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12 Outdoor Winter Fun Spots Near Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Newnan

Looking for winter fun near Coweta and Fayette Counties? Here's our list of can't-miss family fun.

By Michelle Schwab, Peachtree City-Fayetteville-Newnan publisher January 21, 2023

Are you looking for ways to get out of the house this winter? Fresh air is good for the soul — not to mention it helps to get the wiggles out of the kids. 

We put together a list to help you find fun outdoor activities to do this winter with your family in Newnan, Peachtree City and Fayetteville (or just a short drive away!) during these next few winter months in Georgia: 

1. Take a Free Tour of Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

Lion, Tigers, and Bears!  And more at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary!  A self-guided tour is always free of charge to visitors of all ages. We do kindly ask that you donate if possible. You, your family, and your friends are invited to freely walk the approximately one mile trail throughout the habitat to see all of the animals. Each enclosure has a sign posted with an informative description of that animal.  Self-guided tours are available from 12 pm - 3 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, weather permitting. Note that the sanctuary is closed until February 1, 2023.  Cost: Free.





2. Unique Glamping/Camping Experiences

Georgia State Parks offer the unique experience of glamping in a Yurt at six parks: Cloudland Canyon, Red Top Mountain, High Falls, Fort Yargo, Tugaloo and Sweetwater Creek state parks.  Inside you will find furniture to sleep six, electrical outlets, large windows and locking doors. A ceiling fan, small heater, screened windows and electrical outlets are provided. Yurts at High Falls, Tugaloo and Fort Yargo have air conditioning. Rates: $85-$100/night.

Looking for other unique places to sleep? Georgia State Parks also has stone cabins, barrel cabins, a mansion, and even a sustainably designed inn that requires a 5-mile hike to get to. 





3. Exciting Rides and Attractions at Fun Spot America Atlanta

Fun Spot America in Fayetteville is the closest theme park to Fayette and Coweta residents. The Atlanta location boasts a four-story go-kart track, The Samson. Standing at 40 feet tall and 1,800 feet long the track is Georgia’s first and only multi-level go-kart-track. Atlanta is also home to a Ferris Wheel, Batting Cages, Bumper Cars and more fun for the whole family. General Admission: $34.95/person.

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4. Play Disc Golf

Disc Golf Baskets were recently placed at Temple Ave. (39 Hospital Rd, Newnan). Click here to download the scorecard.  Be on the lookout for baskets to come at the Hunter Complex. Also, Peachtree City has a 9-hole Disc Golf course near Highway 54. Parking is in the city hall and library lots.  Free.





5. Bugs and Butterflies  at Callaway Gardens

There's so much to do at Callaway Gardens!  Hike or rent bikes while enjoying the perfect family activity with over ten miles of winding trails through breathtaking natural landscapes. Or discovery 1,000 butterflies at Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center! Outdoor Areas at Callaway Gardens are open Daily, 9 a.m. – Dusk. Admission Tickets should be purchased online. General  Online Admission: $24.95/person.


6. Zipline The World's Largest Course at Banning Mills

Banning Mills offers 4 levels of ziplines, plus a Crazy Squirrel Village for ages 4 and up.  Zipline prices start at $59 and Crazy Squirrel Village starts at $29.95.  While you're there, check out the Tree House Rooms! These are perfect for a "staycation" with a king bed, gas log fireplace, jetted tub for two, private bathroom with shower and covered back deck overlooking the Gorge.





7. Take a Hike at a Public Nature Area

There are numerous public nature areas in Fayette and Coweta Counties.  Our favorites are listed in the MacKid Hiking Guide. Most locations are Free.


8. Mountain Bike at a Local Trail

Take your bike to the 1 mile Rollercoaster Trail off the LINC in Newnan.  Park at the Nixon Center for Performing Arts. Follow the path to the LINC, and make a right when you get to the main path.  The Rollercoaster trail will be just a short ride on your left.  Brown's Mill Battlefield has 6 miles of signed trails that are rated for beginner and intermediate bikers.  Also, be on the lookout for a new trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.  Check out MTB Atlanta for trails in Chattahoochee Hills, Pine Mountain and other nearby locations.  Most locations are Free.





9. Zoo Atlanta

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll through the African Savanna or a chance to explore the Asian Forest, Zoo Atlanta offers something for everyone. Zoo Atlanta has implemented a timed ticketing system that requires an online purchase to limit the number of guests inside the Zoo at any given time.  Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Adult (12+): start at $24.20. Child (3-11): start at $19.45; Active Military and Children under 2: Free.

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10. Go on a Hunt at Hills and Dales

The Callaway family home, located in LaGrange, Georgia, is one of the finest historic homes in America today. Completed in 1916, the 13,000 square foot home leads to gardens that are more than 175 years and is considered one of the best preserved 19th century gardens in the country.  Young guests are invited to enjoy a special tour of the Hills & Dales Estate with the help of mascot, Earle the Fox Squirrel.  Children will enjoy a fun-filled journey through the grounds while they learn about the plants, animals, and history that make the estate so special. At no charge, children receive the Hills & Dales Activity Book, a booklet with activities and puzzles designed for children ages Kindergarten through sixth grade. Those who successfully complete “Earle’s Great Hunt” on page nine of the activity book will receive a special prize at the Visitor Center.  Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am - 6 pm. House and garden admission: Adults: $25, Students (age 8-College ID): $10, Children 7 and under are free.  


11. Go Ice Skating in the South

The Great Lawn at Sweetland Amphitheatre is host to a 5,500 square foot open-air ice-skating rink. Sweetland on Ice is open until February 14, 2023.  Hours: Thursday & Friday: 5 - 9 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 12 - 9 pm.  Kids (10 years & under): $10. Adults: $15 (includes skates)


12. Newman Wetlands Center

Visitors can learn about the importance of local wetlands at Newman Wetlands Center. The entire facility and trail is handicapped accessible. Trail Hours:  Monday – Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Gate closes at 4:30 PM   Free.


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