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Spring might be one of the best times to visit Georgia (the fall is pretty great too, thanks to all the fall foliage with golden and red leaves). But in the spring, the air hasn’t been taken over by dense humidity and dauntingly hot temperatures that “Hot-lanta” is quite notorious for. It’s a great time to visit parks, tourist attractions, and natural landmarks. In addition, there are festivals to celebrate the onset of blooms and warmth, and native plants, from Dogwood trees to azaleas, are at their peak. Keep reading for inspiration for your spring visit.

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Attend Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival Cherry blossoms in Macon
Cherry blossoms in Macon

Attend Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival

What Is It? Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival typically takes place every spring within the historic downtown vicinity.

Why Do It? Countless Yoshino cherry trees in the middle Georgia city are celebrated for several days.

Good to Know: A parade, pink pancakes, cherry desserts, of course, and a list of “pinked out” vendors flood the streets for a party that will certainly get you in the mood for spring.

See Atlanta United Mercedes Benz Stadium
Mercedes Benz Stadium

See Atlanta United

What Is It? Basketball is winding down, baseball isn’t quite in full swing and it will be several months before the Falcons hit the field—but Atlanta United, the city’s elite soccer team, is firing up Mercedes Benz Stadium in the spring.

Why Do It? Come enjoy the outdoor games and freebies before entering the impressive stadium, that might just have its retractable top open on a nice day.

Good to Know: Tweet a pregame selfie of your crew with caption #ATLUTD , and you might just be featured on the massive halo board screen during the game.

Go to Savannah Savannah St. Patrick Parade
Savannah St. Patrick Parade

Go to Savannah

What Is It? Savannah, Georgia has one of the largest St. Patty’s Day celebrations in the world, with an unforgettable parade and several accompanying events. But if you’ve missed it, a number of spring festivals continue into the coming months.

Why Do It? In April, Savannah College of Art and Design puts on an event that displays student’s talent via sidewalk chalk art.

Good to Know: It’s gorgeous, and happens to take place in one of Savannah’s most popular attractions, Forsyth Park.

Go to the Beach Tybee Island
Tybee Island

Go to the Beach

What Is It? Several famed beaches reside near Savannah, from the sandy beaches in Tybee Island to the winding trees and southern beauty of Jekyll Island.

Why Do It? Spring is a good time to search for deals, especially before spring breakers hit the scene (although these areas are lesser known for partying than Panama City).

Good to Know: That little window in May right before school lets out for summer, is a good time to book a vacay along Georgia’s Atlantic Coast.

See Balloons Set Sail on Helen Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race

See Balloons Set Sail on Helen

What Is It? Toward the end of May, a number of colorful hot air vessels take to the skies for the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. Competitors will float their way over the rolling mountains, on a route that will take them to a finish line along the coast.

Why Do It? Downtown Helen is the perfect backdrop for the spectacle, as late spring brings different foliage, from azaleas to other rhododendron species.

Good to Know: The town itself has a lovely Bavarian flare with quaint streets lined by sweet shops and restaurants.

See the Nation's Largest Daffodil Display Gibbs Gardens
Credit: Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs Gardens

See the Nation's Largest Daffodil Display

What Is It? Gibbs Gardens is located north of Atlanta in Ball Ground, Georgia, and is a diversely landscaped area of a few hundred acres. Fifty of those acres become drenched in golden daffodils through the spring.

Why Do It? Intermittently, throughout six weeks, 200 different types of this majestic flower will make a debut. Gibbs Gardens features the largest display of this particular bloom in the nation with over 20 million flowers carpeting the ground.

Good to Know: Dogwoods and cherry blossoms are also here in the spring.

Take a Waterfall Hike Anna Ruby Falls
Anna Ruby Falls

Take a Waterfall Hike

What Is It? Waterfalls are a feature of a multitude of hikes in North Georgia—Anna Ruby, Desoto and Dukes Creek to name a few.

Why Do It? Spring adds a dash of color to your journey along these beautiful paths, and of course, the waterfalls present prime photography opportunities while being surrounded by lush, new greener after a long sparse winter.

Good to Know: Spring temperatures are pretty perfect in the mountains as well, and if in an approved area with a proper fishing license, you could cast a line to catch some trout.

Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Credit: JR P via Flickr
Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

What Is It? A popular attraction in Atlanta, the Botanical Gardens are ever-changing with each season, and the grounds are an absolute oasis in the middle of a bustling city.

Why Do It? Interesting modern art is met with 80,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and many more species of blooms. Whether coming for an afternoon walk, or for a whole day, there’s a surprising amount of things to do here.

Good to Know: The food in the cafe is great, then there’s the interactive children’s garden, and an indoor shop to explore. Every time one visits the gardens, it’s a truly unique trip.

Take a Trip to Callaway Callaway Gardens
Callaway Gardens

Take a Trip to Callaway

What Is It? Callaway Gardens is another signature place to visit come spring, as miles of biking and hiking trails are surrounded by predominantly azaleas, along with a list of other native plants.

Why Do It? This is something that could either be a day trip, or a full vacation, as the lodge and onsite accommodations are absolutely lovely.

Good to Know: The on-site butterfly conservatory is a highlight.

Eat Stawberries at Southern Belle Farms Southern Belle Farm
Southern Belle Farm

Eat Stawberries at Southern Belle Farms

What Is It? Southern Belle Farm is one of the best, most exciting places to pick fresh fruit through the warmer months.

Why Do It? In addition to expansive spring strawberry fields, a market offers old fashioned treats and homemade ice cream. A petting zoo, slides and moon bounce are some of the other activities.

Good to Know: Come back through the summer and enjoy blackberries, blueberries, muscadines and peaches.

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