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Things to do on Lake Lanier: 5 ways to get out on the lake this summer
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Lake Lanier at Clarks Bridge Road at Olympic Park. - photo by Scott Rogers

Looking to get out on Lake Lanier this summer? We’ve put together a list of parties, cruises, shows and parks where you can cool off before the fall.

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A crowd gathers Friday, July 7, 2017, at the "beach'" in downtown Gainesville made from 100 tons of sand during the third annual Beach Bash in downtown Gainesville. The beach bash is being moved to the Lake Lanier Olympic Park in 2019. - photo by David Barnes

Have a blast at Beach Bash

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: www.gainesville.org

The city of Gainesville is hosting its fifth-annual Beach Bash this year at a new location: Lake Lanier Olympic Park will be the place for a flood of water-related activities for kids and adults, complete with food trucks and beer and wine vendors. 

If you’re not keen on getting wet, there will be a free performance by ‘80s tribute band Electric Avenue at 7 p.m.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive night out with tons of food and entertainment both in and out of the water, carve out some time for Beach Bash on Saturday, July 13.

Go for a dip with Sail -N- Swim Cruise

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 13
Where: Windsong Sailing Academy, 6900 Holiday Road, Buford
How much: $75-$95
More info: www.windsongsail.com/2/waterFun.aspx

If you want to spend some time in the water but in a less crowded environment than the Beach Bash, Windsong Sailing Academy is hosting a Sail -N- Swim Cruise to give people a more low-key swimming experience that same night. Attendees will get to sail to a secluded beach away from all the noise to enjoy swimming and each other’s company. All you’ll need to bring with you is a swimsuit and a towel and you’ll be set.


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Kids play in the lake before the start of the fireworks show at the American Legion Fourth of July celebration in Gainesville, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Laurel Park on Lake Lanier. - photo by David Barnes
Or just hit a park

More info: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

If you don’t want to shell out cash or just want to hit the lake in your own time and in your own way, check out one of the dozens of public parks around the shores of Lake Lanier.

With parks managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state and local governments, there’s plenty of spots to sit on the beach, launch your boat, do some grilling or catch a few fish.

Get a thrill from Flyboards

When: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, June 28 to Aug. 30

Where: Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

How much: $49-$129

More info: www.facebook.com/LakeLanierFlyboard/

If your water interests are a little more extreme than swimming and laying on the beach, Lake Lanier Flyboard is hosting weekly shows and lessons every Friday from now until the end of August. The shows themselves are free to anyone who visits Margaritaville, and feature professionals performing stunts and tricks for spectators, but anyone over the age of 13 who wants to take it a step further and take part in lessons ranging from 15 minutes to hour-long sessions.

Learn to row from the experts
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, July 9-27, August 6-24, September 7-24
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $180
More info: www.lakelanierrowing.org/page/show/3268926-learn-to-row

Lake Lanier Rowing Club is also hosting a series of lessons for those looking to add rowing to their repertoire of water-based talents. Not only is rowing a great way to explore the lakes and nature in the area, but it also doubles as a full-body workout and a team-building exercise. You’ll learn to row on your own or as part of teams of two, four, or eight. Lessons are offered until September, but each class is limited to 16 seats, so don’t let the spaces fill up if you’re interested in learning more about how to row.

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