Gwinnett County Points of Interest
The Buford Artists Colony
Located on Main Street in the historic tannery town of Buford, the Artists Colony is a collective of some 30 artisans including jewelers, potters, painters, furniture-makers and other artists. Galleries, studios, and cafes line Main Street. Visitors can browse through the Museum on Main Street, or enjoy Buford's "Artrageous Art Walk," held the second weekend of each month.
This 3,100-acre complex is a winery and a full-service resort. It includes more than 200 acres of vineyards and a visitor's center built in the style of a 16th century French chateau. The chateau houses an art gallery, two restaurants and three large murals depicting the history of winemaking, a Paris train station and a French town square. The visitor center is open year-round, 7 days a week, for free tours and tastings. Chateau elan also has a large inn, an 80-room lodge, four other restaurants, three 18-hold golf courses, a 9-hole, par 3 course, European spa, tennis complex, equestrian show ring center and authentic Irish Pub. Located at I-85 and Ga. Hwy 211 (Exit 48).
Chattachoochee River Recreation Areas
Two units of the more than 4,200-acre Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area are located in Gwinnett County. Abbotts Bridge off Hwy. 120 and Medlock Bridge off Medlock Bridge Road. The areas offer fishing, picnicking, boat ramps and walking trails.
Gwinnett County Civic & Cultural Center
The Gwinnett County Civic & Cultural Center is a multi-purpose facility that serves as both a convention and exhibition center and as a home for the performing arts. The recently renovated facility includes an exhibition hall with some 50,000 square feet of convertible space, 14 executive meeting rooms, a ballroom with some 6,000 square feet, and on-site caterer and a 700 - seat Performing Arts Theatre. Located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.
Gwinnett History Museum
The Gwinnett History Museum is located in the historic Lawrenceville Female Seminary, listed on the National Register of Historic laces. The museum houses a variety of Georgian historic and folk artifacts all related to the history of Gwinnett County and its people. Some of the displays interpret 19th through early 20th century school days, farm life, religion and fine examples of folk furnishings crafted by natives of the county. Museum hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Located 455 Perry Street in Lawrenceville.
Gwinnett County has a number of interesting historical structures, including the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse (1885) on the square in downtown Lawrenceville. The courthouse is open free to the public for tours Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Gwinnett Historical Society (770) 822-5174 operates the Gwinnett History Center on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse and can provide information on the county's historic attractions, such as the Elisha Winn Home (1812). Located at 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.
The Atlanta Thrashers ice hockey team practices here. Practices are free and open to the public. Public ice skating and rentals available.
Lake Lanier Islands
One of the busiest and most popular recreation lakes in the United States, the 1,200 acre Lake Lanier Islands complex offers a variety of activities, including boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, picnicking and horseback riding. The Beach and Water Park features water slides, a wave pool, recreation boats, a mini-golf course and a white-sand beach. They have open 30 rental lake houses, a new interactive water attraction and have a new 65 passenger excursion boat. Also part of the complex are two resort hotels and two 18 hole golf courses. Located at 6950 Holiday Road, Buford. For more information please call 770-932-7200 or visit:
The birthplace of Eli Pinson Landers, a Confederate soldier from Gwinnett County whose moving letters have been memorialized in the award-winning book, Weep Not For Me, Dear Mother. The historic home is located behind Sweetwater Cemetery on Pleasant Hill Road. The cemetery has over thirty graves of Confederate soldiers
Lanier Museum of Natural History
Operated by the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Division, the museum focuses on the county's natural and cultural history. Attractions include a reptile collection, wildlife exhibits and a butterfly garden. Special events and programs are scheduled year-round. Located at 2601 Buford Dam Road, Buford. Please call for information on programs and tours,
Malibu Grand Prix Family Entertainment Center
Batting cages, Indy racing cars, miniature golf and kids'arcade.
Mechanicsville School House
The last one-room school house in Gwinnett County, built in 1911, is located on the corner of Third Avenue and Florida Avenue in Doraville. Presently, in restoration by the Norcross, Mechanicsville, Pinckneyville Historical Society.
Road Atlanta Raceway
One of the best road courses around, this 2.54 mile, 12 turn circuit hosts many motorcycle and sports car races every season. Home of the Petit LeMans endurance road race, as well as Grand Prix, sports car, vintgage, motorcycle, moto-cross and go-cart races.
Southeastern Railway Museum
This 30-acre, open-air museum features more than 90 pieces of rolling stock including vintage steam locomotives, the historic Presidential Pullman car "Superb," World War II troop kitchens and wooden freight cars.
Stone Mountain Park
The main attraction at the 3,200-acre park is, of course, the mountain itself, the world's largest exposed mass of granite featuring the famous carving of Confederate heroes. The park offers lodging, camping, swimming, fishing, tennis and golf. It has picnic areas, a sky lift, a beach, a 10-building antebellum plantation, a paddlewheel riverboat, a scenic railroad, a wildlife preserve and petting zoo, and a museum highlighting the history of the carving. Special events are held throughout the year and a laser show is presented on the mountain's face during the spring through fall months. Located on Highway 78 in Stone Mountain.
Yellow River Game Ranch
This see and touch attraction features such animals as deer, buffalo, fox, bears, mountain lions and raccoons in a 24-acre naturally wooded preserve along the banks of the Yellow River. The game ranch is the home of General Beauregard Lee, Georgia's official prognosticator or Groundhog Day. Open 7 days a week at 9:30 a.m.; closing varies by season.
Visit the Southeast's largest mall, Mall of Georgia, the outlets of Discover Mills, or Gwinnett Place Mall, home of the international MegaMart. Open-air boutique shopping can be found at Avenue at Webb Gin (Grayson/Snellville area) and the Forum Shops at Peachtree Parkway. The Global Mall is tops for ethnic shopping gifts, foods and more.
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