Visit Callaway Gardens free on Wednesday

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 4, 2013 

In 1952, Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway, developed hundreds of acres of property in Pine Mountain and turned it into Callaway Gardens.

On Nov. 6, to celebrate Callaway's birthday (he was born in 1894 and died in 1961), the resort is opening its gates free to anyone who wants to visit the gardens. The annual Founders' Day is held on his birthday.

From noon-4 p.m., visitors can listen to an organ concert at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel.

There's plenty to do at Callaway Gardens, including visiting a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center and walk along an inland "beach" or on nature trails.

There is also a TreeTop Adventure, a self-guided, in-air obstacle course withf 10 zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet long and 34 challenges created with ladders, wires, logs, discs, netting and other suspended surfaces. It's open between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and costs $35.

A birds of prey show can be seen at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Discovery Amphitheater and at 12:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center Auditorium.

Callaway Gardens is about 30 miles north of Columbus on Ga. Highway 27. It can also be accessed from I-185 on Ga. Highway 18.

Call 800-225-5292.

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