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From Coca Cola to Myrtle Beach, you won't lack for family-oriented activities in Georgia and South Carolina. There's enough to keep the kids happy as well as the parents, so pile in, choose some destinations, and get ready for a family vacation centered in the Old and New South.
Atlanta Family Vacation Ideas
First and foremost, Atlanta's World of Coca Cola and CNN Headquarters are the ultimate kids attractions in the region. Indeed, kids of all ages can have a fun and eye-opening time at both places.
At World of Coca Cola, the tour directs you to the all-famous Coke fountains, which are really gargantuan, plus a huge amount of Coke memorabilia. You get to check out a fully-functioning bottling line, and sip Coca Cola products from all over the globe.
At CNN, the most impressive feature is experiencing the newsroom behind-the-scenes, learning how live news is generated for viewers. For kids, you can make your own newscast!
More low-key, The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta is stuffed with over 1,000 puppets from around the world. The Center features puppet shows, which are well-produced and full-stage events, geared to both adults and children. It also frequently puts on workshops for kids of all ages.
Georgia Family Vacation Spots
There are friendly campgrounds near Atlanta's nearby lakes, like Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. The family can find plenty of lake activities close to the grounds, like swimming, boating, fishing, and taking walks.
The world's largest outcropping of exposed granite is located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. The 825-foot-high Stone Mountain features the largest high-relief sculpture in the world, covering three acres and featuring Confederate heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. There is a skylift to the top of the mountain, or you can take a 1.3-mile trail. Nowadays, a special for the younger set, laser shows featuring classic and modern rock play some nights a week. It is really cool to see the multicolored lasers bouncing around the mountain.
Georgia Family Vacation Ideas
Your trip to Georgia and South Carolina isn't complete without at least one stop to the Waffle House, the South's biggest chain. Waffle House has been serving waffles (as well as omelets, patty melts, hashbrowns, T-bone steaks, and pork chops) for over 50 years. It's the South's version of “fast food,” and these 24-hour restaurants serve everything up with good ol' Southern hospitality. You can go anywhere in the region you please, so long as the kids know there's a Waffle House right around the corner.
South Carolina Family Vacation Ideas
If you know of or are related to scare-loving teens or preteens Charleston boasts a scary past perfect for retelling on an evening tour. Bulldog Tours, in Charleston, offers a number of spooky night tours, of ghosts, dungeons, graveyards, and jails. Learn how, for instance, the old exchange and customs house was used by the British to contain upstart revolutionaries in the Revolutionary War.
From the last day of May until June 4th, Myrtle Beach's Sun Fun Festival is a source of fun in the sun. There's a parade, some concerts, beach competitions, and, at the end of the day, a fireworks extravaganza.
Believe it or not, Ripley's Aquarium, at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, is among the most popular attractions in South Carolina. One of their larger exhibits is a 750,000-gallon tank, where 10-foot sharks and other sea creatures live and prowl. Another exhibit will grant you stunning views of thousands of brilliantly-colored Pacific fish from Hawaii, Australia, and the Indian Ocean through an acrylic window the size of two movie screens. It's amazing, but true - believe it or not!
Charleston, South Carolina Family Vacation Spots
The South Carolina Aquarium has a 385,000-gallon aquarium, called “The Great Ocean Tank,” containing more than 800 animals, including sharks, turtles, and stingrays. There is also a daily dolphin program during which visitors can view the clever mammals. This attraction is on Charleston Harbor.
From Coke to aquariums, Myrtle Beach to scary Charleston tours, there's no doubt that Georgia and South Carolina is a great place to bring your family.
Family Vacation Ideas in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta, Savannah, Georgia