens. Select from a menu of tasty salads, sandwiches, desserts, and snacks.