It’s time to celebrate Spring at The Rock Ranch. Located about an hour south of Atlanta, The Rock Ranch is a 1500-acre ranch dedicated to “Growing Healthy Families.” The Rock Ranch was created by Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy, as a foster home for children. The ranch has evolved into a public destination that serves all families and groups. They host corporate events, camps, lodging, school field trips, and public festival events. In addition to this family fun destination’s offerings of more than 25 attractions, guests will enjoy special entertainment during themed weekends, including:
Spring Break Fun Fridays
March 29 and April 5 – Spring Break Fun Fridays – From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., families can finish out their week of Spring Break together playing to their heart’s content with some outdoor fun that includes a locomotive train, pony rides, a carousel, and zip lines.
April 6 – Storybook Character Day – Make the most of a beautiful Spring day with family fun down on the farm! Visit with characters from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Elephant and Pig, and Splat the Cat! Plus enjoy 25+ great attractions like Tiny Town, the Petting Zoo, and gemstone mining*. Hours for this event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 13 – Easter Eggstravaganza presented by Eggland’s Best® – Bring an Easter basket and a camera and come ready to hunt 65,000 prize-filled eggs. As a gift to the community, admission is free. Guests can enjoy a visit and picture with the Easter Bunny, play on playgrounds, and hunt eggs by age group (hunts staggered at different times beginning at 1:00 p.m.). There will be live music at noon and a drawing to win great prizes. Those wanting to extend their experience may purchase a Farm Fun wristband for $14.99 per person age 3 and older. The wristband grants unlimited access to locomotive train rides, carousel rides, pedal carts, paddle boats, fishing, pony ride, the giant jumping pillow, sports zone (speed pitch), and more. Hours for this Easter event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 20 – “Dino-Mite” Dinosaur and Rock Festival – What better place to have a dinosaur and rock festival than in a town called “The Rock”? Guests of all ages will be amazed at the Jurassic Kingdom traveling Dinosaur Show. Reptile shows by expert snake wrangler Jason Clark will highlight living relatives of the dinosaurs including alligators, snakes, and giant tortoises. The Rock Museum, a new addition to the ranch, features one of the largest private Georgia gemstone collections. Guests can learn about gems, crystals, and other geological treasures. The Rock Museum and fossil dig station will be available at no extra charge and guests will enjoy half-price gemstone mining on this special date. There will also be vendors selling rocks, gems, fossils, and jewelry. In addition, creative pre-historic activities will surely entertain as guests participate in T-Rex Inflatable Costume Sumo Wrestling and Dino-Rider Races. Hours for this event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 27 – “Barnyard-Palooza” – Enjoy farm-life, highlighted by a baby animal experience. Guests should bring a camera as there will be great photo ops with tractors, bunny rabbits, baby chicks, and cuddly piglets. Guests can feed goats and see newborn kids, try the cow milking simulator activity, view an observational beehive, and enjoy all the fun attractions like the corn bin. Hours for this event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 4 – “May the Fourth Be with You” – Meet intergalactic superstars including Kylo, Vader, R2D2, Chewy, and Storm Troopers (bring a camera). There will be a costume contest with prizes for guests who dress for the theme, themed drones will be flying, there will be games including a Talkin’ Wookie competition, and special themed snacks. Hours for this event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 11 – Flower and Butterfly Festival – BYOV (Bring Your Own Vase) to this very special day of spring flowers and butterflies. Guests can cut their own flowers from a field of many blooms. Fresh cut flowers might make a nice gift on Mother’s Day Weekend. All moms will also enjoy free homemade strawberry ice cream on this date. There will be a butterfly house offering up close and personal butterfly viewing and a chance to hand-feed butterflies. There will be a mass butterfly release at 4 p.m. Hours for this event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A day at The Rock Ranch is filled with action-packed adventure and memory making with a wide variety of activities* to appeal to all ages including: pony rides, locomotive train rides, zip lines*, paddle boats, a carousel, cane pole fishing, pedal carts, Farm Land animal zoo, rock climbing wall*, tractor wagon rides, gemstone mining*, a cow train, ball toss sports zone and speed pitch, giant jumping pillow, Tiny Town, and more.
For families and groups who would like to make it a getaway, a limited number of Farm Stay Houses are available as well as the unique opportunity to sleep pioneer-style camping in Conestoga wagons. For details, visit https://therockranch.com/farm-stays/.
Other than Easter’s free admission, entry to all Spring Events is $14.99 per person plus tax for guests age 3 and older.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.therockranch.ticketleap.com or at the gate on event days. Special pricing** is available for military, groups, and senior citizens. Annual passes are available for purchase and are a great option for families to be able to visit frequently. Concessions will be available for all events.
Looking Ahead to Summer
June 29 – Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch – This year the ranch is Celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the United States as well as the 20th anniversary of “Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch.” Families are invited to a day of red, white, and blue family fun and fireworks. Hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $14.99 per person from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests entering after 6 p.m. are admitted for a flat fee of $25 per carload.
July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 – Fun in the Summer Time – What is there to do in the Summer in Georgia? Play in the water, of course! Families, friends, daycares, and summer camps can come out to enjoy all the favorite attractions of The Rock Ranch plus inflatable water slides. Summer admission is $14.99 plus tax per person age 3 and older.
In addition, The Rock Ranch hosts Fall Family Fun Days every Saturday and Sunday in October and Saturday, November 2 is a holiday they invented “National Pumpkin Destruction Day”. For the Christmas season (November and December), The Rock Ranch features more than one mile of Christmas lights, train rides through lights, Santa’s Workshop, and Breakfasts with Santa and the Grinch.
The Rock Ranch is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. Founded in 1989, the Ranch has influenced hundreds of thousands of guests over three decades of stewardship.
For additional information, visit www.TheRockRanch.com, on social media @TheRockRanch, or call (706) 647-6374.
*Some attractions/activities have an additional fee.
**Discounts may not be combined, one discount per transaction.
About The Rock Ranch
The Rock Ranch is a 1,500-acre working cattle ranch located in Upson County, Ga., an hour from Atlanta, Columbus, and Macon. It’s a place where families, school groups, and businesses can come to enjoy “agritourism” for the day or overnight. The Rock Ranch was created by the late S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, and is dedicated to “Growing Healthy Families.”