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Gift ideas for the outdoor dad
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ATLANTA — Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites make finding the perfect Father’s Day gift easy by providing affordable gift ideas suitable for every dad and grandfather.

Whether your dad enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and kayaking or hitting the golf course on the weekend, a gift from Georgia State Parks easily encompasses all the outdoor lovers on your shopping list and can be enjoyed all year long. There are also affordable "staycations" and events happening all weekend long to make this Father’s Day a memory to last a lifetime.


Annual ParkPass: Perfect for dads who enjoy fishing, camping and spending time outdoors, the annual ParkPass provides access to all Georgia state parks without paying the $5 parking fee. The annual park pass costs $50 or $25 for seniors 62 and older. To purchase, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit your nearest state park.


Georgia State Parks Friends Membership: For the ultimate outdoors dads who also like to do their part to protect Georgia’s natural resources, a Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites membership is the perfect gift. In addition to enjoying the benefits of a free annual park pass, historic site passes, a free night of camping or round of golf, and many additional perks, a Friends’ membership helps to protect Georgia’s natural and historic resources. Membership levels begin at $50 for an individual and are $75 per family. To join, visit or call 1-888-948-2092.


GreensPass: Natural scenery and quality courses combined with affordability make Georgia’s state park golf courses a practical gift dad can use all year long. The new GreensPass offers unlimited golf at seven Georgia State Park golf courses, available at a 10 percent discount through June 30. Discounted prices range from $630 to $900. Golf cart fees are not included.

Golf enthusiasts on your Father’s Day list will enjoy the diversity, maintenance and lack of crowds at Georgia Sate Park’s seven golf courses: The Creek at Hard Labor, Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant, Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell, Meadow Links at George T. Bagby, Wallace Adams at Little Ocmulgee, Brazell’s Creek at Gordonia-Alatamaha, and The Lakes at Laura S. Walker.

GreensPasses can be purchased directly at the golf courses. For tee times, call 1-800-434-0982 or visit


Georgia state parks lodges and cottages: If the gift of family time is most important to grandpa, a weekend getaway at Georgia state parks and lodges is sure to please. In addition to the diverse recreational offerings, there are special events and programs. From guided nature hikes and bike rides to fishing rodeos and bluegrass concerts, you are sure to find something enjoyable for all ages and interests. And, when the day is done, there are a variety of comfortable accommodations for all. Fully equipped cottages with great views and hotel-style lodges with restaurants allow families to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities by day and sleep in comfort at night.

For help in planning a Father’s Day staycation, visit or call 1-800-864-7275. Lodge rates begin at $59 and cottages begin at $100.

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