Cumming, Ga: 50+ Things To Do That Will Surprise You

Cumming, GA is located just over 40 miles north of Atlanta, GA. If you are lucky, it’s under an hour or so drive straight up on Highway 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. It’s full of fabulous local businesses, tons of fun for kids, over 20 playgrounds and parks, monthly events, and much more!

cumming, ga

CC Photo from atop Sawnee Mountain Preserve courtesy of Dave Lawrence.

Before I get into the Over 50 Things To Do In Cumming, GA let me introduce myself. I’m Rachael Walkup and I run a hyper-local website for Forsyth County called Cumming Local. On my website I share all the latest things to do, places to go, and small businesses to support right here in Cumming, GA. If you are planning a trip to Cumming GA, be sure you check my website’s calendar or the social media pages for the latest happenings!

Cumming Local: Website | Facebook | Twitter  | Instagram

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. We are always getting new Forsyth County Parks and Playgrounds too! Click here to see a round up of all the parks and playgrounds in Forsyth County, GA.

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. {Note – there is a fee to rent out the pavilion.}

Caney Creek Preserve: This Park has a great nature trail, dog park, and playground that you will want to check out! We took the kids here as part of a park tour. You can read more about that by clicking here.

Haw Creek: My kids loved the playground at Haw Creek because it was so unique. Haw Creek was also part of my playground tour with my kids. You can get tips from that article by clicking 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. Both huge positives in my opinion!

Central Park & Fowler Park are both big playgrounds to visit when in Cumming, GA. Fowler Park has a skate park which is pretty cool for those of you with older kids. You can check out more about the skate park by clicking here.

City of Cumming Park: Located in the heart of downtown Cumming, this playground is right off the square. In my opinion, the best part is that the playground sits upon green turf. It’s also a relatively new playground!

Outdoor Fun:

If you are visiting Cumming GA when the weather is nice, you will want to make sure you hit some of these outdoor fun things to do. Be sure to also check Cumming Local’s Calendar of Events page to see if there are any outdoor events going on.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve: Hiking Sawnee Mountain should be on the top of your list when looking for things to do in Cumming, GA. It contains over 960 acres full of 11 miles for hiking, two playgrounds, 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! 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. Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers tree and rock climbing as well as guided nature hikes. You will want to call the Visitor Center for more information on that at 770.781.2217.

Big Creek Greenway: This is our beautiful walking trail throughout Forsyth County. Currently, it is almost 10 miles long with plans to be 15 miles long when it’s complete. There are four access points to enter the Greenway, click here to pick an entrance. 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: What’s better than an outdoor water adventure? Cumming Aquatic Center provides a water playground for you and your kids to explore and enjoy. TIP: They offer ½ priced daily admission on the 3rd Friday of every month.

Buford Trout Hatchery: Love to fish? The Buford Trout Hatchery is a perfect place to fish right along the Chattahoochee River. TIP: Make sure to load up with bug spray before and during your fishing trip.

Poole’s Mill Sliding Rocks: This is sure to be a hit with your kids of all ages. Put on your swimsuits and go sliding down the rocks at Poole’s Mill! Tip: Wear old swimsuits (because they could get ripped, worn or even stained). Find out more tips from Cumming Local’s post – Poole’s Mill Park in Forsyth County.

Old Atlanta Spray Pad: My kids LOVE this Spray Pad located in South Forsyth County. Click here for the 2017 Season hours and admission costs. TIP: You will need cash to pay for admission. For more tips, visit this post from Cumming Local.

Lake Lanier

Buford Dam Park: This Park is an entryway into Lake Lanier. If you have a boat, this is a great place to use the boat ramps. TIP: Bring cash to pay for parking!

LanierWorld: My kids call this place World of Adventure because that’s what it is! You could spend the weekend there or just the day. LanierWorld is home to water slides, rides & attractions. Be sure to check out the summer specials on their website.

Lake Lanier is a great place to bring the family and spend a day on the lake. You could rent a boat, paddleboard, and more. The fun is endless on the lake!

Indoor Fun

Cumming Local has a round up of Indoor Fun for Families that you can review as well. But these are the highlights…

Ice Skating at The Ice: Ice-skating is always an adventure! You could learn how to figure skate or even play hockey. TIP: Check their website for updated hours.

Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center: This entertainment center is packed full of fun! From the new two story laser tag to cosmic bowling to bumper cars – they have it all! TIP: Stars and Strikes is a location where they offer Kids Bowl Free during the summer. You can sign up for that program by clicking here.

Cumming Playhouse: Their motto is “where history and culture comes to play.” The Cumming Playhouse is located in a schoolhouse from 1923. You can see a play or eat at Tam’s Backstage. Either way you are in for a treat! Check out their upcoming events or Tam’s menu.

Forsyth County libraries: We are home to 4 excellent library locations. There always seems to be an event going on at one or all of them. Be sure to check the calendar on the Forsyth County Library website or Cumming Local’s Calendar of Events.

Roller Skating at Let’s Roll: Roller-skating at it’s finest at Let’s Roll. The facility is over 30,000 square feet full of fun! TIP: Check Groupon, they sometimes have a deal for Let’s Roll.

Take a Cooking Class at Behind the Sweets: Inside this store you can take a cake decorating class. Be sure to check their calendar before heading in.

Paint a wood sign creation at Jae Bird’s: This studio would make for a crafty afternoon or evening. Check out their classes on their website.

Shop at the Gibson Company: If you like to shop local, then you will LOVE this place. It’s like an Etsy shop you can actually walk through!

Fun Places to Eat

I love a good meal! So naturally this is my favorite section to share with you. I’ve given you what I think are the don’t miss type of establishments.

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts: Real doughnuts that are made from scratch! TIP: Kids will love being able to peek in to the kitchen through a viewing window.  Also, check their Facebook page for daily specials.

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.

Kids Eat Free Guide: Forsyth County has TONS of kids eat free locations. You can use Cumming Local’s Kids Eat Free Guide, which is organized by the day of the week.

Seasonal Fun

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall – I love them all in Cumming GA & Forsyth County. I’ve highlighted a few of the best things to do for seasonal fun!

Warbington Farms: Strawberry picking or just plain fun on the farm – Warbington Farms is an excellent choice for a daytime outdoor activity. In the Fall, they have a challenging corn maze and pumpkin picking as well. TIP: Check their Special Events page before headed there because they have some really great special events.

Farmers Markets: If you like Farmer’s Markets then you will want to check out either the Cumming Harvest located at 724 Pilgrim Mill Rd, Cumming, GA 30040, City Produce located at 5035 Hwy 400 Cumming, Georgia, GA 30040 or 400 Produce conveniently located right off Hwy 400 at 4310 Settendown Village, Cumming, GA 30041. TIP: If you like boiled peanuts, City Produce has some really good ones! And it’s a deal too – 24 oz. for $2!

Kinsey Family Farm: This family owned and operated farm is a MUST visit in the fall or winter. We go every year to cut down our Christmas tree. You can feed the farm animals, enjoy some fresh farm snacks yourself like fresh apple cider, and have fun all day long! Read about one mom’s experience over the Holidays at Kinsey Family Farm on Cumming Local. TIP: Bring a camera to take pictures. They have photo opportunities all over the farm!

Cumming Fairgrounds: The Cumming Fairgrounds is home to many different events throughout the year. Check their website for what’s going on. 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.

Events You Shouldn’t Miss Year Round:

Personally, the Fall season is a great time to come visit Cumming GA. You can go by Kinsey Family Farm, enjoy the Cumming Country Fair, and maybe even catch the Rodeo. But Spring and Summer are also great times to visit! These are the events that you shouldn’t miss during the year in Forsyth County!

Cumming Fairgrounds

Summer Camps: Hundred of Summer Camps will take place in Cumming GA & Forsyth County in the summer. If you’d like to send your child to one of them, check out the Summer Camps for Kids guide. It’s organized by the week of the summer! There are unique camps like the Rock Camp from Music Authority, Boys Hip Hop at Cumming Dance Academy, Film Camp at Stipe Studio, Superhero Training at Forefront Arts, Multi-Sport Camp with i9 Sports, Princess Camp at Footprints, Spanish Camp at Pinecrest Academy, Tumbling Camp at N-Step Dance, and much more!

Wife, mother of two, blogger & owner of Cumming Local – a website dedicated to promoting events & small businesses in Cumming GA & Forsyth County. On her website, CummingLocal.com, she shares community and event information with readers and also partners with small businesses to highlight their products & services while increasing their target reach. With a background in Sales & Marketing coupled with experience in Project Development and Social Media, Rachael is available for small business consultation & classes to help you reach greater potential.

Facebook Twitter 

2 Comments on "Cumming, Ga: 50+ Things To Do That Will Surprise You"

  1. Lindsay Salapka | 05/03/2017 at 10:28 am | Reply

    This is a great list! Thank you for compiling and highlighting all of the exciting things our town has to offer.

  2. Mary Sullins | 09/08/2017 at 10:40 am | Reply

    Great way to find out when all the events are and when. Thank you

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*