The Top 10 Reasons to Love Gwinnett
1. Suwanee Sculptour
Situated amid Suwanee’s Town Center Park, this outdoor sculpture exhibit lures visitors with its impressive collection of 17 hand-picked art pieces. Thanks to the city’s new bike-sharing program, visitors can now pedal or walk their way through this mile-long tour to get face-to-face with works like the inspiring, 1,300-pound brass wonder, Friends, by Nnamdi Okonkwo.
2. Disc Golf at Gwinnett Parks
It’s not golf, per se, but it gets you into the swing of things. Trek through Alexander or Lenora Park as you aim to hit your mark with a disc in the fewest throws. The sport adds a new dimension for the sportsman and wilderness junkie, but you don’t need a caddy—just a good arm.
3. Medieval Times
You don’t need a time machine to go back to the Middle Ages. At Medieval Times, you’re there, with the action of 10 centuries ago front and center. As you savor your meal, knights courageously jostle, sword fight, and demonstrate their equestrian skills. Here, you’re their guest, and they’ll treat you like the king or queen that you are.
4. VSOP Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom
Infusing the freshest of gourmet flavors into your cooking is a must, and so is a trip to VSOP Taproom. The shelves are stocked with extra-virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and specialty oils from around the globe. You can sample anything before buying or create your own concoction—something your taste buds will thank you for.
5. Geocaching in Gwinnett
Somewhere out there lies something hidden, waiting to be found. This high-tech treasure-hunting game has the people of Gwinnett County rushing to find prizes concealed within the great outdoors. Through the use of a GPS device, visitors to places like Little Mulberry Park can scour the grounds in search of elusive finds, merging a love of technology with adventure.
6. Southeastern Railway Museum
Start your engines and behold the Southeastern Railway Museum, where antique-car aficionados and history buffs can meander through a collection of classic automobiles, locomotives, Pullman cars, buses, and vintage taxicabs. Ride the Grand Scale Park Train or take a stroll through the history of transportation—there’s plenty to get your wheels turning.
7. Treetop Quest
Imagine yourself as Tarzan in the jungle, swinging from tree to tree and hurdling over obstacles with superhuman skill. It’s possible at Treetop Quest, a sky-high adventure that offers more than 70 obstacles, including tightropes and 17 zip lines (some reaching 60 feet in the air). The self-guided course suits any age and will leave you swept away with adventure.
8. International Flair
Stretching across Gwinnett County, there are a plethora of destinations to satisfy your cravings for anything south of the border or from the Eastern Hemisphere. Assi Plaza, Super H Mart, Great Wall Supermarket, Nam Dae Mun, and Mercado del Pueblo are some of the destinations that guarantee you won’t need a plane ticket to treat your palate to exotic delights.
9. Food Challenges
Gwinnett County has foodies rushing to the table to join in on food challenges. Whether it be consuming an 8-pound bowl of pho from Super Pho in Duluth (winners get a $40 gift card to cover the cost of the $40 bowl); answering Umaido’s “Four Bowl Ramen Challenge” (eating four bowls of ramen in 15 minutes); or devouring 10 wings in record-breaking time during Wild Wing Cafe’s Man Olympics, victory (or at least your pride) is at stake.
10. Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park sprawls throughout 3,200 acres of Mother Nature, enticing visitors with scenic train rides, camping, hiking, fireworks, and the world’s largest laser light show. Take in the 60-mile view atop the 1,700-foot summit, or get up-close to this granite giant on the Summit Skyride. New for 2017, Stone Mountain Park introduces REI Outdoors, offering stand-up paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rentals.
This article, written by Liz Vinson, originally appeared in Volume III of Explore Gwinnett Magazine