9 Things to Do in McDonough That You Shouldn't Miss

December 18, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

McDonough is a city in Henry County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its population was 22,084 at the 2010 census, up from 8,493 in 2000. The city is the county seat of Henry County.
Restaurants in McDonough

1. Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center

712 L G Griffin Rd, Locust Grove, GA 30248-4317 +1 770-957-0888
Excellent
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5 based on 223 reviews

Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center

Noah's Ark is a 250-acre animal rehabilitation center with habitats for more than 1,200 animals. Habitats are open to the public and house tigers, wolves, bears, lions, a leopard, monkeys and more. Call for hours and directions.

Reviewed By Westgalady - Decatur, Georgia

This is a wonderful place for displaced and unwanted animals of all kinds, with a loving crew who works hard to ensure they are healthy and happy. I took the WOW tour which gave me access to areas not available to the general public. We were accompanied by a volunteer who gave us background on each of the animals we visited and she made sure we remained a safe distance from the fencing. We could pet domestic animals like cows and goats through a wood fence, but there was no contact between us and lions, bears, etc. The workers have set rules in place to protect us and the animals.

If you are going to look at the animals and support their cause then go. If you are going just to take photos of some of the larger cats it's not a good setup because of multiple fencing between you and them.

REQUEST: I witnessed several families with children enjoying the walk through the property and was shocked that they allowed the children (some young but mostly teens) to taunt the animals, yell, beat on fence, and scare the animals. Many of these rescued animals came from horrible abuse by their previous owners. Noah's Ark has lovingly worked to help them adjust and get back to as 'normal' as they can be. Please keep this in mind when you visit and treat the animals and volunteers with care.

Parking is free. There are lots of public areas that are free, including a playground and a nice picnic area. They have a beautiful welcome center but for some reason none of the inside restrooms were open; there were several porta-potties outside on the property.

2. Monastery of the Holy Spirit

2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094-4044 +1 770-483-8705
Excellent
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5 based on 187 reviews

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Visitors are welcome year-round to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the inspirational home of Georgia’s Trappist Monks. With more than 2,300 acres of contemplative space, the Monastery is less than an hour from Atlanta’s international airport. The new Monastic Heritage Center – a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-­art museum – is educational, interactive and kid-friendly. There is also a bonsai garden, store and cafe. At the Abbey Gift Shop, which is the largest Christian bookstore in Georgia, visitors can purchase monk-made biscotti, fruitcake and fudge, all of which the monks sell in an effort to be self-sustaining and feed the local poor. You can also see the Norman Gothic architecture of the Abbey Church and take a quiet stroll along the lake, or spend time in prayer and meditation.

Reviewed By Maria G - Dunwoody, Georgia

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is located in a beautiful wooded area with a lake. The monks pray 5 times a day and welcome 'quiet' visitors to their chapel. The gift shop has a wonderful selection of gourmet and religious gifts. The museum is very interesting.

3. Southern Belle Farm

1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, GA 30252-2811 +1 770-288-2582
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Southern Belle Farm

Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, GA, (south Atlanta metro) is a 200-acre working farm, with U Pick strawberries, pumpkins, a corn maze, and old-fashioned family fun. Hosting educational field trips, weddings, birthday parties and facilities to host corporate group events year round.

Reviewed By SaDarein W - Atlanta, Georgia

Nice place quaint location. Lots of different farm or country themed activities. Farm animals, trampoline park, air guns (shoots corn) corn mazes, wagon rides, pumpkin patches, food etc. A nice way to experience non urban fun. Great for kids, young adults & grandparents. Teenagers might get bored or may love it. It's close enough to the highway to get good cell coverage (data too) but far enough away to have that mostly untouched feel. The multiple stands & huts that sell food spoil it slightly but they are made of wood. Camp fires are available. They close @ 19:00 [9pm].

4. Tanger Outlets Locust Grove

1000 Tanger Dr, Locust Grove, GA 30248-3654 +1 770-957-5310
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 154 reviews

Tanger Outlets Locust Grove

Find great savings on merchandise from your favorite designer and name-brands direct from the manufacturer at stores like: Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Lucky Brand Jeans, Reebok, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Chico's, Coach, Reebok, Talbots and many more. Before you travel, check out the Tanger Outlet website to find the latest Coupons & Sales Offers for Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove. Or, when you arrive at the outlets, make your first stop Shopper Services to learn about the benefits of joining TangerClub (Tanger Club information is also available online). In Shopper Services you can purchase a coupon book full of great savings or if you are already a TangerClub member pick up a coupon book for free! Think Outlets, Think Tanger.

Reviewed By Willie C

My family and I visit this outlet mall at least 5 times a year, of course during the holidays, back to school, but sometimes on the weekday, that's the best time to go, the shops are uncrowded and you can sroll the entire place in less than an hour, its big, but not too big, bust, but not too busy. Only drawback is the traffic getting in and out. if you can be patient, it is worth the drive!!!

5. Veterans Wall of Honor

101 Lake Dow Rd, McDonough, GA 30252-2927 +1 770-288-7300
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5 based on 44 reviews

Veterans Wall of Honor

Reviewed By Gingerkat121 - McDonough, Georgia

The Veterans Wall of Honor is a quiet, beautiful memorial area inside a really nice park that also houses historic homes and buildings, a museum, and a train engine. This is a great place to take children for a glimpse into history. I love walking around in this park.

6. Heritage Park

101 Lake Dow Rd, McDonough, GA 30252-2927
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5 based on 25 reviews

Heritage Park

Reviewed By debbieinsc2013 - Bluffton, South Carolina

What a great way to spend a few hours. There ain't a walking trail (mostly shaded), two great playgrounds for kids of all ages, historic buildings, but the most impressive of all is the military museum. The memorabilia is authentic and really causes one to understand what these soldiers do to protect our country.

7. The Henry Players

37 Lemon St, McDonough, GA 30253-2406 +1 770-914-7477
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

The Henry Players

Reviewed By Karen D - McDonough, Georgia

I have never been disappointed in attending one of their performances. The last Mary Poppins was extraordinary! Always lots of effort and time put into the productions.

8. City of McDonough Welcome Center

5 Griffin St, McDonough, GA 30253-3140 +1 770-898-9311
Excellent
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

City of McDonough Welcome Center

Reviewed By Susan R - Griffin, Georgia

There was a good supply of information available. The woman that was there to help didn't seem to know a lot of the answers to the questions we had. Said she had lived there a long time, so we were surprised at some of her answers. There are restrooms available, which is nice. This is in the downtown square, which is a good location.

9. Metropolis Airsoft Arena

1920 Highway 42 S, McDonough, GA 30252-7631 +1 770-954-3148
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5 based on 2 reviews

Come and play a variety of different game scenarios Attack and Defend, Two Against the World, VIP Escort, Capture the Flag, and up to 40 more. This is Airsoft at its finest. Indoor Battlefield Arena, Airsoft Gun Repair, Tactical, and Retail Store for Airsoft AEG guns and accessories. DROP THE VIDEO GAME CONTROLLER AND GET INTO SOME REAL ACTION.

Reviewed By Connie S - Atlanta, Georgia

This place is set up for a lot of airsoft fun. My son and his friends have really enjoyed it. Especially the last day of school pizza party.It has been a while since he has been so hopefully it is still a great place.

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