Project Description

West Georgia Tour


  • FDRs Little White House built in 1932
  • The Little Grand Canyon
  • Andersonville Civil War Prison Site
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Challenger Learning Center Museum & Planetarium

* Day Trip Options Available for these attractions

As you start your tour of West Georgia we come to Warm Springs where FDR, 32nd president of the United States found the strength to resume his political career and a positive outlet for his own personal struggle with polio through creation of the Warm Springs Foundation. Roosevelt returned to use the therapeutic waters at Warm Springs every year, except 1942, from his first visit in 1924 until his death there in 1945. You’ll also see the “Little Grand Canyon” “Little” in this case means it is less than 1/30th of the depth of the real Grand Canyon, which is over 5,000 feet deep in places.

We’ll also visit Westville where there are costumed tour guides who will introduce your group to the houses and other buildings that make up Historic Westville, some of the history of the families who lived and worked in them, and some of the activities that took place there. The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. Moving on to Callaway Gardens the educational opportunities are many and varied. At the Challenger Learning Center your students have the opportunity to successfully complete a mission followed by a visit to a Planetarium.

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens strives to help visitors gain a better understanding of the living world. Their schedule of activities includes a year-round lineup of fascinating classes, lectures, tours, demonstrations and hikes, as well as teacher workshops and environmental education sessions for school groups.

Live Birds of Prey Show

Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey program is presented with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since its debut in 2000, the program has helped educate more than 1 million visitors about man’s impact on raptors and other forms of wildlife. These magnificent creatures – which cannot be released into the wild, due either to injury or having developed an unnatural association with humans, known as “imprinting” – demonstrate their strength, speed and natural instincts in daily free-flighted shows. Several birds appear at each show, swooping overhead and giving guests an up-close look “on the glove,” while our raptor experts explain how man’s actions affect their well being.

Day Butterfly Center

Flights of fancy await you in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, where hundreds of butterflies flutter freely about in one of North America’s largest glass-enclosed tropical butterfly conservatories. The Day Butterfly Center is a living, dynamic environment in which a variety of tropical plants nourish the residents and new arrivals emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings and begin their very first wing-beats. Every visit to the Day Butterfly Center is a new experience. The plant palette constantly matures and changes, and the butterfly population, comprising more than 50 species, fluctuates in diversity and density due to influences such as amount of available sunshine, season of the year, temperature and stability of the ecosystem.

Lakeside Discovery Center

Nestled in a wooded environment on the edge of Mountain Creek Lake, the 35,000-square-foot facility is the logical starting point for a tour of Callaway Gardens.

In the main lobby, a staffed information desk and interactive kiosks provide an overview of the Gardens’ past and present, and a small theater features “The Story of Callaway Gardens,” a continuously playing orientation video. The Discovery Center also houses an auditorium, an exhibit hall, an education wing and the Discovery Gift Shop.

FDRs Little White House

Nestled in a wooded environment on the edge of Mountain Creek Lake, the 35,000-square-foot facility is the logical starting point for a tour of Callaway Gardens.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. Today the museum showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs. Selected as a “Readers Choice” site in Georgia Magazine four years in a row.

Little Grand Canyon

Nestled in a wooded environment on the edge of Mountain Creek Lake, the 35,000-square-foot facility is the logical starting point for a tour of Callaway Gardens.

Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” is a testament to the power of man’s influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color. The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park.

Columbus Challenger Learning Center

As students enter the Challenger Learning Center, they embark upon an exciting new form of discovery learning. As skills are sharpened in the area of mathematics, science and technology, students have the opportunity of successfully completing a mission.

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