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Socially-Distanced Holiday Destinations in Miami for 2021

August 27, 2021

The holiday season in Miami always feels a bit different compared to states with cold winters. But that’s part of what makes the Miami holiday season so charming to some locals and travelers: no shoveling snow out your driveway or freezing during outdoor light shows. Miami offers a variety of social-distance-friendly holiday activities for groups of family and friends, community organizations, and youth groups.

How to Travel in Miami for the Holidays

If you’re a local, you probably already know that Miami traffic is hectic. If you’re out-of-towners, welcome to it. Groups traveling in Miami will need an efficient and comfortable ride—that’s where Falcon Charter Bus comes in. A charter bus rental can help alleviate any travel-related stress that you may be dreading around the holidays. Falcon Charter Bus offers professionally operated transportation services customized to your schedule, anywhere in Miami! So rather than splitting into multiple cars on the way to a holiday event, everyone can ride in a cozy minibus or spacious charter bus rental with a professional driver. Put holiday movies on your charter bus’s TVs for the kids, play festive music with an onboard sound system, and get cozy in plush reclining seats! Call (305) 359-3962 to rent a Miami charter bus with Falcon today!

A holiday light display shaped like a lion

Zoo Lights at ZooMiami

Address: 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

Phone: (305) 251-0400

Zoo Miami is one of the best holiday destinations in the city. Every holiday season, the zoo hosts Zoo Lights, a month-long celebration for visitors of all ages. The zoo is adorned with millions of glittering lights and animal-shaped light displays throughout the park. Visitors can also enjoy holiday performances, animal encounters, River Boat rides, contests, storytelling, and photos with Santa.

To keep guests safe, ZooMiami is limiting capacity and requiring tickets to be purchased in advance online. Group discounts for general admission to the zoo are available for groups of 10 or more, but discounts may not apply during special holiday events.

Charter bus rental tip: Parking at the zoo is free, and buses can drop off passengers in the roundabout near the ticketing office.

Christmas at Deering Estate

Address: 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157

Phone: (305) 235-1668

The historic Deering Estate offers an elevated yet fun holiday experience for groups. Holiday events at the estate range from strolls among lights and decorations in the gardens to tours of the historic home decorated to the nines in custom holiday decor. Walk around the estate’s beautiful grounds and explore extravagant rooms with holiday decor created by designer-in-residence Alfredo Brito. Deering Estate also hosts kid-friendly events like storytelling with Santa!

Holiday events at Deering vary from day to day, and ticket pricing ranges from $7-15 per person. It’s highly recommended your group purchase tickets in advance, as tickets are limited and may sell out. Face coverings will be required while indoors at the estate.

Charter bus rental tip: Parking at Deering Estate is free. A spacious parking area can be found at the estate’s Visitor Center.

Flower lanterns on the water at a lights festival

Luminosa at Jungle Island

Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132

Phone: (305) 400-7000

Luminosa is the perfect tropical event for groups looking to enjoy a winter event that isn’t centered around Santa, snow, and winter wonderlands. Luminosa is Jungle Island’s seasonal take on a traditional Chinese Lantern Festival. The event brings dazzling lights and lanterns shaped like parrots, flamingos, jellyfish, parrotfish, coral reefs, and tropical rainforests. Visitors can explore more than 13 acres of illuminated trails, acrobatic shows, and live music.

The special event is open after hours at Jungle Island, so your group will need to purchase evident tickets rather than general admission to the island.

Charter bus rental parking tip: Most parking at Jungle Island is located in a nearby garage but additional surface lot parking with oversized spaces is available across the street.

NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Address: 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156

Phone: (305) 482-1148

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is hailed as one of the best botanical gardens in the country. Visitors can explore the beautiful, expansive gardens as they’re illuminated for the annual NightGarden. During NightGarden, Fairchild will be transformed into an enchanting space with magical lights and interactive experiences like scavenger hunts. NightGarden also hosts a special event on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year!

It’s highly recommended that you purchase tickets online to save a few dollars rather than purchasing at the gate. Admission for children two and under is free. Parking is free but often fills up quickly.

Charter bus rental tip: Oversized vehicle parking may be limited during NightGarden. Before booking tickets, consider inquiring about group discounts and parking options for your group.

View from a decorated boat for a holiday boat parade at sunset

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Address: 3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Phone: (954) 767-0686

The Winterfest Boat Parade is actually located in Fort Lauderdale, but you won’t have to sweat the drive with a comfortable charter bus rental. 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of this seasonal aquatic parade. Everything from private boats to corporate megayachts make parade appearances and are adorned in holiday lights and decorations for spectators. The parade starts at the Stranahan House, coasts on Fort Lauderdale’s New River, and enters the Intracoastal Waterway for 12 miles.

As such a long parade, your group will need to pick out the best place to watch. Spectating at unofficial viewing areas is completely free, but you’ll probably want to grab food or drinks in the area beforehand. If you want to view the parade from an organized and reserved viewing area, tickets can be purchased in advance for the Grandstand Viewing Area.

Charter bus rental tip: All parking for the event will be located in public parking areas. Groups traveling by charter bus will need to organize parking in surface lots or metered street areas.

Enjoy the Holidays in Miami with Falcon Charter Bus

Relax on your tropical holiday with a bus rental and pro driver to handle the Miami roads. Enjoy holiday lights, treats, and the company of your favorite people—the Falcon Charter Bus team will make sure you travel safely and comfortably. A representative will be available 24/7 to get you a free quote for your Miami bus rental at (305) 359-3962.

Group-Friendly Outdoor Dining Spots in Orlando

July 21, 2021
A group of friends toasting drinks over lunch under a patio umbrella

With temperate weather year-round, an event at an Orlando restaurant is best served outdoors. Wind down with a mimosa-filled brunch on restaurant patios, host a swanky big business soirée at outdoor venues, or have a laidback group meal after a long day of theme park fun.

If you need a few ideas on where to wine and dine outside in Orlando, you‘ll find a few ideas here! From small to large events, you’ll find an Orlando dining space to meet your needs. Once you pick your dining space for your event, you’ll also need to consider the best way for all of your diners to get there. Sure, having everyone drive themselves is an easy solution, but large dining event organizers may want to consider a different option. This is where Falcon Charter Bus comes in! The minibus rentals in our network include comfortable models to shuttle your group to dining spaces anywhere in Orlando. Don’t sweat needing to call a rideshare or having a DD after a long night of food and drinks, your private shuttle bus rental will have a driver to handle the road.

Even if you have a massive event like a company happy hour or charity organization fundraiser at a local outdoor venue, Falcon Charter Bus has charter bus rental services to keep your occasion running smoothly. Call 407-274-9808 to discuss your transportation needs with a Falcon Charter Bus rental expert today!

A customer buying food from a food truck in an outdoor space

A La Carte

Best for: laidback meetups with friends and family

Address: 609 Irvington Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: (407) 776-4693

A La Carte is unique in that it’s an outdoor food court with rotating local food trucks. Outdoor food court may sound a bit weird, but A La Carte’s setup feels like the perfect backyard spot to sample a variety of local street foods and have a few brews with friends or coworkers. You’ll find everything from empanadas and Brazilian steaks to poke bowls and Swedish meatballs.

Charter bus rental parking: A La Carte is located in the trendy Milk District. On-site parking right at the food court is limited but you’ll find private paid parking lots throughout the district and additional parking at Festival Park.

Eden Bar at Enzian Theater

Best for: company happy hours and community organization events

Address: 1300 Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751

Phone: (407) 629-0054

This garden-style bar serves up tasty new American fare under the shade of massive oak trees and the quaint Enzian Theater art house. The bar has happy hour specials every day and serves up casual bites like flatbreads, burgers, and tacos. You can also rent out the theater and bar for special events with up to 200 guests. Groups of 8 or more must contact the Enzian events team at events@enzian.org or (407) 629-1088 ext. 234.

Charter bus rental parking: The Enzian has a spacious private parking lot. If you have a large group attending during normal business hours (and not a private event) you’ll want to inquire about parking options for a minibus rental.

A group of friends having brunch

The Stubborn Mule

Best for: company holiday parties and happy hours

Address: 100 S Eola Dr Suite 103, Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 730-3400

The Stubborn Mule is located just down the street from Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando and is known for its wide selection of mule cocktails. It’s a popular weekend brunch spot for mimosas and tropical mules paired with grilled shrimp and grits or decadent french toast. The Stubborn Mule also offers private event space rentals (except brunch) including the spacious patio that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Charter bus rental parking: Due to its downtown location, The Stubborn Mule doesn’t have a private parking lot. Most parking in the area can be found in nearby garages and along the street.

World of Beer Orlando

Best for: bachelor and bachelorette parties, company social events, and groups of sports fans.

Address: 431 E Central Blvd Ste B, Orlando, FL 32801

Phone:  (407) 270-5541

World of Beer may be a national chain but the Orlando location is hard to beat for lovely downtown views on Lake Eola. The spacious patio is perfect for groups that want to sample brew flights, chat with friends, and enjoy gastropub bites like pretzels with beer cheese and crispy chicken sandwiches. This location is also a big spot for Orlando sports fans to catch big games on the restaurant’s multiple large TVs.

Charter bus rental parking: Parking around Lake Eola Park can be a challenge. A parking garage is located across the street for personal vehicles, but oversize vehicles like minibus us or charter bus rentals will need to find street parking in Downtown Orlando.

A rooftop bar in the evening

Latitudes

Best for: friends nights out and casual private parties

Address: 3 W Church St 3rd Floor, Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 649-4270

Looking for a fun rooftop bar in Downtown Orlando? Latitudes is the largest rooftop bar in the city and is a great dive for casual drinks and dancing with friends. Although Latitudes does serve food like classic burgers and fries, it’s primarily a bar and doesn’t take group reservations. However, the bar can be rented out as an event space for private events. Dance the night away with your friends under the towering buildings of Downtown Orlando.

Charter bus rental parking: Street parking can be found on Church Street, Orange Avenue, and nearby roads.

The Hammered Lamb

Best for: group birthday celebrations

Address: 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Phone: (407) 704-3200

Located in the Ivanhoe Village neighborhood of Orlando, The Hammered Lamb is an LGBTQ-friendly spot for boozy brunches and late-night bites. Sit out on the covered patio with bloody marys and mimosas paired with chicken & waffle sliders and avocado toast. True to the restaurant’s name, they also serve up items like lamb quesadillas, lamb gyros, and roasted lamb flatbread.  Reservations for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 407-704-3200 ext. 5.

Charter bus rental parking: Parking in the area can get difficult since The Hammered Lamb does not have a private lot. Street parking can be found on Orange Avenue but spots are often full. Your charter bus driver will likely have to drop your group off before parking farther away.

Hillstone Restaurant

Best for: big birthday celebrations, family dinners, and other private group events

Address: 215 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone: (407) 740-4005

Hillstone is the perfect spot for an upscale bite to eat in Orlando’s quaint neighboring city of Winter Park.  The restaurant’s tasty New American selection includes house-smoked salmon, roasted prime rib, and housemade veggie burgers. The spacious covered patio overlooks Winter Park’s Lake Killarney and is a wonderful spot to watch the sunset over a tasty meal. Normally, Hillstone can accommodate groups but keep in mind that dine-in options are limited for large groups during the ongoing health crisis.

Charter bus rental parking: Hillstone has a private parking lot but it can get full on busy days. Additional street parking can be found on Beachview Avenue.

A group of friends toasting drinks over lunch under a patio umbrella

The Waterfront

Best for: casual food and drinks with friends and family

Address: 4201 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Phone: (407) 866-0468

If you’re looking for seafood and a laidback lakefront atmosphere you’ll love The Waterfront’s covered deck and breezy patio tables. Order seafood plates like crab cake sliders, jumbo-fried shrimp, and poke bowls while enjoying the cool air rolling off of Lake Jennie Jewel. It’s a popular spot for groups to dine after paddleboarding on the lake. Break a sweat on the lake then stop for a refreshing drink and bite to eat at The Waterfront.

Charter bus rental parking: The Waterfront’s parking lot is often filled to capacity on busy days like weekends. You’ll want to call ahead to ensure there will be parking available.

Dine At Orlando’s Best Patios with a Group

Plan your Orlando dining experience without worrying about how your guests will get to and from your restaurant of choice. Leave the transportation up to Falcon Charter bus for your company holiday party, girls’ night out, bachelor party, or big family reunion dinner. Call the Falcon Charter Bus rental team 247 at 407-274-9808 for a free quote!

Miami’s Best Patio Restaurants and Outdoor Dining Venues

May 14, 2021
Close up of people toasting wine

There are countless trendy Miami restaurants with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and picturesque patios to soak up the south Florida sun. With so many options, choosing where to dine can be a difficult task! Especially if you’re planning an event or group dining occasion.

A group of friends toasting glasses of wine over dinner

If you need help narrowing down the perfect patio restaurant for your group event, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of some group-friendly dining locations in Miami. Pick a restaurant for events like your company happy hour, birthday bash with friends, or wedding rehearsal dinner, and leave the transportation up to Falcon Charter Bus.

Renting a charter bus or minibus can help keep your special event on schedule and save your guests from the hassle of parking at your restaurant of choice. You won’t have to worry about waiting to be seated if guests get lost or needing to call a rideshare for someone who may have had one too many mimosas. With a bus rental, you’ll have a comfortable ride with a pro driver for your dining event! Call 305-359-3962 to book a private bus rental in Miami with Falcon Charter Bus.

 

Rusty Pelican

Key Biscayne

Great for: company holiday parties, large birthday celebrations, wedding receptions
Address: 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: (305) 361-3818

There’s no better way to dine in Miami than on the water with a seafood dinner and cocktail in hand. Rusty Pelican offers some of the best views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline from its large patio. It’s a popular spot for romantic dates and anniversary dinners but is also an amazing location for special group dining events. Some of the Rusty Pelican’s most-ordered dishes include Chilean sea bass, grilled octopus, and lobster risotto.

Rusty Pelican offers multiple venue spaces for special events, including outdoor patio areas on the water. The East Patio can accommodate up to 70 guests and Vista Terrace is great for large events with up to 210 guests.

Charter bus rental parking: Rusty Pelican has a private parking lot that often gets packed on busy nights and is filled with valet parking. An additional parking area can be found between the restaurant and the Rickenbacker Marina. If you have a large group and multiple charter buses, you’ll want to inquire about parking when you book your reservation.

Close up of a man cutting a steak

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden

Wynwood

Great for: laidback meetups with friends
Address: 165 Northwest 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127
Phone: (305) 846-9120

The Butcher Shop’s name may give away their specialty—meat! The restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere and backyard-style patio make it perfect for a meetup with friends. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or having a meal and drinks just because, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find bites like duck wings and butcher cut steaks alongside a decent selection of craft beer on tap. Even if you’re vegetarian, Butcher Shop has you covered too with Impossible burgers, potato pierogies, fresh salads, and Bavarian pretzels.

Outdoor private event spaces include the patio, which can accommodate up to 110 guests, and the garden for up to 100 guests. Private dining events can be booked for lunch, dinner, a happy hour, or a weekend brunch.

Charter bus rental parking: Parking in Wynwood can be notoriously difficult and most businesses don’t have private parking lots. Your charter bus driver will have to utilize street parking around the neighborhood.

 

Jaguar Restaurant

Coconut Grove

Great for: happy hours and birthday dinners
Address: 3067 Grand Ave, Miami, FL 33133
Phone: (305) 444-0216

Jaguar serves up pan-Latin fare like savory ceviches, grilled seafood, and Argentinian steak in the quaint-but-upscale Coconut Grove neighborhood. The restaurant’s outdoor seating area is semi-covered and is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and people-watch in the Grove without the fear of burning up on a hot Florida day. Depending on the night, you may even catch a live music set.

The restaurant doesn’t have private event spaces at this time, but large groups can make reservations online or by phone in advance.

Charter bus rental parking: Coconut Grove visitors will have to utilize public parking lots or street parking. You’ll likely have to organize drop-off and parking off-site with your driver.

Friends toasting wine over food

Lagniappe

Midtown

Great for: adult birthday celebrations or outings with friends
Address: 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 576-0108

Is sitting in a friend’s backyard with a bottle (or two) of wine your type of night? Lagniappe offers the ambiance and comfort of sitting in a cozy backyard, just with a large selection of wine, charcuterie, grilled food, and live music. This popular wine house is less of a location for chowing down and more one for enjoying drinks and time with your favorite people. Grab a couple of tables on the patio, order some wine, and enjoy the sounds of local music pouring from inside the main house.

Unlike other spots on this list, Lagniappe doesn’t take reservations. It’s a casual, first come first served spot. You’ll want to get there early if you have a big group or call ahead to see if there’s space available.

Charter bus rental parking: Street parking on NE 35th Street and a public lot are available a short walk from the wine house. Minibuses may be able to fit in the parking lot, but full-size charter buses will need to park on the street.

 

LoKal

Coconut Grove

Great for: casual meals with friends or
Address: 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133
Phone: (305) 442-3377

Kush Hospitality Group’s restaurants have become synonymous with creative dining in Miami. LoKal is the place to be for craft beer, delectable new American food, and artsy ambiance. Try the crispy alligator strips, guava jelly-topped Frita burger, or the My Childhood Dream burger on a doughnut bun. LoKal also has plant-based items like homemade black bean burgers and vegan chorizo jambalaya.

LoKal doesn’t take reservations but there’s a covered patio and sidewalk picnic tables out front with plenty of space for groups. Consider calling ahead to see if there’s space outside for your group.

Charter bus rental parking: LoKal doesn’t have a parking lot. You’ll need to organize street parking or off-site parking for your bus.

People having dinner on a patio under lights in the evening

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Miami Design District

Great for: birthday celebrations and special event dinners like bridal showers
Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 749-9140

The posh Miami Design District is home to many amazing restaurants, but Mandolin is easily one of the best. Mandolin is located in a historic cottage home that looks unsuspecting from the street. You’d never know there’s a gorgeous, garden-style patio out back with plenty of seating for large groups. It’s a wonderful location for intimate dinners with close friends or family. Order a spread of Greek and Turkish food like chicken kebabs, grilled octopus, and Manti dumplings.

Reservations can be made online, but large groups should call or email ahead of time to organize seating with the restaurant.

Charter bus rental parking: Most parking in the design district will be located in public parking garages. Though if you’re traveling by charter bus, your driver will need to park on the street. Street parking is available just a couple of blocks from the restaurant on NE 2nd Ave.

 

Enjoy Outdoor Dining in Miami

Whether you’re planning a boozy brunch with friends or a company happy hour to treat your employees, Falcon Charter Bus will ensure everyone travels safely. Your dining group can hop on a private bus rental without the worry of taking on hectic Miami traffic before a relaxing meal. Reserve a stress-free shuttle to Miami’s best outdoor dining spots with Falcon Charter Bus. Call 305-359-3962 for a free bus rental quote!

Fun Budget-friendly Things to Do in Tampa with Kids

January 15, 2021
A young child in a floaty playing at the beach

Traveling with a group of kids in Tampa can be expensive without proper planning. It doesn’t have to be, though! Group travel in general can come with a hefty price tag, but thankfully Tampa has quite a few kid-friendly locations with free admission. If you’re traveling with a youth group or you have to entertain the kids during a family reunion, Falcon Charter Bus can make sure you travel safely and comfortably. A private charter bus rental can simplify transportation for your Tampa trip and also keep kids entertained on the road with onboard TVs and WiFi. Falcon Charter Bus can work with your budget to find a minibus or charter bus rental to perfectly fit your needs. Just call 813-944-3146 to find a bus rental for your Tampa trip!

Before planning your trip, you’ll want to inquire about any COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place at the moment. Some attractions may be temporarily closed, while others may have group size restrictions for visitor safety. If you have a relatively large group, you may also want to consider postponing your trip until there is a safer time to travel or requesting virtual field trips and online family programs, if available.

Two children watering a garden

Get in touch with nature at the Florida Botanical Gardens.

Address: 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774
Phone: (727) 582-2100
Cost: Free

This 90-acre garden is located in Largo, Florida, just across Old Tampa Bay. Some of the exhibits include an herb garden, butterfly garden, tropical fruits garden, and garden dedicated to Florida’s native plants. There’s also a Heritage Village across McKay Creek filled with old buildings that have been converted into a museum to preserve Pinellas County history. The botanical garden emphasizes educating children about native species of plants and animals as well as local history. Kids can enjoy interactive activities like butterfly watching and plant scavenger hunts along the gardens’ designated Children’s Trails.

Charter bus travel tip: Free parking is available across 5 lots at the botanical gardens. Consider calling ahead of time to ask which lot is best suited for your charter bus rental.

 

Spot native wildlife at Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center.

Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Phone: (813) 228-4289
Cost: Free

The waters near the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach have become one of the most popular wildlife viewing areas in the city. Warm water released from the power plant makes it a seasonal gathering spot for Florida manatees, small sharks, stingrays, and several species of birds and large fish. Spotting animals can be both entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. The viewing center includes educational exhibits, a touch tank with rays, and a 50-foot observation tower where you may get a peek of Tampa’s diverse wildlife. After exploring the viewing center, you can also check out the nearby butterfly garden and nature trails.

Keep in mind that the center is only open seasonally from November through part of April. Before visiting with a group, it’s highly recommended that you make a group reservation online.

Charter bus travel tip: The main parking lot often gets full on busy days. An overflow lot is available just to the south of the center. Have your charter bus driver drop your group off at the center’s entrance before parking in the overflow lot.

A young child in a floaty playing at the beach

Dip your toes in the sand at Tampa-area beaches.

The Tampa Bay area is home to several of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Access to most public beaches is completely free (there are some exceptions for beaches inside of state parks), and these beaches are perfect for a fun day in the sun with kids. Pack up your beach gear and check out these free-to-access beaches in the Tampa Bay area:

Ben T. Davis Beach

Address: 7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone:  (813) 274-8615

Clearwater Beach

Address: 1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: (727) 462-6963

Saint Pete Beach

Address: Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL

Phone: (727) 367-2735

 

Take advantage of free admission at local museums.

Locals looking to plan a group trip with kids should consider organizing a day out during Free Days. Many museums in the area offer free or discounted admission during specific days of the week or month. Here are just a few of the museums in the Tampa Bay area where you can take advantage of free admission:

Glazer Children’s Museum

Address: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 443-3861

Admission to the Glazer Children’s Museum is free every first Tuesday of the month. Kids can enjoy fun, hands-on exhibits that also promote learning and critical thinking. Discover how food is grown at an indoor farm, get creative at the Art Smart studio, and explore the basics of veterinary medicine at the Vet Clinic.

Charter bus travel tip: Passenger drop off is available in the roundabout on West Gasparilla Plaza. The children’s museum does not have its own private lot, so you’ll have to organize parking at a public lot or along the street for your bus.

The courtyard at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Address: 401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: (941) 359-5700

The Ringling Museum of Art is about a one-hour drive from Tampa, but it’s well worth the trip! Not only is The Ringling the official state art museum of Florida, but it’s also home to the Bayfront Gardens, Ringling Circus Museum and Ca’ d’Zan Estate. Admission to the Ringling Museum of Art and Bayfront Gardens is free every Monday. Paid entry is still required to access the Circus Museum and estate on free days.

Charter bus travel tip: There is a designated drop off area along Bay Shore Road. Have your bus driver drop off your group before parking at the eastern end of the lot on US 41.

 

Henry B. Plant Museum

Address: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: (813) 254-1891

This University of Tampa museum was once the historic Tampa Bay Hotel but is now dedicated to exhibiting artifacts and teaching about the building’s role in the Spanish-American War. Although learning about the Spanish-American War may be a bit dry for younger kids, the war artifacts and historic furnishings could pique the interests of some older kids’ curious minds. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month.

Charter bus travel tip: Since the museum is located on the University of Tampa campus, parking can be limited. Street parking can be found across UT University Drive for the museum or along other nearby roads.

A woman and child kayaking on the river

Explore the Tampa Riverwalk.

Address: Ashley Street, Tampa, FL 33602

There’s always something going on in Downtown Tampa! The Tampa Riverwalk is located in the heart of the city and offers a beautiful walking area with views of the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel. Along the 2.6-mile stretch, you’ll find playgrounds, outdoor eateries, areas where you can rent bikes and kayaks, and a dock where you can hop on a water taxi to see Tampa from the river. Strolling along the river is completely free, and on most normal days, you’ll even find events like live music, movies in the park, and scavenger hunts for kids.

Charter bus parking tip: Parking can be found throughout the area surrounding the riverwalk. Parking meters lie along Ashley Drive and Water Street.

 

Visit Tampa’s Best Attractions on a Budget

Getting tickets to popular locations like Busch Gardens and ZooTampa can quickly get expensive when you’re traveling with a large group of kids. Tampa has plenty of other attractions that won’t break the bank. Kids can explore the great outdoors, soak up some sun at the beach, and learn about local history—all for free! Build your itinerary and book your transportation with Falcon Charter Bus! A rental rep is available 24/7 at 813-944-3146 to find you a Tampa charter bus rental at the right price point.

How Groups Can Travel Safely During COVID-19

September 4, 2020
A group of people wearing masks talking on the sidewalk

The way we travel has completely changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re planning to travel with a group in the near future, you’ll need to be thorough in planning where you’re going and how you’ll get there. Falcon Charter Bus is dedicated to safe and reliable transportation for passengers throughout the Southeast.

Before you embark on your group trip, review a few of our most asked questions about current bus rentals and group travel:

A group of three people wearing masks and winter clothes while talking on a sidewalk.

Is it safe to travel with a group right now?

Traveling comes with varying levels of risk, especially when you’re in a group. As a general rule: any type of travel should be limited where possible. You can travel with proper precautions, but your first step in group trip planning should be to think about your reason for traveling.

If you need a minibus to go on vacation with a big group of friends, maybe reconsider your travel plans. On the other hand, if you need an employee shuttle service for essential workers, a charter bus is a good and safe travel option.

Are charter bus rentals a safe way to travel?

Yes, charter buses are safe ways to hit the road when you take necessary precautions. Depending on your group size, renting a charter bus can be an even safer mode of transportation than organizing a multi-vehicle carpool. Established pods of travelers will stay together in one controlled location rather than splitting up. Every motorcoach rented from Falcon Charter Bus will be thoroughly sanitized according to CDC guidelines, and each driver will have proper PPE throughout each trip. Your driver will also be instructed to have minimal contact with your group wherever possible to keep everyone safe.

Passengers can also suggest additional safety protocols and sanitization schedules to fit their needs. This can include social distancing onboard the bus, checking temperatures before boarding, and creating additional sanitization schedules as you load back on at stops. Just let your reservation expert know of any additional requests when you call 1-866-217-2168 for a quote.

Do we have to wear masks on our charter bus?

At Falcon Charter Bus, we pride ourselves on allowing groups to build customized transportation services for their unique trip. That being said, we’d highly recommend wearing masks onboard your bus. Cloth face coverings are recommended by the CDC to keep you and your fellow passengers safe, as well as to protect the people you come into contact with during day-to-day interactions.

A charter bus driver wearing a mask while behind the wheel.

Will our charter bus have hand sanitizer and extra masks?

Each full-sized charter bus will include a bathroom with running water and soap for passengers to wash their hands as frequently as needed. Additional hand sanitizer and cloth face coverings can be requested when you book your bus. To be safe, ensure each passenger has their own face covering and hand sanitizer, if possible. You can also designate someone to bring sanitizer and additional face coverings for anyone that needs one.

Tips for Safely Traveling with A Group

While organizing your travel gameplan, it’s important to consider CDC recommended guidelines. Here are a few travel tips to use when booking your charter bus:

1.   Social distance on your bus.

In the case of employee shuttles where you’re not traveling in an established pod, social distancing on your bus may be a good idea. Renting a bigger bus than you need can allow for staggered seating arrangements. Passengers will have plenty of space between one another to safely travel to and from work or any other destination. If you’re not sure what type of bus would be best to social distance your group, your Falcon Charter Bus reservation expert will be happy to assist you.

2.   Load and unload strategically.

Along with social distancing onboard, you’ll want to think about how passengers will board and leave the bus. The last thing you’d want is for people to crowd the entrance waiting to board or to stand too close in line. If you’ll be traveling with a relatively large group of passengers, placing floor decals or colored tape can keep everyone aware of the distance between one another.

People being temperature screened at a construction site

3.   Screen passenger health.

There are several ways to screen everyone’s health before boarding your charter bus. One of the most thorough methods is to have everyone tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantined before the beginning of your trip. This isn’t always possible for short-notice or recurring trips. Alternatively, temperature check each passenger before boarding. Temperature screening doesn’t 100% guarantee good health, but it is a quick and easy precautionary measure. 

4.   Think about additional ventilation options.

Proper ventilation can help limit the possible spread of germs on your bus. Falcon Charter Bus  is actively working with transportation providers and their HVAC companies to follow CDC recommendations to optimize clean air on your bus. Depending on when and where you’re traveling, you may want to opt to open the windows on your bus for even better ventilation. Keep in mind, groups traveling in extremely hot or cold weather may not have this option.

5.   Communicate with your fellow passengers in advance.

Once you establish safety protocols with your charter bus rental rep, let passengers know with plenty of notice. Keeping everyone in the loop on your rules will help your trip go smoothly and safely. Communicating these rules ahead of time will ensure everyone in your group shows up prepared with masks, sanitizer, and social distancing in mind.

Falcon Charter Bus Has Your Back

Traveling can already be stressful for many people, and COVID-19 has made it even more complicated. Falcon Charter Bus can take a little bit of the stress off your shoulders with a sanitized private motorcoach. We’re here to help groups of all sizes traveling for a variety of essential reasons. Whether your team of healthcare professionals needs a ride to off-site treatment facilities or your students need a shuttle to campus for limited in-person learning, we’ve got you covered. Don’t hesitate to call us at 1-866-217-2168 anytime with questions about our group transportation services.

Affordable Group Activities To Do With Kids in Miami

August 7, 2020
A group of kids running on a beach

So you’re taking a big family trip to Miami? Awesome! But you’re on a tight budget? No worries! If you need a few ideas on where to take kids when you don’t have much to spend, you’re in the right place.

A group of kids running at the beach

As someone who grew up in Miami, I know all too well how expensive the city is—especially when you’re traveling with kids. Thankfully, there are still a few cool kid-friendly spots you can check out for a low cost (some are free!) Fill the itinerary of your next family vacation or reunion with beautiful parks, beaches, museums, and other attractions across Miami. Even if you’re traveling with a school group, community organization, or scout troop on a limited budget, there are several affordable, kid-approved Miami attractions to visit.

If you have a big group and need a comfy ride around town, give Falcon Charter Bus a call at 305-359-3962. You can simplify your Miami trip by booking a charter bus or minibus to fit your passenger count and budget. Keep kids entertained with movies on your bus’s TVs and keep them comfortable in Miami’s heat with a climate-controlled motorcoach. Sit back, relax, and leave the horrible U.S. 1 traffic up to a pro driver.

Visit Florida state and national parks.

Take your outdoorsy bunch to one of the area’s many parks to learn about the state’s scaly, feathery, and furry natives.

Children and parents paddleboarding

Oleta River State Park

Address: 3400 NE 163rd St, Golden Beach, FL 33160
Phone: (305) 919-1846

Cost: $6 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers) or $2 per person (in buses)

Kids who love outdoor activities will have more than enough to keep them busy at Oleta. This picturesque park has options for hiking, biking, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing, and swimming in designated areas. If you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of dolphins and manatees. Entrance to the park is relatively affordable, just keep in mind that you’ll have to pay additional fees for equipment rentals.

Charter bus travel tip: A charter bus will give your group plenty of space to bring your own outdoor gear. Pack up inflatable water gear, chairs, tents, and coolers in your bus’s luggage bays.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Address: 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-6300

Cost: $8 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers) or $2 per person (in buses)

Even though Key Largo is one of the northernmost islands in the Florida Keys, it’s actually a little bit of a haul from Miami. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive from Downtown Miami, but you can just leave the navigation up to your bus driver. Everyone can enjoy the waterfront views through your bus’s panoramic windows as you hop on over to John Pennekamp. Keep in mind: this mangrove-lined waterfront park is known for snorkeling, not sandcastles. So it may be better suited for travelers with older children. Be sure to pack soled water shoes to get past the rocky shore to the snorkeling area. Glassbottom boat tours, guided scuba diving, and snorkeling equipment rentals are available for an additional fee. 

A little girl taking a photo in the mouth of a alligator sculpture

Everglades National Park

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center (South Entrance): 40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
Phone: 305-242-7700

Shark Valley Visitor Center (North Entrance): 36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194
Phone: 305-221-8776

Cost: $30 per vehicle or $15 per person (vehicles with 16+ passenger capacity)

Visiting the Everglades is more of a “good value” than a cheap upfront visit. Entrance fees vary depending on your vehicle capacity but it’s money well spent. The Everglades is one of the few attractions in Miami that can take well over a full day to visit, but thankfully, your admission is valid for 7 days. So you can come back if your kids get tired after a couple of hours.

The park has several visitor centers and choosing which one to go to will depend on what you like. Ernest F. Coe and Shark Valley both have interesting exhibits and wildlife viewing areas for visitors of all ages. If you want to walk trails and gator spots through the park, Ernest F. Coe is your go-to. If you want to take a tram tour (additional fees) or check out views from observation decks, hop on over to Shark Valley. Don’t forget to ask for a Junior Ranger Guidebook at your visitor center of choice!

Group travel tip: If you’re traveling with a school group or community organization, ask about ranger-led education programs before your trip. These programs may be discounted or free for certain groups.

Learn about art and culture.

Teach young minds about art from around the world at these popular Miami museums and art spaces:

The outside of The Wolfsonian museum
The Wolfosnian in Miami Beach. Image credit: Phillip Pesar on Flickr.

The Wolfsonian

Address: 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: 305-531-1001
Cost: Free

Are your kids into Art Deco art? Well, that may be a tough sell for some, but if you have an artsy bunch, they’ll love the bright and busy collection at The Wolfsonian. This museum is located in Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District and is a great place to visit if you’re hitting SoBe. Although admission is always free for every guest, families with kids should probably visit on a Free Family Day. These days include free hands-on programs like art-making, storytime, kid-centric gallery tours, and games. Check out The Wolfsonian’s online calendar to see what’s in store for Free Family Day!

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Address: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Phone: 305-375-3000
Cost: $12-16; Free for children under 6; Free admission every first Thursday of the month

Known for an extensive contemporary collection of Cuban art, the PAMM may not be to the tastes of younger kids, but it does have a wide range of activities that may peak their interests. Pick up an activity booklet at the circulation desk so they can go on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum to bring out their inner artist. Depending on the time of year and day, the museum also offers a variety of workshops and kid-friendly tours. Many of these activities are included in standard admission, you’ll just need to RSVP. Kids can get hands-on and make their own work with guest artists or even join a storytime in the gallery.

Charter bus travel tip: Bus dropoff and pickup is available on Museum Drive but you won’t be able to park there. You’ll have to look into public lots with oversized options and give your driver money to cover parking fees. Several parking lots are located a couple of blocks east of the museum, just beyond NE 2nd Ave.

A mural at the Wynwood Walls in Miami
A mural by Kenny Scharf in Wynwood. Image credit: Phillip Pessar on Flickr.

Wynwood Walls

Address: 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Phone: 305-531-4411

Cost: Free-Varies

Wynwood is arguably one of Miami’s coolest neighborhoods. The area is filled with street art, shops, galleries, small museums, and local markets that are fun to explore for guests of all ages. Start your visit at the Wynwood Walls, where kids can get up close and personal with massive street art murals and interactive sculptures that double as play areas. Visiting most art spaces in the neighborhood is completely free, but if you’re visiting another private museum or amusement center, you may have to pay admission fees.

Charter bus travel tip: First Friday brings hundreds of people to Wynwood and the roads get ridiculously crowded. This time of the month may bring additional activities for kids to enjoy, but it may be hard to park a charter bus.

Soak up some sun at kid-friendly beaches.

South Beach is Miami’s most popular beach but it isn’t the only option out there. Check out these kid-friendly beaches in the Miami metro area:

The Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Address: 1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 786-582-2673
Cost: $8 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers) or $2 per person (in buses)

Key Biscayne has several quiet and family-friendly beaches away from the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach. Large groups will have miles of beach for children to explore, play, and splash in the calm waters. Bill Baggs Park not only has a beautiful, calm, and relatively empty beach, it also has a historic lighthouse that kids are sure to love. I’m not sure about you, but when I was a kid, I thought lighthouses were pretty cool (and they’re honestly still cool as an adult). The Cape Florida Light is recognized as the oldest standing structure in South Florida. Self-guided tours of the lighthouse are free and open Thursday through Monday.

South Pointe Park Beach

Address: 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-673-7779
Cost: Free

South Pointe Park Beach is just a few blocks away from South Beach. Unlike South Beach though, South Pointe Park Beach has grassy play areas, a pier with an observation deck, and calm shallow water. This makes it a great spot to take the kids! Pack up your bus with all your beach gear and enjoy a day in the South Florida sun. Once you’ve wrapped up your day at the beach, hop back on your bus and cool off on the way to your next destination.

Charter bus travel tip: South Pointe Park Beach doesn’t have its own designated lot, so you’ll have to organize parking at a public lot or along the street on Washington Avenue. Expect to pay hourly for each space your charter bus takes up in your parking area.

A young child playing with sand at the beach

Matheson Hammock Park

Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
Phone: 305-665-5475

Cost: $5-7 per car, $15 per bus

Are you traveling with toddlers or even younger children? Matheson Hammock is a scenic yet often forgotten beach in suburban Miami. The beach has a shallow and enclosed wading pool for small children to safely play in the water. There are also fishing areas for groups who want to spend a relaxed afternoon by the water and beautiful mangroves. If you have some extra time, consider hopping over next door to Fairchild Tropical Garden. Admission to the garden during normal hours can get pricey but sometimes special events and programs can be accessed at a lower cost.

Travel Around Miami with Falcon Charter Bus

Without some thorough planning, traveling with kids around Miami can easily rack up a big bill. While organizing your trip, let Falcon Charter Bus take the transportation off your plate. Call 305-359-3962 at any time to chat with a rental representative about your trip!

10 Things to do in Atlanta on Mother’s Day

February 27, 2020
mother and daughter embracing and smiling

Celebrating Mother’s Day is a wonderful occasion to plan a group trip. Whether you’re traveling with your big family, community organization, or local church, it’s important to spend a day appreciating all the mothers in your life. Plan a trip around treating your mom, grandma, spouse, aunts, or even a group of close friends to a day out in Atlanta, and let Falcon Charter Bus handle the group transportation for your Mother’s Day out on the town.

Give us a ring 24/7 at 404-400-3545 to find a minibus or charter bus to comfortably transport everyone in your group.

a mother and daughter hugging and smiling

How to Travel around Atlanta on Mother’s Day

So you’re organizing a group outing to treat Mom? That sounds lovely! Several restaurants, museums, and performance venues across Atlanta run Mother’s Day specials. However, not every deal works for those planning a large group event for the holiday. If your outing includes extended family, multiple families, or lots of friends, then you’ll need to build a group-friendly Mother’s Day itinerary.

You’ll also need to make sure you book your transportation around Atlanta for your group. The last thing any mom should need to worry about is Atlanta traffic. That’s where Falcon Charter Bus swoops in. We’ve handled transportation services for all types of group events across the Southeast, so you won’t have to handle the hectic roads on your own. When you book a motorcoach, there’s no need to split into separate vehicles and pay several parking fees at busy Atlanta attractions.

Spend time bonding with family and friends while your professional driver takes care of the transportation, keeping everyone stress-free. You focus on planning an unforgettable Mother’s Day. Let us handle the boring stuff (the transportation).

children doing a science experiment at a museum

1.   Visit the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Address: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Phone: (404) 659-5437

If you’re traveling with small children who are in preschool or early elementary school, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a great place to organize a special Mother’s Day outing. To make the holiday even more special, the museum offers free admission and programming for mothers and grandmothers throughout the day. Enjoy music and dance shows, storytime, art classes, fun science experiments, and seasonal cooking classes with the little ones.

Groups of 20 or more people traveling with family members other than Mom and Grandma should inquire about group discounts. You’ll receive $2 off general admission, but you will need to book your tickets in advance. School groups, summer camps, or daycares planning a Mother’s Day trip should inquire about the museum’s additional educational programs.

Bus tip: Visitors traveling by charter bus won’t be able to park on-site at the museum. Ask your charter bus driver to drop everyone off at the museum entrance before parking at the Georgia World Congress Center Marshalling lot for $25.

mother and child feeding giraffe at a zoo

2.   Say hi to the animals at the Atlanta Zoo.

Address: 800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E., Atlanta, GA 30315

Phone:  (404) 624-5600

With more than 1,500 animals to visit at the Atlanta Zoo, you’ll have plenty to see during your Mother’s Day trip. The zoo is another ATL location that provides moms with free admission on Mother’s Day (with purchase of any regularly-priced child’s or adult’s general admission ticket). Learn about giant pandas, red pandas, giraffes, and tigers, and wrap up your day by discovering various species of reptiles and amphibians in the zoo’s popular reptile house. Groups traveling with tiny tots can also enjoy a themed train ride, carousel, and water play zone in the hot summer months.

The zoo has a variety of options for group events, including encounters with lions, giant pandas, elephants, and tortoises. Grab your tickets, reserve your charter bus, and book a special animal experience that Mom will never forget.

topiary sculpture at the atlanta botanical garden

3.   Tour the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Atlanta Garden Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Gainesville Garden Address: 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501

Main Phone: (404) 876-5859

The famous Atlanta Botanical Garden is beautiful any time of year, but it’s even better during the blooming spring months. Mother’s Day weekend brings special tours, activities, and dining options. Have a lovely brunch at the Gainesville Garden or marvel at the Atlanta location’s breathtaking Chihuly glass sculptures and topiary arrangements, tour the Fuqua Orchid House, and watch your kids enjoy the outdoors at the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden.

You can also book a guided group tour of either the Atlanta or Gainesville location if you have 10 to 60 visitors. Just be sure to book at least 4 weeks in advance and to inquire about off-site parking options for your charter bus or minibus. Educational programs and discounted guided tours are available for schools and organizations planning a Mother’s Day outing for a large group.

Group travel tip: The Atlanta Botanical Garden is generally very crowded over the weekends, especially during months with temperate weather like the spring season. Plan to arrive right as the gardens open to avoid the crowds and rising afternoon temperatures.

upscale dinner table with empty wine glasses and plates

4.   Chow down in upscale Atlanta eateries.

Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to splurge on a fancy meal. Good thing Atlanta has a wide selection of upscale restaurants to impress your group! Whether you want to organize a boozy brunch or decadent dinner, ATL has something for you.

Need a few ideas for group-friendly dining locations? Check out these local restaurants when planning your meal:

Bone’s

Address: 3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305\

Phone: 404-237-2663

Hailed as the best steakhouse in the city (and among the best in the country), Bone’s is the place to take Mom for one of the best ribeyes she’ll ever have. Along with a strong list of different cuts of meat, the steakhouse also has a tasty selection of seafood, salads, and rich desserts. Private group dining is available for 8 to 65 guests. Reservations for 8 or more guests can be made online or over the phone at 404-237-2663.

The Sun Dial

Address: 210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 589-7506

Located at the top of The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, The Sun Dial has some of the best dining views in the city. The restaurant serves new American fare like pork chops and crab cakes and has a full bar with refreshing signature cocktails. Semi-private dining spaces are available for groups of 20 to 50 guests.

Canoe

Address: 4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone:  (770) 432-2663

Looking for a dining space surrounded by greenery? Canoe is the place to plan your Mother’s Day. This restaurant is surrounded by gardens and overlooks the Chattahoochee River in the Vinings neighborhood of Atlanta. Dine at this tucked-away spot to enjoy dishes like a smoked salmon Benedict and brioche French toast at brunch or duck breast and crab cakes at dinner.  Private event reservations can be made for groups of 10 to 35 guests.

Bus tip: Providing a charter bus for your Mother’s Day event is one of the best ways to make sure everyone can enjoy their favorite wine and cocktails to the fullest. Depending on where you plan to eat, a minibus is usually the most suitable vehicle for on-site parking. If you have a large group, Falcon Charter Bus can build you a custom fleet of buses. When you book your dining reservation, inquire about parking options as well.

waterfalls in a georgia state park

5.   Enjoy the outdoors.

Atlanta is sometimes referred to as the “city in a forest” due to its high concentration of tree canopies and green spaces. Take your outdoorsy group of moms on an adventure to one of the Atlanta area’s parks. REI Co-Op hosts classes and outdoor events across the region, including a Mother’s Day kayak and lunch trip at Stone Mountain Park. Public programs can be limited in participant size, so large groups may want to ask about private programs instead.

If booking an outdoor program isn’t your style, you can build your own day of hiking, biking, water activities, and enjoying time with your mom. When you rent a motorcoach with Falcon Charter Bus, you won’t be limited to visiting parks in the metro Atlanta area. Travel up north to cool off among cascading waterfalls or get your hiking boots dirty in the red clay canyons of south Georgia. You’ll have cushioned, reclining seats and a climate-controlled cabin to relax in as you ride to your outdoor adventure in comfort.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Address: 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 265-8888

Distance from Downtown Atlanta: ~70 miles or 1.5 hours

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

Phone: (706) 754-7981

Distance from Downtown Atlanta: ~100 miles or 2 hours

Providence Canyon State Park

Address: 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815
Phone: (229) 838-6202

Distance from Downtown Atlanta: ~150 miles or 2.5 hours

Bus tip: State and national parks usually charge entrance fees per car or per visitor. When you’re traveling by charter bus, expect to pay an additional parking fee for your oversized vehicle. Depending on the capacity of your bus, your parking fee can range from $30 to $70.

an entertainer on stage in front of a crowd

6.   Laugh it up at a comedy show.

Does Mom need a good chuckle after a long week at work? Take her to a comedy show on Mother’s Day weekend. Large venues like the historic Fox Theatre and smaller comedy clubs like Uptown Comedy Corner host Mother’s Day-themed stand-up events for the holiday. If Mom isn’t too fond of stand-up comedy, you can also opt for a concert or theatre performance.

Most locations have group rates for big shows, but it may be difficult to secure group tickets for more intimate performances. Group minimums and rates are dependent on the venue and event. Check with your location of choice in advance to secure your event tickets as soon as possible.

a child's hands covered in paint at a festival

7.   Attend a festival.

Spring brings quite a few arts and culture festivals to ATL. From the Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival to the Sweet Auburn SpringFest, there are several events where you can stretch your legs, enjoy art, and support the community. These events don’t always overlap with Mother’s Day weekend, but it’s always worth checking out what’s on the local calendar.

The Chastain Park and Sweet Auburn festivals are both free to the public and great locations for groups. Your local church or community art club can plan a special Mother’s Day outing to the festival and let Falcon Charter Bus take care of the transportation with a compact minibus.

group of women finishing a marathon together

8. Give back to the community or a charitable organization.

You can give back in more ways than you know on Mother’s Day! There’s a long list of volunteer opportunities that are available throughout the year for you and your group of moms to choose from. Get together to deliver meals to the elderly with Meals on Wheels Atlanta, or help clean and restore historic locations like Grant Park with a conservancy.

If you’re a very active bunch, consider participating in a race for charity. Sign up for the Annual Midtown Race to benefit the Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) or the Be Kind to Your Mind Run benefiting Mental Health America. You’ll be able to spend quality time with loved ones while giving back to the community and also getting a little exercise along the way.

Group travel tip: Local runs usually require road closures, and traffic can become a nightmare, especially in busy Atlanta. Rather than organizing parking for multiple vehicles, big groups attending a race can simplify their arrival and departure with a private shuttle bus.

two young women and their mother having wine outside

9. Wine and dine (okay, maybe just wine.)

Georgia isn’t necessarily known for its wine. Peaches and pecans may seem more in the state’s wheelhouse. Well, Georgia is full of surprises and the northern portion of the state is home to several top-notch wineries. Locations like Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Montaluce Winery are the places to spend Mother’s Day with a group of wine lovers. Want to stick a bit closer to the city? Château Élan is another popular place to plan your day.

These wineries are beautiful venues for group occasions like wedding ceremonies and even company events. Private parties and large groups are welcome at most wineries with a prior reservation. If you’re interested in private tours and tasting with sommeliers, contact the winery a few weeks in advance to ensure they accommodate you.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery

Address: 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: (706) 867-9862

Distance from Downtown Atlanta: ~75 miles or 1.5 hours

This Dahlonega winery overlooks the mountains, providing a breathtaking backdrop for Mother’s Day. Groups of 8 or more can make reservations for semi-private tastings and seasonal winery tours. Tours and tastings are usually only available on Saturday and Sunday.

Montaluce Vineyards

Address: 946 Via Montaluce, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: (706) 867-4060

Distance from Downtown Atlanta: ~80 miles or 1.5-2 hours


Montaluce Vineyards not only has great wine but also has a full-service restaurant with tasty charcuterie boards, brunch bites, and more. Along with private group tastings, Montaluce offers a unique “wine hike” through the vineyards, along the Etowah River, and through North Georgia’s beautiful hilly terrain. The 1.8-mile hike includes a wine tasting and is available by reservation for up to 25 guests.

Château Élan

Address: 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Georgia 30517
Phone: (678) 425-0900

Distance from Downtown Atlanta: ~ 50 miles or 1 hour

Château Élan is always quite busy, so groups of 12 or more should make a reservation to visit this winery and resort. Their Signature Group Tour & Tasting will take you through the winemaking experience from start to finish and includes a personalized tasting of 6 wines.

Bus tip: Need a DD for your wine tour? No problem. Every Falcon Charter Bus rental includes a professional driver to handle your trip. Your driver’s pay will be included in your rental quote. All you’ll need to take care of is organizing and paying for parking. Tipping your driver is also a much-appreciated gesture for a job well done!

aerial view of truist park during an atlanta braves baseball game

Image courtesy of Joshua Peacock on Unsplash.

10. Enjoy a sporting event.

Is your amateur sports team trying to plan a fun event to appreciate your mothers? Try organizing a group game day. May isn’t the busiest month for professional and college sports leagues, but there are still a handful of Atlanta events you can treat your sporty mom to. Grab tickets to an Atlanta United game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium or cheer on the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park.

Discounts for Atlanta Braves games are available for groups of 20 or more. Group rates are available for 10 or more guests at Atlanta United games. You can also add on additional experiences like tours and dining options to group packages at either sports arena. Reserve your tickets, book your private charter bus, and ride to the game in complete comfort with your group.

Travel with Falcon Charter Bus for Mother’s Day

If you still need help planning your trip, check out our Atlanta guide to family-friendly travel or our guide for ATL newcomers. You’ll find even more information on amazing ways to spend your days around the city with a group. Once you have your Mother’s Day trip organized, give us a call at 404-400-3545 to reserve a charter bus for your trip. Our rental team is here 24/7!