There are many interesting attractions in Georgia for the active tourist who enjoys camping, hiking, water sports, biking, walking, golf and other outdoor leisure activities. Georgia boasts numerous parks, historic sites, golf courses and gardens for the active visitor. From the great outdoors to world-renowned buildings, the state provides an array of active fun for the knowledgeable tourist.
The World of Coca-Cola showcases one of the world's best-known businesses. Its tour offers a chance to taste over 60 different Coca-Cola products sold around the planet. The company has an exciting 4-D movie theater and guests can tour a fully automated factory where Coke is bottled. A collection of Coke collectible items is displayed and artists show their work in a special gallery. This spot is located in downtown Atlanta next to Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium.
121 Baker St. N.W., Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta History Center is located on 33 acres in the center of Buckhead, north of downtown. It has one of the Southeast's largest history museums and houses several different historical homes, including the Swan House mansion and the Tullie Smith farm. It boasts the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, honoring the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, and depicts the history of the games as well as several interesting historical gardens.
130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta used to house rundown homes and tenant buildings, but it was converted to a beautiful park for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Its 21 acres host concerts, festivals and sporting events throughout the year. The Fountain of Rings is an interactive water feature with the Olympic symbols of five rings represented by water. Water height reaches 12 feet high A series of water gardens are dispersed throughout the complex and unusual greenery and sculpture abound.
265 Park Ave. West, N.W., Atlanta
Active Traveler Sites
Callaway Gardens is a family resort and educational horticultural organization. It has a number of gardens to visit and certain times of the year the flowers trees are breathtaking. There are several buildings on the grounds including a pioneer log cabin and a discovery center. There are hiking trails, golf, tennis and the opportunity to see wildlife.
17800 U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Yellow River Game Ranch is a 24-acre wooded area that offers the chance to see diverse wildlife in a natural habitat. Adults and children can observe a herd of buffalo, bears, deers, goats and other animals. Open all year round.
4525 Hwy. 78, Lillaburn, GA 30047
University of Georgia Marine Education and Aquarium is a saltwater aquarium that feature over 14 individual exhibits. It has an active marine science program and nature trail and boardwalk. Over 200 species of animals that represent turtle, fish and invertebrates. It features summer marine science camps for children and educational programs.
30 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411
Martin Luther King's National Historic Site features his home with tours lead by park rangers. The site also consists of Dr. King's tomb, the baptist church where he preached and the King Center, which has exhibits on nonviolent social change.
450 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30312-1525
Golfing, CNN and Tybee Island
The Frog Golf Club was designed by Tom Fazio. It is a beautifully designed course mentioned in Golf Digest as one of the top golf courses in Georgia. It is a public golf course and is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It has a club house, golf shop and grille menu.
2699 Georgian Pkwy., Villa Rica, GA 30180
CNN Center in downtown Altanta offers tours of behind-the-scenes TV shows and productions. This exciting one-hour tour points out the different departments and newsroom at CNN.
190 Marietta St., Atlanta, Georgia
Tybee Island, an island beach resort, offers a wide variety of activities for active tourists. It has dolphin tours, kayaking, bird watching, biking, fishing and water sports. The island features art galleries, shopping and great food.
802 First St., Tybee Island, GA
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Article Written By Joan Russell
Joan Russell has been a freelance writer for many years. She writes on variety of topics, including food, health, gardening, travel and education. She's written for the Christian Science Monitor, IGA Grocergram, Home Cooking, Atlantic Publishing and Duclinea Media. She has a B.A. in journalism/communications from the University of Bridgeport and an A.S in food service management from Naugatuck Valley Technical Community College.