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    5 Ideas for Holiday Fun Near Fort Moore

    It’s that special time of year again, whether you live in snowy Fort Drum or sunny Oahu. It's time to plan holiday meals, gift giving, and family visits that might include fun holiday events in your hometown. 

    Your family understands taking leave over the holidays is sometimes tricky, so they’re excited about coming to your house. You’re probably thrilled about staying home but might panic and think, “How am I going to entertain my family?” No problem! If you're stationed at Fort Moore (formerly Fort Benning), we’ve got you covered this holiday season with five entertaining options near home.

    5 Ideas for Holiday Fun at Fort Moore

    1) Callaway Gardens – Fantasy in Lights

    Pine Mountain, GA 

    Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is a must-see at least once while stationed at Fort Moore. Located in Pine Mountain, Callaway Gardens is a quick 45-minute drive from Fort Moore. The Gardens have activities year-round, like overnight cabin rentals, hiking and biking trails, and swimming in Robin Lake.

    During the holiday season, Callaway Gardens features the Fantasy in Lights. Take the family and drive through a dazzling display of colored lights and holiday music. Animated nutcrackers, rocking horses, elves, and more dance and light up the way.

    Fantasy in Lights Callaway GardensFantasy in Lights - Author Photo

    2) Wild Animal Safari

    Pine Mountain, GA 

    The Wild Animal Safari is something the whole family will enjoy. Rent a van, take the complimentary bus tour, or drive your vehicle (at your own risk) through the open park. Toss tasty pellets to over 550 animals including zebras, bison, ostriches, and antelopes. Prepare to be slimed by the animals who love to lick the bars of the vans. The giraffes reach their long, purple tongues into the cars for a treat!

    After driving through the safari, tour the Walkabout. The Walkabout includes the reptile house, kangaroo pen, monkeys, and Bengal tigers. Listen for the African singing dogs, hyenas, and keep a look out for the peacock. 

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    Wild Animal Safari Near Fort Moore

    Wild Animal Safari - Author Photo

    3) River Center for the Performing Arts

    Columbus, GA

    Plan an evening right in Columbus with dinner and a show at the River Center for the Performing Arts. Bring your guests to one of the many restaurants in Uptown like the The Loft, EPIC, or Mabella’s Italian Steakhouse. For a more casual dining experience, try the Cannon Brew Pub, 11th and Bay, or Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub.

    After dinner, walk down Broadway to the River Center for a holiday concert, musical, or the annual Nutcracker Ballet. Present your military ID in person at the box office for applicable discounted tickets. 

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    4) Day Trip to Atlanta

    Only 1.5 hours from Fort Moore, Atlanta makes a great day trip for family visiting during the holidays. The city has activities for all ages, especially during the holiday season. Top attractions include Zoo Atlanta (check out the holiday light schedule), Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, and the always festive World of Coca-Cola.

    Or, slow things down a little and casually stroll, shop, and eat at nearby areas like Little Five Points, the Shops at Buckhead, or Atlantic Station. If your group loves pro sports, don’t forget to compare your schedule to the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks, and Dream.

    Zoo Atlanta

    Zoo Atlanta - Author Photo

    5) National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center 

    Columbus, GA 

    No visit to Fort Moore is complete without touring the Infantry Museum & Solider Center. The museum features interactive galleries with over 100,000 artifacts from the world wars to modern missions.

    Get a sense of what it was like to be in the jungle of Vietnam or parachute out of a helicopter. Don’t miss the chance to ride a Humvee and take down the enemy or go on a non-combative evacuation mission in the simulation center. After touring the galleries, relax in the museum’s movie theater to complete a fun, action-packed, all-day experience.

    Fort Moore Infantry Museum and Soldier CenterInfantry Museum - Author Photo

    Are you stationed at Fort Moore? Share your favorite entertainment or holiday destination!



    Lily Snyder


    Lily Snyder

    Lily Snyder is an IT Consultant and freelance writer. She is passionate about telling her story of working remotely, cofounding a startup, and speaking worldwide all while PCS'ing from post to post. Lily is a proud military spouse to her husband, an active duty Army physician. When she’s not writing, she can be seeing playing with her son and dog, Sugar. You can find her on her website Lilyotron Blog or reach out to her through LinkedIn.

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