Callaway Discovery Center

Virginia Hand Callaway (1900-1995), co-founder of Callaway Gardens, was passionate about connecting man with the natural world. Her legacy continues at this beautiful facility that bears her name. 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 guest’s 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. Outside is the Vaughn-Jordan Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden, the Discovery Café and the Discovery Amphitheater, host to our Free-Flighted Birds of Prey Shows.   

Nearby, you'll find Square 1, our Gardens' starting point for TreeTop Adventure Zipline and obstacle course as well as Bicycle Rentals with easy access to the Discovery Bicycle Trail