Dahlonega is known for our picturesque downtown, captivating wine country, emerging beer & spirits scene, rich historical heritage, and breathtaking outdoor landscapes. However, this charming town nestled in the heart of the North Georgia mountains has an abundance of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered! Here is our list of the 25 Things You Have To Do In Dahlonega This Summer!

  1. Movies Under the Stars

One of the best things about Summer is the return of Main Street Movies! Grab a blanket or chair and catch a FREE movie in Hancock Park at dark with your family and friends.

  1. Chase Waterfalls

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County is home to and surrounded by several beautiful waterfalls. A local favorite, Dick's Creek Falls, doesn't require a challenging hike and is perfect for Summer swims!

  1. Hike The Appalachian Trail

With rolling hills leading to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega is nestled at the bottom of the Appalachian Trail. Visitors can find hikes ranging from beginner to experienced. Visit the 

  1. Take a Wine Tour with Friends

Dahlonega is home to 8 wineries and 5 Tasting Rooms, and the best way to visit them is by local transportation! Check out our local transportation options!

  1. Relax at Boutique Hotel or Bed & Breakfast

Spend a romantic weekend with your partner and sit back and relax at a boutique hotel or bed & breakfast in Dahlonega after a long day exploring the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

  1. Cool off in an Underground Gold Mine

Learn a little history and experience what it was like to be a gold miner back in the day.

  1. Hike around Lake Zwerner

Do you need to stretch your legs after driving to Dahlonega? Take a peaceful stroll around Lake Zwerner.

  1. Grab an Ice Cream Cone while walking Downtown

Need a cool treat while shopping in Dahlonega's Historic Square? Pick up an ice cream from one of the sweet shops or grab an iced tea or coffee from a local tea store or coffee shop.

  1. Sip on some award-winning Whiskey at Big Creek Distillery

Dahlonega's newest addition to the spirit scene is making waves with their delicious Bourbon, Moonshine, and gin! 

  1. Kayak and Tube down the Chestatee River

Grab a tube for a relaxing trek down the river! Want to spend more time on the water? Rent or bring your kayak or canoe and take an easy 2-3 hour trip down the river.

  1. Listen to a live band or grab a comedy show in a speakeasy-style music venue

This special music venue is also a coffee shop and a yoga studio! Check out our Events page to see when live music or comedy shows are happening at Canopy + the Roots.

  1. Pan for Gold and Gems at Crisson Gold Mine

Take home a little of Dahlonega gold after taking a tour of Crisson Gold Mine and see the historic mining equipment utilized during the Gold Rush! Take home more than gold and pan for gems!

  1. Art in the Park 1st Saturday of the Month

Every 1st Saturday of the month, check out over 30 artisans in Hancock Park selling handmade goods and artwork!

  1. Dahlonega Butterfly Farm

Enjoy an educational tour and get up close and personal with butterflies in a tropical conservatory. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and much more!

  1. Try your puzzle skills and do an Escape Room

Solve a murder and escape a room steeped in Dahlonega History at Dahlonega Walking Tour’s Paranormal Escape Room!

  1. First Friday Concerts in Hancock Park

Grab a friend or two and head to Hancock Park on the 1st Friday of the month from May to October and listen to free live music from bands and singers across the state.

  1. Stop at a Brewery

Dahlonega is now home to 3 breweries! Check out their craft beer and mead and sit down and play a board game with friends, listen to live music, or play some trivia!

  1. Become a Foodie and eat your way through Dahlonega

In the mood for seafood? Italian? Tacos and Margaritas? Burgers? Louisiana Style? We have it all!

  1. Stop and smell the... Lavender Farm!

Visit Georgia's largest Lavender Farm right here in Lumpkin County. This beautiful Lavender blooms in June and July and is a perfect souvenir to bring home! Visit their shop and pick up soap, lotion, bundles of lavender to cook with, and more!

  1. Get a little Muddy at Iron Mountain Park

Check out Iron Mountain Park in Dahlonega, where exciting off-roading trails intertwine with breathtaking vistas and provide outdoor enthusiasts with a haven for adventure. Take your offroad vehicle or rent one for the day! Stay the night at their campsite and keep the fun going for a whole weekend.

  1. Catch a show at the Historic Holly Theater

The Holly Theater is a staple in the community and loved by theater and music buffs. Catch a musical or live band and enjoy the newly renovated historic theater and all its charm!

  1. Play a game of Trivia at a restaurant or brewery

Trivia Nights are so much fun! Test your knowledge while eating delicious food or sipping a beer. Check out our events page for trivia nights, or call your favorite restaurant to see if and when they have theirs!

  1. Visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum

While downtown, spend a morning learning the rich history of America's first major Gold Rush! 

  1. Explore and learn about exotic animals at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve

Spend a slow afternoon walking around and seeing over 100 animals on 20 acres of farmland. Walk around and observe or feed the exotic animals!

  1. Spend a magical night in one of the many Tree Houses in Dahlonega

Experience a night in some of Dahlonega's most unique accommodations, ranging from luxurious glamping treehouses and treehouses with hot tubs to captivating treehouses boasting breathtaking bedroom views. Check out our places to stay section to book today!


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