Gwinnett County is situated in the northeastern part of the state of Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the United States.
Gwinnett County provides convenient access to major transportation routes, including Interstate 85 and Interstate 285, making it easy to travel to other parts of Georgia and beyond.
Gwinnett County offers an abundance of parks, green spaces, and recreational facilities. Here you can enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking in the county’s many parks. Notable parks include McDaniel Farm Park, Tribble Mill Park, and Little Mulberry Park.
If you want to spend a weekend away from the buzz of the big city, Gwinnett is the right destination. Let’s explore together the 10 best things to do in Gwinnett:
1. Visit the AUTO RECON Gwinnett Arena and Amphitheater
The AUTO RECON Gwinnett Area is an indoor arena hosting concerts, sporting events, family shows and other entertaining events throughout the year. It’s also equipped with modern facilities such as concession stands and bars.
2. Spend a day at Lake Lanier Islands
This recreational park boasts 750 acres on an attractive chain of lakes connected by rivers near Lake Lanier. There are plenty of recreation opportunities including beaches with crystal clear waters that are great for swimming or boating – plus numerous trails that you can explore to find some peace among nature’s wonders.
3. Explore Southeastern Railway Museum
Learn all about railroad history at this educational museum which houses restored historic engines and train cars from different eras in various parts of the country since 1860 – such as Southern Railway Caboose #4206 or L&N E8 diesel locomotives!
See interactive exhibits where you can operate cab locomotives yourself or get demonstrations of how trains were operated back then! Not only educative – but also fun for children and adults alike! Rail fans must have it on their top list when in town!
4. Unwind at The Dacula Historic Village
Enjoy a glimpse into rural life since the 1800s with homes built 1790-1930 containing antique galleries, a smokehouse, a general store, and more inside its picturesque grounds surrounded by flowers and trees where you can wander through his history unraveling as if time had stopped.
5. Pay respects at Little Schoolhouse on Mt Tabor Church Cemetery
This historic cemetery is located in the historic city of Lawrenceville, Georgia, just outside of Gwinnett County. The cemetery was established in 1885 and consists of some 350 gravesites. In the late 1800s, members of the Methodist Episcopal Church began burying their family members here.
Today, Little Schoolhouse on Mt Tabor is the place where you will find a peaceful park filled with mature trees and beautiful gardens honoring those who have passed away. At the center stands an old schoolhouse that is now a memorial for those who were laid to rest below it.
6. Toss rock away Rock Rattle ‘N’ Roll
Every year since 1988, visitors from across the country have gathered at Stone Mountain Park near Gwinnett County to toss rocks at grandstands as part of a tradition known as “Rock Rattle ‘N’ Roll”.
The tradition began when local spiritualists began tossing rocks during ritualistic ceremonies they believed would bring prosperity and good health to their communities each year.
Nowadays this festival has become more playful with many visitors tossing rocks in hopes that they will hear them making noise or breaking something down below while trying not to get hit by one!
7. Admire views from atop Sam J M Hill Observatory
Opened in 2002, the Sam J Hill Observatory has been a favorite place for stargazing and admiring stunning vistas of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Equipped with the most advanced research telescope technology and operated by award-winning astronomers, you can enjoy some of the best views of stars and galaxies from this public observatory.
8. Spend the day at the Mall of Georgia
Mall of Georgia is one of the premier shopping destinations in Gwinnett County. The mall is home to 190 retail stores such as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and AMC Movie Theater making it one of the largest malls in the Southeast United States.
Explore high-end designer stores to find the trendiest clothing items or take a stroll through open-air Sidewalk Sale pathways designed for visitors looking to maximize their shopping experiences.
9. Listen to live music and enjoy brews at Red Hare Brewing Company
Red Hare Brewing Company is located within close proximity to downtown Lawrenceville offering an array of showcases of craft beer with live music throughout weekend nights.
Experience the unique microbreweries featuring German-style ales such as Long Day Lager or Spontaneous combined with various selections of wines served right on tap for all beer lovers visiting!
10. Go for a stroll along the Suwanee Creek Greenway
Built around 29 acres of green space next to Suwanee Creek Park, Suwanee Creek Greenway serves as a relaxing getaway into a natural serene growing just 12 miles away from Atlanta city limits!
This 3-mile outdoor area includes biking trails connected by 6 small bridges that take you into a lush mix-growing landscape within natural habitats filled with wild animal species!