Six Family-Friendly Activities for Father’s Day

Dads like to have fun too!  Check out these family-friendly events for Father’s Day weekend.

DSC_0094 (3)Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta. Isn’t dad your Superhero?  Come dressed as your favorite character on Superhero Day and enjoy activities, games and cartoon screenings. June 14, 12N- 4pm.

 

 

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. Try stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, geocaching and more during “Get Outside Georgia Day.” June 14, 10 am to 3 pm.

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah. Experience the lives of soldiers stationed here during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War at this Father’s Day program. June 14-15, includes the daily cannon firings at 11 am and 2 pm.

gorilla_ozzie_ZA_smallZoo Atlanta, Atlanta. Free admission to Dad on Father’s Day with purchase of any full-price child’s (ages 3 to 11) or adult’s general admission ticket. Celebrate Ozzie the gorilla’s birthday at 10:30 am. June 15.

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Braves Country 5K, Atlanta. Includes a One Mile Fun Run (7 & older, open to adults) and Kilometer Kids Dash (6 & younger). 5K ends inside Turner Field. Each 5K registration includes a ticket to that evenings match-up against the Los Angeles Angels and a limited edition baseball tee. Advanced registration required.  June 14, 7:30 am.

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn. Full Moon Hike on the darkened West Rim Trail. Watch the sun set on the west side the canyon, hike to the east side, then watch the moon rise. Ages 10 and up, advanced reservations required. June 13, 8 pm to 11 pm. 

 

Katherine writer_18Katherine Mikkelson is a freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys travel and food and writes about both on her blog StateEats.com, highlighting iconic food from our 50 states.    

 

 

11 Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day in Georgia

Roswell Remembers Ceremony

Roswell Remembers Ceremony

Remember our fallen heroes at these Memorial Day events:

May 24th: Augusta Choral Society Memorial Day Concert at Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta

May 24th: Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill

May 24th-25th: Memorial Day Mayhem at Little Ocmulgee State Park in Helena

May 24th-25th: Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha

May 24th-26th: Memorial Day Observance at Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville

May 25th-26th: Memorial Day Celebration at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel

May 26th: Madison’s Memorial Day Ceremony & Ride For America in downtown Madison

May 26th: Memorial Day Celebration in downtown Senoia

May 26th: Roswell Remembers Ceremony in downtown Roswell

May 26th: Miles of Hope Memorial Day Ride in Cedartown

May 26th: Memorial Day Ceremony in Woodstock

Favorite Food Finds in Atlanta

As I quickly learned upon my relocation to Atlanta, the food scene in Atlanta is outstanding. There is no shortage of restaurants to try at all price points. Before, during and after my recent move, the one thing I kept asking for was restaurant recommendations. I shouldn’t have been surprised that so many people were willing to share their favorites!

As with every list of this nature, it’s all subjective. Here are a few that have become instant favorites.

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Parish

Billed as a restaurant, market, deli and community haven, it’s a perfect description. There’s a deli vibe with community tables downstairs and upstairs is a cool lofty place. The prices are reasonable and Parish offers two outside patio areas to enjoy the Atlanta weather with your meal.

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Fat Matt’s

Seating is first come, first served so be prepared to wait a few minutes if you arrive at a peak time. The space is small but the taste is big. I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich. Make sure to leave room for a side of Rum baked beans or macaroni salad.

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Antico Pizza Napoletana

When people say you are sitting in the kitchen, they aren’t kidding. Seating is communal, at benches and it can get packed, so be prepared for people to eye your table while you are eating. Antico allows you to bring your own alcohol making the price of a “beer and pizza” night relatively inexpensive.

lorisusslebonanniLori Sussle Bonanni spent her career in New York City and relocated to Atlanta in December 2013. Lori loves immersing herself in local culture and going off the beaten path. She is excited to explore all that Atlanta and Georgia have to offer. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialization in Advertising and Public Relations from Rowan University. Say hi to Lori @smplythreecents on Twitter or visit her blog, simplythreecents.com.

 

We Asked, You Answered: State Parks

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by John Creek.

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by John Creek.

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are the perfect for a picnic lunch,  frisbee match, first date, birthday party and, well, just about anything else you can think of! We asked our Explore Georgia Facebook fans which Georgia State Park was their favorite – here are their top 5 answers!

  1. Vogel State Park in Blairsville
  2. Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn
  3. Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville
  4. Unicoi State Park in Helen
  5. Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City

See all of our fan responses here.

Featured Answers:

5 4 3 2 1

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10 Must-Dos in Georgia’s Magnolia Midlands

Vidalia Onion Museum

The Vidalia Onion Museum, Vidalia, Georgia

1. Get your sweet onion fix in Vidalia: Explore the history of “America’s favorite onion” at the Vidalia Onion Museum. Adults can discover the economic impact of this famous Georgia vegetable, while children can learn to sort onions and even color their own picture of Vidalia’s mascot, Yumion the Onion. Don’t forget to pick up a bag of onions during the Vidalia onion season (April through July).

2. Experience “Southern Fusion” dining in Lyons: What began as the first movie theatre in Lyons, Georgia, is now home to Elements Bistro & Grill, a unique fine dining experience in the middle of small-town South Georgia. The menu is full of mouth-watering dishes, but I highly suggest that you order the buffalo quail. Your taste buds will thank you.

3. Buy local in Statesboro: Like fresh produce? Then you’ll love the Mainstreet Farmers Market in Statesboro! Open every Saturday from early April to the end of November, this market is the place for fresh local fruit and vegetables, meats and dairy, preserves and baked goods. Be sure to stop by the Garden Table, where you can watch local chefs prepare dishes made with produce from the market.

Little Ocmulgee State Park

Little Ocmulgee State Park, Helena, Georgia

4. Go just around the riverbend in Uvalda: Experience not one, not two but three rivers when you visit the Magnolia Midlands. Kayak or canoe along the Oconee, Ocmulgee and Altamaha rivers with the help of Three Rivers Outdoors, Inc. They can help you plan any river trip – whether you want it to last two hours or two weeks!

5. Spend the night in a barn loft in Brooklet: On the hunt for an authentic farm experience? Look no further than Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet. Feed the animals, collect eggs, swing on the front porch and spend an evening in a comfortable barn loft when you visit this family-owned and -operated farm.

6. Get a green thumb in Metter: With its cascading waterfalls, shimmering streams, flowering plants and quiet paths, it’s no wonder that people often visit Guido Gardens to find peace. Guided tours of the gardens are offered Monday through Friday, and admission is always free!

7. Discover natural wonders in Douglas: Located within Georgia’s sandy, coastal plains, the Broxton Rocks offer more than 500 species of rare plant life, cave-like crevices and a roaring waterfall. Keep your eyes peeled for unique wildlife, including flying squirrels, the threatened indigo snake and gopher tortoise.

8. Sip wine at sunset in StatesboroDoes the idea of sipping a delicious glass of Muscadine wine as the sun sets over rural Georgia appeal to you? If you said yes, then you need to plan a trip to Meinhardt Vineyards in Statesboro. Whether you prefer red or white, Meinhardt has a wine to suit all tastes. My personal favorite? The peach Muscadine — it tastes like Georgia in a bottle!

9. Fly high in DouglasVisit the site where 10,000 young men learned how to fly in the PT-17 Stearman at the WWII Flight Training Museum in Douglas. It’s the most intact, complete and original school left in the United States with 13 original buildings still standing, including one that houses the WWII Flight Training Museum, which tells the important and often unknown story of wartime aircrew training.

10. Feed the animals in Nicholls: Kids (and adults) will love the opportunity to feed the animals at General Coffee State Park’s Heritage Farm. Animals on the property include sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys and more! Insider tip: Be sure to buy some farm-fresh eggs while you’re at the park.

Photo Credit: Photojenik Photography

Photo Credit: Photojenik Photography

Lauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!