Spring sports, school breaks and family holidays have you busy as a bee, but that doesn’t mean you and your little sprouts have to miss celebrating the splendor of the season. Take time to stop and smell the roses, and bask in the blooms, at one of these Atlanta-area attractions.


Atlanta Botanical Garden: Atlanta Blooms!
We all know that the folks at the Botanical Garden get a little crazy with the lights during the holidays, but did you know that they do the same thing with blooming bulbs during the Spring? With over 300,000 tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, and daffodils, Atlanta Blooms! is in its fourth season and is more splendid than ever. Click here to check out what’s blooming right now.

Details: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Blooms!, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, 404.876.5859, Free with admission


Piedmont Park: Atlanta Dogwood Festival
In 1936, a few dozen spunky citizens decided to spruce up Atlanta by planting dogwoods throughout town and hosting the first annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Today, the festival has blossomed into a weekend-long event featuring artists, musicians, a kids’ village, good food, and gorgeous blooms. Be sure to read all about it before you go to make the most of your visit.

Details: Piedmont Park, Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 11-13, Admission to the Festival is free, but some areas are ticketed


Macon, Georgia: International Cherry Blossom Festival
Think fast! What were the wedding colors of Julia Roberts’ character in Steel Magnolias? Blush and bashful! Or, as her mom decreed, “Pink and Pink!” That’s what you’re signing up for if you make the trek to Macon during March. With daily events, rides, competitions, pageants, and parades, you could easily forget that you’re there for the Cherry Blossoms, except that there are over 300,000 blooming Yoshino cherry trees that steal the show. Don’t miss the finale, if you’re only able to get to one event. The Tunes and Balloons event is part music-fest, part hot-air balloon launch, part cherry blossom tour, and part firework finale. Wowzers.

Details: International Cherry Blossom Festival, Various events throughout March, Prices vary according to ticketed event


Gibbs Gardens: Daffodil Festival
From March 1 through April 15, you and the littles can revel in over 20 million daffodil blooms doing their thing in the company of other Spring-flowering bulbs and vines. Located in Ball Ground, Georgia, Gibbs Gardens is less than an hour from Atlanta and a world away. In addition to the overdose of daffodils, you’ll be inspired by the gardens that Jim Gibbs, the retired President and founder of Gibbs Landscape, created. The best news? You can order your bulbs from Gibbs Gardens before you leave to be delivered to you when it’s time to plant this Fall (no trying to remember when to plant, or where you put the bulbs when it comes time to bury them).

Details: Gibbs Gardens, 2014 Daffodil Festival, 1998 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, 770.893.1880, March 1 – April 15, Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:00 p.m., $20 adults, $!8 children ages 4-17


Callaway Gardens
Few things are so decidedly Georgian as azaleas in the Spring. Everyone knows that the real reason people flock to The Masters is to see the blooms; the golf is just a recreational diversion. So where is the best place to take the kiddos to soak up the splendor? Callaway Gardens. With over 20,000 native and cultivated azaleas in bloom from March 1 through April 30, you won’t find a more concentrated collection of these fiery plants. Not sure that blazing blooms will hold your littles’ attention for a full day excursion? Check out the Gardens’ Celebrate Spring! calendar, and plan your trip around one of the scheduled activities in 2014.

Details: Callaway Gardens, Celebrate Spring!, 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, 1-800-225-5292, Children under 5 free, Ages 6-12 $12.50, Ages 13 and older $25

Where will you take your seedlings to enjoy spring? Share with us below!

—Shelley Massey

Photos courtesy of Gibbs Gardens, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Cherry Blossom Festival via Facebook, Callaway Gardens via Facebook and the author