50+ Best Weekend Getaway Ideas For Families 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 weekend getaway ideas 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 for a small town to explore, are a group of history buffs wanting to travel to the past, or maybe you are more interested in arts and culture. We are partial to the National Parks and State Parks in every state. Whatever you decide, there is a lot to explore in the southeast — with our without kids in tow.

Weekend Getaway Ideas


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.

 50+ Quick Weekend Getaway Ideas in the Southeast

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

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

June is Family Fun Month in Beech Mountain, NC

Quality time with the family is the focus of Beech Mountain’s Family Fun Month each June.

The town of Beech Mountain, located in the NC mountains, hosts a month-long celebration for parents, children and grandparents. Family Fun Month promotes the idea of bringing families closer together via a daily schedule of activities and adventures, paired with lodging specials throughout the month.

Organized activities are available all 30 days of June, including: family hikes, free canoe and paddleboat rentals, mountain biking lessons, pickleball, disc golf, cookouts, movies under the stars, Friday tours of the old Land of Oz theme park, and discount tickets to nearby Grandfather Mountain.

Other notable activities on the schedule are: all-ages street dances, fishing at Buckeye Lake, family Zumba classes, mini golf, a kiddo fishing derby and sunset concerts on the lawn.

Fitness-oriented families should be sure to circle the weekend of June 15-17 on their calendars. That is the Cool 5 Race Weekend, which includes a challenging five-mile run, a 1.5-mile fun run, and a walk & wag event for families with four-legged members.

Lodging specials make it even more enticing. Families who stay two nights in June receive a third night absolutely free, or they can opt for a 20% discount on two-night stays. A 25% discount is available for stays of five nights or longer.

It’s easy to enjoy the cool outdoors of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Beech Mountain. As the highest town in eastern America, the average high temperature in June is just over 70 degrees.

“Family Fun Month is perfect for families who all too often postpone ‘together time,’ ” says Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the town of Beech Mountain. “We only get 18 summers with our children, so take time with the family while you can.”

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

Add your town to our weekend getaway list!

Stone Mountain Georgia
Georgia Weekend Getaway Ideas


Florida Vacation Ideas

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

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama, from Vulcan Park

Alabama Weekend Getaways

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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“We love weekend getaways for the family, but don't want to travel too far from home; any quick vacation ideas?” I hear that all the time, so I have compiled a list of places we love (and places we can’t wait to visit.) All are less than five hours from Atlanta's Centennial Park. Did your favorite place make our list of family weekend getaways from Atlanta?

“We love weekend getaways for the family, but don't want to travel too far from home; any quick vacation ideas?” I hear that all the time, so I have compiled a list of places we love (and places we can’t wait to visit.) All are less than five hours from Atlanta's Centennial Park. Did your favorite place make our list of family weekend getaways from Atlanta?

3 Comments on "50+ Best Weekend Getaway Ideas For Families 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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