Something for Everyone!
With many old and new places to visit and activities to enjoy, Lawrenceville today has an abundance of entertainment, dining, and shopping for all ages and interests.
Since the early 2000s, public groups and private citizens have been fulfilling a mission to maintain the appeal and vitality of our Downtown District and local neighborhoods. One of the first of those initiatives was to welcome the Aurora Theatre to the city. In addition to professional live performances—from musicals to Shakespearean plays to children’s theatre—that show throughout the year, the Aurora also offers rich array of renowned children’s educational programs. Seasonal Ghost Tours and other unique entertainment are also presented through the nonprofit organization.
For a step back in time, the Historic Courthouse—considered one of the top 30 places in America for wedding receptions—and the Female Seminary each provide a fascinating peek into the past. Preserving the nostalgic character of the area, antique shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and a full menu of restaurants, many of which are housed in revitalized buildings, warmly invite you to drop by.
With strong community input guiding its development, Rhodes Jordan Park, at 100 Crogan Street, is among Gwinnett County’s highly rated recreational venues. Graced by a 22-acre lake, the 162-acre park boasts natural and man made facilities that service activities for all ages. On the property are three over sized pavilions; a 0.8-mile, multipurpose trail; a well-equipped playground that is adjacent to a duck pond with nearby restrooms; seven baseball/softball fields, a football field overlay; a comprehensive Community Center. The Community Center contains a community room with a catering kitchen, two classrooms, a dance/aerobics room; an outdoor leisure pool with 3 lap lanes, a large slide and other water play elements; a double gymnasium; a tennis Center with 8 lighted courts. Individuals and groups may also reserve various Rhodes Jordan Park facilities for planned special events.
There’s always something to do in Lawrenceville. Several downtown venues host live musical groups. Courthouse lawn concerts, free to the public, are also popular in spring and summer. Fourth of July, New Year’s celebrations, and summer farmers’ markets are added local pleasures.
For some peace and quiet (in case you haven’t heard), the Lawrenceville Branch Library has free WiFi and an outstanding selection of books, movies, and music for entertainment, enrichment, work, or school.
If you haven’t been to a hometown baseball game, our own Gwinnett Braves Minor League team will fill you with spirit and pride. The state-of-the-art stadium gives you a wide range of seating options—from blankets on the lawn to fan boxes. How about a bargain shopping day? Whether you want to browse, buy, or have some fun recreation, Discover Mills features plenty of options with discount stores of high-end retailers and manufacturers, an 18-show movie theater, medieval dinner theatre, family bowling, carousel rides, and more—all under one roof!
A short drive away is the Gwinnett Center, which attracts world-renowned artists and entertainers. The Center also accommodates numerous special events. Within the civic center complex is the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the official home of the Gwinnett Gladiators professional ice hockey team. Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of unique cultural opportunities presented at the Children’s Art Museum, with a variety of classes for youngsters, and the intimate Performing Arts Center, where a number of groups, including the Gwinnett Ballet, perform.
You don’t have to leave town to experience the pleasure of being a tourist! Make the most of your special outing by visiting the official website for Lawrenceville visitors to find out about all the latest happenings in Lawrenceville. And when you’re downtown, do drop by the Visitor’s Center.