This weekend marks the official end of summer. If you feel the urge to squeeze in one last blast, read on for three quick trips to send off the season in style.

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Serenbe
Just a thirty-two mile drive south of the center of Atlanta, Serenbe is serene community where you can do just about anything—or happily nothing at all. Take a trail ride, or hike along the wooded paths on foot. Be sure to introduce the kiddos to all the creatures that call this place home: horses, cows, donkeys and one very friendly pig!  Click here for your stress-free guide to Serenbe.

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Stone Mountain Park
Years ago, you might have mistaken Stone Mountain for little more than a slab of granite and a laser show. But, the park has really grown up and is well worth checking out.  The kids can cool off at the Geyser Towers attraction, or satisfy their urge to climb all over everything at the SkyHike, a unique family adventure course. Take in some nature on a hike, or sit back and enjoy the view from the Scenic Railroad. And, yes, of course, there is the laser show, too!

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Callaway Gardens
Less than a hour and a half from Atlanta, Callaway Gardens offers a full roster of family-friendly fun. Boasting cool lakes, shady bike trails and plenty of entertainment for the wee ones—click here for your complete guide on making the most of this do-able destination.

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Dahlonega
About an hour North of Atlanta, Dahlonega is a quaint Mountain town offering outdoor adventures, arts, culture, food and wine. What’s not to love about this gold rush town? Kiddos will be thrilled with the underground adventures at Consolidated Gold Mines, where they can pan for gold and mine gemstones, too. Wonder around winding mountain roads, and try to wrap your mind around the fact that you are not sitting in traffic!

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Gulf Shores, AL
When the dogged humidity of Atlanta crashes upon us, Gulf Shore’s 32-miles of white sand and sparkling water offers a refreshing reward for hauling your brood to the beach. A little over a five hour drive from Atlanta, the community famous for their fishing rodeos and National Shrimp Festival offers a boatload of family-friendly fun. Click here for our guide to this beautiful beach.

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Asheville, NC
From outdoor adventures to the behemoth Biltmore Estate, Asheville is tops for traveling with tots and a great spot to keep cool. Click here for our picks for this pinnacle of family fun.

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Hilton Head, SC
Located just four hours away from Atlanta is the beautiful island of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Dripping with Spanish moss and Southern charm, Hilton Head is aglow with it’s landmark lighthouse and activities for all ages. Click here for your guide to this island oasis of family fun.

Still searching for ideas? Make a splash at one of these local lakesCamp it up with the kids. Visit one of these three small towns nearby. Or head up to the Highlands-Cashiers area with the fam. Happy Labor Day! 

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Where does your family like to get away? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Candice Rose and Phebe Wahl

Photos courtesy of Creative Commons via Flickr, Callaway GardensChimney Rock Parkand Consolidated Goldmine via Facebook