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5 Reasons to Visit Gainesville Georgia

Gainesville, Georgia, found its place on the on the map in 1996 when the town hosted the rowing and kayaking events in the Olympics. Known as the Queen City of the Mountains, Gainesville earned another nickname that year- the “Hospitality Capital of the World.”

Gainesville’s reputation as a friendly, welcoming city comes as no surprised. In a town full of southern charm situated on the massive and picturesque Lake Sidney Lanier, there are more recreational activities to take part in than you couple possible count: including taking a spin at the Olympic venue in a canoe or a kayak.

A trip to downtown Gainesville means being treated with an endless array of boutiques, shops, and restaurants. A scale model of the solar system dots the downtown area, a clear reflection of the town’s many science and history offerings. Beyond shopping and eating, what else is going on in Gainesville? Check out these fun activities and events in 2017 Gainesville Georgia.

  1. Take a Walk in the Atlanta Botanical Garden

A beautiful park filled with all kinds of flora and fauna, the Atlanta Botanical Garden makes for a magical stroll as children and adults alike explore the many different types of plant life living there. This spring Ribbit the Exhibit will be on display, with 23 adorable frog sculptures adorning the already charming grounds.

A look at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville from ArtsATL on Vimeo.

  1. Go Camping in Don Carter State Park

With 44 available campsites and 8 available cabins, Don Carter State Park is an excellent place to kick back and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Complete with hiking trails, horseback riding paths, and plenty of water for splashing around or floating on tubes, Don Carter State Park truly has something for everyone.

  1. Visit INK, the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids 

Gainesville’s unique children’s museum, the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, lets children get down to hands-on learning as they browse their way through the miniature neighborhood inside. Check out any of INK’s awesome events, like Healthy Eating Craft Week or Doctor Week.

  1. Take a Hike at Wilshire State Park

Another kid-friendly activity, Wilshire State Park offers a long range of easy-to-hike trails, perfect for the youngest members of your group. The paths also include the covered bridge, lovingly dubbed the “troll bridge” by Gainesville’s children, and lots of dark moss and vegetation that makes a lot of kids feel like they’re in a fairytale. Plus, for those social-media inclined vacationers: the whole park is highly Instagram-able.

  1. Become a Farmer at Kinsley Family Farm 

Whether you’re visiting the farm’s massive flower nursery in the spring, picking pumpkins in the fall, or searching for the perfect Christmas tree in the winter, Kinsley Family Farm is a favorite for kids and parents alike. Plus, when you’re done with your farming you can take a break and have a picnic, or explore the scenic grounds.

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