Reconnect with nature at Georgia's Callaway Gardens, a lush 2,500 acres (1,1011 hectares) oasis that boasts gardens, 13 lakes, and lots of outdoor activities. Marvel at the colorful blooms in the Overlook Azalea Garden, stroll the nature trails that wind through the woodlands, or soak up some sunshine at Robin Lake.
Start your visit learning about the grounds at the Discovery Center, then explore on a rental bike or hike the garden’s 10 miles (16 kilometers) of lush trails. You can also book a tee time at one of the two golf courses, play tennis, go zip-lining, or enjoy a treatment at the spa.
For a family-friendly day, watch the Birds of Prey show—featuring hawks and owls—and check out the colorful creatures in the Butterfly Center. On a hot day, you can cool off with water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing or just enjoy the white sand waterfront at Robin Lake Beach.
Things to Know Before You Go
Pre-book admission online to save time on arrival and reserve tee times and book tennis courts.
Kids, seniors, and members of the military enjoy discounted admission.
Bring a towel if you want to lounge on Robin Lake Beach.
The gardens offer on-site restaurants and a pub.
Callaway Gardens offers a variety of overnight accommodations.
The property is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Callaway Gardens is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, just about an hour's drive from the Atlanta area. The most convenient way to reach the property is to drive. From Atlanta, take I-75 North to Exit 306. The main entrance is off of Highway 27.
When to Get There
There's really no bad time to visit Callaway Gardens; outdoor attractions are open seven days a week and close at dusk. Seasonal highlights include the native azaleas, which bloom in the spring, the mountain laurels, which bloom through early summer, and the Japanese maple, which turns red and orange each fall. Weekends tend to be busy, so visit earlier in the week to avoid crowds.
How to Celebrate the Holidays at Callaway Gardens
If you’re near Callaway Gardens during the holidays, check out Fantasy In Lights, a Christmastime spectacle that runs from November through January. Enjoy over-the-top displays, a kid-friendly Christmas Village, and a forest draped in lights. Whether you stay at the resort overnight or just explore for an evening, this dazzling installation is a festive way to celebrate the holidays. Same day tickets are usually available, and early bird discounts are offered online.