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Nestled in the North Georgia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and bordered by the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville and Hall County are well known for southern hospitality, small town charm, and quality of life.
Gainesville is a bustling city, with a restored downtown square, reminding visitors of the charm of years gone by. Cozy restaurants and quaint retail shops provide appeal for all who visit. A few miles away, Colonial Lakeshore Mall with a restored Venitian carousel for children makes shopping fun for all.
Lake Lanier Islands resort on the shores of Lake Lanier is acclaimed for its natural beauty and unparalleled recreational activities. First-class luxury accommodations, an exciting beach and waterpark, golf, tennis, horseback riding, and boat rentals provide the very best in hospitality and recreation. Take a short drive to Mall of Georgia, the Southeast’s largest mall with shopping, dining and entertainment. The mall features a 20-screen movie theater, a seven story 3-D IMAX theater, and 500-seat outdoor amphitheater; or visit Discover Mills, a designer outlet mall close by.
There are many attractions, museums, nature centers and cultural exhibits for visitors:
- Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Waterpark
- Road Atlanta - racetrack and motorsports facility
- Smithgall Arts Center - home to symphony, jazz, and other concerts
- Quinlan Visual Arts Center
- Simmons Visual Arts Center
- Georgia Mountains History Museum - local history, artifacts and information
- Cherokee Chief Whitepath’s Restored Cabin
- Elachee Nature Science Center - a natural history museum and nature center complex located in a 1,200-acre nature preserve
- Solar System Tour - a self-guided scale model walking tour of our solar system
- Buford Dam - located near historic downtown Buford
Atlanta, one of the largest metropolitan cities in the United States, is only 50 minutes south of Lake Lanier Olympic Center and offers entertainment, arts, historic tours and world-class shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square Mall.
Atlanta also features:
- Centennial Olympic Park - created for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, is a 21-acre park featuring dramatic Olympic Rings Fountain.
- World of Coca-Cola Museum - features the history of Coca-Cola through demonstrations and exhibits; visitors can taste internationally distributed Coca-Cola products.
- CNN Center - offers a studio tour.
- Atlanta Braves Baseball - Catch a game at Turner Field and view the Olympic torch.
- Zoo Atlanta - features giant pandas of Chengdu.
- Atlanta Cyclorama - boasts the world’s largest painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta accompanied by music, lighting, sound effects, and narration.
- Fox Theatre - a restored 1920’s lavishly designed building, hosts musicals and plays.
- Sci-Trek - an interactive science museum.
- Atlanta Botanical Gardens - with thirty acres of gardens and woodlands.
Just 30 minutes north of Lake Lanier Olympic Center is the pristine North Georgia Mountains. Visit quaint towns such as Dahlonega, site of the first major gold rush in the United States, and, Helen, a recreated old world Bavarian village with town folks dressed in lederhosen and dirndls. The North Georgia Mountains host an array of wineries and vineyards for visitors to tour, especially during harvest time, mid-August through the end of September. Shopping malls, such as North Georgia Premium Outlets on GA 400, are close by.
For fun excursions for the whole family, visit:
- BabyLand General Hospital - in Cleveland, home of the world-famous Cabbage Patch Kids
- Appletree Farms - North Georgia arts and pottery
- Anna Ruby Falls - 150-foot double waterfall at Unicoi State Park in Helen
- Appalachian Trail - 2,144-mile famous hiking trail from Georgia to Maine
- Thunder Road USA - Georgia’s Official Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville
- Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center - features natural and Tallulah Gorge history
- Amicalola Falls - a 729-foot waterfall near Dahlonega
- Chattooga Wild and Scenic River - white water rafting
- Ocoee River - 1996 Slalom Olympic course