In addition to my two young boys, I have two bonus-kiddos who are 17 and 19. As we prepare to send the youngest to UGA this fall to be with his sister, Sue Rodman’s article The Lie of 18 Summers rings true. Don’t let another summer go by without taking some risks and exploring more of Georgia. Here are 11 memory makers for you and your tweens and teens.
Victory Tour with Atlanta Movie Tours. Any Hunger Games fan in your household?? The Victory Tour of Atlanta shuttles you to the areas of town where filming took place for Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1. The tour guides are phenomenal, sharing all the latest Y’allywood tidbits. See more details about our tour here: 365atlantafamily.com/HungerGamesTour
Historic Banning Mills. The world’s largest canopy line tour! What’s not to love about that. Make a weekend of it by staying in one of the Treehouse Cottages. There is also a climbing wall, GPS Adventure Challenge, Power Free Fall and more.
Six Flags Over Georgia. You’ve probably taken your kiddos to Six Flags well before their teen years, but it’s time to go again. The experience is completely different when your children reach the age that allows them to experience the park in its entirety – monster coasters and all.
Overnight Wilderness Camping at Okefenokee. One, two, three and four night paddle trips through the backwaters of Okefenokee leave you with views of alligators, herons, bears and cypress forests. Travel 7-12 miles each day, camping at one of seven overnight shelters in the swamp’s interior.
Caving at Cloudland Canyon. Georgia Girl Guides offer multiple tours into the caves of Cloudland Canyon. Enjoy 1-, 2- or 4-hour cave tours. Be prepared to get muddy, climb around on your knees and come out a changed person.
Durhamtown Plantation. Rent dirt bikes, ATVs and Side x Sides for a full or half day of adventure over 14 tracks and 150 miles of trails. No gear? No problem. Safety gear is included with every rental. Lodging, RV and tent camping sites are available, as well as Bev’s Kitchen for dining.
Eddie’s Attic. Eddie’s Attic is an intimate live music venue featuring local and nationally known musicians. Georgia-grown talents like John Mayer, Sugarland and Shawn Mullins performed at Eddie’s well before they were nationally famous. Unless indicated, Eddie’s Attic is an Under 21 venue, allowing you to unwind with your kids in a mature but safe environment.
Len Foote Hike Inn. Hike five miles into the Inn, with gorgeous views and inescapable peace. Dine communally with other hikers, tour the grounds, check out the composting worms…and then stay in the unique bunk house. It’s an unforgettable family experience. Read more about our Hike Inn stay here: 365atlantafamily.com/LenFoote
Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile, 12-turn racing course, home to the Petit Le Mans and AMA Motorcycle racing. Other events throughout the year include amateur sports car racing, driving schools, motorcycle races and more. It’s recognized as one of the world’s best road courses by Car and Driver, and an incredible experience for your moto-minded teen.
Snorkel at Georgia Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is the only place in the world where you are guaranteed to dive or swim with whale sharks, manta rays and more. Not everyone has a diving certificate, but that isn’t necessary for a fun in the water. Suit up and snorkel with the gentle giants.
The Painted Pin. The Painted Pin is an upscale bar, bowling and entertainment location in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle. 20 full service lanes along with iconic games, great cuisine live music on Wed-Sun makes it a fun scene and a very popular spot. All ages are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays and all games (aside from bowling) are free. Enjoy pingpong, bocce, shuffleboard tables, oversized pop-a-shots, skee, Southern Skittles, giant jenga, ring toss and more.