Oftentimes, we tend to stick to the more touristy attractions in every state, especially when we’re welcoming out-of-towners into the mix. Yet, while the top tourist spots in Georgia are pretty darn cool, there is still so much more to see outside of the norm. There are many different attractions in Georgia that deserve recognition as being incredibly cool, and not enough people visit them. Here are a few to get you inspired.
1. Ossabaw Island
Twenty miles south of Savannah you'll find the highly underrated Ossabaw Island. As one of Georgia's largest barrier islands, Ossabaw is the perfect place for a day trip for the entire family.
2. Grand Bay Wildlife Management
At around 2600 acres of state-owned property near Valdosta, Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area is an underrated natural spot where visitors can explore the swamplands of Georgia. Walk along the raised platform through the swamp and climb the tower for beautiful, unobstructed views of the land.
3. Nacoochee Mound
While most people frequent Etowah Mounds in Georgia, there is an equally cool attraction along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in White County. Nacoochee Mound is an archaeological site brimming with state history that not only will historians love, but will also make the perfect day trip to teach the kids about their home state.
4. Old Car City
In White, Georgia there is a place where old cars go to live out their days, and it is know as Old Car City. As the world's largest known old car junkyard, you can tour the property and get a blast from the past with all the vintage automobiles nearby.
5. Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
At over 350 feet in circumference and covering 15,030 square feet, there is a Cyclorama in Atlanta that is considered to be the largest oil painting in the world.
After the 1930's, the oil painting was leveled up a notch with 3D etchings throughout. Only three significant cycloramas remain in the United States and this is one of them.
6. Berry College Campus
You might not think this college campus in Berry, Georgia is pretty darn cool however once you find out that it is the world's largest contiguous college campus, you might change your mind. Streams, woodlands, natural beauty at over 27,000 acres of space, this is one college campus worth checking out.
7. St. Mary’s Submarine Museum
The purpose of this awesome museum in St Mary's is to preserve the distinguished history of the Submarine Force. Not many people talk about this branch of the service, which is why this museum pays homage in a wonderful way.
8. Booth Western Art Museum
In Cartersville, Georgia you'll find the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the United States. If you are a big Western fan or simply want to check out a museum that doesn't get enough recognition as it should, then this is the place for you.
9. Corpsewood Manor
In Summerville, Georgia there remains what was once a chilling tale of murder and greed. The Corpsewood Manor was built by two men over 30 years ago who met their demise after being mistaken for having a fortune hidden throughout. You can still visit the remaining pieces of the home they built, but it is not for the faint of heart.
10. Cator Woolford Gardens
At the Frazer Center in Atlanta, you'll find almost 40 acres of beautifully nestled woodlands just waiting to be admired. Most people use the space for special events and weddings, yet it is known as one of the few remaining intact historic estates in Metropolitan Atlanta, and is absolutely worth a visit.
11. Fort Frederica
The reason why this fort near Sea Island is so darn cool is because it was founded in 1736 by the British settlement. While it may look small to many, this fort is what helped the British fight off an attack by the Spanish and ultimately let Georgia flourish into what it is today.
12. The Paris Market & Brocante
You'll never know what you'll find at this Savannah market, which is what makes it so darn neat. An eclectic mix of European marketplace, mixed with museum, mixed with store, mixed with cafe--this is a shopping experience you won't want to miss.
13. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta
This Atlanta "castle" is open to people of all religions and is one of the most stunning places in the state. Spend the day exploring the architecture and touching the cool carved marble, and snap a few photos of this palace in the city.