Family Fun

Fun for the whole family!

The City of Gainesville has a great selection of family activities so that you and your children can enjoy your time in our community. Our family attractions are enjoyed by tourists and residents alike and we are proud to offer these amenities to you.

Family-Friendly Destinations and Tours

Family posing with pictures at

Against the Clock, Escape Games

With the teamwork, it takes to make it out in time, friends, family, and co-workers build stronger relationships and understanding of each other’s strengths while creating memorable moments that can’t be replaced.

Do you have what it takes to escape?

119 Green Street NE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Bridge at the Elachee Nature Science Center

Elachee Nature Science Center

Elachee sits in one of Georgia’s largest and most ecologically diverse protected green spaces. Elachee seeks to instill an appreciation, understanding and concern for the natural world by fostering an interest in personal commitment to preserving our natural resources and the environment for future generations to enjoy.

2125 Elachee Drive
Gainesville, GA 30504
Frances Meadows Aquatic Center

Frances Meadows Aquatic Center

Features:

The Frances Meadows Aquatic Center is a conveniently located state-of-the-art aquatic facility.

  • 10-lane indoor competition pool, 25 yards x 25 meters
  • 4-lane indoor instructional pool
  • Stadium seating for 300
  • Viewing lounge
  • Locker rooms
  • Concessions
  • Seasonal outdoor waterpark
  • Fitness Center
1545 Community Way NE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Young girl in scrubs playing with stuffed animals

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Inc.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, inc. (INK) is a one-of-a kind unique, fun destination for the entire family. The hands-on Children’s Museum, geared towards visitors ages 2 – 12, allows children to role play and learn through practical experiences. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds with 20 exhibits including GrandPappy Airlines, a dentist office, bank and grocery store.

In addition to monthly community events, INK also offers weekly crafts, 2-hour play blocks and field trips for groups.

999 Chestnut Street, SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Lake Lanier Olympic Park

Lake Lanier Olympic Park

The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue was built for the 1996 Olympic Rowing and Canoe/Kayak Competitions. The original timing tower remains today and is the last remaining venue from the 1996 Olympic Games that continues to be used for its original purpose.

Two clubs operate out of the park: Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club and Lake Lanier Rowing Club. Both clubs host events and offer competitive and recreational programs.

Sporting and Recreational Activities

  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Fishing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming (Open Water)
  • Team Building
  • Wakeboard
3105 Clarks Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506
Northeast Georgia History Center Memorial Wall

Northeast Georgia History Center

The Northeast Georgia History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing our regional history and being our community’s pathway to history education. Through our educational programs, community events, exhibits, and historic structures, we strive to be a leading resource for promoting a greater understanding of local, state, and national history.

322 Academy Street NE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Solar system walking tour

Solar System Walking Tour

This 1.8 mile walking tour of our solar system stretches from the downtown square to the end of Longwood Park on Lake Lanier and is a scale model walking tour (1:2,000,000,000) created by the North Georgia Astronomers for its “Millennial Project.” After the 3.6 mile round trip, you will have traveled four billion miles and explored each planet and a few other celestial bodies along the way. After traveling all that way, you might be ready for a drink and a bite to eat. Consider finishing your tour at one of the great, locally-owned restaurants on the square.

View a short 8 minute video overview of the Solar System Walking Tour by Lost Woods Studios.

331 Spring St SW
Gainesville, GA 30501
Station 300 bowling ally

Station 300 Gainesville Bowling

Features

  • 24 modern bowling lanes
  • Full sports bar & restaurant
  • Top arcade games & laser tag
2317 Browns Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30504

Contact Us

Contact us with any questions about our family activities or to schedule a tour for your upcoming trip. We hope your family will enjoy your time in our community as much as we do every day!