​The Top 10 Reasons to Love Gwinnett

1. Suwanee Sculptour
Prepare to be entertained and uplifted by the 19 pieces of art in this outdoor sculpture exhibit, SculpTour, located in Suwanee’s Town Center Park. New this year: Visitors can download the Otocast app and hear about the pieces directly from the artists themselves. Subjects range from whimsical (half-eaten Popsicles) to touching (three friends cuddled together in support).

2. Medieval Times
Now playing at a castle near you: A chance to dine like royalty and be entertained as if living in the Middle Ages. This clever dinner theater in Lawrenceville gives you a glimpse into jousting, falconry, and majestic horse play true to the time period, all while enjoying a four-course meal.

3. Hudgens Center for Art & Learning
This busy Duluth non-profit has something for everyone, including art classes and workshops for all ages, from photography and painting to soap making, as well as exhibitions that showcase local and national artists. The popular gift shop offers one-of-a-kind handmade items such as pottery and jewelry.

4. Parks Galore
Did you know Gwinnett County has more than 40 parks to explore? Here are four: Dacula’s Little Mulberry Park attracts visitors with trails, a disc golf course, and a fishing pier. Loganville’s Bay Creek Park caters to athletes with basketball courts, baseball fields, a football field, a walking track, tennis courts, and a skate complex. Tribble Mill Park, near Grayson, boasts trails, a lake, and picturesque views. Jones Bridge Park has a sand volleyball court and walking trails along the Chattahoochee River, with a spot for fishing.

5. Fountains Around Gwinnett
There’s water, water everywhere to cool us off. Big Splash Fountain in Suwanee’s Town Center Park has 43 jets squirting thousands of gallons of water a day, while Splash Park in Sugar Hill offers splash zones, jets, lights, and choreographed shows. The Fountain at downtown Duluth is also part fun, part focal point for the community, and be sure to check out the water features at Mall of Georgia and Lillian Webb Park in Norcross.

6. Stone Mountain Park
Georgia’s most popular attraction offers 3,200 acres of family fun year-round, from kayaking and camping in warmer months to tubing and snowball fights in winter. Hike up the granite mountain for great views of Atlanta, or stay down below and enjoy fishing, shopping, or dining at one of the home-style Southern restaurants.

7. Southeastern Railway Museum
All aboard for a fascinating journey through the history of locomotives. Visitors to this Duluth treasure can tour old Pullman cars and relive the golden age of transportation in restored cabooses and passenger cars. Historic artifacts and railroad memorabilia show day-to-day train life in its glory

8. BAPS Mandir
For more than 10 years, this Hindu place of worship in Lilburn has provided a place to marvel, thanks to its incredible architecture on 30 acres of landscaped grounds. Italian marble, sandstone, and limestone make up the sprawling structure, while colorful lighting accentuates the intricacies of the sculptures, which depict lotus flowers and Hindu deities.

9. Sports Mecca
With so many teams calling Gwinnett home base, you can support your favorite sport or learn about a new one. Georgia Swarm plays box lacrosse at the Infinite Energy Arena, which is also where you’ll find ice hockey pros the Atlanta Gladiators. The Gwinnett Stripers are a triple-A baseball team that is part of the Atlanta Braves family.

10. International Dining
Foodies have flocked to Gwinnett for decades to experience authentic delicacies from other countries served up in quaint mom-and-pop establishments. From pho to beef curry to Southern barbecue, there’s something to delight all taste buds.

This article, written by Lisa Mowry, originally appeared in Volume IV of Explore Gwinnett Magazine

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