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Lane Southern Orchards: Kids will love touring the farm and packing line at Lane Southern Orchards, just a short drive south of Macon. The orchard also offers fruit picking, a Fall corn maze, and a pumpkin patch. Lane is most known for its peaches, but even when peach season ends, you can still buy fresh produce at the orchard’s market.

Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Admission varies
Distance from Macon: 28 miles
For more information, visit Lanesouthernorchards.com

Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta has so much to do that you could stay busy for days, but a few great options for a one-day trip with your kids are Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and Centennial Olympic Park. SkyView Atlanta, the Ferris wheel that opened a couple years ago, offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Distance from Macon: 89 miles
For more information, visit www.atlanta.net/things-to-do/attractions/

Fall colors at Providence Canyon State Park
Fall colors at Providence Canyon State Park

Providence State Park: Providence Canyon, located just south of Columbus, is called “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon.” Farming practices in the 19th Century created gullies that today are up to 150 feet deep. In addition to the beautiful canyon, the park has picnic areas, camping grounds, and special events in the Fall. It’s a great place to hike, take photographs, and stargaze with your family.
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., April 15-September 14; 7 a.m.-6 p.m., September 15-April 14
Admission: $5 for parking
Distance from Macon: 115 miles
For more information, call 229-838-6202

Rafting in Columbus, Georgia: White Water Express created a rafting adventure in uptown Columbus on the Chattahoochee River. It’s the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world! The course has been described to be “Wild as Colorado and Warm as Costa Rica.” The course consists of class II-V whitewater and is one of the most exciting sections of whitewater in the US! They run two types of trips (Classic and Challenge) on the same 2.5 mile stretch of river due to the dam-controlled release which occurs daily. It’s close to other attractions in Columbus, so when you’ve finished, you can visit local restaurants, boutiques, and music venues. It’s an adventure for all experience levels, with a slow-moving lazy river for the young’uns. Also enjoy The Blue Heron Aerial Course zip line while your here. This is a day-cation for the adventurous!
Admission: $49.50 for the high water course
Distance from Macon: 102 miles
For more information, visit www.whitewaterexpress.com/chattahoochee

Fall Festivals at The Rock Ranch
Fall Festivals at The Rock Ranch

The Rock Ranch: The Rock Ranch, founded by Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, is a 1,500 acre working cattle farm in Upson County. In addition to seeing the farm, you can ride a train, visit a kid-sized town, pedal boats, pony rides and try the zip line. You can also buy fresh produce and all-natural beef at The Farm Market. The park opens for fall family fun days October 1.
Admission: $10 per person
Distance from Macon: 46 miles
For more information, visit www.therockranch.com

sprewell-bluff-stateSprewell Bluff: Another state park great for hiking and camping is Sprewell Bluff, in Thomaston, Georgia. It has similar amenities to Providence State Park such as picnic sites and hiking trails. The park also features a lake and several streams, where you can fish in-season.
Hours: open daily from dawn until dusk
Admission: $5 for parking
Distance from Macon: 62 miles
For more information, call 706-647-7012

We can't wait to do this with the kids!
We can’t wait to do this with the kids!

Wild Animal Safari: At Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia, you can see zebras, tigers, camels, and other exotic animals without even leaving the state. The safari offers a five-mile drive-through animal park, as well as guided safari tours. You can also eat at the “Safari Café” after your adventure.
Admission: $21.95 and under (Kids 2 and under free)
Distance from Macon: 89 miles
For more information, visit www.animalsafari.com

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