Your guide to everything to do this Spring in Georgia: from fruit and flower picking, to local gardens to visit, events and festivals, and fun activities in Atlanta!
How to Use this Georgia Spring Guide
Today I’m sharing my favorite Spring things to do in Georgia this year- consider this your go-to guide of everything to do this spring in & near Atlanta! My favorite things to do in the Spring in Georgia are strawberry picking, visiting flower fields, and enjoying the outdoors before the Georgia summer heat hits.
I’ve listed out my guide of everything to do this Spring in Georgia by activity- keep in mind that some (like blueberry picking) will be at their peak in late Spring, while other activities (like visiting local gardens) are already going strong now in March. I’ve also listed the events and festivals in chronological order. Happy spring, y’all!
Fruit and Flower Farms to Visit this Spring (and early Summer!) in Georgia
I love U-Pick days at a local farm in the spring to get outside and back into nature. The fruit you pick is always the freshest you get- even better than farmer’s markets! To see a full list of farms and their fruits, Explore Georgia has a great list here.
Quick Reference Georgia fruit picking spring season guide:
- Strawberries: mid April- June
- Blackberries: end of May-June
- Raspberries: mid May- mid June
- Blueberries June-August
Farms to Visit
Berry Patch Farms, Woodstock
- This farm has: Blueberries
Red Oak Lavender Farm, Dahlonega
Jaemor Farms, Alto
- This farm has: strawberries, flowers, peaches
- We visit every fall. Plus the market serves Dole Whip that tastes just like Disney’s. Read about our visit here.
Hillside Orchard Farms, Lakemont
- This farm has: blackberries
Adams Farms, Fayetteville
- This farm has: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Southern Belle Farm, McDonough
- This farm has: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries & family barnyard activities
- We visit every year for blueberry and dahlia picking. Their ice cream is amazing, too! Read about our visit here.
Washington Farms, Loganville
- This farm has: strawberries & family barnyard activities.
Hamlin Hills, Forsyth
- This farm has: strawberries, spring sunflowers, Zoo farm, & family barnyard activities, and their famous BBQ
Dickey Farms, Musella
- This farm has: strawberries (and homemade strawberry shortcake and ice cream!)
Gardens to Visit this Spring in Georgia
Gibbs Gardens: Go right now for Daffodil Colorfest, or go in a week or two to see tulips and flowering trees! Ryan and I went in 2021 and loved getting lunch and walking through Ball Ground- you can read about our visit here. Their daffs are legend- they currently hold the largest display in the nation!
- Admission: $20
- Location: Ball Ground
Atlanta Botanical Garden: Go to see tulips and the Orchid Daze exhibit which are blooming now. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is great to visit because it’s right in the the city, although it is a bit smaller than other gardens- read my blog post about visiting here.
- Admission: $23
- Location: Atlanta
Callaway Resort & Gardens: Callaway is so big- its 2,000+ acres and has an entire resort and gardens. Stay for the weekend and plan an entire visit with their other activities, like tennis, the lake, and zip lining.
- Admission: $25
- Location: Pine Mountain
State Parks to Visit this Spring in Georgia
Georgia has so many amazing state parks to visit- here are some of my favorites! Be sure to bring cash for park admission, water, snacks, & sunscreen. State parks are a great option for dog friendly days, too! For a full list of all Georgia state parks, click here.
Providence Canyon: Hike Georgia’s little grand canyon and pretend you are in Arizona. It’s great to do in the spring before it gets too hot, but if you go in July and August you can see the rare Plumleaf Azalea.
Sweetwater Creek: Sweetwater is super close to Atlanta and perfect for hiking, canoeing, and a picnic. It’s my favorite spot for the picturesque “park” day!
Tallulah Gorge: Tallulah gorge is a gorgeous canyon with a suspension bridge. It’s a more strenuous hike but the views of the gorge are breathtaking.
Lake Lanier Getaways
One of the best parts about a Georgia spring is that the weather is warm enough for a day spent by the lake! I like to go to lake Lanier for the day- there are great entrances with beaches, or you can visit Margaritaville for the day.
Lanier Park Beach: Lanier Park beach is a big public beach with a lot of space for swimming and watching people on their boat go by!
Don Carter State Park: Don Carter is a bit newer then Lanier Park beach, but is a smaller, more secluded spot. If you want a quieter lake day, pick Don Carter.
Margaritaville: Margaritaville is a boating area, water park, and resort with a lot of fun activities- the water park opens May 1st. I’ve never been but it’s on my list for a weekend away in the Lake Lanier Islands!
Fun Activities in Atlanta to do this Spring
Stock up on plants at the Grower’s Outlet. Now that we have a house, gardening and landscaping have become my favorite springtime activity. The Grower’s Outlet is the cheapest and best place to buy plants in Georgia. It’s worth the trip- just avoid it on the weekends because all of the state agrees and it gets very crowded!
Catch a Braves baseball game at the Battery/Truist Park. Make an afternoon of it and check out the restaurants and shops at the Battery, or go out to the bars after the game. Opening day for the braves is March 30!
Have a picnic In Piedmont Park or on the Hooch. Make your own or get takeout from your favorite local restaurant. Or, stroll around the park (or the Botanical Gardens!) and walk to the Nook for dinner.
Visit Zoo Atlanta before it gets hot this summer! Spend the afternoon in Grant Park and make a day of it. You can read about my visit here.
Explore the Swan House and have tea at the Coach House for a quick escape from Atlanta into the city’s history in Buckhead. You can read about my visit here.
Visit Skyview Atlanta, the Ferris wheel downtown, and have a picnic in Centennial Olympic Park (or lunch at the General Muir!). You can read about my visit here.
Visit the Atlanta Farmers market for fresh produce. The market is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is over 150 acres. Or, visit the local market in your neighborhood. Here is the link.
Go to the beach with your pup. Most Georgia beaches allow pets before the summer season, so it’s a great time to bring your pup! Memorial Day is May 29 this year- usually that’s the day the no-dog policy starts! Read about our visit to GA beaches here.
Festivals this Spring in Georgia
Forsythia Festival: March 11-12, Forsyth
- This festival has an arts and crafts show, a 5K, & sporting tournaments. Be sure to wear yellow when you go!
Macon Cherry Blossom Festival: March 17-26, Macon
- See the gorgeous, trees, explore Macon, and there are events like a fair, parade, and dinners!
Inman Park Festival: April 29-30, Atlanta
- Inman Park festival is my favorite festival of the year in Atlanta! Go and watch the parade and visit the vendors for free, or pay for a ticket to see the beautiful homes.
Vidalia Onion Festival: April 20-23, Vidalia
- Gabby Barrett is headlining the 2023 Festival! Admission is $40 per person at the gate (concert admission is exta).
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival: April 28-29, Thomasville
- Admission is free- go to see the rose show and experience live music and a parade.
Sweet Auburn Springfest: May 13-14, Atlanta
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race: June 1, Helen
- Go see hot air balloons action in a race! Plus, Helen is fun to visit for the weekend.