Top Free (and Cheap) Activities in Gwinnett, Part 1


Posted by admin on January 31st, 2017 in Grayson, Grayson Ga. | No Comments

shutterstock_384450058Spending time with your family in metro Atlanta doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many fun activities and sites to see around Gwinnett that can be a fun way to enjoy a weekend or an afternoon. Quite a few of these are within just a few miles of Grayson. In part one of this three-part blog series, we’ll explore some of the treasures of the area, a few of which are hidden, that truly do live up to the motto, “Gwinnett is Great!”

  1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Hindu Temple)

Whether you are Hindu, Muslim, Christian or not religious at all, it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful architecture of this temple in Lilburn. This is the largest Hindu temple in the United States. The BAPS Temple offer tours to both individuals and groups for free. They only ask you act respectfully inside, including dressing modestly and not taking photos or videos. It is a small sacrifice to make so you can experience this beautiful temple firsthand.

  1. Lionheart Theatre

Do you enjoy local theatre? If so, Lionheart Theatre in Norcross is a must-visit. There are a few other theatres in the area, like Aurora, but Lionheart is a true local treasure. For a small fee, you and your family can enjoy a show and dessert. Upcoming shows can be found here. Have a hankering to be on stage? You’re in luck! Lionheart holds open auditions for all of their shows. Visit their website for more information and for audition schedules.

  1. Beautiful Parks

Gwinnett is home to many beautiful green spaces. Some parks shutterstock_408719701have tennis courts, basketball and
jogging paths the whole family can enjoy. Just up the road from Grayson is
Alexander Park, home to a fantastic disc golf course and a lake for fishing. Tribble Mill Park is also an excellent option. Over 700 acres are home to fishing, boating, equestrian trails and other activities. Best of all, admission into Gwinnett parks is free!

  1. Stone Mountain

Gwinnett County is proud to be home to the largest piece of exposed granite, Stone Mountain. Admission into Stone Mountain Park is free; you simply need to pay for parking. There are paid activities throughout the year, including Snow Mountain in the winter. But if you want to enjoy a free day at the park, there are many activities to consider. In front of the carving of Confederate generals, a massive lawn is available for picnics, Frisbee and other fun activities. Be sure to stake out your spot on the lawn for the laser show! If you’re up for it, hiking the mountain itself is also a great way to spend an afternoon.

  1. Catch a Ball Game

As summer winds down, there’s still time to enjoy America’s shutterstock_84275842Pastime! The Gwinnett Braves are one of the best AAA Minor League baseball teams in the nation. Be sure to come out soon — the season is
almost over! For $8 to $40, depending on where you want to sit, you can cheer on the future stars of the Atlanta Braves. They also have many themed nights, so be sure to include the Gwinnett Braves in your future summer plans!

  1. Pick Your Own Fruit

There are many different farms around Gwinnett that allow you to pick your own fruit. Take the family to DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm in Lawrenceville to pick tasty berries for only $16 a gallon. Or, In Loganville, you can visit Washington Farms to gather different fruits in the spring, summer and fall, plus enjoy a corn maze in autumn! Prices vary by fruit, so be sure to visit their website. Finally, the Dacula Briar Patch offers opportunities to pick apples, blueberries and other fruits. Pick-your-own days are a great way to spend time with a family or even with a date!

These are just a few great ways to spend time with your loved ones in Gwinnett. Even your family members who are in their Golden Years can enjoy these activities. If you are looking for an assisted living community for you older loved one, look no further than Dogwood Forest. With our newest community opening in Grayson in 2017, you can make sure you are never too far away. Visit us online or contact us today to learn more.