Spring in Georgia brings blooming flowers, warmer days and activities of all kinds. From outdoor adventures that take advantage of the great weather to favorite events that only happen once a year, here are some of the best things to do around the state this season.

Go to the beach

Plan a getaway to Georgia’s islands and beaches. The Golden Isles, comprising St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and the port city of Brunswick, are brimming with activities from deep-sea fishing to golfing and shopping. Seek out the otherworldly landscape of Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, and indulge in luxurious solitude on Little St. Simons. 

Rent a cute cottage, go on a dolphin tour, and dig into fresh seafood on family-friendly Tybee Island, just a short drive from Savannah. 

Ferry to Cumberland Island and camp on this National Seashore known for its unspoiled beaches, wild horses and historic Dungeness Ruins. 

Tour botanical gardens

Spring colors pop early in Georgia, especially sunny yellow daffodils, cheery pink cherry trees and tulip magnolias. From early March through mid-April, the nation’s largest daffodil display delights as more than 100 varieties blanket 50 acres of picturesque hillsides and valleys at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground. 

Experience the beauty of Callaway Resort & Gardens’ iconic 20,000 azaleas in peak season during March and April in Pine Mountain. Hike, bike and zipline through 2,500 acres of springtime splendor.

Attend an arts, music or sporting event

Just as daffodils, dogwoods and azaleas flourish in the spring in Georgia, so do outdoor arts, music and sporting events.

Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, March 15-24, is a perennial favorite, featuring art exhibitions, rides and performances. 

Savannah Music Festival, March 28-April 13, is the state’s largest, featuring artists from all genres, including classical, jazz, folk, country, and rock. 

Tickets to the legendary Masters golf tournament in Augusta are hard to come by, but even if you don’t have tickets, there is plenty to enjoy off-course during Masters Week April 8-14. 

Take a culinary tour of the state

Find an abundance of local flavors on a culinary trip across the state. Georgia’s spring food festivals offer a huge menu of options, from the Vidalia Onion Festival, April 25-28, to the Taste of Alpharetta, May 9, to the Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival, May 11.

Grab a bucket and head to one of Georgia’s many pick-your-own farms for a Southern springtime tradition: strawberry picking! 

Get out on the water

Enjoy the great outdoors around Georgia, especially the lakes, rivers and ocean. Central Georgia boasts a number of lakes, including Oconee and Sinclair.

A popular destination for spring fly fishing, Blue Ridge is the state’s trout fishing capital with dozens of outfitters along the Toccoa River.

For high-octane whitewater rafting, visit the world’s longest urban whitewater rafting course in Columbus. 

In South Georgia, take a naturalist-guided boat tour or set out on your own kayak to experience the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 

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Spring in Georgia
Bike the trails

Gear up with your helmet and two wheels to explore the state. There are plenty of paved bike paths for beginner or expert riders. The Atlanta BeltLine, an ongoing sustainable redevelopment project, comprises 22 miles of historic railroad tracks circling downtown, connecting public parks, multi-use trails, neighborhoods, restaurants, and more. The Arabia Mountain PATH runs 30 miles, linking cultural, scenic, natural and historic sites. The Chattahoochee Riverwalk in Columbus runs 15 miles alongside the water, offering views of the whitewater rapids and a connection to the National Infantry Museum.

Plan a road trip

Decide what you want to see, whether it be the coast or mountains, cities or small towns, and follow Georgia’s scenic highways and byways. Wind through the mountains on the 41-mile Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway, drive along the coast on US-17, or taste your way through the southern part of the state on Georgia Grown Trail 37. 

Park your car or RV at one of the many campgrounds, cabins and yurts at Georgia State Parks. No matter which park you choose, you’ll find a range of activities like nature trails, boating, ranger programs, and much more right outside your door.