The time is almost here! Know what I’m talking about? Oh, just the glorious long, hazy days of summer when your skin sticks to the upholstery in the car, ice cream melts from
the cone in 20 seconds and the day-to-day hustle to find ways to keep everyone cool and occupied becomes, let’s say, “laborious.” Never fear! Your friends at The DiG found all the summer spots you may not know about but need to venture out to see.
Pack a cooler with lunch options, plenty of water and snacks, but don’t forget
towels, changes of clothes and sunscreen!
YAHOOLA CREEK PARK – DAHLONEGA
This spot makes for a perfect day trip, close enough to Gwinnett, with plenty to entertain. Families can splash in the swimming hole, hunt for gold and rocks on the banks and play for hours at the fenced-in splash pad. There are plenty of shady picnic spots, a walking path and sports courts.
For more information, visit dahlonega.org.
OLYMPIC PARK ON LAKE LANIER
Besides being a popular boat-launching destination, this park still boasts some of the original 1996 Olympics structures that are sure to delight. The nearby beach has plenty of space to lay out a towel and catch some vitamin D. The large swimming area is safe from passing boats and usually wake-free. Bring your fishing gear and cast from the dock, or enjoy lunch under the shaded picnic pavilion.
For more information, visit exploregainesville.org.
CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER – HELEN
There is plenty to do and see in Helen any time of the year. However, in the summer, there is nothing quite like finding an accessible spot along the river and setting up for the day. Kids can enjoy splashing and collecting colorful stones for hours, while great shade offers a respite for weary parents. For adventurous souls, tubing excursions are available for a fee.
For more information, visit helenga.org.
HURRICANE SHOALS PARK – WINDER
Slide on rocks, paddle around in gentle eddies of river water, picnic in the shade and explore this must-see park’s history and natural beauty. Pack all the goodies you need for a fun day and schedule hours for exploration and adventure because Hurricane Shoals has a TON to do and see!
For more information, visit
CITY GREEN AT CITY SPRINGS – SANDY SPRINGS
A large four-acre park with shaded spots to relax, a wide walking path, a splash pad and interactive fountain for water play and plenty of shops and restaurants close by, City Springs’ Green is a no-brainer for summer fun! With plenty of space, this is an excellent option for a play date or group meet-up full of activities that will keep everyone engaged and entertained.
For more information, visit citysprings.com