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Father-daughter Activities in Gwinnett County, GA

by Carly Seifert, studioD

Gwinnett County, home to nearly a million people and located just 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, provides a variety of educational and recreational activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Dads looking for activities to enjoy with their daughters in Gwinnett County will have no trouble finding something to do together.


The Gwinnett County Public Library (gwinnettpl.org) has a variety of children's programs for dads to attend with their little girls in tow. With 15 branches to choose from, dads are likely able to find a weekly story time -- offered for any age group from toddlers and up -- to fit their schedule. In addition to story time, the library hosts several events each month, bringing in African storytellers, local theater groups, and character visits from many daughters' favorite books. Activities aside, spending some time reading a confidence-boosting book such as "I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem," by Jamie Lee Curtis or letting your little girl check out her favorite Beverly Cleary book is a good enough reason in and of itself to stop at the library.


According to the Gwinnett County Government website (gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/CommunityServices/ParksandRecreation/Aquatics), Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is home to state-of-the-art aquatic centers and leisure pools. A day at the pool is an affordable activity for a dad and daughter to enjoy together. The Bethesda Park Aquatic Center and West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center boast giant water slides, river channels, hydrotherapy benches, and water play structures. Many of the county's aquatic centers have indoor water features and are open during the winter months.

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park (stonemountainpark.com) in Snellville is Georgia's only snow park. According to the website Explore Gwinnett, this park features a 4,000-foot tubing hill and a 30,000-square-foot playing area -- giving dads and daughters plenty to enjoy together. Patrons also have access to The Summit Skyrise, a cable car that takes visitors to the top of Stone Foot Mountain, where they can experience views of the Atlanta skyline and the Appalachian mountains.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

For an outing that is as educational as it is fun, dads should take their daughters to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (gwinnettehc.org). The center is surrounded by nature trails and biking paths to explore, so dads can pack a picnic and enjoy a tea party with their girls on the scenic grounds before visiting the center's many interactive science exhibits. Sign up for a workshop together to learn more about birdwatching, or attend a monthly Night Hike in the moonlight on one of the center's surrounding trails.

Daddy-daughter Dance

According to the Gwinnett County Government's Calendar of Events (gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/CommunityServices/ParksandRecreation/CalendarEvents), daddy-daughter dances are held each February at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center and Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center. The dances feature refreshments, games, music and keepsake photos. Daughters of all ages will enjoy the chance to dress up and spend a memorable evening on the arms of their dads.

About the Author

Carly Seifert has been a piano instructor since 2001. She has also covered adoption and introducing children to the arts for "Montana Parent Magazine." Seifert graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.

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