For the Adventurer
Soar among the trees or hundreds of feet above them. Hit the trails or float the rivers. Jump around (jump up and get down). Whether you’re seeing a game, exploring our outdoors or conquering our mountainsides, you’ll find plenty of thrills in Gwinnett County. Follow our itinerary and find adventure in Atlanta’s Playground.
1. Treetop Quest - Buford
The ultimate outdoor obstacle course. This is a must for any adventure seekers. You can expect to reach heights up to 60 feet and hit more than 70 obstacles. Fly through the trees on zip lines, monkey bridges or Tarzan jumps. If you are feeling really adventurous, try out the Night Climb in the Dark OR the latest attraction, Spider Quest – a harness-free course, the first of its kind in the United States (don’t worry, there’s a huge safety net). Treetop Quest is definitely a popular stop, and reservations are recommended. Adult admission starts at $49 and kids at $22 for 2.5 hours. Group discounts available if you want to get a crew together.
2. Suwanee Creek Park - Suwanee
This is the perfect spot for folks to take a midday break with nature. Being on the trail feels like you are a million miles away from the busyness of life, but the easy-to-access location is just off Buford Highway. The park also has an access point to the Greenway, perfect for the adventurer cyclists. There are two tranquil pavilions for picnic parties and grill outs. Perhaps the most unique aspect of this park is that there is a disc golf course along the trail – an unexpected surprise!
3. River Tubing - Duluth
Get your water adventure on here. Floating a river is a great way to relax with your friends outside on the weekend. Be on the look-out for fish, ducks, turtles, otters and beavers – oh my! This is also a pretty economical way to spend your weekend; excursions start at just $10. There are picnic sites along the river if you want to pack a lunch, and coolers are allowed if you want to keep some brewskis on ice. Option to throwback to some vintage-style memory making: Go River Tubing has waterproof cameras for purchase. Dogs welcome too!
4. Gwinnett Skydiving
OK, this stop is only for the very adventurous types or downright crazy folks. Tandem skydiving is offered and recommended for beginners. All you have to do is jump, and they take care of the rest – easy. Gwinnett Skydiving also offers Skydiving School for those who want to take their adventure to the next level and get certified. Be sure to splurge on the video package so you can relive your wild experience again. Remember, statistically, there’s a better chance of getting in a car accident on the way to the skydive site than to get in a skydiving accident. That last sentence might be wrong information, but a pep talk in a pinch!
5. Jumpstreet Trampoline Park - Lawrenceville
Do you ever get too old to jump on a trampoline? Not according to Jumpstreet! This full-fledged indoor trampoline park has a main court, basketball, dodgeball, a mechanical bull and even a “stunt jump” where you can practice doing movie stunts. If having fun isn’t enough of a selling point, trampoline jumping is great for your health too. Several wellness experts say that jumping on a trampoline or “rebounding” has a myriad of health benefits, including boosting your immune system. Win win.
6. Atlanta Gladiators - Duluth
Possibly the most adventurous sporting event to attend, hockey is not for the calm spectator. If you are ready to get your heart rate up –while holding a beer or Coca-cola in hand – a Gladiators game is just the ticket. The Atlanta Gladiators, formerly the Gwinnett Gladiators, play at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth from October to April. They now have all of metro Atlanta cheering along Coach Brandt and the team. Tickets start at only $12 if you purchase in advance, and there are around two games a week during the season. Not a bad way to beat the winter blues!
7. Lake Lanier Camping - Buford
Open year round, the Shoal Creek Campgrounds are one of the best spots on the lake to get your inner Lewis and Clark on. This campground features lake front campsites with fire pits, grills and tables. These rustic campgrounds are nestled at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and have space for tents or RVs. There’s a camp store nearby for any last minute essentials, and the boat ramp is also close if you plan on water adventures. Tent sites start at $34/night with options to upgrade to electricity.
8. Stone Mountain Park - Stone Mountain
Perhaps the most iconic stop for the adventurer. The massive rock attracts both locals and tourists on the weekends. Climbing Stone Mountain is a must for all nature lovers, moderate thrill seekers, and bucket list checkers. Just park your car and follow the painted yellow lines along the mountain to the top where you will find yourself 1,686 feet above sea level. Don’t worry – it’s a slight incline along the hike, no climbing gear necessary. On a clear day, you can see 60 miles from the mountain. The park also hosts fun events year round. For the warmer months, the laser show is just a plain must. You can also enjoy water sports, like kayaking and paddleboarding. In the winter, check out Snow Mountain where you can grab a tube and zoom down a 400-foot hill of real snow. Not something you find often in the South.
9. Adrenaline Climbing - Suwanee
Test out that upper body strength you’ve been meaning to put to use at this award-winning indoor rock climbing facility. This adventurer's dream spot has everything from summer camp to competition training. The family-owned company has a calendar packed with community events and is a unique option for group activities of all ages – all the kids will want to come to your birthday party. Day passes at the indoor facility start at $14 with an option to add climbing necessities. If you find yourself catching the climbing bug, there are monthly memberships offered. For the very adventurous, Adrenaline Climbing does field trips to outdoor mountains – the real deal! The courses are in areas like Mount Yonah, Ga. and Sand Rock, Ala.
10. Tribble Mill Park - Lawrenceville
This Lawrenceville spot has a paved 3-mile trail around the beautiful Ozora Lake, perfect for a run or walk. The Tribble Mill Trail is popular for its landscape diversity as it winds through boardwalks and extends to a tranquil forest. Dog friendly too! After your run, be sure to stick around – the 700-acre park is full of activities. There is a lake for boating and fishing, plus horseback riding, biking trails, and a very cool playground for the kids. You definitely won’t get bored at this urban escape. And no entry fee – bonus!
11. K1 Speed - Duluth
The fastest indoor go-karting in Atlanta is right here in Duluth. These European karts are fully electric, so in addition to the obvious environmental bonus, you also get instant speed for an all-around better experience. K1 Speed is a great way for adventurers to get that adrenaline rush they love. Races start at $20 with lots of group deal packages – an ideal place to do some team building or celebrate an occasion with friends or family. If you are the competitive type, they also host a racing league with prizes and awards.