Callaway Gardens is about an hour and a half from downtown Atlanta and a great day trip, especially during January and February when admission is free! There are no coupons or special discounts to keep track of either, just show up.
Once you are there, enjoy the beautiful Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center. Make time for the Birds of Prey show. Shows are Monday through Sunday. The 3:30 pm free flight show is a favorite of my boys. (note the outdoor show is weather permitting). Bring your bikes, or rent them on site, the Gardens has more than 10 miles of bike trails. We just enjoyed walking from the Discovery Center to the butterfly house. The boys found turtles, cool sticks, watched fish in the creek and had a great time just running around.
TreeTop Adventure Course
If you’re looking for more thrills, take in the TreeTop Adventure course. The TreeTop Adventure is a 60 – 90 minute ropes course that traverses nearly 1,500 feet horizontally and soars up to 30 feet aboe the forest floor. The course features five zip-lines ranging from 44 to 210 feet long. It also includes 19 more sections comprised of ladders, wires, logs, discs, netting and other suspended surfaces. The cost for the TreeTop Adventure is $30 per person, but you get a deal in that you don’t have to pay the additional garden admission that is required at other times during the year. Note that children must be at least 54 inches or taller to participate and there is a weight limit of 260 pounds.