When people think about the most exciting city in Georgia, the obvious answer is Atlanta. There are, however, plenty of other great places to live in the state with a lot of the same attractions and less traffic!
Duluth is one such city. Located outside of Atlanta and nestled by the Chattahoochee River, this smaller city is considered one of the best places to live in the state.
Whether you are just visiting or recently moved here, you’ll enjoy this city’s many parks and delicious restaurants.
This article will give you nine fun things to do in Duluth to keep yourself entertained.
1. McDaniel Farm Park
McDaniel Farm Park is a historic farm from the 1930s that is open to the public.
Why would you want to visit an old farm, you say?
If you are a history buff and enjoy getting glimpses into the past, this farm has the original blacksmith shed and carriage house as part of the tour.
If you aren’t really into history, that’s okay too. This park includes three miles of trails for biking or hiking. There’s even a picnic area where you can grill and make a whole day of it.
2. Studio Movie Grill
Take dinner and a movie to a whole other level with this theatre. Studio Movie Grill is a franchise that has locations all over the country, and Duluth is one of those lucky places.
You can enjoy the extra-comfy chairs while a waiter takes your dinner order before the movie starts. Then, enjoy eating your food as the movie is playing.
Just like any theatre, you choose your movie and time. Plan to arrive early so that you have time to order before the movie starts.
This location even serves alcoholic beverages to help you relax to the max.
3. AGIT Lounge & Karaoke
The AGIT Lounge is a unique place, to say the least. You’ll notice that it’s special as soon as you enter the door. Its walls are decorated with cool graffiti and modern art, all highlighted by dimmed neon lights.
The private karaoke rooms will allow you to practice your singing skills without the embarrassment of performing for the whole audience. It’s much less intimidating to sing in front of an intimate group of friends.
The prices are great, too. For $25, you can enjoy unlimited karaoke on weekdays and a slightly higher price on weekends.
You can order a variety of good Korean food to munch on while you are waiting for your turn to be a rockstar. The AGIT is famous for their lychee soju, which is Korean alcohol made from the exotic lychee fruit.
4. Atlanta Ice Forum
Even though Duluth is in a southern state, we still enjoy some time on the ice. The Atlanta Ice Forum offers public skating times for the whole family.
You can rent the skates and take your chances on the ice, even if you’re holding the sidewalls the whole time.
The skating rink is closed to the public when the Atlanta Gladiators are practicing for their games. If you would like to watch them play, you can buy tickets to their games as well.
5. First Friday Art Walk
The First Friday Art Walk is an event put on by the Duluth Fine Arts League. As the name implies, it’s held on the first Friday of each month.
This event gives local artists the opportunity to display their work, but it has much more to offer than just that.
There is live music for entertainment and good food to eat. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a performance by one of the local artists.
Merchants in the area stay open late to accommodate the crowd, making it a great way to spend a Friday night!
6. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf & Video Arcade
This 27-hole, pirate-themed adventure park is a blast. Complete with waterfalls and bridges, it’s a great place to play a few rounds of mini-golf.
The fun atmosphere will challenge everyone in the family while still allowing the newbies to have fun.
Mini-golf is half price from 4-6 pm Monday through Thursday. Even if you aren’t into mini-golf, you can still enjoy the arcade games and laugh while your friends bomb their golf game.
7. Southeastern Railway Museum
If you loved playing with toy cars and steam engines when you were little, you’ll love the Southeastern Railway Museum. It’s home to an impressive collection of antique locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and buses from the past century.
This 35-acre site is full of any and every kind of train car you could imagine. Schools and families often tour this site for education and wonder. The railroad is deeply embedded in America’s history and the Industrial Revolution.
For those who love big engines, this is a must-see!
8. Bunten Road Park
If you are looking for a place to get out some energy, Bunten Road Park is the spot to go. This large activity center has an indoor gym with squash courts, pickle courts, and much more.
It also has a 1.5-mile paved loop trail for biking, jogging, or just enjoying a leisurely stroll.
For those wanting to play sports, there are soccer, baseball, and softball fields, as well as tennis courts.
A playground is available for the kids, and the picnic tables make a great place to get together for a sack lunch.
Exercise is great for your brain, so don’t spend all your time in Duluth at the movies and karaoke!
9. Red Clay Music Foundry
This theatre is a place that houses several different artistic companies.
Eddie Owen Presents is a music presentation that, as you might guess, is held by local hero Eddie Owen. In this ongoing show, local performers get the chance to showcase their tunes.
What kind of music is performed at the Red Clay Music Foundry?
Well, the website puts it plainly:
“Everything from folk to country, bluegrass to funk, jam to jazz, blues to rock and most combinations in between.”
So, no matter what type of music you’re into, the Foundry has something for you!
This city is growing in popularity and population and for good reason!
It has plenty to do and see. This list is just a fraction of the fun things to do in Duluth.
Visit one of these interesting places and have fun!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager for Autumn Vista, a community of luxury apartments in Duluth, GA.