Unplug and actually have fun with your family
Find summer fun in LaGrange, Georgia – just about an hour south of Atlanta. A cool spot for entertainment on a hot summer day, the LaGrange Art Museum showcases the talents of world-renowned artists and now offers a new gallery for children which includes art hung at the eye-level of little ones as well as posted questions designed to engage kids and parents in dialogue about the masterpieces. Dedicated to the history of West Georgia, admission is also free to Legacy Museum on Main.
In search of true R&R, enroll little ones in the Bible Land Adventure summer camp at Explorations in Antiquity Center and relax while the children are in a boredom-busting and educational setting. Call 706-885-0363 to make a reservation; numbers are limited.
26,000-acre West Point Lake, Highland Marina is the go-to place for renting watercraft. Toodle along in a pontoon boat or create a splash with a wave runner. For rental pricing and details: www.HighlandMarina.com.
Tour Hills and Dales Estate, the 1916 Italian-inspired home of the Callaway family, opened to the public in 2004. Pick up the Earle the Squirrel Tour guidebook for the young ‘uns – a free activity booklet. Call 706-882-3242 for more information or check the website: www.HillsandDales.org.
When you get hangry (that’s when you’re so hungry you start to get angry), plenty of places abound to turn your mood around. Try Mighty Joe’s, where pizza by the slice or whole calzones are to die for and, for the healthier set, fresh salads are offered, too. Trammell’s Smokehouse Grille at Highland Marina offers outdoor waterside dining as well as an indoor option.
LaGrange’s downtown area is full of hidden gems like Stephens Exclusives, popular with teenage girls and the old-school army and sports supply store, Edelson’s Army and Sporting Goods – for the boys. The whole family will find a souvenir worth taking home at Solomon’s Department Store where traditional style mingles with the latest in clothing and shoes.
When you go:
Camp in the comfort of air-conditioned yurts at Pine Mountain RV Resort. The tent-like structures are affordable and several sleep a crowd of up to 12 people; pool and playground onsite.
The Baymont Inn and Suites offers comfortable, family-friendly lodging and an indoor pool.
Sleep at the Best Western PLUS LaFayette Garden Inn and Conference Center and spend days perfecting your tan, lounging by the best outdoor pool in the area.
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, www.LagrangeChamber.com, 706-884-8671.
Mom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.