Dauset Trails

Located just thirty minutes north of Macon, Dauset Trails offers a day of outdoor fun and learning.  They have animals, hiking and biking trails,  a picnic area, and best of all, it’s FREE!!  Here are some of the activities and areas they offer year-round.

  • Animal Trail:  The Animal Trail features  animals that have been wounded or orphaned and cannot be released into the wild.    You can see coyote, black bear, river otter, bison, and many, many others.  You can see a complete list on the Animal Trail link.

  • Wonder Room:  In the Wonder Room, you can see fish, snakes, turtles, and alligators.
  • Farm Animals:  At this 19th century style farm, you can see goats, cows, chickens, and a donkey.
  • Hike and Bike:  Dauset Trails offers over 17 miles of hiking and biking trails for all skill levels.
  • Horse Trails:  You can bring your own horse and ride ten miles of horse trails.
  • Woodland Garden:  You can stroll the garden and see many types of flowers and trees, do a Pleasure Hunt, and check out the Children’s Garden.
  • Picnic Area:  Here you will find picnic tables, grills, and restroom facilities.

Another nice feature of Dauset Trails is that it is very shady which makes it the perfect outing during the summer.  We took the boys a few years back when they were 4 and 2 years old, and I found it to be very relaxing.  The boys enjoyed seeing the animals, being outdoors, and just exploring somewhere new.  It’s a small enough place that we were able to see everything without everyone getting tired out.  Of course, we didn’t do the hiking or biking, but that does offer a whole new adventure when we return.

I hope you will take advantage of this “Day Trip” and just enjoy spending time together.

Dauset Trails Information

Hours

  • Monday – Friday:  9:00 – 5:00
  • Saturday:  9:00 – 7:00
  • Sunday:  12:00 – 5:00

Contact

Dauset Trails Nature Center
360 Mt. Vernon Church Road
Jackson, GA 30233     
(770) 775-6798
 
(Special thanks to Kristine for the info and to Darren for the pictures)
 

 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Atlanta

We recently visited LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta and had a great time.   All of the boys loved it (including daddy) and had fun building race cars, riding Merlin’s Apprentice, and climbing in the Fire Academy.  After reading some reviews online, we expected to be there no more than 2 hours.  Well, after 5 hours, we just had to say that it was time to go.   Here are a few highlights of our trip.

We started out in the Lego Factory where we learned how LEGOS are made, what our weight and height was in LEGOS, and at the end, everyone received a Duplo LEGO for a souvenir.

Next was Kingdom Quest, a short ride where you battle it out against evil soldiers with your own “gun”.   We were able to ride this twice because there was no one waiting in line.  The boys really enjoyed it and tried really hard every time to beat Daddy’s score.  They didn’t succeed, but they had fun trying.   I enjoyed it because we were all able to ride it together, and it was fun watching the boys.  As an aside, this is a “dark” ride and if your child scares easily, either avoid it or make sure they sit next to you so they can hide their eyes.  It didn’t bother any of our boys – 6, 4, and almost 2. [Read more...]

Go Fish Education Center


Have you gotten your free pass (good for 6 people to go free) to the GoFish Education Center in  Perry?  My mom got one for us from her library, and we all went this past weekend.  Before I begin telling you about our day, I did want to say that checking out the pass is Super Easy.  Mom just went to the library and “checked out” the pass for seven days.   The librarian told her that if she didn’t use it within that time period, she could check it out again just like a book.  Oh, and her library still has passes for the Zoo and State Parks, so you might want to check that out the next time you go to your library if you are interested.

Anyway, back to our day…the GoFish Center has three main parts – the main building, outdoor exhibit, and fishing pond. The main building has some  interactive activities – fishing, shooting, and boating which everyone really enjoyed.  They also have a hatchery (you can see a few of these fish), and they have some educational exhibits about fishing, boating, and environmental protection.  (My mom and dad really enjoyed these.)  There were other exhibits, but I will move on.

My mom and N enjoying "fishing."

Around the building there is an outdoor exhibit featuring fish (over 80 species) from all over Georgia.  We all enjoyed this, and the boys enjoyed seeing the fish up-close.

Behind the building there is a stocked catch-and-release pond.  We spent an hour looking through the indoor and outdoor exhibits and then spent three hours fishing.  They have fishing poles you can borrow and hot dogs for bait.  The boys each caught three fish, and I think they may have caught the same fish a few times.  They absolutely LOVED it.  And if you are leary about taking a fish off a hook (I am), there are volunteers who offer to take it off for you.  Do keep in mind – if you are 16 or over and want to fish – you have to have a fishing license.

J and N waiting for some fish to bite.

Got one!

Would we return?  Absolutely.  The boys had a great time, and it was nice to be able to relax and just enjoy being together.  It was also nice to see my hubby and my dad taking time with the boys, patiently showing them the best way to catch a fish, and then seeing the complete delight when they finally did.  Family time really is great!

They are open from 9:00 – 5:00 on Friday and Saturday and from 1:00 – 5:00 on Sunday.   Normal admission is $5 (adults) and $3 (children).

Go Fish Education Center
1255 Perry Parkway
Perry, Georgia 31069
478-988-6701
Website

Stone Mountain Park Schedule of Events for 2013

Stone Mountain has something to offer for all ages.  If you want active play, they have The Sky Hike and The Great Barn.  If you want a more leisurely day, they have the Antebellum Plantation and Journey 2:  The Mysterious Island.   They also have opened a new adventure, Geyser Towers, which offers “multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels to connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser.”  Definitely plenty of activities to fill up a day.

Permanent Attractions

These are permanent attractions at Stone Mountain; however, this does not mean that they are open every day.  Click here to see what is open on the day you are planning to visit.

Festivals & Events

Outdoors & Recreation

Miscellaneous

*This information will change throughout the year.

Stone Mountain Information

U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(770) 498.5690 or (800) 401.2407
Website
Driving Directions

Callaway Gardens – 2013 Calendar

Callaway Gardens is a wonderful place to get away no matter your age.   They have something for everyone – walking trails, butterflies, birds, flowers – and for those of us in Middle  Georgia, it is close enough to be a day trip.  And don’t forget that during the month of February, they have Free Admission for everyone.

Just click on the “red” words if you want more information about any of the events.

Year-Round Attractions

  • Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center
  • John A. Sibley Horticultural Center
  • Overlook Garden
  • Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl
  • Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden
  • Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel
  • Discovery Bicycle Trail
  • Pioneer Log Cabin
  • Nature Trails
  • Robin Lake Beach
  • Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
  • Birds of Prey Show

They also have many special events during the year.

Spring Events

Summer Events

Autumn Events

Winter Events

Other Activities 

Garden Admissions

  • Adult (13 – 64) – $18
  • Senior (65+) – $15
  • Children (6 – 12) – $9
  • Children (0 – 5) – Free

Click here to see the prices for Special Events, Military Discounts, and Free Admission Days.

For Hours and Directions, click here.

Callaway Gardens Information

  • Address:  5887 Georgia Highway 354, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
  • Contact: 1.800.CALLAWAY (225.5292)
  • Event Website