As a southern state, winter in Georgia 2018 is sure to be a place to behold with cold permeating the air but with sunlight also there to temper it out. So even though it has its spells of bitter cold and harsh winds, the peach state does has warmer temperatures when compared to its neighbors in the North.
While there is loads to do and explore in that pleasantly warm southern atmosphere, here is a list of 10 things you can do while spending your winter in Georgia.
1. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Situated in Cartersville over a 54-acre land, this Historic site is the major site of Mississippian culture that was found intact. The site was inhabited since the year 1000 AD and has been home to Native Americans over the decades and centuries. This is one of the Georgia winter places that a history buff would love to spend time in, especially since only about nine percent of the area has been excavated and examined till now. The museum there showcases various artifacts like copper ornaments, feathers, hand-carved stone effigies of about 125 pound and more along with an international movie. This historic site will allow people to know how this early civilization survived. History lovers will be greeted with a village site, six mounds, a defensive ditch, an artifact museum and more there.
Location: 813 Indian Mound Rd SE, Cartersville, GA 30120, USA
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2. Pebble Hill Plantation
The last owner of this plantation made sure that this place would become a museum upon his death. The pebble hill plantation is a state treasure with its southern magnolias, stately architecture and longleaf pines which comes together to create a landscape which exudes beauty. You can tour the main house and its beautiful art collection, priceless antiques and voluminous library. Then you can get out to explore its huge 300 acres which consists of a log cabin school, gorgeous gardens, and a swimming pool too.
Location: 1251 US-319, Thomasville, GA 31792, USA
3. Fainting Goat Vineyards and Winery
While there are no fainting goats in here, but located in the foothills of the scenic and looming Appalachian mountains, offers up more than just the picturesque view of the mountains. You can taste four different charities of wine for just $8 or so. You should definitely try out their 1812, which is a Silver medal winner and is one of their most demanded and population wine. There also The Revere which is made with a regional grape that imbues white wine with citrus and floral notes. Wine aficionados will find that the winery hosts annual events like Winestock, a music festival like Woodstock but wine themed. There is also a Kentucky Derby Part which just can’t be missed.
Location: 201 Vineyard Way, Jasper, GA 30143, USA
4. Georgia Aquarium
Open the whole year, the Georgia aquarium is Aquaman’s kingdom with over 10 million gallons of salt and freshwater that houses animals like beluga whales, penguins, dolphins and sea otters. If here you should check out the popular Ocean Voyager exhibit. It is also the largest aquarium in the Western hemisphere and along with being the only aquarium present in North America that houses the largest fish in the world- whale sharks and manta rays. The aquarium also offers hands-on experience for its guests like the touch pools over on the Aquanaut Adventure and Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest exhibits.
Location: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
5. Seven States from Rock City
While experiencing the snow in Georgia, this is one of the best places to visit. The Rock City Gardens are situated high on top of the lookout mountains and have been opened for the public since 1932. While the gardens do offer plenty of panoramic and scenic vistas along with roadside barns, but there’s an enchanted trail there where fairyland creatures, characters from mother goose and garden gnomes wait to invite visitors and take them on a tour of never before seen Rock City. Every season, the place holds a special event called ‘Citadel of Rocks’ and it’s exactly what one might imagine from the name. During the warm winters, the garden holds an event called the Enchanted Garden of Lights where the garden comes alive with loads of different holiday scenes which are accentuated with a bevy of lights. But there’s more to be discovered here, ranging from visits by the Santa and Ice Queen to the delicious smell of hot cocoa and homemade fudge.
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6. Stone Mountain Park
Located on lush 3,200 acres of beautiful land just outside Atlanta, the Stone Mountain Park features everything from nature walks to children’s interactive attractions. There are a lot of annual events which viewers like the Yellow Daisy Festival, Country Living Fair and the Stone Mountain Christmas. The faces on the mountain feature Confederate President Jefferson Davis, along with Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. These carvings are three acres wide. You will be able to hike, take a sky ride or go on a train ride to see these carvings. For the winter visitors, there are many thrilling and fun family-friendly options like tubing, snowball shooting, and building. Do stay here for their Christmas with two million sparkling lights, a night parade, and holiday music.
Location: 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, USA
7. Birdsong Nature Center
Located in Thomasville, the Birdsong center is a great Georgia winter vacation spots. This was a plantation back in the 1800s, but it’s now a center that focuses on conservation. The land is covered with luscious pine and hardwood trees along with swamps and ponds which dot its landscape. All of it is teeming with beautiful wildlife which is accentuated by vibrant blooming flowers. Butterflies and birds flock here and with its 12 miles of scenic nature trails, this natural habit is ripe for discovery.
Location: 2106 N Meridian Rd, Thomasville, GA 31792, USA
8. Museum of Aviation
This is for those who love to fly high- it originally had just 20 aircraft on display, but today it’s the second biggest museum in the US air force. With 51 acres of land, the museum has four buildings that have 85 aircraft of historical value along with cockpits, missiles, and other aircraft related exhibits. Moreover, you can also visit the Georgia Hall of aviation, which also on the premises.
Location: 1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB, GA 31098, USA
9. The SAM Shortline
This 1949 vintage railcar is the ticket to another era. Named after the original company, called the Savannah, America and Montgomery Railroad Company, which operated the tracks in the 1880s from Savannah to Alabama. Situated in Cordele, the Shortline chugs from one little town to the other. The train route stops at various towns of different days. But each of these towns is unique and fun and offer something different to its visitors. Visitors should note that the train doesn’t always depart from Cordele as it can also depart from the boarding location of Georgia Veterans State Park.
Location: 105 9th Ave E, Cordele, GA 31015, USA
10. Stargazing at the Stephen C. Foster State Park
Looking up at the clear, dark night sky trying to locate the various constellations are just calming experiences. While nothing can beat your backyard in terms of stargazing places, the Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo does come close. Designated as a gold tier level, “International Dark Sky Park”, the place has little ambient lighting, which makes People enjoy the gorgeous views of the planets, comets, stars, and planets. It’s a must, especially if you want to get some peace.
Location: 17515 GA-177, Fargo, GA 31631, USA
Winter in Georgia is different from the one in Europe, as there is a certain warmth in the air. While the experiences are many, make sure you do not miss out on these best experiences on your next trip to Georgia with TravelTriangle.