Spring break is the perfect time for parents and children to recharge before the jam-packed end of school summer marathon begins. Planning a spring break vacation doesn’t have to be a daunting adventure that costs a fortune as long as you know where to look.
Here are some of our favorite local spring break locations in Georgia and South Carolina that won't add unnecessary travel expenses to your vacation getaway.
Where to Explore in Georgia
Home is where the heart is and if you’re from Georgia, you may not know that there are many places to explore right around the corner. With spans of coastal beaches, farmland, and mountains, you and your family can enjoy new experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Lilly Pad Village
A literal gem found in Georgia is Lilly Pad Village where you and your family can enjoy hunting for gems, hiking, fishing, and even playing a round of mini golf. Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area (eight miles outside of Blue Ridge, GA), it’s surrounded by a beautiful mountain backdrop with scenic views and beautiful sounds of nature. This destination is great for the whole family because it offers a little something for everyone!
Bear Hollow Zoo
Bear Hollow Zoo is home to various wildlife animals that have unfortunately encountered a life-changing event that no longer permits them to return back into the wild. These special animals now have the purpose of serving as ambassadors for their species and educating visitors about the wonderful wildlife we get to share a space with. Some of their inhabitants include a black bear, river otter, red fox, great horned owl, and more. Schedule a tour today, admission is FREE!
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State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia displays numerous themed gardens on 313 acres of land and is also a division of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. Some of their exhibits include the Flower Garden, the International Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Shade Garden, and more! Admission and parking are FREE, however, please consider donating to support the gardens’ ongoing functions, conservation, and research as well as educational programs.
The World of Coca-Cola
As one of Georgia's most iconic brands which offers a variety of tasty soft drinks, you and your family can experience the history of the world's most famous soft drink at the World of Coca-Cola. Guests can enjoy a behind-the-drink tour, view over 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts, take a trip around the world in an exhilarating 4-D movie experience, and sample different beverages from across the globe! Quench your thirst and curiosity while learning more about the history of Coca-Cola.
South Carolina's Scenic Spring Break Spots
South Carolina is known for its shoreline of subtropical beaches and marshes, sea-like islands, and southern charisma which offers a unique combination of charm and coastal relaxation. If you’re looking to explore some southern history, venture among a 60-mile stretch of beachfront or play a round of golf on one of their many courses. South Carolina has everything you need for a quaint spring break getaway.
Vanishing Island Dolphin Tour
The Vanishing Island Dolphin tour offers an opportunity to watch dolphins while visiting an island that’s only visible during low tide where you and your family can search for sand dollars. Island Explorer is the oldest dolphin tour company on Hilton Head and the Vanishing Island tour is a unique sand bar expedition. Choose to spend a few hours or the entire day on this unique adventure!
Oconee County is located in the “upstate” region of South Carolina, near the borders of Georgia and North Carolina. Conveniently located within a two-hour drive of Atlanta and Greenville, and three hours from Charlotte, Oconee County offers outdoor activities such as Brasstown Falls, Stumphouse Park (hiking and biking trails), and more. Get outside and enjoy some fresh air and fun in Oconee County!
South Carolina Aquarium
Bring the family to the South Carolina Aquarium, which features an enormous population of sea life, including countless species of fish, turtles, eels, seahorses, otters, and even large marine mammals that will leave you amazed. Housing over 5,000 animals, a Sea Turtle Care Center™, and several conservation programs, you and the family can venture through all the exhibits representing the mountains and seas of South Carolina.
EdVenture Children's Museum
With three exciting locations in Hartsville, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, each EdVenture Children’s Museum is outfitted with themed, life-based attractions. Your children will love learning, role-playing, designing, and building in exhibits such as Busy Bee Farm, Wags and Whiskers, Neighborhood Market, Aha Factory, Tinker Tech, Open Workshop, and more! This destination is the perfect combination of interactive and educational experiences for children to explore their creativity and innovation.
A Better Way to Spend This Spring
Planning and paying for a Spring break vacation doesn’t have to involve high costs of airfare, hotel, resorts, and other unnecessary expenses. A smart way to pay for your local spring break adventures is with one of our low-rate Visa Credit Cards. Even better, use your Peach State C.A.R.E.S. Visa Debit Card to support the Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation. The Foundation was established with the goal of helping our neighbors with contributions throughout our service area.
With every purchase made using your C.A.R.E.S. Visa Debit Card, we donate a nickel to the foundation.1 The Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundations helps local non-profits, school systems, and the arts in the communities grow! For more information about our Visa Credit or Debit Card options, visit peachstatefcu.org.
1 $0.05 per transaction of Peach State Federal Credit Union’s merchant interchange income from our Visa Debit Card program is used to benefit the communities we serve. We will determine where/how funds are disbursed. This does not affect members’ accounts nor will any member information be disclosed. You will not incur any additional fees or charges from this program. Merchant interchange income is derived from fees that a merchant pays to accept credit/debit card payments. The C.A.R.E.S. program may or may not apply to ATM transactions, certain commercial transactions, or other transactions not processed by Visa.