Trip Ideas

Georgia Escapes for Labor Day Weekend

Relax on a long weekend trip that fits perfectly in that sweet spot between summer and fall!

  • Jekyll Island

Labor Day is the perfect excuse to work in that vacation you missed during summer break. You can enjoy time at the beach or a dip in the lake…or head to the mountains for a mild breeze and a hopeful peek at fall. These eight Georgia escapes are ideal for Labor Day.

  • Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Cordele

    At Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, families can relax in a lakeside cabin, villa or at the Inn. Don’t miss the Family Affair Package, great for extended multi-generational trips. It includes breakfast plus two activity rentals, including a pontoon boat, jet skis, bikes, kayaks or a round of disc golf. Now and always, kids under 12 stay free. While you’re in Cordele, don’t miss a ride on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train.
  • Southern Pine Cottages at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain

    Take in the last of summer at Callaway Gardens. Stay at the Mountain Creek Inn or in a Southern Pine Cottage, explore Callaway Gardens, rent bikes, play tennis and golf, and play at Aqua Island for some summertime excitement. Don’t forget that Labor Day at Callaway means you can experience the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival with extraordinary nighttime balloon glows, balloon flights and tethered balloon rides, a classic car show, live music, beach activities and much more.
  • Merry Acres Inn, Albany

    The rooms and suites at Merry Acres Inn are made for relaxing. You’ll find hardwood floors, hearty Southern oaks and comfortable porch dining options here. Kids will adore the saline pool, and mom and dad love the proximity to family fun attractions like Flint RiverQuarium and Chehaw. Hit up Kayak Attack Adventures – they’ll outfit you with a kayak or canoe for an adventure down Flint River from one of two new launch points.
  • Atlanta Evergreen Marriott, Stone Mountain

    Stick close to the city with a stay at Stone Mountain Park’s Atlanta Evergreen Marriott. Play in the pool (indoor and outdoor options mean pool fun regardless of the weather!), challenge the kids to a game of "life-size" chess, and explore Stone Mountain Park.

    Stone Mountain Park offers a special Labor Day fireworks display all weekend. Take to the trees at the new SkyHike, cool off at Geyser Towers, ride the Scenic Railroad around the mountain and take a gondola to the summit for spectacular views.

  • Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris

    Head to the mountains for fun on Brasstown Valley Resort's 503 acres of family fun. Kiddo activities include arts and crafts, ping-pong and video rental for indoor play, and hiking, golfing, fishing and pool time for outdoor excitement. Don’t miss the guided trail horseback rides, including hand-led rides for kids under 6 years old. Want to hit the golf course or the spa? No worries! Baby-sitting services are also available.
  • Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island

    If you’re looking for a family beach getaway — sunny weather and shoreline for miles — then head to Jekyll Island. Stay at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or Summer Waves Water Park. Kayaking, biking, dolphin cruises, exploring Tidelands Nature Center…there are plenty of ways to adventure here.
  • Unicoi Lodge, Helen

    Whether you want to explore the Alpine town of Helen or stay within the grounds of Unicoi State Park, Unicoi Lodge is a great home base for families. Choose from kid-approved barrel cabins or affordable rooms within the lodge (including loft options the kids will adore.)

    The Adventure Lodge program is great for active families, with packages that include 3-D archery, paddle boarding, kayak fishing, zip lining and more. And every family will want to gather around the campfire for s’mores and stories from the park’s animated storytellers.
  • Westin Savannah Harbor Resort, Savannah

    Relax in luxury at Savannah’s premiere resort for families. The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort is Savannah’s only downtown hotel to offer secluded beach access for guests only along Daufuskie Island — all via their on-site marina. Need a break from the sand? No worries! The hotel also offers a poolside oasis with a full restaurant, interactive children’s area, saltwater pool and hot tub.

  • Lesli Peterson is Georgia's official Family Explorer. Find more of her family-friendly tips and trip ideas on, and visit for more itineraries and money-saving tips.