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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
“Like a good bargain? Visit this plethora of stores, including outlets to satisfy your shopping craving! ”
  • 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
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~!)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
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“Excellent Gastro-Pub downtown Gainesville- modern takes on southern favorites. Their Mascarpone grits are to die for.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 7 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
Travel Agency
“Always fun and scenic to float the river, or kayak or canoe. A wonderful way to spend the day. ”
  • 6 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
Restaurant
“Great Breakfast and Lunch- completely GF kitchen and locally sourced ingredients, when possible.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Zoo
“Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is home to over 100 exotic and native animals. These animals are rescued due to being orphaned, abused, illegally purchased or just in need of a forever home. Admission is $10/adult and $5/children 1-11. Feed buckets are $5.”
  • 5 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! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Wings Restaurant
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“Super easy to boat over and enjoy quality lakeside entertainment, this place is fun. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Arcade
“Great spot for the kids! INK is a hands-on Children’s Museum where children can role play and learn through practical experiences. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds (not to mention, it’s just plain fun!)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Lanier Islands is Georgia’s most popular lake destination. Encompassing immense natural beauty in an intimate setting, our luxury Georgia resort and surrounding property are perfect for family vacations, romantic escapes, business conferences, weddings and more”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Excellent Gastro-Pub downtown Gainesville- modern takes on southern favorites. Their Mascarpone grits are to die for.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“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
Restaurant
“Great Breakfast and Lunch- completely GF kitchen and locally sourced ingredients, when possible.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“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! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Wings Restaurant
Restaurant
“Super easy to boat over and enjoy quality lakeside entertainment, this place is fun. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Looking for fine dining? Scott's features seafood, chops, wine & cocktails in a warm, intimate interior.”
  • 7 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

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