Things To Do
In your free time, there are plenty of opportunities for fun in Gainesville-Hall County and the surrounding northeast Georgia area. From award-winning golf courses to acclaimed arts and culture to Lake Lanier, the state’s largest lake right in your backyard, we invite you to explore all our home community has to offer.
Experience Lake Lanier
Living in Gainesville puts you in the backyard of the state’s largest lake. Attracting 10 million visitors annually, Lake Lanier is the most popular U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake in the nation and boasts a $5 billion annual economic impact on the area. Boating, fishing, kayaking and water skiing are some of the most popular activities, and there are several golf courses and restaurants overlooking the lake’s scenic beauty.
- Lake Lanier Olympic Park
- Chattachoochee Golf Club
- Legacy on Lanier Golf Club
- Sydney’s Restaurant
- Fish Tales Lakeside Grill
Our natural environment and temperate climate entices people to get outside and explore. Enjoy a summer afternoon browsing a local farmers market and an evening concert on the square. Set out on a trail for a bike ride, long run or leisurely dog walk. Sip a cup of coffee and enjoy walking through the Gainesville Square or Downtown Flowery Branch, enjoy a picnic at a local park or visit some of the area’s other championship golf courses.
Take in Arts & Culture
Gainesville and Hall County are home to more than 20 active local arts organizations and nationally acclaimed theatre, and the area is filled with public art displays making art easily accessible and visual to everyone across our community.
Wine & Dine
Gainesville & Hall County offer dining options sure to satisfy everyone. Whether looking to grab a quick bite, enjoy an evening of fine dining, or have a drink with friends you’ll find a variety of selections sure to please. We have trendy, local eateries, a local brewery, a distillery, lakeside dining, fine dining, national franchises and everything in between.
Families have plenty of opportunities to find fun activities to enjoy together throughout our community. Neighborhood parks and playgrounds, museums and gardens, lake recreation and aquatic centers, there’s something for everyone.
There’s a lot happening in Gainesville-Hall County but it’s only a short jaunt to surrounding communities where you can experience even more of what the northeast Georgia region has to offer.
Head south for variety of local eateries in downtown Buford or a trip to the Mall of Georgia, spend an evening in Suwanee Town Center, catch a concert or Atlanta Gladiator’s game at Infinite Energy Arena or take the family to the ballgame and cheer on our local minor league team, the Gwinnett Stripers.
If an afternoon of wine tasting with breathtaking views excites you, it’s a short 20-minute drive to Dahlonega, the Heart of Georgia Wine Country. Dawsonville provides even more dining and shopping options with one of the area’s hidden gems, a local bistro, The Blue Bicycle, and over 140 Premium Outlet shops.
Head north to notable mountain towns such as Clayton or Blue Ridge, and if outdoor adventure is what you seek, be sure to plan time for white-water rafting down the Chattooga River or hiking through the trails of the northeast Georgia mountains.