Though Georgia tourism is often centered around its beautiful barrier islands and white sand beaches, the fun doesn’t stop when the temperature drops.
The State of Georgia may not have powdery snow-filled ski slopes or large frozen lakes for ice fishing, but it remains a popular winter tourist destination due to its many cold-weather attractions. In addition to outdoor recreation inside Georgia’s national forests and lounging on the state’s sandy beaches, winter-time travelers and weekenders can find enjoyable experiences for visitors of all ages and interests during the coldest of months, of which in Georgia, rarely see temperatures dip below 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. These mild seasonal temperatures make it easy to enjoy the many attractions in the state.
Snow Mountain in Stone Mountain Park
Each year, Atlanta tourists and residents have the opportunity to experience truckloads of snow at the annual Snow Mountain in Stone Mountain Park. Kids can make snowmen, teens can stage snowball fights with friends, and families can enjoy tubing down a 400-foot incline – all of which are activities that Atlanta city-dwellers and visitors usually cannot partake in. Snow Mountain is open on the weekends until the weather begins to warm in mid-March.
Stone Mountain Park
U.S. Highway 78 East
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Winter on Jekyll Island
For Georgia visitors looking to getaway from the cold chill of winter, Jekyll Island offers moderate temperatures, aesthetically-pleasing scenery and island seclusion. The average temperature on Jekyll Island reaches the mid 50’s during the coldest months of the year, with average nighttime lows in the 40’s. The island was once a private destination for the wealthiest Americans only. Today, it houses a wildlife center, a museum and several historical landmarks. Cottages, hotels and campgrounds are scattered along the beaches, and several restaurants give visitors the option of casual or fine dining.
Ice Skating in Centennial Olympic Park
Georgia tourists can visit the annual holiday ice skating rink at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The attraction is open between mid November and the end of January each year. Entry fees allow guests to enjoy 90 minutes on the ice. The rink is covered and features colored lighting and seated observation areas. Holiday music plays in the background, and concessions are available. The ice skating rink is open seven days a week including holidays.
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Centennial Olympic Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303
These and other activities are available in the great State of Georgia. From seasonal hockey at the Philips Arena in Hartsford to the famed February Southeastern Flower Show at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, there is something for everyone to enjoy.