One Tank of Gas Can Get You to a Summer Getaway

By: Letisha Bush Email
By: Letisha Bush Email

When you're on a budget, summer travel may be low on your priority list. Callaway Gardens is a budget-friendly getaway, that's both relaxing and adventurous.

About three hours north of Tallahassee, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, is a nature inspired getaway .

Parks Sandifer said, "It's a beautiful place. Very kid friendly. Brings out the inner kid in us adults."

Founder Cason Callaway wanted to create a place that encouraged people to explore the great outdoors.

Wildlife is on display at the Birds of Prey Show. And you're sure to brush up against one of the thousands of butterflies located in the Cecil B. Butterfly Center.

Callaway Gardens offers outdoor activities like Tree Top Adventure. You can zip line through the forest or stroll down one of their many nature trails.

Claire Dentola visited as a kid and is now bringing her own children.

"Some of it's changed. We used to love the paddle boats and jet skiing. But they now have Aqua Island," she said.

Cool down at Robin Lake, the worlds largest inland, man-made beach. A floating playground will put your balance to the test or jet ski over 65 acres of water.

Catlin Henderson said, " We enjoyed the beach earlier today. We went and did the inflatable stuff and the obstacle course. That was really great. The tree top stuff is really fun too."

Everywhere you look, Callaway Gardens lives up to it's name. Mr. Cason's Vegetable garden is just one of the many fruits of their labor. It's named after the founder and includes a variety of flowers and herbs.

You're bound to smell the aroma of flowers on every acre of the Pine Mountain retreat. For more information on Callaway Gardens, click this link:

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