This year, spend Father’s Day enjoying the great outdoors with Dad. Georgia State Parks offer many outdoor adventures to make his day an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Daytrip to one of Georgia’s State Parks to spend time together and build memories, or make it a weekend by staying in a campsite, cabin or even “glamping” yurt. Be sure to save time for plenty of fishing, hiking, biking and boating. Give Dad a gift card for him to use later for boat rental, golf fees, historic site admission and more. Gift cards, event calendars and reservations can be found atGaStateParks.org.
Father’s Day Weekend Camp-out and Campfire
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday June 14, 2019
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
Here's a big "thank you" for all of the dads. Fathers who bring out their children for tent camping the 14th - 16th, will get a 25% discount on camping fees. The campout includes a campfire Friday night at 8:00 pm at the campground assembly shelter. This is the perfect time to bring the kids camping for some quality time with dad. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday June 15, 2019
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, GA
Join our annual event all about alligators. Learn about these mysterious reptiles through presentations, crafts, and a boat ride to search for them as they lurk under the waters of the Chattahoochee River. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Family Movie Night at Red Top Mountain State Park
8:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday June 15, 2019
Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth, GA
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a snack, and meet on the green at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3. Enjoy a movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. All movies are rated G or PG and movies start at dark (about 8:45 PM). $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Summer Swamp Paddle – Get Outdoors
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Saturday June 15, 2019
Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo, GA
Beat the heat on this guided morning paddle out to Billy’s Lake in the Okefenokee Swamp. Look for wildlife such as alligators and wading birds and enjoy the morning scenery. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Tree Identification Walk – Get Outdoors
10:00 a.m. – 11:3 a.m., Saturday June 15, 2019
Hofwyl – Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site – Brunswick, GA
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old live oaks, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low Country rice fields. $15. 912-264-7333
Walking the Gopher Tortoise Road
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Saturday June 15, 2019
George L. Smith State Park – Twin City, GA
Come and Walk our .7 mile trail and meet our Gopher Tortoise’s at George L. Smith State Park. Learn the tale of ecological inter-dependency and how the fate of one species can affect the fate of many. Bring water and good hiking shoes. No pets on this walk. $5 parking. 478-763-2759
Swamper’s Guide to the Galaxy
9:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m., Saturday June 15, 2019
Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo, GA
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274
About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. All eight golf courses to feature natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.