Hello to all you southern summer explorers and adventurers! This #SouthernSummerFun Bucket List entry is all about dear ol dad! Like a virtual cowgirl, I’ve hunted down and rounded up all the awesome outdoor adventures to be had over Father’s Day Weekend 2014!
My boys’ father passed away in 2011. But, that’s not stopping us from celebrating Fathers Day. We’re giving away a Georgia State Parks ParkPass in his honor. A ParkPass will pay for your parking, at any Georgia State Park, for a full year from the date of purchase. If you win, you’ll receive your ParkPass just in time to celebrate the dads in your life with some of these great outdoor adventures! (Enter the giveaway below the article)
Take your dad to one of these fun events and enjoy the great outdoors the way of the adventurer!
Wild Cave Tour – Cloudland Canyon State Park Reservations Required
Jun 14, 10am or Jun 15, 10am
You will get muddy and wet on this family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. $30-$60 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Kids Day at the Park – Smithgall Woods More Information
Jun 14, 10am – 2pm
Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation. Archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters and more. $5 parking. 706-878-3087. Read our experience with a similar Adventure Day at Smithgall Woods.
Get Outdoors Georgia – Sweetwater Creek State Park More Information
Jun 14, 10am – 3pm
This is where we’ll be! Sample a wide variety of outdoor activities for free, such as archery, kayaking, disc golf, camping demonstrations, golf chipping, fly tying, geocaching, tree climbing, wildlife programs, water and outdoor safety classes, and information booths. ALL parking will be at Lithia Springs High School, with free shuttle. 2520 East County Line Road in Lithia Springs. Read about our experience at a similar event at Smithgall Woods State Park.
Ask The Naturalist Wilderness Survival Tips – Indian Springs State Park More Information
Jun 15, 12pm – 4pm
In honor of The National Get Outdoors Month. Visit with the Naturalist at the museum. Learn about the basics of surviving in the woods. Also, take a tour if the museum and sample the natural spring water.
First-Time Campers Program
Don’t forget about the awesomeness that is Georgia’s First Time Campers Program! Even if you have no camping gear or experience, you can easily take dad on a camping trip that includes tent, cook stove and more! Check it out.
Concerts with Dad
If your dad is more into taking it easy and listening to live music, for Father’s Day, check out these concerts at Georgia State Parks!
Bluegrass in the Breezeway – Don Carter State Park More Information
Jun 14, 7pm – 8pm
Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia’s finest bluegrass. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop. Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Bluegrass Concert Grass Backwardz – Red Top Mtn State Park More Information
Jun 14, 8pm – 9:30pm
Enjoy a free bluegrass concert every week at the Vaughan Log Cabin behind the Park Office. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and let some sweet, sweet music carry your worries away.
Bluegrass Cane Creek Band Concert – Tugaloo State Park More Information
Jun 14, 8pm – 9:30pm
The Cane Creek Band, a five piece bluegrass band, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations.
Does your dad enjoy wildlife encounters? These events may be what you need!
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind – Amicalola State Park More Information
Jun 14, 1pm
Have you met Zeus? Meet the feathered legend and other non-releasable birds of prey during this entertaining program. Meet at the Lodge Lobby. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.
Ssssslithery Reptiles – Tugaloo State Park More Information
Jun 14, 3pm
Snake expert, Don Burdick, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Don will be bring his awesome snake collection to show us as he discusses snake identification, habitant, habits, and more. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.
Full Moon Hikes for Night Owl Dads
Is your dad more active at night? Take him on a Full Moon Hike!
Moonlight Mountain Hike – Panola Mountain State Park More Information
Jun 14, 8pm
Join us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We’ll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must register and pay in advance. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike – Tallulah Gorge State Park More Information
Jun 14, 10:15pm
Enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. Register in advance. $5 per a person $5 parking. 706-754-7981
Go fishing with your dad! Or learn some Archery Skills!
Vogel State Park – Kids Fishing Rodeo More Information
Jun 14, 8am
Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout to be tempted by anglers 12 and younger. Prizes will be given to the lucky ticket holders. Adults must be accompanied with the children that will be fishing at the registration tent prior to fishing. A limited amount of fishing poles will be loaned out. $5 parking. 706-745-2628
Introduction to Archery – Hard Labor Creek State Park More Information
Jun 15, 2pm
Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a “Bull’s Eye” and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Paddle with Pop
Take Pop to one of these State Parks and paddle a canoe or kayak!
Ranger Led Lake Paddle – Sweetwater Creek State Park More Information
Jun 15, 9:30am – 11am
Join us for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 16 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop. Register in advance. $15 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Father’s Day Paddle – Hard Labor Creek State Park More Information
Jun 15, 7:30pm – 9pm
Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Learn some basic kayak strokes, and what gear is essential to take on a kayak trip. Meet at the Trading Post/Park Office. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.