Thursday, October 27, 2016

Top 10 Places to Visit in Georgia

Besides the fact that our family is not here, we have come to love Georgia. I mean in just a day trip you can enjoy the mountains, the beach, some farm land, or a big city. J likes the fact that Georgia is so full of history and I love the water falls and beaches. The best part, most of these places are either free or very cheap.

1. Wormsloe - This was the colonial estate of Noble Jones who arrived in Savannah in 1733 with James Oglethorpe. The main structure is the oldest structure in Savannah. It is beautiful here. There are moss covered trees lining the main drive it and it breath taking. Admission is, Adults (18–61): $10.00, Seniors (62+): $9.00, Youth (6–17): $4.50, Children (under 6): $2.00.

2. Jekyll Island - Jekyll Island has many different beaches but you cannot go and not stop by Driftwood beach. You pay a $5 parking fee to get onto the island and then you park anywhere on the island that is not private property. We especially liked the part where we didn't have to find a parking meter somewhere.

3. The Rock Ranch - The Rock Ranch is a cattle ranch that was founded by the same person as Chic-fil-a, S. Truett Cathy. They raise grass-fed/grain-finished, hormone/steroid free all natural beef. They also have train rides, zip lines, jumping pillows, carousel rides, cane pole fishing, pedal boats, pony rides and an area called tiny town to visitors. Tiny town is an entire town (houses, shops, court house, church) made kid size. They have a thing called fall days where they have a different special event each weekend. The picture below is of the weekend where they had hot air balloons last fall.

4. Providence Canyon - AKA the little grand canyon around Georgia. Into hiking? This place is awesome. You can hike around the top of the canyon or go down to the bottom There is a stream that runs through the bottom. H loved walking through it. It cost $5 to park.

5. Fort Frederica- Fort Frederica is a very well preserved fort on St. Simmons island. It was constructed in 1736 by Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe to defend Georgia against Spanish attack. There are layouts of where houses used to to stand and other still standing structures. It is free to get in and park!

6. Anna Ruby Falls - Anna Ruby Falls is just north of Helen, GA. You reach the falls by a 1.2 mile paved walkway. There are 2 separate decks to view the falls from. This is (in my opinion) the most beautiful falls we have seen in Georgia. There is also a hiking trail that starts at the same point but we did not go on it. At the beginning of the trail there is a visitors center where you pay the $3 fee to see the falls.

7. Fantasy In Lights - Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens is an awesome light show. There are 8 million lights, snow on the beach, shopping, food, and christmas scenes acted out on the beach. We plan on going back every year that we are here in Georgia. I highly recommend riding the jolly trolly but you must buy your tickets early, they sell out incredibly fast. You may also drive your own vehicle through. This might be the most expensive attraction on my list at $28 per adult, $14 for ages 6-14, and free for under six, but it is well worth it.

8. Fort Pulaski - I just noticed that the park is closed due to hurricane Matthew. I hope the damage is minimal if there is any at all. This is a very well preserved fort from the Civil War. Not sure if any of this is going to change due to any damage but while we were there you could walk throughout the fort and see different areas such as where the soldiers slept, ate, had church service, and where they kept prisoners. You could also walk to the top of the fort, which had amazing views. I did not get any pictures from the top because I had a not quite 2 year old who thought she was too independent to be held and there are not railings at the top of the fort. So we didn't get to spend a whole lot of time up there.

9. Andersonville National Historic Site- This is a huge POW camp from the Civil War. 45,000 union soldiers were confined here and the conditions were so bad almost 13,000 died while in confinement. There are monuments from different states to honor those who died from the states. The cemetery is heartbreaking. There are so many blank gravestones in the cemetery and to think of that many people whose family never got confirmation of their loved ones death.

10. Benton MacKaye Trail/Fall Branch Falls- Benton MacKaye trail is a 50 mile hiking trail with Fall Branch Falls located about 1/2 a mile in. The Falls have an observation deck. for viewing but you are able to go down and wade in the creek. We did not do much more of the trail past the falls since we had H with us, but the trail is rated moderate and what we were able to do was really fun.

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