Family Travel Question:
Q | Any ideas for a family-friendly vacation destination that is a daytrip from Atlanta?
We're looking for a family-friendly vacation destination with lots of kid-friendly activities that are four to six hours from Atlanta. Our kids are 6, 3, and 1. Any advice/ideas? -Dan & Amanda, GA
A | Georgia vacation destinations with teenage boys
If you want to stay in Georgia, I have several suggestions
that are great for teen boys or really boys of any age. Durhamtown Plantation,
about 1.5 hours east of Atlanta, started as a hunting lodge, but is now best
known for its dirt bike and ATV tracks. You can still hunt there (as well as do
sporting clays, fishing and use a rifle range), but they’ve also added 100
miles of one way ATV and motorcycle trails, nine tracks, supercross, MX, a dirt
drag strip, a dirt flat oval and a freestyle park. Many of the employees are
also riders that perform across the country in freestyle shows, spending their
off time at Durhamtown, so you may be able to get some tips from the pros. You
can bring your own machine, or rent one on-site. Stay in one of the cabins on-property or for more luxurious accommodations; try the nearby Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee.
Zip lining has become very popular and North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula offers several adventures, as well as overnight accommodations in a tepee – something a little different. They offer two and three hour adventures with a final dual zip that allows you to race a partner. North Georgia Canopy Tours is very good at getting the first time zipper comfortable with the heights and the
For more of a resort location, I have two recommendations on
the Georgia coast. Little St. Simon’s Island and The Cloister at Sea Island. Little St. Simons is a private 10,000 acre barrier island that holds a maximum of 30 guests, limiting the amount of trouble a group of teens can get into. Once on the
island, there are tons of outdoor things to do including fishing, boating (take
a skiff course and go out on your own) as well as exploring the island and all
the wildlife. Everything is pre-paid, so you don’t need to worry about meals,
activities or even tips – just send the boys off.
Sea Island is a luxury resort that caters to all age levels with specific teen programs. The boys will be able to meet other kids (and girls) here. The resort offers various activities from swimming, sailing, kayaking to golf and a shooting school.
If you head to the Georgia Coast, make time to go on a cruise aboard the Lady Jane Shrimp boatlocated in Brunswick. Kids and adults love trolling the marshes and exploring the catch, then throwing it back to the water (or the seagulls that follow the boat).