From the driftwood-dotted beaches of the Golden Isles to Chattahoochee River tubing in Helen to whale sharks in Atlanta, the state of Georgia delivers a diverse spring break experience for all ages. With average spring temperatures in the 60s and 70s, cities and towns in Georgia let you experience the best of both indoor and outdoor attractions. Whether you choose a bustling city or low-key town, there are plenty of Georgia vacation rentals to choose from. Take a look at the most noteworthy spring break spots in Georgia.

1. Atlanta

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School may be out for spring break, but Atlanta keeps the learning rolling in a fun way with interactive attractions. Dive deep into spring break fun at the Georgia Aquarium, where you can discover aquatic life in more than 10 million gallons of water. Whale sharks, belugas, and dolphins top the list of animals to see. Zoo Atlanta offers you a rare chance to see panda bears in person. Stop at the World of Coca-Cola to learn about the brand and sample sodas from around the world. If you’re traveling with kids, stop at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for interactive play. Sports fans enjoy the interactive displays at the College Football Hall of Fame. Bask in Atlanta’s beautiful springtime weather at Centennial Olympic Park, home to the Atlanta Olympics. History buffs enjoy stops like the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta History Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

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2. Savannah

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Lose yourself in the history and beauty of Savannah’s 22 squares, historic cemeteries, and Southern live oaks draped in Spanish moss that line the streets. Start with a trolley tour to get an overview of historic houses and buildings like the Telfair Museum of Art, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, and Mercer Williams House, famous because of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Stroll along the cobblestones of River Street and City Market to experience iconic Savannah shops like Savannah’s Kitchen Candy and multiple art galleries. The 19th-century Fort Pulaski is just outside the city and is still well-intact with moats, tunnels, drawbridges, and ramparts to take you back in time. Keep driving to Tybee Island for an island vibe during your Savannah spring break trip.

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3. Golden Isles

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Coastal Georgia features many barrier islands with different degrees of development. The Golden Isles include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island. Long ago, Spanish explorers descended on the area looking for gold, instead finding natural beauty that still draws visitors to the beaches of these islands. The spring break temperatures can be a little on the cool side, but walking along the beaches is still fun even if it’s too cold to swim. Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island offers plenty of perfect photo spots. Stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on the island to learn more about the native sea life.

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4. Columbus

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Explore the best of the Chattahoochee River along the RiverWalk in Columbus. Get on the water right in downtown Columbus at the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park with water control to change the class of rapids at different times of day. Spend some time at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, so your kids can brush up on their space knowledge before returning to school. The National Civil War Naval Museum gives the kids a chance to gain knowledge to impress their history teacher after break. At the Columbus Botanical Garden, the flowers are starting to bloom around spring break time, so you can stop and smell the roses.

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5. Helen

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Spring break in Helen is all about taking a break from stress and reconnecting with nature. Unicoi State Park and Smithgall Woods State Park give you plenty of hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls, which you can comfortably enjoy in the cool spring Georgia weather. Enjoy the view from above at Sunburst Stables and Ziplines. Back in town, enjoy the Bavarian-style buildings in this Georgia mountain town. Embrace the playful side of spring break at one of several mini golf courses in town, including Alpine Mini Golf Village and Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf.

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6. Macon

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Take flight into spring break with a stop at the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation, the second largest U.S. Air Force Museum and home to numerous aircraft, including military bombers, helicopters, and drones. The Museum of Arts and Sciences showcases permanent exhibits housing animals, fine art, and fossils. At the Ocmulgee National Monument, kids can learn about Native American history of the area, so they stay connected to learning even on spring break.

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7. Augusta

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Georgia’s second oldest city and home to the Master’s Golf Tournament, Augusta offers a diverse selection of activities, including living music, art, and historical sites. Riverwalk Augusta is the perfect way to take in the river views of the city or a concert at the amphitheater. Learn more about the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area on an Augusta Canal Petersburg Boat Tour. If you prefer a historic twist to your spring break adventures, check out the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson or the Augusta Museum of History.

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8. Dahlonega

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Relieve the Gold Rush days in the Northern George spring break destination of Dahlonega. A stop at Consolidated Gold Mines takes you 200 feet underground to the old gold mine tunnels. Crisson Gold Mine is an open pit gold mine in the area. Pan for gold at either of the mines to discover your own spring break treasure. Stop by the Dahlonega Gold Museum to learn more about the gold rush in the area. Take a break from gold fever at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, where you can see tigers, lions, chimpanzees, and other animals from around the world. Enjoy comfortable spring temperatures with hikes to several area waterfalls, including DeSoto Falls, Amicalola Falls, and Helton Creek Falls.

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