CelebrateThis Father’s Day in the Great Outdoors

Celebrate Father’s Day in the Great Outdoors

Five Ways to Make Memories in Georgia’s State Parks


Spending family time outdoors is often the best gift for adventurous dads. This year, Father’s Day is June 19, 2016. To plan a celebration he’ll remember, check out these ideas from Georgia’s State Parks.

Go “Glamping”

If Dad enjoys camping, spoil him with a “glamping” adventure. Several Georgia State Parks rent yurts, which are like a cross between a tent and a cabin. Dad will sleep cozy inside after enjoying a campfire and s’mores outside. Reserve yurts, cabins or campsites at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/reservations.

 Tee Off

Treat Dad to a day on the links at Georgia’s State Park Golf Courses, all with affordable green fees, pro shops and overnight packages. Golfers will appreciate the beautiful scenery and relaxed atmosphere. On June 19, Dad plays for $14.98 at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston, and throughout Father’s Day weekend, he can play for $18 at Richard B. Russell State Park in Rutledge. www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/golfing

 Picnic in the Park

Give your father a day off from the grill by packing a picnic basket with his favorite goodies.  All of Georgia’s State Parks have picnic tables with beautiful views of forests, lakes or mountains. Larger families can reserve open-air shelters or enclosed group shelters for an all-day potluck. Find a picnic spot at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/map

 Gift Cards & Passes

If you can’t resist wrapping up a present, consider a gift card, annual ParkPass or membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.  Gift cards can be used on cabins, camping, kayak rental, bike rental, golf, historic site admission and many other outdoor activities.  Annual passes provide free parking, and Friends membership provides an annual pass and additional discounts.  Find details at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org and www.FriendsofGaStateParks.org.

 Discover a Hidden Gem

Think Dad has seen it all? Discover something new through the Hidden Gems series offered by Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites. In honor of the park system’s 85th anniversary this year, rangers are revealing their favorite little-known places. Show him the abandoned moonshine truck at Amicalola Falls, a long-forgotten chimney in the woods at Red Top Mountain, or the old marble mine at James H. Floyd. Find a Hidden Gem near you at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/HiddenGems

 Georgia has more than 60 State Parks and Historic Sites, offering overnight accommodations, museums and a wide range of outdoor recreation.  Families can also enjoy fishing, boat and bike rental, swimming and many other activities.  Smaller children can burn off energy on with pedal boats and mini-golf, while older kids can enjoy geocaching and disc golf. To learn more, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 1-800-864-7275.

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