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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Shopping Centre
“There are several outlets around 1 hr from Atlanta...all in different directions. The North Georgia Premium Outlets is one of the biggest, with more than 130 outlet stores (Sugarloaf Mills is a bit bigger). In addition to outlet mall benchmarks like Ann Taylor, Gap, and Converse, the center boasts many luxury shops as well including Burberry, Armani and Pottery Barn.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Beautiful man made lake with breath taking places to stop and enjoy with the family.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Bald Ridge Marina has boat rentals, Mary Alice Park has a beach and area for picnics.”
  • 15 locals recommend
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Spa
“It's about a 1.5 hours away but the winery is absolutely beautiful and they have great wines. The winery is very romantic for couples and nice for a girls day trip. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Atlanta Botanical Garden-Gainesville (1911 Sweetbay Drive) A new facility with wine nights, concerts and other events. Just 6 acres now, they will gain another 17 to develop when Gainesville’s primary benefactor, Lessie Smithgall, meets her maker (she’s 105 now~!)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great griil. It's too far to walk from the Public Square but an easy drive. We always enjoy it. It's simply basic American fare, well done.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Gainesville's favorite restaurant - a pizza joint in the heart of downtown with amazing pizza, breadsticks, salads, and more! Be sure to allow for extra time on weekends or any night with great weather as this place can get busy! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Breakfast and Lunch- completely GF kitchen and locally sourced ingredients, when possible.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Always fun and scenic to float the river, or kayak or canoe. A wonderful way to spend the day. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“Excellent Gastro-Pub downtown Gainesville- modern takes on southern favorites. Their Mascarpone grits are to die for.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Campground
“A must see when visiting Lake Lanier. Great food and fun for the whole family. Complete with a huge water park with sides wave pools and a beach. Concerts and fireworks on special events. Only 7 miles by water from Mt Plattmore. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“We love their sandwiches - especially the fried oyster po boy. They also have great sangria and great desserts. If it's a nice day, I recommend sitting outside and taking in historic Main St.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Super easy to boat over and enjoy quality lakeside entertainment, this place is fun. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“LLI has something for everyone: water park, boat rental, golf, ziplining and camping”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Seafood and caribbean inspired food, set on the marina in nearby Flowery Branch- indoor or outdoor seating available. They have a huge sand pit beach for kids to play in.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is a super-sized Kroger with almost anything you might need! It also has a Starbucks!”
  • 5 locals recommend