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Atlanta's Lake Lanier Promises a Relaxing Stay

Fishing, boating, shopping, dining, concert-going, golfing...what's not to do in beautiful Lake Lanier?

Just 45 minutes north of Atlanta, Lake Lanier attracts about 12 million visitors annually to its beautiful waters, 680 miles of shoreline, wide range of water sports and activities and the shopping and cultural activities located nearby. Visit for just a day, and you'll find yourself returning for a week or more each trip, year after glorious year. 

Don Carter State Park (Courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources)


The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville has a model-train garden and tons of events. The Legacy Golf Course is a throwback to classically designed courses. Relax on the beach or get your fill of water slides at Margaritaville

Lake Lanier Olympic Park (©Chaiyons021/Shutterstock.com)


Access a 3.8-mile nature trail at Buford Dam ParkDon Carter State Park offers amenities such as a sandy beach and a fish-cleaning station. Olympic Park hosted rowing events in the 1996 Olympics. 


From an order of shrimp dumplings to a sushi boat for four people, Kenzo Sushi never disappoints. Sidney’s is your go-to for fine dining overlooking the lake. You can come by boat or car to the Twisted Oar

Mall of Georgia (©Mike Gonzalez/Wikipedia, Creative Commons)


Main Street Gainesville is a walk of quaint boutiques and second-generation specialty stores. It’s on the National Register of Historic Districts. Discover local and world-renown names such as Von Maur and Michael Kors at the Mall of Georgia.