SUMMER FAMILY ADVENTURE: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do guests do in the camp recreation program?
Each program is designed to provide the ultimate age-specific adventure:
Our youngest campers, ages 3-6, spend their days at the Children’s Center, where they participate in circus activities, arts and crafts, swimming, eco-adventures, music, miniature golf and more. The Children’s Center staff is committed to providing a nurturing experience that balances energetic play, personal expression, educational enhancement, confidence building and quiet time to re-energize.
Children ages 7-12 are lead by our enthusiastic counselors from the FSU Flying High Circus. Activities may include (depending on age) circus skills, golf and tennis instruction, adventure outings (including our new TreeTop Adventure), water skiing and tubing, swimming, kayaking, arts and crafts, hiking, geocaching, fishing, archery, beach games and more.
Adults may choose to be as active or as relaxed as they please. Your children will be well taken care of, so enjoy yourself! We offer tennis and golf lessons, water skiing, arts and crafts, aerial circus instruction, TreeTop Adventure, exercise classes, cooking and gardening workshops, coffee chats, tours of area attractions and more.
What about children too young for the camp recreation program?
We offer onsite baby and toddler care for a fee. These little ones will enjoy the day in the care of an attentive and nurturing staff. Hours of care coincide with camp recreation program hours.
Aside from the camp recreation program, what activities are available?
The list is seemingly endless! Activities include golf, tennis and running competitions; live entertainment; the FSU Flying High Circus performances; Beach Olympics; beach bonfires and parties; boating, canoeing and kayaking; Birds of Prey shows; and much, much more. You’ll also have access to all of our Gardens attractions, which include the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, Pioneer Log Cabin, 7-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail, seven miles of nature trails, gift shops, pro shops and a variety of restaurants.
What is the FSU Flying High Circus?
The Florida State University Flying High Circus is the centerpiece of Summer Family Adventure. The circus has been in existence for more than 50 years and is a popular extracurricular activity for FSU students, who perform throughout the year in Florida and around the U.S. Top performers are invited to participate in Summer Family Adventure. These talented students not only give thrilling performances, they serve as camp counselors to our younger SFA guests. Circus performances are held on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays, Mondays and Thursday at 3:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 8 p.m.
How long has the Summer Family Adventure program been in existence?
Summer Family Adventure began in 1960 as the first family vacation program of its kind. The unique setting, scope of programming and partnership with the FSU Flying High Circus sets us apart from similar programs launched later.
What is in the area surrounding Callaway Gardens?
Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Georgia, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. This quaint town includes a small grocery store, a pharmacy, two banks, several churches, and a variety of shops selling antiques, art, apparel and gift items. You can also enjoy horseback riding and hiking in nearby FDR State Park, as well as historic landmarks in the surrounding area.
Who comes to Summer Family Adventure?
You’ll meet families from all across the country, as well as a few from abroad. Many families have made SFA a part of their family tradition for generations. Parents and grandparents share their childhood memories as campers. Friendships are created that extend beyond the summer. Families and friends often gather to celebrate special moments such as reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations and more. Because this program is so popular, most families make their reservations a year in advance. Once you experience it, you’ll see so many families keep coming back!
What do we need to bring to Summer Family Adventure?
You’ll want to bring attire that you would wear for a vacation at the beach, plus activity-appropriate clothing. Items we recommend include:
• Shorts, t-shirts, casual pants, sundresses, swimsuits, cover-ups, collared shirts for golf, water shoes/sandals, closed-toe athletic shoes, hats, light jacket, rain gear (just in case!)
• Small backpacks or bags for each guest
• Sunblock, insect repellant, sunglasses, hats, water bottles
• Beach towels (towels are povided for pool and bathroom use, but are not available for use at Robin Lake Beach)
• Equipment for golf, tennis and fishing (gear is provided for camp activities)
• Cameras, camcorders, portable DVD player and movies
• Books, puzzles, board games
Your accommodations will have a fully equipped kitchen. Click here for a list of kitchen amenities provided. If you plan to cook your own meals, you may bring food or purchase it after you arrive. (Note: The Pine Mountain grocery store closes at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays.)
Guests are welcome to bring their own bicycles and helmets, or they may rent from Callaway Gardens. However, we do not have bikes with training wheels. CLICK HERE for more information on bike rentals.
Do Summer Family Adventure Guests have access to facilities at The Lodge and Spa?
Traditionally most families choose to stay in Cottages or Villas during Summer Family Adventure. SFA guests are welcome to dine or enjoy the Spa, but only registered guests of the Lodge may use the pool.
How deep is the swimming area at Robin Lake Beach?
The swimming areas of Robin Lake are six feet deep. There are also shallower areas for all guests to enjoy.
Is everything within walking distance?
No. The self-guided portion of Callaway Gardens is approximately 2,000 acres.
Can we bring our own golf cart to use during our stay?
Guests are not permitted to bring their personal golf carts to Callaway Gardens. However, we have golf carts available for rent on a daily or weekly basis. Four and Six-Seater Carts may be rented by guests over the age of 21. Rates are:
Advanced reservations are required by calling 1.800.852.3810, Ext. 6799, or 706.663.6799.
Can we park an RV in the cottage area? If not, where? Can we hook-up an RV at Callaway?
You may park an RV in the Azalea Hall parking lot, located within the cottage complex. However, we do not have hookups on property.
Can we make special requests for meals in the restaurants because of food allergies?
Yes. Please be sure to share this information when making your reservation.
Are pets permitted?
Pets are not permitted in most guest accommodations. There are a limited number of Mountain Creek Inn rooms that are pet-friendly (pet cleaning fee applies). We will be happy to provide you with local kennel information.
Do you have laundry facilities?
Washers and dryers are standard in every villa, and a small coin-operated laundromat is located in the Soap Opera House, within the Cottage complex.
Do you offer babysitting services?
Typically, the team working at the Children's Center will provide babysitting services for a fee.
What type of security is on the property?
Callaway Gardens has a safety team that patrols the property 24 hours a day and assists when needed. Callaway Gardens is located within the Pine Mountain city limits and in Harris County, allowing their respective law enforcement to assist our security team when needed.