Start the new year off with a healthy beginning. There really are places to go and things to see and do that don't cost a fortune and are both fun and naturally healthy.
First Day Hikes: Every state park in Georgia, and all 49 other states, are collaborating on an historic event. Each park has planned a ranger-led hike to start the new year off with a healthy jog up, down or around the park nearest you. Check out georgiastateparks.org for times and meeting places on new year's day.
Forrest Hills Mountain Resort: Plan to spent the weekend at a mountain resort that offers cottages or cabins with hot tubs, five nearby wineries, waterfalls, museums, hiking and biking. You may even decide to ride horses or take a carriage ride. Hotel-style rooms are also available. Call 800-654-6313 or visit ForresthillsResort.
Ice Skating in Downtown Blue Ridge: Spend the holiday weekend in Blue Ridge and engage in nostalgic ice skating . Contact the CityofBlueRidgeGa.gov.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is still decorated with more than one million lights. If Christmas was too hectic to get out and enjoy a stroll through the gardens, then make it this weekend or by New Year's Day.
Visit the Fernbank Museum of natural History. Watch a film on the biggest screen in town at the Imax Theatre. Contact fernbankmuseum.org.
Shaquille O'Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam for a New Year's Eve stop at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Check it out cobbenergycentre.com.