Our Top Picks for FUN Staycation Ideas

By Michelle Schwab, Peachtree City-Fayetteville-Newnan publisher February 1, 2023

Want to get out, but still stay close to home?  Here are our top ideas for places to enjoy a family staycation within a short drive of Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Newnan.

And be sure to check out the local guide, Free or Inexpensive Activities in Fayetteville, Peachtree City and Newnan. 

A huge thanks to our sponsor, Junction Lanes!  Sponsors keep Macaroni KID Coweta Fayette a free community resource, so please support them whenever possible!

  Junction Lanes has been entertaining families in Newnan, Georgia for many years. We offer 40 lanes of bowling, a brand new state-of-the-art arcade, Spin Zone bumper cars and 3D mini-golf. When you’re in need of quality family entertainment, keep Junction Lanes at the top of your list.  “People of all ages can bowl, from 3 to 103, it's one of few activities in which no one is excluded."  - Ryan Huber, Owner of Junction Lanes. 

Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest  Atlanta
Includes one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. The 33-acre experience features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, and gardens. If you’re looking for history, knowledge, and adventure, you’ve come to the right place!

Atlanta Zoo, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE  Atlanta 

Zoo Atlanta maintains a collection of more than 1,000 animals, representing more than 200 species from around the world.  Money Saving Tip: Borrow the Zoo DVD from the library and get a free zoo pass.   The DVD is often checked out, so call the library first to see if it is available.

American Museum of Paper Making, 500 10th St. NW Atlanta, GA

The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the Museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. Admission is free, although a donation is appreciated.

Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville,  GA

Through a variety of programming, tours and activities even the Museum’s youngest visitors will enjoy their visit. Children can learn about art, the West, the Civil War, and the United States Presidents.   

Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St NW Atlanta, GA

The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta celebrates and commemorates Jewish history, culture, and art through events featuring concerts, movies, books, discussions, genealogy, and group tours. Money Saving Tip:  Borrow a pass from a participating library and receive up to four (4) free admissions.

Bridge Community Center, 208 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City

Offers a gym, indoor walking track, cafe, game room with pool tables, video games, and ping pong.  Also, provides health and fitness programs for the adults. Offers monthly and daily memberships. Fees are currently $10-$20 per month.

Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Find 2,500 Acres of gardens, trails, and natural beauty! Experience a Birds of Prey show, visit the
Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, bike the trails, check out the pioneer log cabin or hang out by the beach.

Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta, GA

The first puppetry center in the United States, today it is the largest American organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater.  Money Saving Tip:  Borrow the “passport” for one week from the library. It allows for free museum admission for up to four and qualifies the holder to purchase show tickets at a 25% discount, which includes a Family Series Performance, A Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and the Museum.

Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA

Canoeing, Trails, zipline and wildlife.  It's all here!  Money Saving Tip: Check out the Family Pass at the library, which is good for four (4) free admissions to the Center.

Chick-fil-A, local restaurants and Chick-fil-A Home Office, 5200 Buffington Road, Atlanta, GA

Local Chick-fil-A restaurants offer free tours.  Speak to the manager for details. Also, take a tour of the Home Office and learn the history of the Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, and the core values of the company.

Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta

The Museum’s permanent collection consists of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire discovery and creative thinking. 

ChildrenConnect Newnan Children's Museum, 30 Temple Ave, Newnan, GA 30263

The ChildrenConnect Museum in downtown Newnan is on a mission to engage children and families in the joyful discovery of connecting to the world around them through meaningful play.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, 1600 Cllifton Rd. NE, Atlanta

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID.  Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Find out at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum.  The museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. Admission is Free.

Dixie Wing Museum 1200 Echo Ct., Peachtree City, (678) 364-1110

 In addition to the rare flying WWII and Korea warplanes on display at the impressive hangar of the Dixie Wing, there is a room dedicated to the display of artifacts and memorabilia of the Wars of the U.S. in the last century.  Free admission.

Fernbank Science Center (not the Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

156 Heaton Park Dr., NE Atlanta 

 Offers nature exhibits, a 65-acre Fernbank Forest, as well as a planetarium.  The 70-ft diameter planetarium is one of the largest in the United States.  Admission is Free, Planetarium Shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta

Discover the fascinating story of money—from barter to modern times, and see examples of rare coins and currency. Free admission.

Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St, Atlanta, GA

With hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, it is one of the largest aquariums in the world! Money Saving Tip:  Get your Tickets Through CertifiKID for 21% savings.

Georgia Governor's Mansion, 391 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta,  GA

See where Georgia's governor and first lady live! Free public tours held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, between 10 and 11:30.

Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA
This FREE museum’s collection and exhibitions are so diverse, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Georgia State Parks 

Enjoy the outdoors at a State Park in Georgia!  Money Saving Tip:  Pick up a pass from the library. The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the state parks and historic sites.

Go Fish Education Center Family Pass
Explore Georgia’s underwater habitats, see alligators and aquatic wildlife up close, cast for & catch a real fish, and visit the hatchery.  Money Saving Tip: Borrow the pass for one week from the library. It will admit up to 6 visitors to the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, GA. 

High Museum, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE  Atlanta 

The High has over 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection and offers exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy.  Everyone receives FREE admission to the Museum on the second Sunday of each month as part of Family Fun at the Woodruff Arts Center!  Access will be limited to online advanced timed-ticket reservations.

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr, Kennesaw 

 A National Battlefield that preserves remnants of a Civil War battle that took place during the Atlanta Campaign. Has 18-miles of interpretive walking trails.  Admission and parking are $5 per car.

Macon Museum Pass

One pass, three museums.  Borrow a pass from a participating library and receive 4 admission to Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Tubman Museum.

Martin Luther King National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta

 Tour the home that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived in from birth to age twelve.  Admission is free.

McRitchie Hollis Museum - 74 Jackson Ave., Newnan

Over the years we have sought to bring educational and interactive programming to the community.  Offers brochures for self-guided tours of the City of Homes, Oak Hill Cemetery & Confederate Soldier Area, and places associated with the 1948 John Wallace murder trial.

Michael C. Carlos Museum,  571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta

Georgia families can now enjoy the museum's exquisite permanent collections and renowned special exhibitions showcasing arts and culture from around the world. Money Saving Tip: Borrow a family pass from a participating library and receive up to six (6) free admissions.

National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center boasts a collection of more than 70,000 artifacts from more than 236 years of American military history.  Admission is free, but a $5 per person donation is requested.  There is an extra charge for the IMAX theater and combat simulators (for group of 11 teens/adults).

Newman Wetlands Center, 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton, GA
Visitors can view various exhibits presented throughout the year, watch informative wetlands videos, or hike the wetlands trail. The entire facility is handicapped accessible. The education center is currently closed for renovations, but the trail is open. Admission is free.

Noah's Ark, 712 LG Griffin Rd., Locust Grove

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Noah’s Ark is an animal rehabilitation center in Locust Grove. They welcome schools and others to bring groups of children on an educational tour of Noah’s Ark. Admission is $7/person and must be scheduled in advance. Payment is required seven (7) in advance.

State Capital Tour and Museum, 214 State Capital, Atlanta 

Free Guided and Self-Guided Tours of the Capitol are available. The Capitol Museum is located on the 4th floor.

Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Drive  Cartersville

The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus features four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Millar Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. A 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory with a state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope is also located at Tellus.

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