This summer, kids have been chasing imaginary creatures all across the country via their smartphones. Why not try a real wildlife scavenger hunt in one of Georgia’s most beautiful family parks? There is a plethora of wildlife just waiting to be discovered. For things to do with kids in Atlanta, check out a few of these fun outdoor activities.
Birds of Prey
In 2000, Callaway Gardens debuted its Birds of Prey program. Since its start, the program has educated over 1 million curious visitors about these magnificent creatures. Guests can get up close and personal with these native raptors soaring just overhead. Throughout the park, kids can be on the look out for several birds like the Blue Heron and the Roseate Spoonbill as well as several varieties of waterfowl, quail, and hawk that call the garden home. Pack a pair of binoculars to spy for nests high up in the trees.
Day Butterfly Center
The Day Butterfly Center is the home to thousands of native butterflies and beautiful tropical plants. In the fall, the observatory is host to the world’s largest gathering of Blue Morpho butterflies. Deforestation in the tropical rainforest has threatened this butterfly’s way of life, but in Callaway Gardens this colorful species is thriving. See how many different varieties of butterfly your kids can pick out during your visit. This is a great idea for home schooled groups and weekend family outings. During the summer months, you can also learn more about creating your own butterfly garden in your backyard.
Geocaching is a modern day GPS-guided treasure hunt for the whole family. It is a great way to get outside, explore your local parks, and check out the native wildlife while on the hunt for buried treasure. Grab your GPS or smartphone with navigation capabilities and plug in the coordinates to treasure caches in your area. You can find coordinates online at sites like Geocaching.com. Be sure to bring your travel gear like sunscreen, bottled water, first aid, trail mix, and a bag of trinkets to replace the treasures you find inside each cache. Bring a notebook and pen so you can log your findings and sign the cache registers.
No matter what time of year, there is no shortage of flora or fauna to discover in Callaway Gardens. If you are looking for things to do with kids in Atlanta, strap on your walking boots and head to your local park.
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