Callaway Gardens Attractions

From butterflies and birds to exotic flora that thrives year round, there are several nature-based attractions at Callaway Gardens that leave guests filled with awe and inspiration.

iStock_000017246621_LargeVirginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center

Named for the co-founder of Callaway Gardens who had a passion for connecting man and nature, this 35,000 square foot facility is an ideal starting point for a visit to the gardens’ many attractions. Friendly staff at the information desk will provide you with maps and brochures about the gardens as well as with information on current exhibits and daily events at the Center. Watch the introductory film “The Story of Callaway Gardens” and learn about the history of the gardens at the center’s interactive kiosks. Pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, browse the current educational exhibit or grab a snack at the Discovery Cafe.

BOP 007Birds of Prey

Since 2000, the Birds of Prey program at Callaway Gardens has been educating visitors about man’s impact on raptors and other wildlife. The program is home to approximately ?? birds of prey who can’t be released into the wild due either to injury or having developed an unnatural association with humans known as “imprinting.” At least twice daily, raptor experts present some of these fascinating fowl with free-flight demonstrations as well as an up-close look at the birds while on the handler’s glove. These shows are either held in the Discovery Center Auditorium or the Discovery Amphitheater depending on the weather.

Siproeta stelenes butterfly on the orchid flowerCecil B. Day Butterfly Center

With a blend of education, conservation and fascinating beauty, the Day Butterfly Center houses 1,000 or more butterflies. Check out the large display of cocoons just inside the entrance that are as varied in size, shape and color pattern as the butterflies that will eventually emerge from them. You may notice some movement within the cocoons or see some of the winged beauties emerge. In September, enjoy the world’s largest display of Blue Morpho butterflies. During the summer months, learn how to make your yard or garden more attractive to butterflies to encourage their crucial pollination.

John A. Sibley Horticultural Center

Within this five-acre garden and greenhouse are spectacular displays of both native and exotic plants, many of which remain lush and in bloom year round. The center includes a tropical conservatory, sub-Mediterranean conservatory, sculpture garden, grotto, main conservatory and outdoor garden. The indoor displays change approximately eight times a year, while the outdoor gardens feature stunning seasonal displays that change at least five times each year to complement the permanent plantings. The 22-foot indoor waterfall and strategically placed viewing decks and benches make this a great place for relaxing, reflection or family photos.

chapel 002Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel

Tucked away in the forest near Falls Creek Lake, this small chapel makes a big impression on visitors. Inspired by 16th century Gothic chapels, the gorgeous stained glass windows depict several trees native to the area as well as scenes from the four seasons, furthering the theme of man’s connection with nature that is prevalent throughout the gardens. The custom-built pipe organ can be heard during seasonal concerts, and a non-denominational service is held each Sunday throughout the summer. The picture-perfect chapel can also be used for small weddings.

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