Weekend Itinerary: Callaway Gardens with Kids

callaway with kids

Spring and summer at Callaway Gardens are beautiful, with gorgeous flowers, beach fun, and plenty of indoor escapes to beat the heat. Here is where to stay, play, and eat at this Pine Mountain escape.


The Southern Pine Cottages perfectly adheres to family needs, with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a roomy living space. We especially love the screened in back patio and charcoal grill, and the fireplace is cozy in winter months.

Additional overnight options in Callaway Gardens include Mountain Creek Inn, Mountain Creek Villas, or The Lodge and Spa at Callaway. The cabins at nearby FDR State Park are spacious, as well. 2015-04-11 11.15.46


Rent bikes and ride (or hike) through the gardens. We were there recently, during peak azalea season, and the color danced from pink to white to red to orange as we walked along the trails. Don’t miss the hydrangea garden during summer, too.

Our recent visit introduced us to the Horticultural Center, where we spent several hours. We relaxed on the outdoor swings, followed the boys through the children’s trail, and walked over the waterfall. The boys saw bananas, orchids, cactus and more. And we picked up a few souvenirs at the plant sale.

We danced with the “flying colors” at the Cecil B Day Butterfly Center. Don’t miss the movie on butterflies, and the chrysalis on display, which are just as colorful as the butterflies themselves.

Don’t miss the falcon, hawk and owls at the Birds of Prey Show. The owl flew right over our heads!

This summer, head to Robin Lake Beach. The kids can swim or play on the playground. There are giant chess and checkers sets, mini golf, table tennis, and shuffleboard. Don’t miss the warm weather fun from, like Aqua Island, Flying High Circus, paddle boats, the waterslide, bouncy house, Trapeze Adventure, and so much more. 2015-04-11 11.18.28


We ate most of our meals in our Southern Pine Cottage. You don’t want to miss the treats around the gardens, but you can also save some dough by making your own meals.

The Country Kitchen offers three meals daily; it’s a favorite breakfast stop for our family. The pancakes are my favorite, topped with blueberries. The boys are huge fans of the French toast.

If you visit on a Friday evening, try the Classic Southern Buffet at The Plant Room Restaurant. Our family devoured the fried chicken! And the pecan pie! There is an Italian buffet on Saturdays and a breakfast buffet, as well.

Right down the road from our Southern Pine Cottage was the Rockin’ Robin Malt Shop. It’s a fun spot for the kids to grab a snack or some ice cream.

Other options include The Gardens Restaurant, The Vineyard Green, The Discovery Café, Champions Grille, and the Robin Lake Beach Pavilion & Beach Bar.

I have barely scratched the surface with all there is to do at Callaway Gardens! We recently visited with the grandparents, and it was the perfect multigenerational weekend escape. You can read about that here: 365atlantafamily/callaway

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