Vacation at Your Speed in Henry County, GA


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An Adventure-Worthy Winter Getaway: Henry County

Some people use vacation to rest and relax, while others want their off-time supercharged with adventure. Enjoy the best of both worlds in Henry County, Georgia, only 20 miles south of Atlanta.

Take your time in historic Locust Grove wandering the downtown streets, checking out the Black Rose Café & Bar, Lovin’ Oven Pizzeria, The French Market & Tavern, and Crumbles, a bakery owned by a televised baking show champ. Train enthusiasts can settle in to watch the more than 40 trains that pass through Locust Grove each day from the beautiful Train Watching Platform.

Listen to the conductors talk to each other from the built-in speaker system. Shopaholics’ dreams come true in Locust Grove with two huge antique stores, Tanger Outlets, Cavender’s Horsetown, and a host of small boutiques. For one of the best breakfasts of your life, check out Southern Fusion Dining or sip coffee as you browse the new and used books at Birdsong Books.

While idyllic Downtown Hampton offers the opportunity to pick up some vacation reads at Speakeasy Bookstore, award-winning homemade ice cream at Welcome Home Creamery & Coffee, and craft beer in a laid-back setting at Camp Brewing Company, just a few miles away sits a thrill-seeker’s dream. The 850-acre Atlanta Motor Speedway is a virtual playground of opportunities with the Bobby Ore Motorsports Stunt Driving School, track tours, and annual NASCAR races and Monster Jam.

Across the street at the Atlanta Speedway Airport, book a seat in a Vietnam-era Huey or Cobra for the ride of your life at the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. If you want a bird’s-eye view but at a slower pace, check out South Atlanta Helicopter’s one-hour tours.

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When you want to kick back and take time to recharge, head to Stockbridge, where a private couples massage or a romantic dinner by the lake awaits at Stockbridge Lakes Bed & Breakfast. If nature is your therapy, visit Panola Mountain State Park and book a sunset mountain hike. If music mellows you, check out the lineup of concerts at the Stockbridge Amphitheater.

Stroll the Downtown Stockbridge main street, stop in BarnBeautiful for unique, handcrafted barnwood furniture and home décor, and browse the gallery for local art. For a bite of delicious history, travel down Martin Luther King, Sr. Heritage Trail to the Green Front Café, where, after more than 50 years since first opening, this restaurant is once again serving up southern staples, now with a Jamaican twist.

When it’s thrills you seek for the little ones, McDonough offers SkyZone Trampoline Park, Urban Air Adventure Park, and Starlite Family Fun Center. Southern Belle Farm can deliver thrills for the little ones and chill time for the adults. Berry picking, homemade ice cream and desserts, kids’ activities, and racing pigs in the fall are just some of their offerings. Looking for a quiet day by the lake?

Head to Nash Farm Park with your fishing pole to enjoy the serene beauty of this 204-acre park. Heritage Park offers shaded trails and an opportunity to soak in some history at the Heritage Park Veterans Museum. Be sure to ask one of the Veterans who volunteer for a tour for the best experience!

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Located 30 minutes south of downtown Atlanta on I-75, Henry County is home to unforgettable attractions – helicopter rides in military aircraft, concerts at the amphitheater, boutique and bargain shopping – and plenty of homegrown fun.


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