Callaway Gardens Top Activities
One of the top attractions in the Southeast, 14,000 acre Callaway Gardens is just minutes from our Lodge and Spa. Callaway Gardens, founded by Cason and Virginia Callaway, opened in 1952 as a place to connect man and nature in a way that benefits both. Millions of visitors have traveled to the gardens to enjoy top attractions such as the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Robin Lake Beach, Fantasy In Lights Festival and much more.
Passes to Callaway Gardens are included with reservations at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. We invite guests to explore the gardens during your stay. We're sure you'll find something new to love with each visit. Below are some of the top Callaway Gardens attractions and activities. For more information, visit www.callawaygardens.com.
Birds of Prey
Imagine being circled by a dozen deadly creatures with nothing but air between you and them. Welcome to the Callaway Gardens' Birds of Prey show at the lakeside amphitheater, where raptors and other winged hunters swoop down on and thrill audience members. Not only will you be thoroughly entertained, you'll also be fascinated by each bird's story and how humans play a role in their survival.
Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
Remember when you were a little tyke, spending the better part of an afternoon chasing butterflies? Well, you can relive those moments at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens. Only you don't have to run around to get a good look at these beautiful and colorful creatures. With over 1,000 tropical butterflies fluttering inside one of North America's largest glass-enclosed conservatories, they come to you.
The Butterfly Center is the perfect place for children, and adults looking to recapture childhood memories, to visit. In addition to 50 different species of butterflies, you'll also discover a wide array of tropical plants, which provide an ever-changing habit for the butterfly population.
FSU Flying High Circus
Step right up to the greatest show in Callaway Gardens. It's the Florida State University Flying High Circus! Every summer from early June to early August, the big top returns and exciting trapeze artists, tightwire walkers, balancing acts, juggling routines and more come with it. The FSU Flying High Circus, featuring the talented college students from down the road in Tallahassee, Florida, has performed at Callaway Gardens every summer since 1961. It's something that ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages should experience.
Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel
For a moment of reflection and tranquility, make your way to the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel set in the woodlands adjacent to Falls Creek Lake. This stunning house of worship, modeled after the Gothic chapels of the 16th century, was named after the mother of Callaway Gardens founder, Cason Callaway. Dedicated in April 1962 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the chapel houses a custom-built Möller pipe organ which serenades visitors both inside and outside the chapel. The Callaway Memorial Chapel is a favorite site for small, private wedding ceremonies, and it also hosts regular worship services.
Sibley Horticultural Center
Any time is a good time to visit the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center due to its dazzling display of native and exotic plants which bloom all year round. Part garden, part greenhouse, the Horticultural Center is home to five acres of diverse vegetation and also includes a spectacular 22-foot indoor waterfall and sculpture garden containing the impressive "Dove of Peace" Carrata Marble Sculpture.
Pioneer Log Cabin
Get a first-hand look at life back in the 1830's by visiting the Pioneer Log Cabin located within Callaway Gardens. Far from the modern comforts and conveniences you'll enjoy at the Lodge and Spa, this quaint dwelling provides a stark reminder of the hardships of the early pioneers and brings history to life for every visitor.
Robin Lake Beach
While nature takes center stage at Callaway Gardens, there's one very impressive part built by man you have to see. Robin Lake Beach is the world's largest manmade white sand beach, stretching over a mile around 65-acre Robin Lake. Open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, Robin Lake Beach is home to more than just great sunbathing and swimming. Miniature golf, shuffleboard, the Florida State University Flying High Circus and other activities are here for your summertime enjoyment.
TreeTop Adventure and Zip Lines
Look out below! TreeTop Adventure offers a dizzying and exciting series of zip-lines, ropes courses and other elevated challenges to get the adrenaline pumping. Located just behind the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, TreeTop Adventure takes you over 30 feet into the air and lets you fly across zip-lines up to 210 feet long. Our expert guides will help you tackle the 24 sections that span over 1,500 feet and test your balance and courage.
Callaway Discovery Center
Devoted to educating its visitors on the fragile relationship between man and nature, the $12 million Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center carries on the legacy of the co-founder of Callaway Gardens. This 35,000 square-foot facility is home to a museum/exhibit hall, lecture hall, café, gift shop and orientation theater where the film The Story of Callaway Gardens plays continuously.
Discovery Bicycle Trail and Bicycle Rentals
Perhaps the best and healthiest way to see Callaway Gardens is to cruise around the Discovery Bicycle Trail. This extra wide and smoothly paved path provides a scenic 10-mile excursion that winds around the indigenous plant and animal life. And it passes by all the featured Callaway Garden's attractions, so you can easily travel from one to the next. Simply rent a bicycle and a helmet, then pedal your way to a full day's adventure!
Here, you don't just go fishing, you go to school. Callaway Gardens features a two-day program designed to help aspiring anglers develop their skills and fall in love with one of the world's most peaceful and elegant sports. Even experienced fly fishers can hone their technique by receiving guidance from Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Instructors.
Weekend fly-fishing schools are available from March to November each year. For a full schedule, visit www.callawaygardens.com.
Hiking and Nature Trails
Encounter Mother Nature in her most natural state with a stroll through one of the nine scenic hiking trails that wind through Callaway Gardens. Fortunately, it doesn't take a mountain goat to navigate these trails, which require an easy or moderate amount of walking. So grab your walking stick and a comfortable pair of shoes, and see what the Georgia wilderness has to offer.