Last minute road trip to Six Flags and Amicalola State Park
As summer is coming to an end and school is back in session I decided to take my girls on one last trip. Every summer I focus on traveling and exploring cities within a three or four drive from our home. There is so much to do right in our own backyards if we just took the time to do a little research and by research I mean just google what to do around your area.
Where could I take the girls that would be a quick drive from Tennessee that would be both fun and educational? Lucky for us Georgia is only a three-hour drive away from Murfreesboro. Now that we have a destination in mind where would we stay and what would we do with only 48 hours to spare? My daughter Madison and I attended the media preview for the grand opening of Six Flag Over Georgia – Justice League Battle for Metropolis so she made it clear we were going back to Six Flags!
Next on my to do list was finding a place to lay our exhausted heads after spending the day at Six Flags riding roller coasters in the hot Georgia sun! I love waterfalls so much I plan my trips around where I can go hiking to see waterfalls. I have heard so much about Amicalola State Falls State Park over the years and how beautiful the park is, how stunning the waterfalls are, and the park has some of the best hiking in the State of Georgia that I decided it was now or never so I made reservations for us at a cabin in Amicalola State Park and Lodge.
Road Trippin to Six Flags Over Georgia
We left Murfreesboro, TN pretty early in the morning because the girls wanted to make sure we arrived at the park as soon as they opened so they could ride as many roller coasters as possible.
Six Flags celebrates its 50th season and the one thing has remained consistent are the screams and thrills of both the kiddos and adults echoing through out the park. The Park has over 11 roller coasters, water rides, and thrill rides. During the summer your family can cool off at Hurricane Habor and jump in the giant wave pool or plummet down an enclosed tunnel into a zero-gravity wave slide on Tsunami Surge.
With a little planning and preparation, you can make sure everyone has a great time and click here to save on Six Flags Over Georgia.
- Buy your tickets online which will save you money (search for promotional codes before you click “buy”).
- Familiarize yourself with the park using the amusement park website or City Pass.
- Know the rides your kids want to ride and get to those first before the lines get long.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for lots of walking.
- Six Flags has a plethora of restaurants but they can be quite costly so be prepared.
I don’t do roller coasters, scary rides, baby rides, water rides, or any rides that will cause sudden death but somehow my family convinced me to get on every roller coaster in the park and guess what I survived. We decided our favorite rides were the Blue Hawk, Goliath, Dare Devil Dive, and Justice League -Battle for Metropolis.
- To beat the crowds, go on weekdays in the summer and any operating day in April, May, June or September.
- Start your day at the farthest attraction from the main entrance and work your way back.
- Visit your favorite rides as soon as the park opens or after 5 p.m.
After spending 6 hours in the park we were all exhausted and our dogs were barking but we had another adventure to tackle.
Six Flags is open daily May 20-Aug. 6; open most weekends the remainder of the year. Hours vary; check the website for details. General admission at the gate is $66.99 for adults and $46.99 for children under 48 inches tall, but discounts abound; save up to $20 on adult tickets.
Make sure you check out Atlanta City Pass for the latest deals on attractions in Atlanta.
For more information: 770-739-3400 www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
Where to Stay?
Next on our 48 hours in Georgia was the hour and a half drive from Six Flags to Amicalola Falls Lodge. I know you have to wonder why would we drive so far after spending an entire day in the hot sun riding roller coasters and walking so much that I closed all three rings on my Apple watch.
What is so special about Amicalola State Falls? Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge is perfect if you are tired of the same ole same ole chain hotels. We wanted to have an adventure and to be surrounded by nature and Amicalola State Park has been on my bucket list for some time and is perfect for a weekend now escape.
From sunrise to sunset, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge is full of adventure but also offers a peaceful and relaxing get away. There is an abundance of woodland paths, amazing waterfalls, and the newest attraction the Zipline Canopy Tour.
Once we arrived at the cabin and dropped off our bags we headed back out to pick up snacks and sodas. The cabins are perfect for family bonding without the distractions of TV’s, Ipads, phones and all of the other electronics that keep us from creating those special family moments.
Amicalola State Park offers everything paddle board, fly fishing, or guided hikes.
We spent the night under the stars listening to the rhythmic pounding of the rain beating on the roof top of the cabin. Because we were in the woods at night with rain pounding down on us what else is there to do but scare the bejeezus out of Madison and Camille by telling scary stories!
Everyone that knows me knows I love waterfalls and Amicalola Falls is one of the biggest attractions in the Georgia mountains. There are many waterfalls that hide along trails within Georgia State Parks but Amicalola Falls is one of the biggest attractions in North Georgia as it holds the record for being the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River but make sure you watch out for bears!
The rain from the previous night made the waterfall that much more spectacular as the water rushed down the side of the mountain. It was absolutely amazing!
If you are a Tennessee Resident Amicalola Falls is currently offering 20% off nightly room rates for Tennessee Residents at the five Lodges at Georgia State Parks and Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.
To book a stay using the Tennessee Resident Rate, use online promo code ‘TEN20’ or mention ‘Tennessee Resident Rate’ at time of booking. Guests must present a valid Tennessee driver’s license upon arrival. For additional information about Coral Hospitality, visit CoralHospitality.com or call 239-449-1800.
I was given a complimentary pass to Six Flags to give my readers a different perspective and to share my thoughts. I was also given a complimentary stay at Amicalola State Lodge. All opinions expressed in my review are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links.