Feel the need to get away but want to stay close to home because of the pandemic? We get it! We've rounded up great staycation ideas near Alpharetta,Roswell, Milton. Whether you want to get away overnight or just explore a day trip close to Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton, here are places to enjoy a family staycation within a short drive of Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton. Do you have an idea to add to our guide? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank-you to Halcyon for sponsoring this staycation guide! Enjoy boutique shops, chef-driven restaurants, and events at this idyllic 135-acre gathering place located in Alpharetta. Check out Halcyon's Spring Break week events HERE.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30-acre urban oasis in the heart of Midtown. A non-profit founded in 1976, its mission is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.
1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Arabia Mountain is free to hike with a guide or on your own! As you hike, though, make sure to never step in the puddles, pools and sandy patches that appear on the rock face. These solution pits host a variety of plant species found almost nowhere else on earth – so keep an eye out as you hike!
3350 Klondike Road, Stonecrest, GA 30038
You will feel like you are at home with friends and family as you truly experience what farm life is all about. From gathering farm fresh eggs, peeking into the gardens, to the beautiful sounds of the barnyard symphony... Roosters crowing, Cows mooing while Donkeys and horses belt out some equine melodies. The farm offers many learning opportunities for groups of every size. From small family gatherings to farm-tastic field trips for schools of any size. Barnyard meet & greets to Farm To Table workshops. Come create a memory.
208 Roper Road, Canton, GA 30115
There are animals, trails, creek, teepee and other outdoor experiences. Autrey Mill is a 46-acre preserve with three miles of trails to explore.
9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Starting at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, riders take a four-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River through the North Georgia countryside. The first leg of the adventure takes riders on a one hour trip to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, nestled deep in the mountains on each state’s line. Passengers enjoy all the towns have to offer during a two-hour layover before taking the one-hour return trip through the scenic forest and back to the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
241 Depot Street Blue Ridge, GA30513
Bowling alley, arcade, billiards. Receive up to 65% off by purchasing a CertifiKID deal below.
785 Old Roswell RoadRoswell, GA 30076
This 120,000 square foot Museum opened in August 2003, and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Galleries feature contemporary Western American art, historic Western art, Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie posters, and Western illustration. Sagebrush Ranch is an interactive gallery where children of all ages can learn about art and Western America. The Museum’s Special and Temporary Exhibit Galleries hosts six to ten temporary exhibits per year.
501 N Museum Dr., Cartersville, GA 30120
A recreational facility offering beach and water sports, geocaching, treetop adventures, zip lines, beautiful gardens and historical buildings.
17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Visit metropolitan Atlanta’s largest nature center today – we are open 361 days a year! Fun community events for children, families and adults happen at CNC featuring wildlife programs, environmental education, horticulture and more! Read more about our day at Chattahoochee Nature Center HERE.
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Only a two hour drive from Alpharetta, Chattanooga offers an incredible combination of breathtaking scenic beauty, revitalized riverfront; 13-mile paved Riverwalk scattered with attractions, parks, restaurants and riverboats; outdoor adventures, rich history, numerous accommodations, restaurants to please every palate, thriving arts scene, shopping and many annual events that provide plenty of year-round fun. Chattanooga makes an easy round trip day trip or quick overnight trip.
Root for your favorite college team and live out your college football dreams at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The Hall is an engaging, immersive and family-friendly experience with something for everyone, from die-hard college football fans to occasional game-goers alike. Receive up to 29% Off plus a gift card to use in the gift shop by purchasing the CertifiKID deal below.
250 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame All Access Pass— View deal on CertifiKID
Includes $25 Gift Shop Gift Card!
Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta, presenting educational programs and exhibits designed for young children ages 0-8. The mission of Children's Museum of Atlanta is to change the world by sparking every child's imagination, sense of discovery and learning through the power of play. With learning zones consisting of bright, creative and hands-on exhibits, the Museum supports inventive play-based exploration and experiential learning focused on the whole child. Core competencies for literacy, math and science are promoted throughout all exhibits and programming in alignment with the state and national Core Performance Standards.
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
CMoA has a number of exhibits that focus on certain areas of technology and computing. These include Apollo, Supercomputing, Computer History Timeline and Byte Magazine exhibits. But, there’s so much more. CMoA has recently opened its Retro Gaming Corner, a PDP wall and will soon unveil its Enigma exhibit.
5000 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell, GA 30076
Public ice skating.
10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004
The Cumming Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art aquatic facility that opened in June 2011. We have two indoor pools -- a 50-meter competition pool and a 25-yard instructional pool -- and these are open 7 days a week to the public. The outdoor leisure pool is open during the summer, from May through September, and features a slide, a lazy river, and a play structure for children. The outdoor area also features four cabanas for birthday parties and three giant umbrellas for shade.
201 Aquatic Circle, Cumming, GA 30040
Watch planes take off and land from benches within a playground. There is also a covered picnic shelter resembling an airplane hangar.
2000 Airport Road, Atlanta, GA 30341
Travel around the world and back in time as you discover live animals, amazing places, ancient fossils, prehistoric cultures and new science discoveries. Throughout the year, new exhibits and experiences offer more to explore.
767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
Family fun is just a putt away at Roswell’s locally owned and operated Area 51's Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf!
5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell, GA 30076
Spend the day at our indoor water park! Splash around our water fort, activity pool or enjoy a ride down our lazy river. Once you dry off, you can check out some of our on-land attractions, including our Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall, Howl in one Mini Golf Course or Ten Paw Bowling Alley.
150 Tom Hall Parkway, LaGrange GA 30240
Big Creek Greenway spans nearly 20 miles, connecting Cumming, Alpharetta, and Roswell. The paved trail is currently open in two disconnected sections with a gap of a couple miles in northeast Alpharetta. Read more about biking the Greenway HERE.
The property is 292 acres and the house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. The gardens are composed of 16 gardens including 3 feature gardens – Manor House Gardens, Japanese and Waterlily Gardens. There are 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls.
1987 Gibbs Drive Ball Ground, GA 30107
Georgia Aquarium is a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Enjoy the newest exhibit, SHARKS! Predators of the Deep. In addition, gaze at the whale sharks, manta rays, beluga whales, California sea lions and common bottlenose dolphin.
225 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA
Though you may not strike it rich, in most cases the wealth is in the experience! While you can usually pan no more than a few cents worth of gold in an hour, there's always a chance of finding a stray nugget. Recreational panning for gold in most streambeds is allowed. Special permission, permits, or fees are not required when only a shovel and pan are used and no significant damage is done to the streambed. In-stream sluices and suction dredges are not allowed. Contact the Blue Ridge Ranger District office at (706) 745-6928 to determine whether the mineral rights of a stream are publicly or privately owned or if any restrictions have been placed on the stream.
Dahlonega CVB, 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Enjoy boutique shops, chef-driven restaurants, and events at this idyllic 135-acre gathering place. With the Big Creek Greenway trailhead situated at Halcyon, strolling with furry friends, biking, walking and jogging are a part of this mixed-used community. Grab your friends and family for some local food and fun.
6365 Halcyon Way, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, this Northeast Georgia village has a rich history linked to the Cherokee Indians and Indian burial mounds as well as early settlers who arrived to mine for gold and cut virgin timber for a thriving lumber industry in the early 1900s. Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. We've got shopping, camping, both rustic and luxury mountain cabins, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, mountains, theater, recreation, romantic getaways, beautiful scenery, family activities, waterfalls, museums, history, art, fishing, tubing, golf, and more. Something for every member of the family.
Helen CVB, 726 Bruckenstrasse, Helen, GA 30545
There are many spots to spend hiking out in the great outdoors in Georgia! Lace up your shoes and enjoy the trails! Pack a lunch, water, and make a day of it.
Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It's where the dream of flight becomes a reality and every flyer has a chance to earn their 'Wings'. Flyers from 3 to 103 years can experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFLY
2778 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Inc. (INK) encourages children of all ages to develop their full potential through exciting hands-on learning. INK strives, through the exhibits of our Museum, to create a unique environment in which children of all ages, abilities and experience can feel free to imagine, create and explore beyond their dreams.
999 Chestnut Street, S.E., Gainesville, GA 30501
Island Ford Park hosts three miles of hiking trails following the grand, wide-flowing Chattahoochee River in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area north of Atlanta.
8850 Roberts Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Surrounded by rural countryside and the Chattahoochee National Forest, this quiet park in northwest Georgia offers outstanding fishing on two stocked lakes. Visitors can hike along three miles of lake loop trails and relax in swings while watching for the many bluebirds that live in the park. The trailhead to the scenic 60-mile Pinhoti Trail is only a 1.6-mile hike away.
The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America's greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.
449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA
Whether you are looking for the coolest lakeside spot for day play and nightlife, a sandy area to bask in the sun, or a place to let loose and let your inner child out, LanierWorld has it all. At the Family Fun Park, enjoy Wild Waves, the South's largest wave pool, as well as Raging River, carnival rides, Bucky's Game Station and Tads Lakeside Grille. A short walk through the tunnel takes you from the Family Fun Park to Big Beach, home of the largest collection of rides, slides and dining options at LanierWorld. Across the sand and over the Boardwalk, lies Sunset Cove, THE spot on Lake Lanier for music, entertainment, dining and nightlife!
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
Legoland Discovery Center is an indoor family attraction featuring models and attractions inspired by the Lego building toys, it includes two rides, a 4D cinema, and build and play zones.
3500 Peachtree Rd. Suite G-1, Atlanta, GA 30326
Bowling, arcade games, virtual reality, laser tag, food, gravity ropes and billiards!
10700 Davis Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30009
You can rent out an entire auditorium for your group of up to 20 to socialize safely and enjoy a movie on the big screen. It’s perfect for celebrating a birthday, a family outing or just enjoying some time together with a few others.
4651 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been yours as a guest of the queen ten centuries ago. Enjoy a “hands-on” feast as the dynamic performance unfolds before you. A sweeping musical score and brilliant lights provide a fabulous backdrop for this spellbinding experience that blurs the boundary between fairy tale and spectacle!
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Nantahala Outdoor Center Roswell offers high-quality rentals for a number of water activities. Hit the 'Hooch with a tube, raft, stand up paddleboard, raft, canoe, or kayak for a relaxing trip down the river. If staying on land is more of your vibe, check out our youth and adult bikes for a spin around Azalea Park!
203 Azalea Drive, Roswell, Georgia, 30075
Noah's Ark is a 250 acre sanctuary for abused, unwanted and neglected animals. A beautiful "park like" setting with paved pathways to bring your family and enjoy an afternoon out. We have a beautiful picnic area and playground. Wear your walking shoes, pack a lunch and come spend the day with us!
712 LG Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248
The animals we exhibit here serve as ambassadors for their wild cousins and help educate on a variety of species of animals.. From reclusive reptiles to friendly farm animals to carnivores. The species here at North Georgia Zoo educate visitors and help zoo scientists protect wildlife and hoofstock around the world.
2912 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland, GA 30528
This 185-acre urban park located in Atlanta. There’s never a shortage of things to do at Piedmont Park. From splashing in the pool to running sprints around the track to taking in the sights of nature, there’s something for everyone. Make a day out of your visit and take in what the Park has to offer. There is so much green space. Bring some balls for the kids to play and a picnic to enjoy. There are also several playgrounds.
1320 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306-3440
Skyline Park has vintage amusements, games, mini golf, drinks, and food for all to enjoy.
675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308
Are looking for good old-fashioned family fun? Then put our drive thru farm tour under your “Things To Do” list! Both kids and adults will enjoy our farm filled with animals from around the globe. The 80-acre Pettit Creek Farms boasts Georgia’s largest camel herd with 21 camels and counting! You’ll be sure to have fun getting up close and personal with more than 20 different varieties of animals including camels, giraffe, kangaroos, sheep, capybara, reindeer, and more!
337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, GA 30120
Test your driving skills on world-renowned race tracks in our Simulator Lab or immerse yourself in the Porsche brand culture with a visit to our Heritage Gallery—home to an ever-changing collection of historical Porsche vehicles.
One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354
Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” is a testament to the power of man’s influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. Check website for capacity limits -- weekends can get to full capacity and parking limitations.
8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815
This volunteer-built, folk art pleasance is a must-see! In addition to the acre of flowers and greenery, there is the captivating artistry of more than 50 diminutive buildings. The structures, all crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells, odd pieces of broken glass and china, rocks, ceramic tile, cement, wire and other materials, are designed to imitate their larger counterparts.
1411 Rome Rd., Calhoun GA 30701
On Saturdays, enjoy a Farmer's Market and purchase a ticket to take a tour of Serenbe's organic farm. Learn how Serenbe Farms uses sustainable practices to grow and harvest more than 300 varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, herbs and flowers. They harvest more than 60,000 lbs of produce a year to feed the Serenbe Community! There is also boutique shopping and local dining to enjoy.
Enjoy winter tubing and ice skating during winter months. Or summer tubing, fishing and gem mining in warmer months. Scaly Mountain is around a two hour drive from Alpharetta and makes a fun day trip.
7420 Dillard Road, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775
There are dozens of rides and attractions, including soaring rollercoasters and enchanting children’s rides for families with young children, live entertainment, classic dining options, acclaimed holiday shows from around the world, and special events like Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park, there’s always something new and exciting happening in the park!
275 Riverside Parkway, SW, Austell, Georgia 30168.
Wall-to-wall aerial action trampoline indoor park.
1425 Market Blvd. Ste 100A, Roswell, GA 30076
Towering nearly 20 stories above Centennial Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled + private gondolas providing guests with breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area
168 LUCKIE STREET NW, ATLANTA, GA
Ride in restored cabooses behind antique diesel locomotives, stand next to the massive driving wheels of the locomotive that pulled passenger trains to Key West on the "railroad that went to sea," and pose on the platform of the private car once used by President Warren G. Harding. All of these adventures and more await when you visit the Southeastern Railway Museum.
3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth, GA 30096
Southern Belle Farm is a family owned 330 acre working farm. We are open seasonally for fresh produce, berry picking, peach picking, fall fun, Christmas trees, and much more!
1658 Turner Church Road, McDonough, Georgia 30252
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, showcasing ferns, magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. Park rangers lead informative hikes to these areas throughout the year.
1750 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Nestled in 3200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features family-friendly attractions, outdoor recreational activities and a variety of on-site lodging options so you can stay where you play! You also don't want to miss exciting seasonal events and entertainment sure to delight every member of the family. You can play mini golf, ride the Summit Skyride, hop aboard the train or hike the mountain - there is plenty to do all day here!
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Tellus features four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. A 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope is also located at Tellus. Eye-popping exhibits like an 80 foot-long Apatosaurus and a replica Wright flyer excite and amaze visitors of all ages. Children will have a blast conducting hands-on experiments with light, sound, magnets and more. Dazzling gems and minerals sparkle and glow alongside interactive exhibits demonstrating how the Earth moves and changes.
100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120
A sports entertainment complex that features an inclusive, high-tech golf game that everyone can enjoy. Paired with an outstanding food and beverage menu, climate-controlled hitting bays and music, every Topgolf has an energetic hum that you can feel right when you walk through the door.
10900 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta, GA
Treetop Quest’s aerial adventure park will challenge you physically and mentally as you maneuver from tree to tree through obstacles and zip-lines.
2341 Peeler Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338 or 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford, GA 30519
As the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball, the Atlanta Braves have plenty of history to share with their fans. Tours of Truist Park are offered year-round and take guests to many areas off limits during games. With artifacts and exhibits distributed throughout the ballpark, it is a definite must for any Braves or baseball fan. Stops include: Xfinity Rooftop, Press Box, Hank Aaron Terrace, INFINITI Club, Monument Garden, Delta SKY360° Club, Truist Club, Dugout, Coors Light Below the Chop, Terrapin Taproom, Hope & Will's Sandlot, Braves Clubhouse Store. Tours begin at the Right Field Gate and tickets must be purchased in advance online.
755 Battery Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30339
Enjoy a day trip down to Athens for some food, shopping, and walking around this quaint college town. While you are there, stop by the The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, home to a stunning range of collections, displays and trails. Also, there is the children’s garden, a 2.5-acre wonderland, teaching families about nature in a fun and interactive way with garden plots and edible plants, a tree-house, fossil wall, granite map of Georgia and more. Extra bonus -- its a free garden.
2450 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The park’s 22 acre lake is open to non-motorized boats, and during summer, visitors can cool off at the mountain-view beach.
405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
Wild Animal Safari has over 65 different animal species, adding up to over 650 animals! You will get to see these animals upclose from the comfort and safety of your vehicle or one of ours. You'll see lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes and more. Our websites have more information about what animals each animal park features.
1300 Oak Grove Road, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Experience the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 133-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 historic artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience, take a photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe.
World of Coca-Cola, is also offering a VIP experience, "Coke Insider Journey," read more HERE.
121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Come meet our animals. We are the home to numerous native wildlife that cannot survive in the wild as well as some exotics. Enjoy a walk while you learn and have fun.
4525 US Highway 78, Lilburn, Georgia 30047
The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians.
800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Please note: There may be travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic. Please check with local and state governments before traveling. Also, while we are doing our best to update closures and cancellations, please make sure to double-check with the attraction before heading out!
Thank-you to Halcyon for sponsoring this staycation guide! Enjoy boutique shops, chef-driven restaurants, and events at this idyllic 135-acre gathering place located in Alpharetta. Check out Halcyon's Spring Break week events HERE.
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