If a vacation to far away lands just isn’t happening this year, a little almost staycation to Pine Mountain may be just the ticket. The Wild Animal Safari is just a tank of gas and a little more than an hour away from Atlanta. Enjoy plenty of playtime in the area for a weekend away the family won’t soon forget.

Getting There:

Take I-85 south to exit 21 onto I-285 south, then get off at exit 42 and turn left. Drive about 6.7 more miles, and make a right onto Oak Grove Road. The park will be on the left in two miles. Along the way and during your stay, be sure to check out Callaway Gardens, Noah’s Ark and the historical area of Butts Mill Farm. 

What To Do:

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Wild Animal Safari
1300 Oak Grove Road
Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Price: $19.95 adults/ $16.95 kids 3 to 12

Begin this little weekend getaway at Wild Animal Safari park to enjoy awesome sights and getting drooled on by camels. All ticketing occurs at the park, so get there early and anticipate lines. Your admission includes driving through the park and a walk around. While there, purchase souvenir feeding cups for around $2 or 50 pounds of food for $39.95 plus tax.The most important thing to remember is they do not allow pets in the park for your pets safety, so please leave them at home. While inside of the vehicle in this drive-thru animal park, expect to encounter parrots, pythons, tree frogs, sheep and a wallaby. You may even see a miniature Sicilian donkey while on the tour. Special pricing is available for group trips, so gather up a car load and visit this summer.

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TreeTop Adventure
Callaway Drive
Pine Mountain, GA 30182
(800) 225-5292

Price: $25 per person

Much more than an obstacle course or a zip line, this combination course will test your skills. Make sure you practice stopping in its practice area before you enter the course. Once up in the treetops, you will only have a chance to exit after venturing almost half way through the course. The next exit does not exist until you are almost completed, so be prepared to commit to a solid day of exciting fun. Take a long a water bottle, and pick up an extra set of gloves from the sign up area.

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FDR’s Little White House
401 Little White House Road
Warm Springs, GA 31830
(706) 655-2311

Take the scavenger hunt through history here and become an ace on all things Franklin Delano Roosevelt while touring the Little White House as it was in 1932. FDR came first to Warm Springs, Ga., in hopes of finding a cure for his polio. He did not find a cure here, but was relieved somewhat by the warm spring waters and took swims in it daily while at the home. See the home’s guest quarters, servant quarters and nearby pools as they were when the former president enjoyed the area.


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Callaway Gardens Resort
5887 GA 354
Pine Mountain, Ga 31822
(800) 255-5292

Prices: $199 to $550 per night

Stay in one of Callaway Gardens’ rustic cabins or the Mountain Creek Inn for a getaway the family will love. Those who prefer to rough it may visit its RV resort as well. Meeting spaces are also available within Callaway Gardens, as are activities for the whole family. Bike ride here along the paths, and meander your way to the Butterfly Gardens. Be sure to keep an eye out for the black squirrels, a rare sight outside of this area. Available packages include some of these activities at discounted rates.

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The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens
4500 Pine Drive
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(706) 489-3300

Prices: $159 to $299

For the most luxurious and specious accommodations around, enjoy your weekend getaway at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, which is onsite but managed separately from the resort. While there, enjoy Spa Prunifolia to get a quick refresh before you head back to the city. It uses local plants and herbs in its treatments, which are designed to restore both the body and spirit. Check out its rooms and suites just steps from the spa, and go for a swim in the lovely outdoor pool.


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The Bakery and Cafe at Rose Cottage
111 Broad St
Pine Mountain, GA 30182
(706) 663 – 7877

No where in Georgia does a business work so hard to provide locally obtained food procured from the area. If that is not available, the restaurant shoots for regional items in keeping with its mission. Don’t let all this talk of sustainability make you forget about all the delights found at The Bakery and Cafe at Rose Cottage in Pine Mountain. Breakfast here is best with delicious coffee and pastries. A wonderful light afternoon lunch is served in the afternoon hours in a tea-house-like fashion.

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Eddie Mae Gunn’s Country Buffet
324 Main St.
Pine Mountain, GA 30182
(706) 663-2640

Almost any thing your tastes desire can be found here in the way of food. It features a lovely southern-style breakfast along with biscuits or toast. Lunch and dinner are also available. With extended hours, this is your best bet to find an open establishment in this sometimes sleepy town.

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