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5 Top things to do in Georgia


Georgia is a southeastern US state that is known for its beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the populous city of Atlanta and for Martin Luthur King Jr (and of course peaches). Georgia has beaches, farmland, mountains, cities and charming towns, with something to offer all visitors. I spent a summer in Georgia working at a summer camp after University and wanted to share 5 of the top things to do in Georgia.

Georgia Aquarium

With over 100,000 animals in seven massive exhibits, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the world’s greatest aquariums. Besides marveling a wide variety of marine life swimming around some 8 million tons of water, you’ll have the opportunity watch incredible live shows, see a 4D movie, and even pet a few of the aquarium’s animals. Definitely prioritize visiting the Ocean Voyager tank first since this is the home of the museum’s star attraction: whale sharks.

We visited both with our campers on a day out from camp and again on one of our days off! The Aquarium is honeslty one of the most incredible I’ve ever been to in my life and I think it would be tough to find one to beat it. Kids and adults alike would love every minute they spend at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Georgia Aquarium

Blue Ridge Mountains

Only 90 miles north of Atlanta are the Blue Ridge Mountains. This beautiful region holds an important place in my heart as I spend a summer working as a camp counsellor & lifeguard at a summer camp deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

There is over 106,000 acres of national forest, 300 miles of hiking trails and 100 miles of streams and rivers! The region is jam packed full of activities from trout fishing to hiking, visiting waterfalls, tubing down rivers, shopping in small boutique towns and getting back to nature in gorgeous mountain cabins.

The Blue Ridge Mountains also feature the beginning of the famous US hike, the Appalachian Trail! This stunning mountain range stretches across many states from Georgia through to Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Blue Ridge Mountains are the perfect place for an adventure holiday with no shortage of incredible things to do and see in this beautiful region of the US.

Centennial Olympic Park

The Centennial Olympic Park is a public park in downtown Atlanta which was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Today the park sees millions of visitors every year.

One of the key features of the park are the Fountain of Rings interactive fountain which has lights and jets of water that are synchronised with music! There are 251 jets that create a beautiful water sculpture in the park. The fountain area is surrounded by flags which represent the host countries of each of the Summer Olympics which were held prior to 1996. There are also several sculptures dotted throughout the park as well as a small amphitheatre!

Helen

Whilst working over the summer at camp, I had the opportunity to visit the charming town of Helen on two separate occasions. Helen is a gorgeous town that is situated on the Chattahoochee River in Northeastern Georgia.

When visiting Helen you will be surprised to find out you are still in fact in Georgia and haven’t been miraculously transported to Bavaria, Germany. This is due to the fact that over 50 years ago Helen was transformed from a dying lumbar village into a German themed village. Today the German themed village of Helen is one of the most popular and visited towns in the state for locals and tourists alike. Helen has over 200 speciality and import shops and both the facades and interiors of most buildings and restaurants truly make you feel as if you are in Germany, with even German themed street names.

Helen is renown for its outdoor and adventure activities. We took 100-odd teen campers tubing with the Cool River Tubing company along Helen’s own natural lazy river. Tubing down the Chattahoochee River is fun, exciting and allows you to tube down on your own or tie yourself to friends or family by linking your tubes together. Helen also boasts beautiful waterfalls nearby, hiking trails in the scenic Blue Ridge mountains and countless waterways to explore.

German Themed Town Helen Georgia

National Centre for Civil and Human Rights

As the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta was a major center for the American Civil Rights movement. The best place to learn about this impact of this important era in American history is at the state-of-the-art Center for Civil and Human Rights which is located near the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium.

Created in 2014, this center’s main exhibit is called “Voice to the Voiceless” and contains many important artifacts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. Another important area to explore here is the “Rolls Down Like Water” exhibit, which explores pivotal moments in the history of the US Civil Rights movement.

A visit to the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights is definitely one of the top things to do in Georgia. I found it to be incredibly moving, informative and quite an emotional place to experience. An absolute must visit.

This post was written in collaboration with Vacations Made Easy.


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