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Holiday Gift Guide
Give the Gift of the Outdoors this Holiday Season with Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Passes
ATLANTA, GA., November 3, 2010 – Wrap up a gift from Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites and give a year of fun while protecting Georgia’s most precious places. A gift of the outdoors is a healthy alternative to clothing and gadgets, and it’s a practical option for those who seem to have it all. Give Grandpa a year full of fishing at his favorite watering holes with an Annual ParkPass, or Dad unlimited golf with a GreensPass. Gifts from Georgia State Parks & Historic are sure to please outdoor enthusiasts well beyond the holidays.
? Annual ParkPass
The Annual ParkPass provides access to all Georgia State Parks without having to worry about parking fees for each visit. Normally parking fees are $5. It is the perfect choice for active grandparents or relatives who enjoy fishing, hiking and visiting a variety of parks throughout the year. The Annual ParkPass provides loved ones unlimited access to miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, kayaking and canoeing waterways, lakeside beaches and breathtaking mountain vistas. It costs $50 for adults or $25 for seniors 62 and older. To purchase, call 770-389-7401.
? Membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
A “Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” membership is a value-added gift that gives back by protecting Georgia’s natural resources ~~ a thoughtful choice for green-minded friends and relatives. A Friends membership includes a free Annual ParkPass, Annual Historic Site Pass, a free night of camping or round of golf, and many additional perks. Membership levels begin at $50 for an individual and $75 per family. To purchase, visit www.friendsofgastateparks.org or call 1-888-948-2092.
? Annual Golf GreensPass
A GreensPass from Georgia State Parks provides unlimited rounds at seven state park golf courses for an entire year. It is a perfect gift for those who spend their weekends on the golf course. Georgia State Park golf courses combine pristine natural scenery and maintenance with lack of crowds for a more enjoyable golf experience. Prices begin at $800 for an adult. GreensPasses can be purchased directly at the golf courses. For tee times call 1-800-434-0982. More information is available at www.GeorgiaGolf.com.
? Weekend Getaway
Sometimes it can be easier to organize a group getaway if plans are made far in advance. Surprise your friends, siblings or parents with a lakeside or mountain-view cottage escape next year. Many state parks have two- or three-bedroom cottages with full kitchens, rocking chair porches and spectacular scenery. Outside, you’ll find plenty to do for all ages. Hotel-type lodge rooms, yurts and group camps are also available. Make reservations up to 11 months in advance at www.GaStateParks.org/reservations or by calling 1-800-864-PARK (7275).
? Historic Site Annual Pass
A Georgia State Park Historic Site Annual Pass provides unlimited admission to all of Georgia’s state historic sites. This is the ideal gift for the history buffs in the family, especially with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War coming up next year. The annual pass provides access to battlefields, plantations, Indian mounds, Revolutionary War forts, and Native American and presidential homes. The pass is $35 per family, $20 per adult and $15 per child (17 and younger). Passes can be purchased at the historic sites, which can be found on www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
For help in planning a holiday staycation or to learn about the special lodging packages, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 1-800-864-PARK (7275). Georgia’s state parks and historic sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources.
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