Comfort Suites Gwinnett Place
3700 Shackleford Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (770) 931-9299
Fax: (770) 564-8614
For a slice of the Middle Ages, the Medieval Times - Atlanta Castle is the perfect place to go with your family and friends. Experience the action at this dinner and show facility where six knights combat with swords and display expert horsemanship set in Medieval Spain. Explore the Hall of Arms and the torture museum. And then feast on the nobility fare of tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, roast chicken, herb mixed potatoes and decadent pastries. Reservations are highly recommended.
This park was the site of a train depot in the 1840s, and an old caboose still sits on the property for you to explore. There is a mile-long trail that winds through 17 wooded acres, up to a flowing creek and back to the entrance. The park also features tennis and volleyball courts, as well as a playground and a picnic site. Leashed pets are welcome. Take Interstate 85 north to Pleasant Hill Road, turn left (west) and continue for about a couple miles to get here.
Despite its small size, this park in the heart of the city, sees a fair amount of people throughout the day. The park gets busy right from the morning thanks to its popular jogging track. Kids can enjoy in their own little play area. For those into sports, the park offers four well-maintained tennis courts. A large playground occupies much of the park. There's also a rental space for hosting functions. Check website for more.
Spread across five acres (2.02 hectares), this urban park is named after the city's mayor. Lillian Webb Community Park is nestled in the historic downtown and features sports fields for volleyball and baseball, restrooms, water fountains, swings and an interactive splash pad. To appease your hunger, there are several restaurants dotting around this beautiful park.
Touted as one of the largest Hindu temples outside India, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a beauty to behold. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, it is constructed from Italian Carrara marble, pink sandstone and Turkish limestone. It consists of a sanctum-sanctorum surrounded by five pillars symbolizing the Himalayan mountains. The architecture has a fine detailing. Many community activities are organized here.
Prepare for a spine-chilling rendezvous with zombies, ghouls and other monsters at this creepy haunted mansion, located a little away from downtown Norcross. The haunted house as two main attractions, The Dead Ones and The Boogeyman, replete with live actors and heart-stopping special effects to give you the chills. The on-site store offers creepy souvenirs. Check website for more.
This non-profit organization brings world leaders to Georgia each year in order to promote positive awareness of Atlanta and the state to the rest of the world. Since its inception in 1962, the GVIC has brought more than 17,000 future and current world leaders to Georgia. The organization also hosts eight-week seminars on foreign policy and provides speakers on this topic around the metro area. Membership helps foster the mission of GVIC and enables its members to familiarize themselves with a global community by attending functions with foreign dignitaries. See website for events calendar and more info on the organization.
Offering many educational nature programs, Autry Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center is also home to a number of historic buildings. Trails lead visitors past such relics as the deBray Chapel and a farmhouse that dates to the 1880s. Stop at the visitor center for wildlife and historic information, and to inquire about such regularly-scheduled activities. Nature trails, summer camps, heritage walks and many more educative and entertaining activities are conducted at this center.
Built and designed in 1885, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse was refurbished in 1908. It was done carefully so as to preserve its old world charm while simultaneously modernizing it. Keeping original elements such as the 4-story belfry, turret door, Palladian windows and false fireplaces intact, this courthouse is truly a gem. It can be hired for seminars, art exhibitions, wedding receptions, private parties and luncheons. Check website for further details.
Yellow River Game Ranch is home to General Beauregard Lee, a celebrated groundhog who is known to accurately predict the coming of spring each year. He has received honorary doctorates from the Georgia State University and the University of Georgia for the same. A state hero, his "supernatural" talent has been recognized by four governors of State as well. Other indigenous species of the ranch include the white-tailed deer, buffalo, black bears, prairie dogs and goats. In all, more than 25 species are represented, although the number changes from year to year. A mile-long trail winds through the children's petting zoo, and special events like Sheep Shearing Saturdays usually draw crowds.
As the name suggests, this park sits in the heart of the city, and is a popular meeting spot for its inhabitants. The park is well-landscaped with paved walkways and ample open spaces. While the park doesn't have a thick tree cover, strategically planted maple, gum and oak trees make for a picturesque sight. Pride of the park and a delight for the kids, is the Big Splash interactive fountain, the largest one in the county. The amphitheater within the park is host to numerous concerts and cultural events throughout the year.
One of the city's most popular recreational parks, Brook Run offers something for people of all ages. The 100 acre (40.47 hectare) park offers a lush expanse of picturesque trails for nature enthusiasts. Kids can play to their heart's content at the Children's Adventure Garden. The Skate Park within Brook Run is a well-maintained facility, attracting skaters from outside the city as well. The Dog Park ensures that your pets don't miss out on the fun. Besides this, the park also houses the Dunwoody Community Garden, the grows organic produce. Check website for more.