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Best things to do in Lake Lanier

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“There are several outlets around 1 hr from Atlanta...all in different directions. The North Georgia Premium Outlets is one of the biggest, with more than 130 outlet stores (Sugarloaf Mills is a bit bigger). In addition to outlet mall benchmarks like Ann Taylor, Gap, and Converse, the center boasts many luxury shops as well including Burberry, Armani and Pottery Barn.”
31 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Summertime fun, restaurants within the park, outdoor grilling and a lakefront small beach. 20 Minutes away”
26 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Bald Ridge Marina has boat rentals, Mary Alice Park has a beach and area for picnics.”
14 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Atlanta Botanical Garden-Gainesville (1911 Sweetbay Drive) A new facility with wine nights, concerts and other events. Just 6 acres now, they will gain another 17 to develop when Gainesville’s primary benefactor, Lessie Smithgall, meets her maker (she’s 105 now~!)”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Breakfast and Lunch- completely GF kitchen and locally sourced ingredients, when possible.”
11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Gainesville's favorite restaurant - a pizza joint in the heart of downtown with amazing pizza, breadsticks, salads, and more! Be sure to allow for extra time on weekends or any night with great weather as this place can get busy! ”
10 locals recommend
Pub
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“Excellent Gastro-Pub downtown Gainesville- modern takes on southern favorites. Their Mascarpone grits are to die for.”
12 locals recommend
Campground
“A must see when visiting Lake Lanier. Great food and fun for the whole family. Complete with a huge water park with sides wave pools and a beach. Concerts and fireworks on special events. Only 7 miles by water from Mt Plattmore. ”
5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Seafood and caribbean inspired food, set on the marina in nearby Flowery Branch- indoor or outdoor seating available. They have a huge sand pit beach for kids to play in.”
5 locals recommend
Park
“Don Carter offers up a large beach area nestled on Lake Lanier. It's a great spot for a picnic lunch and swimming for the kids! ”
7 locals recommend
Café
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“Unique menu with the best sides in town. My favorite time to go is for lunch or brunch on Sunday. ”
5 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“LLI has something for everyone: water park, boat rental, golf, ziplining and camping”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our Favorite place to Dine on Lake Lanier and it's only 2 miles by boat from Mt Plattmore. ”
8 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“They have Tuesday Trivia nights which are pretty fun! Despite it being a chain, it is a local spot for sure. My favorite thing here is the pretzel bites with beer cheese. I'm a big fan of salads, so I order the Caesar salad but add jerk chicken! ”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Live piano bar on weekends in Lounge & big band music first Saturday of month.”
6 locals recommend
Arcade
“Great spot for the kids! INK is a hands-on Children’s Museum where children can role play and learn through practical experiences. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds (not to mention, it’s just plain fun!)”
4 locals recommend