Springtime in Georgia means warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, Braves baseball and…strawberry season! The official strawberry season can stretch from late April to July 4th in Georgia, with the best picking from May to mid June. Due to climate differences, some farms will be open before others. We highly encourage you to call a farm to confirm that they’re open before visiting.
Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Springtime in Georgia is full of blooming flowers, festival food and warm weather! We asked our Explore Georgia fans what they loved most about spring in Georgia and here are the top 5 answers!
- Flowers: Georgia turns into a floral fairyland during the spring months. Want to know when your favorite flower is going to bloom? Visit our spring blooms blog.
- Warm weather: Springtime means front porch sittin’, lake swimming and windows down weather. What could be better?
- Macon Cherry Blossom Festival: Festival attendees are treated to an extravagant display of springtime beauty in Macon. More than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees and dozens of fun and exciting events and attractions await you during this annual springtime festival. This year’s festival dates are March 21-30, 2014. For more information on this year’s festival, visit http://www.cherryblossom.com/.
- The Masters: The world’s most prestigious golf tournament takes every April at the Augusta National Golf Club. Although tickets to the event are extremely difficult to come by, practice-round tickets can be secured through a lottery system. Please visit the Masters website for more information on tickets. If you can’t get tickets to this highly sought-after sporting event, Augusta still has great attractions to keep you busy while you aren’t glued to Masters TV coverage. Start by touring the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area for some insight into Augusta’s historical importance to the state of Georgia.
- Braves Baseball: It’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, at the old ballgame! Don’t miss a chance to see the Atlanta Braves run the bases at Turner Field during the 2014 season starting April 8th at Turner Field.
“Well, where do I start. All the beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers blooming. The warm weather that I love. All the spring festivals around the state. Love all of it! ♡” - Glori Boria Longworth via Facebook
- “Dogwoods, azaleas and weather warm enough to sit on the porch on a lazy Saturday and just take in all the beauty nature has to offer!” - Gail Human via Facebook
- “I love all the beautiful colors of the azaleas, daffodils and cherry trees against the stark white of the Bradford pear and Dogwood trees. The buds of the Cherokee Roses and the mountains start turning different shades of green. Spring is my favorite season in Georgia.” - Suzan Counts Farmer via Facebook
- “I love to see the cherry blossoms trees bloom in Macon, Georgia. It lets me know that spring is definitely here.” - Kelli Hands Pierson via Facebook
- “Azaleas, warmer weather, & watching the Masters!” - Amy Hagan via Facebook
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Springtime in Georgia marks the beginning of beautiful flower blooms, warm afternoons outdoors and popular spring celebrations. Georgia’s scenic beauty, nationally known attractions and beautiful coast offers an array of vacation opportunities for college students and families.
While spring traditionally signals the flock of beach goers searching for a sunny escape, the peach state can become more than what the traveler bargained for while considering their spring vacation or weekend getaway. With enchanting floral displays, world-class golf courses, storybook like colonial history and miles of untouched beaches – Georgia has something for everyone during spring travel!
The following are just some of the many offerings that are sure to make a spring getaway a memorable one.
- International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon has been an iconic state event for 32 years, clearly stabilizing its recognition as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Festival-goers experience one of the most extravagant flower displays as more than three hundred thousand Yoshino cherry trees are bursting with pink blooms.
- Spring Celebration at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain features special activities and events for families and friends to share against the backdrop of Callaway Gardens’ twenty thousand dazzling display of colorful native blooms. But Callaway Gardens is more than just flowers, providing amenities such as golf, outdoor adventures, a beautiful sandy lakeside beach and so much more. There is a lodge and spa located at the garden as well as cottages and an inn.
- Atlanta Dogwood Festival has been an Atlanta staple for more than 75 years. With every kind of art you can image from nationally renowned sculptors, painters, photographers and jewelry makers the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the hand-made shoppers dream. There is something for everyone to enjoy with dozens of activities everyday including live music, contests, arts-and-crafts and even a walk climbing wall!
The Great Outdoors
- The Augusta Canal was once a water source for textile mills and factories that used hydro-power to operate large machinery. Today, it is an outdoor lover’s dream, with tours via boat, bike or foot. Take your own kayak to the canal head gates and paddle the seven miles down the waters calm current. This nature excursion is incredibly surreal, with an abundance of wildlife and a dirt path trail, all while heading through the heart of downtown Augusta.
- Blood Mountain offers the best in hiking as you can truly immerse yourself in the Appalachian nature. There is a two and a half mile hike to the top of beautiful Blood Mountain which is lush and green during spring. Hikers can enjoy the serene nature as they make their way up to the top and experience the gorgeous view.
- Flat Creek Lodge in Swainsboro is east Georgia’s premier hunting and fishing resort and spa. The avid outdoorsman will be one with nature as they experience an unforgettable hunting and fishing adventure at this pristine and private woodland preserve. The lodge and spa offers 12 lodge rooms, 6 two bedroom cottages and two 4 bedroom cottages. Each room at Flat Creek Lodge is built over a pond with beautiful balconies and patios where guests can enjoy stunning sunsets as they watch the ducks, swans and geese glide peacefully over the water.
Soak Up the Sun
- Tybee Island is only a few miles east of Savannah, making it the perfect vacation setting to unplug and recharge. Tybee Island offers a variety of lodging options including homes, cottages, and condos that will fit any traveler’s needs. Take a break from the textbooks and emails as you bask in the sun on Savannah’s own beach – Tybee Island.
- Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and is considered one of the most remarkable natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s known for being the perfect spot to completely disconnect from the world because of the seclusion. Cumberland Island is only accessible by ferry or private boat and has restricted motor traffic as well as limited shops and restaurants. This oasis is completely untouched! Visitors can fish, bike, kayak, hike Cumberland’s wilderness and catch a glimpse of wild hogs or horses roaming freely. Accommodations on the island consist campsites or the Greyfield Inn.
- St. Simons Island is a postcard worthy vacation stop that has been a family favorite for decades. The islands sandy beaches, natural beauty and rich history offers a wide variety of activities that will create lasting memories for family and friends. St. Simons offers local shopping and dining as well as all the beautiful scenery the southern coast has to offer.
Many spring vacation destinations can be found throughout the state as well as seasonally themed events and activities. For more Georgia travel ideas and special offers, please visit ExploreGeorgia.org.
As chosen by Sheffield Hale, President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center.
- Two-seat Privy at Smith Family Farm: The Atlanta History Center searched for years to find a true, 19th-century outhouse to add to the collection of period buildings that form the distinctive Smith Family Farm, the site of some of the History Center’s most successful craft and gardening programs for kids and families. Since no one was willing to part with their own historic outhouse, the History Center built a new one using specifications from an actual antebellum privy. Though a reconstruction, nothing shows the true impact of the lifestyle differences between Then and Now like the “necessary.” Our two-seat privy always reminds me of the seven-seat privy at Roseland Plantation in Alabama.
- Daguerreotype of Richard Peters’ House on Mitchell Street, ca.1850: The daguerreotype was the first successful form of photography and the image of Richard Peter’s house is the oldest surviving photograph ever taken of Atlanta. In 1861, the property was appraised by the city for $10,000. “A year before my marriage,” Richard Peters wrote, “I purchased from Samuel G. Jones his house and two-acre lot at the corner of Mitchell and Forsyth streets for the sum of $1,400. There we resided and there all my children were born.” I also have a crackpot idea that I’ve been peddling for the last 17 years. In essence: I claim to know who Rhett Butler was. Or at least who he was based on… Richard Peters. You can read more on my theory HERE.
- Pair of Swan Console Tables at Swan House: “Chosen with impeccable taste,” is how Swan House architect Philip T. Shutze described the Inman’s furnishing of his masterpiece. The most important objects are the pair of eighteenth-century swan console tables attributed to the English architect, Thomas Johnson. Purchased by the Inmans in Bath, England, in 1924, they may have inspired the swan motif that appears throughout the house. Shutze repeated the delicately curving cattails found in the base of the table in his design for the carved cornices above each window. The swan tables and more of Swan House play a part in the upcoming film, Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On November 22nd, the Atlanta History Center unveiled the Capitol Tours. The experience includes a guided tour through Swan House showcasing the rooms in the film and exclusive access to a behind-the-scenes exhibition. For information visit http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/swan-house-capitol-tours.
- Dave Drake Jars: In an area of South Carolina known for its exceptional clay, a slave named Dave created huge pottery pieces that he often inscribed with his name and a short verse of poetry. Dave’s simple act of literacy was illegal at a time when it was forbidden for the enslaved to read and write. Yet he countered the slavery system not by writing words of protest, but by daring to write at all. No other slave artist is known to have put his name to his work. Following emancipation, he took the last name of one of his owners, Reuben Drake, and continued to create his art until his death in the mid-1870s. Many of Dave’s astounding jars are found in America’s finest museums and two of his largest are at the Atlanta History Center in our exhibit, Southern Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South.
- Confederate States National Flag, 1864: Remember the famous scene in the movie Gone With the Wind when the camera pans back from a sea of wounded soldiers to reveal a tattered Confederate flag waving in the foreground? Well, this is that flag – sort of. This twenty-by-ten-foot Confederate national flag (not a battle flag, as shown in the movie) was flying over downtown Atlanta when the city was surrendered on September 2, 1864. Iowa soldiers took the flag home as a souvenir and it eventually ended up in the collection of Beverly M. DuBose Jr., who donated it and 7,500 other Civil War artifacts in the 1980s. It is the largest artifact in the Atlanta History Center’s collection. The Atlanta History Center is home one of the nation’s most comprehensive Civil War collections, 1,500 artifacts from which are exhibited in Turning Point: The American Civil War, along with photographs, dioramas, videos, and interactive components.
Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center in 2012, Sheffield Hale served as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and was a Partner practicing corporate law in the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Mr. Hale serves as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the University of Georgia Foundation, Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, and Fox Theatre, Inc. He is a Past Chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta History Center, and the State of Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Hale received his B.A. in History from the University of Georgia summa cum laude in 1982, and received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Virginia School Of Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER:
Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the nation’s largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and 22 acres of Historic Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail.
In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation and admission call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.
The official 2014 Georgia Travel Guide is the state’s premiere marketing resource for visitors and vacation planning. This FREE full-color, magazine-size guide provides visitors with information on Georgia’s tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. The Georgia Travel Guide is organized by nine travel regions to help you plan your visit.
To get a copy of state’s official 2014 travel guide – visit our brochure room on ExploreGeorgia.org, stop at one of our 11 Visitor Information Centers or call 1-800-VISIT GA.
- Relive the excitement of the 1939 premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on page 12
- Go to page 15 and make note of Georgia’s unique seasonal offerings
- Use the Georgia State Parks guide on page 27 to plan a year full of outdoor adventure
- Take a road trip through time with our Civil War feature on page 34
- Make plans to visit all of the featured locations on our list of “100 Inspiring, Engaging Arts & Culture Attractions” on page 10
- See fan-submitted Instagram photos & tweets about Georgia on page 49, 73, 89, 99, 111, 119, 135, 151 and 161
- Get a full list of Georgia’s festivals
- Find an attraction that fits your interests in any Georgia city
- Discover Georgia’s small towns and best kept secrets
- Use our accommodations listings to find a hotel, bed & breakfast, resort and more in any city in Georgia