27+ Amazing Things To Do in Cumming Ga That Will Surprise You

Cumming, GA is located just over 40 miles north of Atlanta. If you’re lucky, it’s under an hour or so drive straight up GA 400. I might be a little biased because I’ve lived here the past 12 years, but I love this charming little town.

There are so many things to do in Cumming GA, and it is a really great place to live. This Georgia city is full of fabulous local businesses, tons of fun for kids, over 20 playgrounds and parks, monthly events, and much more!

Ready to get started? Here are 27+ great things to do in Cumming GA that you and your crew will adore!

27+ AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN CUMMING GA THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU

FORSYTH PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS YOU NEED TO VISIT

Forsyth County is home to over 20 parks for you to visit. All of them are wonderful and my family feels the parks and playgrounds are one of the best perks of Forsyth County. Here are some of our favorites.

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  • Mary Alice Park: In this park – you will find grills, picnic tables, boat ramps and so much more! If you are looking to do a fun-filled family day near the lake, this is the park for you. The picnic pavilion can be rented out, which makes this a perfect location for a family reunion or gathering.
  • Caney Creek Preserve: This park has a great nature trail, dog park, and playground that you will want to check out!
  • Haw Creek: My kids loved the playground at Haw Creek because of the unique woodlands theme. You’ll also be able to practice your cycling skills at the Bike Skills Park section, or hike or mountain bike on the multi-use trails here.
  • Coal Mountain: Coal Mountain’s playground is one of our favorites because it’s fully covered making it nice and shady. It also has a great picnic area and bathrooms right by the playground. You’ll also find plenty of sports fields here, and a 1-mile paved trail.
  • Central Park & Fowler Park both have big playgrounds to visit when in Cumming, GA. Fowler Park also has an awesome skate park, sports fields, a 1.5-mile paved trail, and a dog park. Central Park has sports fields, a 1.1-mile paved walking trail, and a fun disc golf course.
  • City of Cumming Park: Located in the heart of downtown Cumming, this playground is right off the square. It sits on green turf, and is a fun spot to let the kids get their energy out.

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OUTDOOR FUN

27+ Amazing Things To Do in Cumming Ga That Will Surprise You
Sawnee Mountain Preserve

If you are visiting Cumming GA when the weather is nice, you will want to make sure you hit some of these fun things to do outside.

SAWNEE MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

Hiking at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve should be on the top of your list when looking for things to do in Cumming GA. It contains over 960 acres and is full of 11 miles for hiking, two playgrounds, a Visitor Center, activities, and much more!

Sawnee Mountain can be hiked from several different ways. We like to hike up to the Indian Seats. But the Mountainside hike and playground is really nice too! Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers tree and rock climbing as well as guided nature hikes.

TIP: If you have little ones (under 5) stick to the Indian Seats side — the Mountainside is a much harder hike. Also, make sure to bring bottled water and snacks to share at the top of the mountain.

Read More: INDIAN SEATS TRAIL AT SAWNEE MOUNTAIN OFFERS BREATHTAKING VIEWS

BIG CREEK GREENWAY

The Big Creek Greenway is a beautiful walking trail throughout Forsyth County. Currently, it is almost 16 miles long. There are five access points to enter the Greenway, so you can explore just a part of it or the whole thing.

Pack a bike, skates, or your walking/running shoes and be prepared for delightful time exploring through the woods along Big Creek on a concrete and boardwalk path.

CUMMING AQUATIC CENTER

The Cumming Aquatic Center is a must-do activity when you’re visiting Cumming. The 50,000 square foot facility features an Olympic-sized pool, an Instructional pool, and a seasonal outdoor pool and water park.

The indoor pools are where you’ll find year-round swim lessons, exercise classes, swim, dive, and water polo teams, and lap swimming. During the summer, the outdoor pool is a big hit with the kids, and it includes a water playground and more.

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BUFORD TROUT HATCHERY

The Buford Trout Hatchery is a great place to see trout, walk a trail, or fish in the Chattahoochee River.

Visitors to the hatchery can take a self-guided tour to see the 500,000 trout — both brown and rainbow — that are being reared to stock Georgia’s waters. Anglers can park outside the hatchery gate and walk the Bowman’s Island Trail around the perimeter to fish in the Chattahoochee River, located behind the hatchery.

The hatchery is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm and weekends and holidays from 10-3.

POOLE’S MILL SLIDING ROCKS

Sliding down the rocks at Poole’s Mill Park in Forsyth County is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages! When the weather is warm, grab you swimsuits and slide down the rocks in Settingdown Creek. You’re guaranteed to have a day full of splish-splashing fun!

In addition to sliding down the rocks in the summer, there’s also a beautiful covered bridge, a playground, picnic tables, and more.

Tip: If you’re sliding down the rocks, you may want to put the kids in old swimsuits — they can get ripped, worn or stained during this outing.

Read More: A TRIP TO POOLE’S MILL PARK IN FORSYTH COUNTY

SPLASH PAD AT OLD ATLANTA PARK

Looking for more ways to cool off? The splash pad at Old Atlanta Park in South Forsyth County is the answer! Get the kids in their swimsuits and let them have fun on the watery play features here.

Admission is $2 for kids 1+, and adults are free when accompanying a child. Cash or check only!

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LAKE LANIER

Lake Lanier is a great place to bring the family to spend a day on the lake. Rent a boat, paddleboard, kayak, go swimming, and so much more. There is endless fun on the lake.

Margaritaville at Lake Lanier is a great place to take the kids — no matter the season! In the summer, take them to the Water Park at Lanier Islands, where they can experience thrills on their amazing water slides, have fun in the wave pool, and more. There’s even a special Fun Zone area for little ones.

In the winter, Margaritaville transforms into a winter wonderland. Walk through the Lakeside Lights Spectacular, or try tubing at License to Chill Snow Island.

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INDOOR FUN IN CUMMING

Here are some of our favorite things to do indoors in Cumming GA!

  • Ice Skating at The Ice: Ice skating is always an adventure! You could learn how to figure skate or even play hockey at The Ice in Cumming. They also have public skate days, and offer a great place for a birthday party celebration.
  • Stars and Strikes Cumming: Star and Strikes in Cumming is the perfect outing for both kids and adults. At the Cumming location, you’ll find bowling, a super-sized arcade, bumper cars, a restaurant and bar, and a two-story laser tag experience!
  • School Street Playhouse: Tam’s School Street Playhouse not only features some of the best plays, musicals, and concerts in Forsyth County, the building itself is amazing! Housed in the 1923 Cumming Public School structure, seeing a show here is a must. In the basement, you’ll find Tam’s Backstage Food and Spirits — a great place to grab a bite to eat and dine before or after a show.
  • Forsyth County Libraries: Forsyth County is home to four amazing library locations. In addition to books, you’ll always find fun events for kids, teens and adults.

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FUN PLACES TO EAT

I love a good meal! So naturally this is my favorite section to share with you. Here are some of my favorite can’t-miss spots!

  • Nido Café, Rick Tanner’s Chill Hill, or Cinco’s at Vickery Village: Each of these restaurants has their own specialty.  Nido Café is known for their tapas, chocolate desserts & remarkable coffee. Rick Tanner’s is home to the Cherry Street Brewing Co, an excellent selection of locally made beer!

    Cinco’s has a fantastic rooftop dining section. Chill Hill is located by a turf green space. My family loves that Chill Hill doesn’t use a scale to price their soft serve and unlimited toppings. It’s a fixed price!
  • Lake Burrito and Malvi: These two are next door to each other in North Cumming. Farmer’s Market ingredients make for authentic and fresh Mexican food at Lake Burrito. And Malvi is a unique coffee, ice cream, and marshmallows serving café. Both places have a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

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SEASONAL FUN

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall – I love them all! I’ve highlighted a few of the best things to do for seasonal fun!

  • City Produce: If you like Farmer’s Markets then you will want to check out City Produce. You’ll find seasonal farm fresh produce daily. Jams, jellies, gifts shelf stable organic products, non-GMO, keto, gluten free products and more.

YEAR-ROUND EVENTS AT THE CUMMING FAIRGROUNDS

The Cumming Fairgrounds is home to many different events throughout the year. The Fall/Winter seasons are the best time to visit because they host a Rodeo, the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, and a Christmas Craft/Art show.

Here are some of the best events you’ll find at the fairgrounds in Cumming, Georgia!

  • Taste of Forsyth (and Easter Egg Hunt) in April
  • 4th of July Celebration in July
  • IPRA Rodeo in September
  • Cumming Country Fair & Festival in October
  • Christmas in Cumming (and picture with Santa) in December
  • Outdoor Summer Movies at Vickery Village (May – July)

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