Outdoorsy families will find plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Georgia’s State Parks.
On Sunday, May 14, pack a picnic and plan a day together that Mom will cherish for years. Below are five nature-themed ideas for all budgets. To find more Mother’s Day outings, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Picnic in the Park
Give Mom a break from the kitchen by packing a basket with her favorite treats. All of Georgia’s State Parks have picnic tables with pretty views and nearby activities like mini-golf. This is the perfect gift for families on a budget since picnic tables are free and parking is just $5. Larger families can rent enclosed group shelters or open-air shelters for an all-day potluck or family reunion. Find a picnic spot near you at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/Map.
Stroll Through History
Many historic sites offer nature trails in addition to museums. Climb to the top of an ancient mound at Etowah, walk along the salt marsh at Fort King George, or scout for wildlife at New Echota’s beaver pond. Not only will Mom learn about Georgia history, she’ll enjoy beautiful scenery as well. Explore Georgia’s historic sites at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org. Admission ranges from $2 to $12.
Take a Walk in the Woods
Keep an eye out for birds, blooms and butterflies while on a nature hike. Families can set out on their own along well-marked trails, or join the many ranger-led hikes offered in state parks. Find stroller-friendly paved paths, lakeside loops and challenging treks at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/Hiking. A calendar of ranger-led excursions is listed at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/Events.
Adventurous moms will get a thrill out of “glamping” in a yurt. Six Georgia State Parks offer these accommodations which are like a combination between a tent and a cabin. Everyone will sleep cozy inside and Dad can fire up the grill outside. (Don’t forget the makings for s’mores!) Reserve yurts, cabins or campsites at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/Reservations. Rates average $80 to $100 per night.
Go On An Adventure
If mom likes a thrill, try something new and adventurous. Choose from archery classes, kayaking, stand-up paddleboard classes, zip-lining or even mountain biking. Many parks offer rentals and classes for all ages. Check www.GaStateParks.org/Events and www.GaStateParks.org/Activities to find something that will get mom’s hear racing.
If you can’t resist wrapping a present for Mom, consider a gift card, annual ParkPass or membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Gift cards can be used on cabins, yurts, retail items, kayak rental, bike rental, golf green fees, historic site admission and many other outdoor activities. Annual passes are $50 and provide free parking. Friends membership begins at $55 and provides an annual pass and additional discounts. Find details at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org and www.FriendsofGaStateParks.org.