ATLANTA — Spending family time outdoors is often the best gift for adventurous dads.
Father’s Day is Sunday. To plan a celebration he’ll remember, check out these ideas from Georgia’s state parks.
If Dad enjoys camping, spoil him with a “glamping” adventure. Several Georgia State Parks rent yurts, which cross between tents and cabins. Dad will sleep cozily inside after enjoying a campfire and s’mores. Reserve yurts, cabins or campsites at www.Georgia StateParks.org/reservations.
Treat Dad to a day on the links at Georgia’s State Park Golf Courses, all with affordable greens fees, pro shops and overnight packages. Golfers will appreciate the beautiful scenery and relaxed atmosphere. On Sunday, Dad plays for $14.98 at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston, and throughout Father’s Day weekend, he can play for $18 at Richard B. Russell State Park in Rutledge. The closest state park with a course to Liberty and Long counties is Gordonia-Althamaha State Park near Reidsville, 912-557-7745. www.GeorgiaState Parks.org/golfing
Picnic in a park
Give your father a day off from the grill by packing a picnic basket with his favorite goodies. All of Georgia’s state parks have picnic tables with beautiful views of forests, lakes or mountains. Larger families can reserve open-air shelters or enclosed-group shelters for an all-day potluck. Find a picnic spot at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/map.
Gift cards and passes
If you can’t resist wrapping up a present, consider a gift card, annual ParkPass or membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Gift cards can be used on cabins, camping, kayak rental, bike rental, golf, historic site admission and many other outdoor activities. Annual passes provide free parking, and Friends membership provides an annual pass and additional discounts. Find details at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org and www.FriendsofGaStateParks.org.
Think dad has seen it all? Discover something new through the Hidden Gems series offered by Georgia’s state parks and historic sites. In honor of the park system’s 85th anniversary this year, rangers are revealing their favorite little-known places. Show him the abandoned moonshine truck at Amicalola Falls, a long-forgotten chimney in the woods at Red Top Mountain, or the old marble mine at James H. Floyd. Find a Hidden Gem near you at www.Georgia StateParks.org/HiddenGems.
Georgia has more than 60 state parks and historic sites, offering overnight accommodations, museums and a range of outdoor recreation. To learn more, go to www.GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 1-800-864-7275.