Things To Do for Students
With a combination of historic and hip places to visit plus activities to enjoy, Lawrenceville gives students of all ages and interests plenty to keep busy.
For year-round entertainment and activities, The Aurora Theatre, located on the downtown Historic Courthouse Square, produces live professional performances—from musicals to Shakespearean plays to children’s theatre.
New for the 2009-2010 Season, Aurora Theatre, in partnership with Georgia Gwinnett College, will present GGC LAB. This series is designed to create and share thought-provoking contemporary plays that resonate with our next generation of theatre goers. The focus of the GGC LAB will be to engage young adults (17-29), but our most adventurous patrons will also enjoy these brave new works. For more information contact the box office at 678.226.6222.
Throughout the year, the Aurora also offers children’s educational programs that have earned national recognition.
Shopping, Restaurants and Entertainment
While visiting downtown, children and young adults are welcomed by a variety of unique full-service restaurants and specialty eateries. Several places host live musical groups, and the Historic Courthouse lawn is the site of free concerts popular during the warm weather months. Fourth of July and New Year’s celebrations, Rock'n Rib Fest and a summer farmers’ markets add to year-round local events.
If you like shopping, you’ll love the one-of-a-kind boutiques located Downtown on Historic Lawrenceville Square. In addition to the discount stores of high-end retailers and manufacturers, Discover Mills offers an 18-show movie theater, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 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.
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—so that little kids and kids at heart can have a fun-filled time.
Lawrenceville’s students further take advantage youth organizations that fuel their passions. From the local YMCA and church groups to national clubs and specialized schools, Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County offers a rich array of choices for young people get involved.
The award-winning Parks & Recreation facilities in Gwinnett County are extensive. With strong community input guiding its development, Rhodes Jordan Park, at 100 at 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.
For a step back in time, the Historic Courthouse and the Female Seminary, also in the downtown district, provide a fascinating peek into the past. Before you go, you might want to take a quick lesson about the history of Lawrenceville on this website. The Lawrenceville Ghost Tours also provide a fascinating look at Lawrenceville History.
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 or school.
For more ideas and to learn about the current happenings in Lawrenceville, please visit the official website of the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association. You’ll also want to drop by the Visitor’s Center when you’re downtown!