Things To Do
Historically a town that attracts visitors, many of whom end up establishing roots here, Lawrenceville offers an abundance of activities, entertainment, dining, and shopping for all ages and interests.
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 individuals to drop by. 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.
Since the early 2000s, public groups and private citizens have been fulfilling a mission to maintain the appeal and vitality of downtown and Lawrenceville’s neighborhoods. One of the first of those initiatives was to welcome the Aurora Theatre to the city. Located on the downtown Historic Courthouse Square, the Aurora Theatre produces live professional performances—from musicals to Shakespearean plays to children’s theatre. Throughout the year, the Aurora also offers children’s educational programs that have earned national recognition.
There’s always something to do in Lawrenceville. Several downtown venues host live musical groups. Concerts on the Courthouse lawn, free to the public, are also popular in spring and summer. The Gwinnett Braves Minor League Baseball Team and stadium strongly enhance the hometown spirit with enthusiastic local crowds. The team’s state-of-the-art stadium offers every type of seating—from blankets on the lawn to fan boxes.
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.
For those who enjoy bargain shopping, Discover Mills, a local outlet mall, features discount stores of high-end retailers and manufacturers. Under the same roof are an 18-show movie theater, Medieval Times – Dinner & Tournament, family bowling, carousel rides, and more.
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, the county’s own professional ice hockey team. Visitors and residents can further take advantage of unique cultural opportunities presented at the Children’s Art Museum and the intimate Performing Arts Center, where such groups as the Gwinnett Ballet perform.
While visiting Lawrenceville, many visitors also make the easy commute to the hot and historic spots of Greater Atlanta.