Georgia is filled with well-known tourist destinations, such as the Botanical Gardens and the World of Coca-Cola. But with summer quickly approaching, many Georgians are interested in finding some new and exciting things to add to their seasonal bucket list. Since summer normally brings about a new sense of freedom and fun, we’ve come up with an incredible list, sure to lure you out of your winter funk. Check out these unforgettable things you must add to your Georgia summer bucket list.
1. Hike to a waterfall.
Georgia is brimming with beautiful, scenic hikes that just happen to end up at a waterfall. If you're looking for a bit of exercise mixed in with some natural beauty, then this should be added to your list.
2. Dance in a field of blooming sunflowers.
The Anderson Sunflower Farm in Cumming, Georgia, is a must-visit this summer. Most of the sunflowers peak around mid to late July, which give you more than enough time to see these yellow beauties in their prime.
3. Georgia Renaissance Festival
Queens, Kings, Jokers and Jesters gather every year in June for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Even if you're not a fan of cosplay, you can still have a blast catching a joust, learning to throw an axe, and chowing down on a turkey leg.
4. Catch your own dinner on Jekyll Island.
Summer often equates to relaxation, and what better way to relax than by chartering a fishing boat, cracking open a few beers, and spending the day seeing what bites on the open ocean.
5. Pack a picnic for Centennial Park.
Not only a picnic, but some tunes, a frisbee, some libations, and a few friends. Spend the day in some fresh air, soaking up the sunshine.
6. Ride the tram at Stone Mountain Park.
Stone Mountain Park offers a one-of-a-kind experience which involves riding the tram up, up, and away to the very peak of the mountaintop. Check out the sky ride for some insane views of your state.
7. Helen Balloon Festival
Normally held in the beginning of June, you can spend the evening in Helen, Georgia watching dozens of hot air balloons inflate and take flight. Bring a picnic and a blanket, and maybe even get courageous and take a tethered ride!
8. Cruise the river in Savannah
Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers dining, entertainment, and a worthwhile tour of the city all from the comfort of a moving riverboat.
9. Spend the day splashing in the water.
Hurricane Harbor is a gigantic water park that recently hit Atlanta. As part of the Six Flags park, not only can you cool down in the wave pool or slide towers, but there also are cabanas for guests and plenty of food options for the family.
10. Grab some dinner at Food Truck Park—1850 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA
In Atlanta, there is an entire park dedicated to food trucks. It's covers almost three acres, with tons of different cuisines, local fresh produce and various art vendors. During the summer, this is a great place to congregate with friends and family and snack on some delicious grub.
11. Rent a yurt for the night.
For less than $70 a night, you can rent a yurt at Stone Mountain. Bring five of your friends, and see what makes these authentic bohemian huts so darn cool.
12. Look out at Lookout Mountain.
This scenic bluff is something worth checking out this summer, if you haven't already. Break a sweat with a worthy hike and then snap some photos of the 100-foot waterfall that plummets straight down.
13. Pick a basket of fresh cherries.
Cherries are a usual staple of summer diets, and what better way to get your produce than fresh from the source. At Mercier Orchards, in Blue Ridge Georgia, you can spend the day picking some cherries, and taking those pickins' home with you.
14. Find some ghosts in Savannah.
Savannah is the ultimate place for paranormal fun. You can check out any of their comprehensive ghost tours, and find out the history behind each of the hauntings. Make sure you go at night, for an extra spooky adventure.
15. Check out a laser show.
Stone Mountain Park offers a killer laser show FOR FREE. All you need to do is pay the $15 parking fee, and you get to check out all the colors and lights reflecting against the night sky.
What do you think? Worth adding to your list, right? Let us know if you’ve been before, we’d love to hear your stories!