945 Hwy 155 South
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: (770) 898-0804
Fax: (678) 583-1663
This non-profit organization rehabilitates all sorts of wild and domestic animals that have met with misfortune - from horses, birds, pigs and sheep to bears, monkeys, cougars, and wolves. It also brings together children and animals so they both can learn to provide unconditional love, service and a future of hope to each other. Visitors are welcome at the animal center throughout the week for guided educational tours. However, inclement weather or special events may alter tour times, so it's best to call ahead to confirm. Although tours are free, donations are appreciated to help the center continue its important work.
Clayton County International Park, located 20 minutes to the south of Atlanta, was constructed for the beach volleyball competition of the 1996 Olympic Games, and now serves as one of Atlanta's most complete water parks. In addition to a 6200 capacity volleyball stadium and 13 courts, the park offers a beach on its six-acre (2.5 hectare) lake, several water slides, and a pool for small children. Miniature golf, basketball, softball, hiking and fishing are also offered. Check the website for varying schedule of operations.
This beautifully restored antebellum plantation has a history as expansive and magnificent as its rooms. Built in 1839 in the Greek Revival style, the home was moved to its present location from outside of Jonesboro and named for the large trees surrounding it. Previously, it had housed both Northern and Southern troops during the Civil War in 1864.
This is the only working monastery in the state, and was founded in 1944 by a group of 20 Cistercian monks from Kentucky. A daily mass is held and is open to the public. On the 13th of every month, Nancy Fowler comes to speak on what she claims to be her visions from the Virgin Mary. The monks operate a gift shop on site offering fresh baked breads, and there is also a greenhouse and plant shop featuring authentic Japanese bonsai. Marvel at the Abbey Church's iconic glass-stained walls.
Constructed in 1944, this landmark has been a home and place of devotion to Trappist monks for over half a century. Stressing penance and prayer over conversation, these reflective monks work and live at the monastery to this day, and don't leave the confines unless absolutely necessary. The living quarters are not open to the public, but tours are available of the grounds, the greenhouse, and the Gothic abbey. A gift shop is also located on the grounds. Public Mass is conducted on Sundays.
This beautiful historic courthouse features exquisite Victorian style stairs, marble floors, and an original courtroom still intact.
Just 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, this 617-acre (250-hectare) park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the natural splendor on any of the park's trails, or stop by on the weekend for a guided hike to the top of the Panola Mountain. Hikers will enjoy the many species of flora and fauna that abound here, as well as the rock formations along the face of the 940-foot (286-meter) mountain itself. An interpretive center is located at the head of the trails, where regular nature hikes are organized by park rangers. See their website for maps, calendar of park events, and reservation details.
This farm is not far from downtown Atlanta, and offers a sweet retreat from city life. Trail rides, picnics, and many other activities are offered on this 100-acre (40-hectare) estate, which features both farmland and woodlands. Perhaps the most popular events are the moonlight hayrides, offered nightly throughout the year in fair weather. Business retreats, office picnics, and private events can all be organised, and 15 acres (six hectares) can be for camping.
Milton Daniel Park is tucked away near the Morrow City Hall and is known for its Christmas In the Park and Safe Halloween annual events. This green space has got picnic tables, restrooms, and playgrounds for children. It has also got walking trails and its not uncommon to see walkers early in the morning doing their rounds.
Located 30 minutes southwest of the city, this amusement park is open on weekends. Although there's plenty of fun for adults, the park is geared toward kids, with bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag, and three go-cart tracks. A miniature golf course, video arcade, and play maze are also available. Bulk tickets can be purchased 200 at a time since they are the cheapest. There are also occasional "armband specials" that offer unlimited access to certain rides for a certain price.
This majestic antebellum house and city landmark, built in 1855, is now converted into a historic museum housing a variety of historic exhibits. Passed down through several historic Fayetteville families (which explains the multiple names), the museum features an exhibit of memorabilia from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind, a replica of the first flag made in Fayette County, relics from the Civil War and a garden of native and historically important plants! Self-guided and guided tours available.
Thought to be the oldest state park in the nation, this 528 acre park became an official "State Forest Park" in 1927. The Creek Indians used the springs at this park for centuries to heal the sick and visitors today can still sample the spring waters, as well as enjoy amenities such as cottages, camp sites, a 105 acre lake and beach, a museum, a nature trail, and a miniature golf course.