No matter what day, season, or occasion it is, exciting adventures are always waiting for you in The Peach State. Numerous trails that lead to waterfalls and one-of-a-kind scenic views that dot the state's lush landscapes should be seen at least once in your life. Summer isn't over quite yet and there are a few things to do in Georgia with your friends that can help you live out the rest of the sunny days with a little excitement.

Having fun with your crew doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either. Most of these outdoor excursions are affordable or even free to visit.

If you're traveling from another state or just looking for an in-state staycation, The Peach State has plenty of those spots as well. Getting a room for a night near any of these seven destinations can keep the outdoor party going.

Splitting the cost of a stay with friends is a great option to keep things affordable too while you explore these eight exciting excursions with some of your favorite people, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Go White Water Rafting

Price: Starting at $39.95/person

Address: 1000 Bay Ave., Columbus, GA

Why You Need To Go: You and your group of friends can try to conquer the Chattahoochee River's whitewater rapids. Whitewater Express Park has excursions for beginners to experts.

Hike Up Springer Mountain

Price: Free

Address: Springer Mountain Trail, Dawsonville, GA

Why You Need To Go: You can take this mountain hike at your own speed because the elevation can get a little much at some points. The entire adventure is a scenic one and when you make it to the top, you'll see lakes and mountain tops for miles.


Stay At This Enchanting Beachfront Oasis

Price: $178+/night

Address: 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: Jekyll Island Club Resort will make you feel like fairytale royalty when you stay there. There's plenty to explore and see at the resort, which sits on an island full of other fun things to do too. Take otherworldly pics on the driftwood beach or go for a cheap scenic adventure on the island's bike trails.


Hike Indian Seats Trail 

Price: Free

Address: Located within Sawnee Mt. Preserve at 2500 Bettis Tribble Gap Rd, Cumming, GA; Visitor Center located at 4075 Spot Rd., Cumming, GA.

Why You Need To Go: Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain Preserve will take you through a wooded forest and past abandoned gold mines you can look inside of. The views at the top might just make your jaw drop.


Dine At The Top Of Lookout Mountain 

Price: πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

Address: 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA

Why You Need To Go: Cafe 7 sits right on top of Lookout Mountain. You can grub while looking across multiple states in the distance.


Float Down The Lazy River Of West Georgia 

Price: $10+

Address: 131 Doe Valley Dr., Tallapoosa, GA 

Why You Need To Go: During your lazy river ride, you'll be surrounded by lush landscapes as you pass under tree canopies. Float away your worries for a few hours!


Wander Gibbs Gardens

Price: $20

Address: 1987 Gibbs Dr, Ball Ground, GA

Why You Need To Go: Not all who wander are lost, but you may find yourself wanting to get lost here. Explore the beautiful Gibbs Gardens blooming with thousands of flowers, plants, and unique architecture to admire. A 220-acre garden tucked away on 292-acres of land, you'll have views of the North Georgia Mountains for days as a backdrop.


Explore Georgia's Stranger Things Filming Locations

Price: Most are free, though a couple may cost a small fee

Address: All across the state

Why You Need To Go: With Stranger Things season 4 in the works and looking for extras in Atlanta, you might be missing Hawkins and the upside-down. Many iconic locations you see in the show are in The Peach State, and there are a few spots you can actually visit, including Hopper's cabin.

 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your crew and make your escape exploring The Peach State!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


 

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