Now that spring break has passed, there are only a couple holidays left before summer. Since May is two months away, a day or weekend trip would be the perfect thing to escape the hustle and bustle of classes. If you need a taste of summer now or just a break from endless classwork, here are some short trip ideas from Macon.
If you don’t want to drive far:
High Falls State Park - 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, Georgia
About 35 minutes north of campus, High Falls State Park boasts the highest waterfall south of Atlanta, according to its website. Besides hiking, visitors can boat, fish, camp, swim or even play miniature golf. Some activities require a fee, so check on the website before going to make sure you bring enough money. Entry is free but parking passes are $5, and park hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
If you’re up for a small road trip (two-three hours):
Wild Adventures Theme Park - 3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, Georgia
Off exit 13 on I-75, Wild Adventures is a cheaper alternative to Six Flags and has amusement park rides, roller coasters, animals, shows and concerts all throughout its season. Wild Adventures’ Splash Island Waterpark will also open on April 7. Day passes start at $39 if you buy a week in advance, but check online for more information. Parking also costs $12. To make the most of your trip, leave campus in enough time to arrive at the park’s opening at 10 a.m. For more information and to see concert and event listings, visit www.wildadventures.com.
Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia
Even if you’ve already been, visiting the southern city of Savannah and its neighboring beach Tybee Island will provide something new for everyone. Explore Forsyth Park and shop on Broughton Street, and don’t forget about taking a stroll down River Street. Tybee Island also has its own area of shops and restaurants, and parking on the island is $2 per hour. If you want to make an overnight trip, check out Airbnb for places to stay.
If you’re willing to stay overnight:
Charleston, South Carolina
A little over 4 hours away from Mercer, the historic city of Charleston has an abundance of activities to do to make a one or two-night stay worth it. Visit the Fort Sumter National Monument, shop around in Charleston City Market and walk along The Battery, a scenic strip of lavish antebellum homes facing the waterfront. You can also stop for food at the Early Bird Diner, or Eli’s Table for a more upscale setting. Airbnb’s for a group of 5 go for about $75 a night.
Even though Macon is right in the center of the state, there are plenty of trip opportunities within a reasonable distance. Get a group of friends together to keep costs as low as possible, and enjoy!