50+ Best Family Weekend Getaway Ideas In The Southeast

Sometimes you just need to get away. We’ve been there. That’s why we put together this list of more than 50 family weekend getaways in the Southeast.

Some of the places you may never have considered for a fun weekend getaway. Some of these places to visit you already know, but hopefully we’ll give you a few new ideas for your next long weekend.

Whether you are looking theme parks and water slides, or horseback riding and hiking trails, this list should help!

Maybe you live in the South and are looking for a fun day trip, or you’d like to travel a bit farther for weekend trips, this list is a great place to start. We’ve broken it up by state, so you can find the best weekend getaway near you. Make it a road trip or fly in.

Alabama | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia

Disconnect to Reconnect in Martin County, FL

Escape to an uncrowded paradise! Martin County boasts a beautiful natural landscape, farm to table restaurants, world-class fishing, eclectic shopping and unique cultural experiences for the entire family to enjoy.

Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County, where seemingly endless Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along the coast and include individual access strips that allow for more private spots to enjoy the surf and sand or larger, guard-protected areas like Stuart Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Sea Turtle / Jensen Beach. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of our popular next-door neighbors.

2401 S.E. Monterey Road Stuart, Stuart, Florida 34996

Explore South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

Nestled in the Upper Western section of South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, the Old 96 District is home to amazing outdoor adventures, a haven for history buffs and the location of the most remarkable attractions and places of interest. Explore more than 150 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails. Or paddleboard across one of three pristine freshwater lakes. Step back in time to relive a time in history that changed our culture and country.

Comprised of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick Counties, Three of the Five counties border Georgia!

Gatlinburg For Every Season

The mountains are calling! And they offer the best in travel every season of the year.

Visit in spring for scenic wildflower walks in the Smoky Mountains. Summer is ideal for family travel with whitewater rafting or ziplining, amazing attractions, and fantastic food.

See the leaves change in fall, when a multi-generational trip will create memories to last a lifetime. And round out the year in winter, with Tennessee’s only ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, and celebrations during WinterFest. What are you waiting for?

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Iron Kids Triathlon

There’s never been a better time to get active with the whole family because this fall, IronKids is returning to Alpharetta! IronKids Alpharetta allows children ages 6 to 15 an opportunity to test their strength with a swim, bike, and run competition.
The race is divided into age-based categories:
• Junior (ages 6-8): 50 meter swim, 2 mile bike and 500 yards run
• Intermediate (ages 9 to 11): 150 meter swim, 4 mile bike and 1 mile run
• Senior (ages 12 to 15): 300 meter swim, 8 mile bike and 2 mile run

September 15-16, 2018
Saturday expo and bike drop off: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Race Day: 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Wills Park Pool, 1815 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, Georgia

Seasonal Family Fun in Beech Mountain, NC

Quality time with the family is the focus at Beech Mountain

The town of Beech Mountain, located in the NC mountains has much to offer guests in any season. Beech is probably best known for winter past times like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and tubing. In spring the mountains come back to life and hiking and mountain biking are favorite activities. Summer is highlighted by June Family Fun Month, an event that brings families closer together via a daily schedule of activities and adventures, paired with lodging specials throughout the month. Fall the mountains dress up in their finest colors for an amazing display. No matter the season, plan a trip to Beech Mountain.

403-A Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC, North Carolina 28604
Special Offer: Stay two nights, get third night free or 20% off a two-night stay

Thomasville, Ga.: A True Southern Town with Big City Fun

We’re going to let you in on a little secret – Thomasville, Ga. The Rose City is just 3.5 hours south of Atlanta. Known for it’s warmth and hospitality, Thomasville has all the charm of a small Southern town, with the sophistication of a big city.

There are so many amazing options for things to do, you might want to take a long weekend. Hunt quail. Delve into history. Shop. Hit the links, or just lose yourself at the Metta Day Spa.

And don’t get us started about the food. This small town in South Georgia is home to a world-renowned dairy and cheese shop (Sweet Grass Dairy), plus a vineyard (Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards Tasting Room) with White Oak Pastures Ranch nearby. Thomasville chefs don’t just know where the food came from- they know the farmers who grew it…personally.

Thomasville, Ga., Georgia

Stone Mountain Georgia
Georgia Weekend Getaway Ideas

ALBANY. The Parks at Chehaw includes camping opportunity and a zoo of native and exotic animals. Frolic with the underwater animals at Flint Riverquarium, and walk back in time at Radium Springs Gardens.
ATHENS. See the animals at Bear Hollow Zoo. At Sandy Creek Nature Center kids can walk over 4 miles of trails, see various wildlife, and even check out a 19th century log cabin. Try night paddles around Lake Chapman, or skateboarding/BMX riding at The Skate Park of Athens.  Next door is the World of Wonder playground, or you can enjoy a visit to the State Botanical Gardens. Oh, and the food! How grand it is here.
BLAIRSVILLEBrasstown Bald and Vogel State Park are great adventurous escapes.  Visit Misty Mountain Railroad, Desoto Falls, or Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm.  See the whimsical fairy garden at Sleepy Hollow, go gem mining at WagonMaster, or visit the Trackrock Archeological Area. Ride horses, see the multitude of waterfalls in the area, or hike a strip of the Appalachian Trail.
BLUE RIDGE. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to the border town of McCaysville.  Pick fruit at Mercier Orchards, or go gem-mining or fishing at Lilly Pad Village.  Hike Fall Branch Falls or the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa, and roast marshmallows over a fire at your cabin.
CLAYTON. Stay at Black Rock Mountain State Park, hike Tallulah Gorge, soak up the history at Foxfire Museum, and visit the Goats on the Roof for a snack and some fun!
COLUMBUS. Explore the Columbus Riverwalk, and possibly ride the rapids here as well.  Visit the Infantry Museum, the Columbus Museum (the second largest art museum in Georgia,) or Heritage Corner. See the Coca-Cola Science Center, the quirky Lunch Box Museum, or drive by Kadie, the cow of Columbus. Georgia has lots of great farmers markets, including one in Columbus.DAHLONEGA. Mine for gold at Consolidated or Crisson, and stop at the Dahlonega Gold Museum for more info.  Ride horses at Gold City Corral, or see the animals at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve.HELEN. There are two wonderful State Parks in Helen   Unicoi and Smithgall Woods – each with hiking, fishing, and plenty of fun.  In Helen there is tubing on the Chattahoochee, playing Alpine Mini Golf or grabbing ice cream while you watch others play. Hike Anna Ruby Falls, then grab peanuts at Fred’s Famous Peanuts. Adjacent to Helen, visit Sautee Nacoochee’s General Store and Market (awesome lunch!) or visit the art scene at Sautee Nacoochee Center. You’ll want to get a cabin, too!JEKYLL ISLAND. Take a history tour aboard the Tram, see the turtles at the Sea Turtle Center, or ride bikes through an old growth maritime forest.  Don’t skip Driftwood Beach.

LAKE OCONE. Stay in the resort community boasting outdoor adventures such as golfing, boating, hiking and more…with Georgia’s beautiful Lake Oconee as the idyllic backdrop, or head to Reynolds Plantation for the ultimate luxury family escape.

LITTLE ST SIMONS ISLAND. Pristine beaches…undeveloped wilderness…privately-owned island…accessible only by boat…For this nature-loving family, it sounds like heaven on earth. The island opened to the public as a guest lodge in 1979, with the intention of preserving the natural state of the island. Today, only 32 guests at a time may stay at Georgia’s only all-inclusive.

MACON. Visit Ocmulgee National Monument or the Museum of Arts and Sciences.  Hike at Dauset Trails, or take to the skies at Warner Robbins Aviation Museum. For live music lovers, Bragg Jam is an absurdly cool music crawl and street party.

OKEFENOOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. This park protects the Okefenokee Swamp, one of the seven-wonders of Georgia, spanning the FL-GA border. Families can see the sites along Swamp Island Drive, including The Pond, Discovery Trail, Chesser Island, and others. The adventure of a lifetime awaits daring families with older kids: a paddle trip through the swamp. Make it an overnight experience, roughing it at one of nine designated shelters in the swamps interior.

PINE MOUNTAIN. Visit Callaway Gardens-tour the gardens, the butterfly house, and more. Fridays offer music on the beach, a farmers market, a high-flying circus, and nighttime movies. Swim in the liberty pool at FDR State Park, or talk to the animals on the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari.

ROME. Visit the Rome Area History Museum, and the Clock Tower Museum. Explore Little River Canyon National Preserve and Glovers Lake.  Wander the Chieftains Museum, Oak Hill, and Martha Berry Museum.  Pack the suit and head to Cave Spring for a dip in the Georgia-shaped pool.

SAVANNAH. Savannah is an old town, so don’t skip walking the Historic District. See Juliette Gordon Lowe’s Birthplace, and visit Skidaway Island State Park. Visit Oatland Island Wildlife Center, the Railroad Museum, and the Children’s Museum.

ST SIMONS ISLAND. Climb the lighthouse, frolic the beaches, and take a trolley tour.  Go shrimpin’ on the Lady Jane or see the dolphins with Cap Fendig. There are bikes, geocaches, mini golf, tree spirits, and seriously yummy eats. At nearby Sea Island, put the kids under the care of the junior counselor and get some me time with a seriously awesome spa treatment.

STONE MOUNTAIN.  Play in the Park; ride the railroad, climb in the geyser tower, or watch the laser show.  Camp in the park or stay at the Evergreen Resort.

SUMMERVILLE. Visit Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens, and Historic Summerville Depot.  Hike the trails at “Sloppy Joe” State Park to the old mine and waterfall, or visit the lake to fish or enjoy from one of the swings.

VALDOSTA.  This place is known for Wild Adventures Theme Park. Also visit Grand Bay Wildlife Management for outdoor fun. If you’re up for a little driving, Okefenokee is about an hour from here, or visit another blackwater ecosystem within 30 minutes at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

VIDALIA.  View the Vidalia Onion Museum, for sure. At Buckhorn Creek Ranch you can see and feed over 100 exotic animals. Visit the Historic Village at Brewton-Parker College, or the one room jail in Ailey.  Partin Park has walking trails, putt-putt, skateboarding, and more. Enjoy river excursions, tons of fun festivals, and Santa Claus, GA only 15 minutes away.

Florida Vacation Ideas

Martin Co. Florida.

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama, from Vulcan Park

Alabama Weekend Getaways

ANNISTON. Take in the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum of World History. Walk the Chief Ladiga Trail (which joins the Silver Comet Trail) or take on the Pinhoti Trail within Alabama.

AUBURN. Visit Chewacla State Park, with a swimming area, playgrounds, and scenic trails.  Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve is a completely natural preserve, with trails, gardens, playgrounds for children, fountains and fire pits. And don’t forget a stop in Toomer’s Corner for lemonade or a treat at the old-fashioned soda shop.

BIRMINGHAM. The McWane Center consists of an aquarium, IMAX theater, and ScienceQuest hands-on science exhibits. Try the Birmingham Zoo or VisionLand Theme Park. Make history at the Civil Rights Institute. There are zip lines at Red Mountain Park, and 11 miles of hiking at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Transportation junkie? Try Railroad Park or the Southern Museum of Flight.

DOUBLE SPRINGS. Looney Tunes Amusement Park is here, but the best part is William Bankhead National Forest with beautiful trails and inexpensive camping.

EUFALA. Spend a weekend escaping at Lakepoint Resort State Park. It’s the Big Bass Capital of the world, so bring your fishing rod.

HUNTSVILLE. Visit the Botanical Garden, with plenty of things for kids.  Sci-Quest and Early Works are great kiddo museums. Monte Sano Nature Preserve and Hays Nature Preserve are among our favorites. Don’t forget the US Space and Rocket Center.

MOBILE. Take on the Gulf Coast Exploreum Museum, then check out Fort Conde’s cannons. Tour the USS Alabama, and splash in the fountains of the Eastern Shore Center. See the koi at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, or hang with the locals at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium. Feed the ducks at Mobile Memorial Gardens or catch an event at the famous Bienville Square.

TALLEDEGA. Race fans can take in an event at the Superspeedway, meander the Walk of Fame, or see the history-making vehicles at the Motor Sports Hall of Fame.  Rather be outdoors? Try DeSoto Caverns park or Cheaha State Park.

TUSCALOOSA. Visit the Children’s Museum, play disc golf at Bower’s Park, or see the ruins at Capitol Park. Lake Lureen State Park has a beach and fishing docks, with bike trail and boat launches.

Charlotte NC

North Carolina Fun Weekend Getaway

View of the Reedy River, in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

South Carolina Weekend Getaway Ideas

Tennessee Weekend Getaway Ideas

Louisiana Vacation Ideas

Mississippi Weekend Getaway Ideas

Photo courtesy of Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

A Fun Weekend Getaway in Kentucky

Jamestowne Virginia

Virginia Weekend Getaway Ideas

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Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.

3 Comments on "50+ Best Family Weekend Getaway Ideas In The Southeast"

  1. Andrew & Adair Wood | 07/09/2014 at 7:27 am | Reply

    Where is the waterfall shown in the photo on the top of the article?

    • leslipeterson | 07/09/2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply

      That is Little River Canyon National Preserve (aka The Hippie Hole.) It was just listed as one of 11 of the best swimming holes in the whole world. It is a short jaunt from Rome, just over the boarder in Alabama…or a fun stop on the way to Huntsville.

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