From the internationally renowned World of Coca-Cola to the High Museum of Art and the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta is home to some of the most notable attractions in the state.
But what you may not know is that there are ample opportunities outside of the city to discover unique attractions and educational museums in Georgia, where you can reap the benefits of lower ticket prices, beautiful scenery, and fewer crowds.
Next time you’re looking for a weekend adventure, check out these four museums and attractions located throughout Georgia.
Location: Macon, Georgia
Macon’s 43,000-square-foot hall of fame is the largest state sports museum in the country, commemorating the history of Georgia-based athletics. Given the size of the museum and the caliber of athletes honored, this is a great stop for sports fans and history buffs alike. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the 200-plus-person theater to see the exposed steel trellises modeled after those used for Ponce de Leon Park, long-time home to the former Atlanta Crackers’ baseball team.
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Founded in 1883 by Mary Telfair, a prominent Savannah philanthropist, Telfair Museums is one of the oldest art museums, not only in Georgia but in the entire South. Telfair left her home and all of its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society with instructions to open it up to the public. Since then, the museum has expanded significantly and now consists of three separate buildings full of art.
Location: Augusta, Georgia
An inductee into the Georgia Women of Achievement, Miss Lucy Craft Laney was an iconic and influential educational leader who started a school, established the first African American kindergarten in the United States, and founded the first nursing school for African Americans in the United States. Many years after her death, her house was restored and preserved as a local museum. You’ll be led through both permanent and rotating exhibits by a guide well versed in local African American history. Don’t miss the beautiful butterfly gardens.
Location: Augusta, Georgia
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson is an educational historical site and museum honoring the twenty-eighth President of the United States. The home has been carefully preserved and filled with both original and restored furnishings. Open three days a week, volunteer docents give tours that delve into Wilson’s childhood, life in Georgia during the Civil War, and the widespread impact of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the most significant events of the time period.
These four museums in Georgia offer an educational experience and a chance to learn more about the long history of the Peach State in a variety of ways.