Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank — LaGrange, Georgia has plenty of budget-friendly dining and entertainment options. Enjoy one of our many parks and walking trails, spend a rainy day in an art museum, or enjoy free community events with your family.
Here are 10 activities in and around LaGrange that don’t cost a dime!
For an entertaining day of beauty and culture, visit the LaGrange Art Museum. The museum is housed in an 1890s county jail east of the town square. It offers both permanent and traveling exhibits that are sure to delight children and adults. The museum holds four galleries and a sculpture garden and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains. The permanent collection has over 500 contemporary American artworks, including works by Andy Warhol and Georgia artists Lamar Dodd and John Lawrence (Note: Call the museum to see what’s on display. Warhol works cannot be displayed year-round).
A major part of the museum’s mission is education outreach and a day at the museum is the perfect way to learn and enjoy the visual arts!
Walking the streets and sidewalks is the most engaging way to grasp the historic charm of West Point, from its founding to today’s eclectic blend of old and new. You’ll enjoy fresh air while seeing beautiful homes, buildings and historic sites. Follow the walking tour brochure to see Hawkes Library, built on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, as well as historic West Point Cemetery, Magnolia Club, Fort Tyler, and much more. Brochures are available at the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to bring your camera for fantastic photo opportunities!
Come take a walk or have a snack while you enjoy the small-town square experience! LaFayette Square sits in the heart of downtown LaGrange and has witnessed much of the town’s history. The most popular feature in our square is the fountain, named for Revolutionary War hero Marquis de LaFayette. The fountain is a beautiful place to sit and relax or take photos. To see the work of one of LaGrange’s most influential figures, look no further than the East side of the square, which was built by engineer Horace King. When King died, his funeral processed around this square while LaGrange residents came out to pay their respects.
Spend some carefree, outdoor hours with your family at Southbend Park! The park is a favorite for locals and visitors. It includes a playground, dog park, pavilion, open green space, and skateboard park. This urban park was built on 12 acres within walking distance from LaFayette Square. Whether you use the playground, bring a picnic, play in the dog park, or skateboard, you’ll love this new development in our public parks.
If you enjoy taking photos, having picnics, or experiencing local history, look no further than Callaway Memorial Tower, also known as the Callaway Monument. It was built in the historic mill village of LaGrange in 1929 as a tribute to textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway. The textile mills were integral to the development of Troup County and much of our history occurred at these mill sites. The tower is patterned after the Campanile of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy. For more information about this beautiful area, check out nearby Beacon Brewing Co. The Callaway Monument is surrounded by gorgeous green lawn perfect for picnicking, sunbathing, and exploring with your family!
It’s always fun to relax while your children play, learn, and meet new friends! Every first Saturday, families are invited to drop by the Legacy Museum On Main for story time, hands-on activities, and games designed to engage young historians. Each program has a short history lesson and a take-home craft. One Saturday, the children made rocket ships and discussed the history of space exploration! Hands on History is from 10 AM to noon the first Saturday of the month. Legacy Museum is within walking distance from other popular downtown locations, so you can plan a whole day of downtown fun!
A walking tour of LaGrange offers an ideal way to grasp the spirit and history of our charming town. LaGrange’s easy walking tour guides you to historic homes and buildings in a variety of architectural styles as well as fashionable shops and charming restaurants. Brochures for the self-guided tour are available at LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. You’ll see the Legacy Museum on Main, LaFayette Square, LaGrange College Chapel and Smith Hall, historic homes, the Courthouse and War Memorial, and much more!
Enjoy beautiful outdoor Georgia as you explore a piece of Hogansville history! Tower Trail is located directly behind Hogansville Elementary and features the Hogansville Water Tower. The tower was built for the Hines Cannery in 1916 and was part of Hogansville’s first water system. The cannery closed in the 1950s and the tower was nearly forgotten as kudzu grew around it. Clearing of the area and construction of the walking trail were performed with a mission to preserve Hogansville’s heritage. The trail is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet walk!
Hanging with family in Sweetland Amphitheatre’s green space and snuggling up to watch a movie after dark is a perfect way to start the weekend! In summer months, Sunsets at Sweetland offers a series of movie nights. All three events are picnic approved, so bring your own meal, blankets, and chairs. There will be games for children until sunset, local vendors also take part, selling food and drinks, including Wild Leap Brew Co. craft beer. Events occur Friday nights and admission is always free.
Music- The Headhunters at 6PM
Movie – How to Train Your Dragon at 9:15PM
June 28th – Red, White & Blue Friday:
Music- Concert by The Community Band at 8PM (on the Sweetland stage)
Movie – Mary Poppins Returns at 9:15PM
Music- Rye Ola at 6PM
Movie – Ralph Breaks the Internet at 9:15PM
The Thread, LaGrange’s new multi-use trail system, is the perfect way to exercise while seeing LaGrange. The current 5+ miles of trails wind around Granger Park, through beautiful LaGrange College Campus, and past historic LaGrange homes. The Granger park loop, 1.5 miles, is great for anyone who prefers loop trails or who wants to run while family members play in Granger Park. For track runners, there’s also a track within the Granger park loop. Plan an evening walk to catch one of our beautiful Georgia sunsets. Bring your family, your dogs, or your bike to explore LaGrange from The Thread!
These activities are perfect for anyone planning a trip on a budget or who find themselves in LaGrange with some free time. Come see why people treasure this sweet little town… attend a community event, visit our incredible art museum, or bring your family for a day at the park. There’s plenty to do that won’t cost you a dime!