In keeping with a vibrant city like Atlanta, many staycation concepts are fast-paced and packed with adventure. For staycationers who crave a slightly slower change of pace, it might be wise to forage for some fun at one of Georgia’s beautiful garden destinations. Amble through the rows of annuals and perennials, linger a little in the greenhouse, befriend a butterfly or bumblebee along the way, and breathe in the scenic sights and enchanting aromas that surround you. To help you get started on planning your garden getaway, here are just a few destinations usedview.com has dug up:
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Daily Admission: Adults – $18.95; Children (3 to 12) – $12.95;
Children Under 3 and Garden Members – FREE
Situated in the heart of Downtown Atlanta – adjacent to the city’s famed Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is no less than a sanctuary for the senses. Comprised of a number of themed gardens – including Cascades Garden, Rock Garden, Japanese Garden, Edible Garden, Children’s Garden and more – Atlanta Botanical Garden offers something of beauty for every kind of guest. Before you go, be sure to check their website for special events and to learn what’s in bloom.
597 Barnsley Gardens Road
Adairsville, GA 30103
Daily Admission: Adults – $10; Senior Citizens – $8; Children under 12 – $5
Self Guided Garden Tours are Complimentary for Resort Guests Staying Overnight
Located just 60 miles north of Atlanta, Barnsley Gardens Resort is tucked away in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A wholly unique setting, many of the heirloom gardens that dot the landscape of the resort are set among the ruins of a historic plantation. With 90 luxury guest rooms and suites to choose from at the resort, it’s easy to plan a romantic get-away or laid-back family vacation. When not touring the gardens, guests can enjoy golf, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, and playing a wealth of lawn games like croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes, badminton and more.
17800 US Hwy 27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
General Admission for Day Guests: Adult (13-64) – $18.00; Seniors (65+) – $15; Children (6 to 12) – $9; Children (5 and younger) – FREE
*Prices may vary for special events and off-season. Gardens admission is included with overnight accommodations.
Situated on 13,000 acres in Pine Mountain – about an hour drive southwest of Atlanta, Callaway Gardens has served as “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for Southern families for the past six decades. The gardens at Callaway include the Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Overlook Azalea Garden, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, and a 4,610 acre forest preserve. Additional draws to Callaway Gardens include 685 guest rooms, spa, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, ziplining, watersports, and more.
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605
Daily Admission: FREE! Although guests are welcome to make a donation at the visitors’ desk to help support the Garden.
A unit of the University of Georgia’s Public Service & Outreach, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is truly a native treasure. Composed of a Main Conservatory with Herb & Physic Garden, Shade & Native Flora Gardens, International Garden, Heritage Garden, Flower Garden, Horticulture Greenhouses and a network of Garden trails, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a hidden gem inside a terrific North Georgia town. After whiling away an afternoon in the gardens, have fun exploring Athens’ charming downtown district and historic campus of the state’s oldest and largest institutions of higher learning.