29 Sizzling Summer Activities at Callaway Gardens Beach

You don’t have to travel hours from Atlanta to enjoy the beach. The Callaway Gardens Beach is less than two hours south of Atlanta, and has tons of activities for the very youngest traveler, to the older folks in your party. In addition, there is lots to do both in and out of the sun. Bet you didn’t know you could do all THIS on a Callaway Gardens beach trip.

Callaway Gardens Beach

29 Sizzling Summer Activities at Callaway Gardens Beach

One of the closest beaches to Atlanta for a quick weekend getaway is Callaway Gardens Beach, or Robin Lake Beach, located within Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. Bet you didn’t know you could have so much fun near the sand.

Swimming at Robin Lake Beach

The quintessential beach time activity (well that and building a sand castle). It’s free with your Callaway Gardens, Ga. admission.

Rent a Beach Chair and Umbrella or Cabana

If you don’t bring your own chairs, you can always rent a beach chair and umbrella at Robin Lake Beach. If you have little ones, or older ones, you may want to invest in a private cabana which includes a ceiling fan and two lounge chairs.

Callaway Gardens Beach Chairs

Wipe Out on Aqua Island at Callaway Beach Ga.

My kids are DYING to do one of these aqua obstacle courses. They love the show Wipe Out and this looks like the closest they’ll ever get to participating in the show. Aqua Island tickets are limited, so be sure to check early in the day so you don’t get shut out of this super fun looking activity. Each session is approximately 45 minutes.

Get More Thrills on the Xcelerator Water Slide

If Aqua Island isn’t thrilling enough for you, try the Xcelerator Water Slide. It is 177′ long, 48′ wide and nearly 40′ tall! Purchase by slide, by the hour or all day.

Callaway Garden Beach Paddle Boats

If you aren’t up for the thrill of a speed boat, try the Callaway Garden Beach Paddle Boats. But be sure you have enough pedal power to get yourself back to the dock. I always find paddle boats to be a lot more work that I anticipated.

Climb the Walls at the Callaway Beach Ga. Rock Climbing Wall

Test your climbing abilities at the rock climbing wall before you add water at Aqua Island.

Spider Jump at Callaway Gardens Ga Beach

No thank you on this one, but I’m sure my kids would find it fun. Reverse bungee jump on a trampoline.

Water Ski Tournament at Callaway Gardens Beach

Watch the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament

Kick of the start of summer on Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. In addition to watching athletes compete, there are lots of family friendly activities going on at Robin Beach including live music.

Get Out on Robin Lake: Water Ski, Wakeboard or Tube

If you’d rather do than watch, take a tube out on Callaway Lake, tubing is one of my family’s favorite summertime activities. Boats seat 10 – 11 guests, so you can even get on the water, without getting IN the water. Everything you need is provided – boat, equipment and even a driver. If you’ve never skied before, it usually takes about 15 minutes to get someone up, so factor that into your boat rental time.

Let the Kids Climb at the Children’s Playground

The Children’s Playground on the beach is free, so let the kids play, while you get up to speed on the latest People magazine.

Play Giant Chess and Checkers On the Beach

I love these over-sized sets where you have to walk around to play. Enjoy either Chess or Checkers, right on the beach.

Wi-Fi access at the Beach Pavilion

I encourage you to leave your electronics home and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Callaway Gardens Beach. If you simply cannot leave the electronics home, you’ll be glad to know you can get Wi-Fi at the Beach Pavilion.

Play a Round of Miniature Golf

What beach trip is complete without a round a mini-golf. Bring your own golf balls and save $.50 per ball.

Play a Round of Real Golf

If the real game of golf is more your style, Callaway Garden has two 18-hole golf courses, the mountain view course and the lake view course, as well the world-class Twin Oaks practice facility.

Ping Pong

My boys love a good game of ping pong. (bring your own balls and save $.25)

Channel Your Inner Cruiser and Play Shuffleboard

My oldest always associated the beach with shuffleboard. He called is Sha – presumably because that is the sound you make when you sail the shuffles down the board.

Grab a bite at the Beach Pavilion, Beach Bar or Rockin Robins Ice Cream Shop

Callaway Gardens, Georgia has 10 different restaurants on property. The Beach Pavilion is the place to go in your coverup. While the kids enjoy some chicken fingers or burgers, Mom and Dad can sneak over to the Beach Bar for an adult beverage. For a special treat, hit the 1950’s ‘esque Rockin Robins Ice Cream Shop for a delicious hand dipped cone, or splurge on a sundae any day of the week.

Grab a Blanket for Movies on the Beach

On Friday nights during the summer, spread out your towel and enjoy movies on the beach. Admission is included with your Callaway Gardens admission. Movies generally start around 9 pm.

Tap Your Sandy Toes to Music on the Beach

On Saturdays during the summer, enjoy the sweet sounds of music on Robin Beach during the summer sunset music series. For a complete line up, check the Callaway Gardens website.

Callaway Gardens Circus

See the Florida State University Flying High Circus

What’s better than the circus? A circus on the beach where you can get to know the performers and even try out some of the activities! The Florida State University Flying High Circus visits Callaway Gardens every summer and does daily free performances.

Callaway Gardens Beach Admission Price

The Callaway Gardens Beach is included with admission to Callaway Gardens, although many of the activities at the beach require an additional fee.

There are several options for visiting the Gardens that include day guests, annual passes, as well as overnight options at any of the Callaway Gardens hotels.

Callaway Gardens Hours

Callaway Gardens hours are 9 am – 6 pm for attractions and the indoor facilities. Robin Beach is open during the summer months.

Take a Break from the Callaway Gardens Beach

Take a break from the sand and sun at Callaway Gardens Beach and enjoy all the other amenities at Callaway Gardens.

Callaway Gardens Bike Trails

Bike around the Callaway Lake

Need a break from the beach at Callaway Gardens? Rent a bike (or bring your own) and hit the seven miles of paths. These paths have received a $1 million makeover in 2017.  If you’d like something a little different, rent a roadster, a two person, four wheel pedal car.

Trail Walks

Take a break from the sun and enjoy one of  seven trail walks through Callaway’s famed gardens. The trails are open 9 am until dusk and include family friendly paths that are less than a mile to almost 2 miles.

Tennis Anyone?

My husband is an avid tennis player. Callaway Gardens tennis center is located just north of the Mountain Creek Inn. They have 10 lighted courts, eight hard surface and two soft courts.

Chase Butterflies

My boys adore the Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens. Slip inside and stay still, you may have a butterfly land on you! This is a great activity when it gets too hot (or cold) outside and perfect for a rainy day.

Soar with TreeTop Adventure

Thrill seekers will definitely want to make a reservation for TreeTop Adventure. This high ropes course (there is a low one for younger adventurers too)is a combination of a challenging ropes course and moderate zip lines.

See the Birds of Prey Show

The Birds of Prey show is another favorite for our family, and a signature program at the Gardens. Learn all about the birds as you watch them fly over head. My lasting take-away – buzzards have a chemical in their urine that kills bacteria. They pee on their legs to clean them. Yup. That’s the kind of stuff you remember when you live in a house full of boys.

Rehydrate Your Sun Drenched Skin at Spa Prunifolia

Leave the kids at the beach with a babysitter and escape to Spa Prunifolia at the Lodge and Spa. I’ve only peeked at the menu here, but I am all in for a Botanical Body Melt. If you must, you can bring the kids to for a cupcake manicure.

Enjoy Seafood Dinner at the Lodge and Spa Seafood Buffet

Every Friday night, the Piedmont Dining room at the Lodge and Spa hosts a seafood buffet. Who says you have go to the ocean to enjoy good seafood.

Go Back to School

Go back to school at Callaway Gardens. From basket weaving (really, they have a class in this) to photography, Callaway has lots of interesting classes for adults. So if the kids want to hang out with friends on the beach, but that’s not your thing, check out one of the educational workshops available during your stay.

Pack Your Beach Bag

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Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman

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