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Father's Day Gift Ideas

ATLANTA, GA – May 9, 2011 – Give Dad a gift that keeps him happy and fit in the great outdoors with four budget-friendly ideas from Georgia State Parks. Whether Dad enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, hiking or just a quiet weekend away, a gift from Georgia State Parks is sure to please. Several of the parks have even planned special events for families celebrating the day outdoors. For a calendar of events, photo galleries and details on all of Georgia's State Parks, visit

Golf GreensPasses: Year-round Golf Without the Crowds

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the affordability and natural scenery of Georgia State Park's golf courses, with rounds starting as low as $25 for 18 holes. Surrounded by sparkling lakes and thick forests, Georgia's state park golf courses offer an escape from the crowds and are a practical gift Dad or Grandpa can use well beyond Father's Day. Annual GreensPasses offer unlimited golf at seven courses, including The Creek at Hard Labor, Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant, Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell, Meadow Links at George T. Bagby, Wallace Adams at Little Ocmulgee, Brazell's Creek at Gordonia-Alatamaha and The Lakes at Laura S. Walker. GreensPasses can be purchased directly at the golf courses. New this spring are membership cards with frequent-player discounts. For tee times, call 1-800-434-0982 or visit

Affordable Father's Day Getaways: Comfy Cottages in Secluded Settings

Celebrate Dad's special day with a weekend getaway to the mountains, lake or marsh. Many state parks have cottages with fully equipped kitchens, rocking-chair porches and spectacular scenery ~~ ideal for spending quality family time together. Hotel-style lodges with restaurants, unique yurts and even group camps for family reunions are also available. Lodge rates begin at $59 and cottages begin at $100. For help in planning a Father's Day staycation, visit or call 1-800-864-7275.

Annual Friends Membership: Park Hopping That Gives Back

For those "green" dads who enjoy doing their part to protect the environment, a Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites membership is the perfect choice. In addition to enjoying the benefits of a free Annual ParkPass, Historic Site passes, a free night of camping or round of golf, and many additional perks, a Friends' membership helps to protect Georgia's natural and historic resources. Membership levels begin at $50 for an individual and are $75 per family. To join, visit or call 1-888-948-2092.

Annual ParkPass: Year-round Adventure for Serious Outdoor Dads

Perfect for dads who enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and park hopping, the Annual ParkPass provides unlimited access to all 48 state parks without having to worry about parking fees for each visit. Normally, parking fees are $5. Give Dad the gift of the outdoors with miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, kayaking and canoeing waterways, lakeside beaches and breathtaking mountain vistas. The Annual ParkPass costs $50 or $25 for seniors 62 and older. To purchase, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit your nearest state park.

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