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LanierWorld offers staycation destination in Gwinnett’s backyard

LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford offers a staycation destination right in Gwinnett’s backyard. (Special Photo: Courtesy of Lake Lanier Islands)

LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford offers a staycation destination right in Gwinnett’s backyard. (Special Photo: Courtesy of Lake Lanier Islands)

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LanierWorld is home to Georgia’s largest wave pool, WildWaves. (Special Photo: Courtesy of Lake Lanier Islands)

Not up for packing your vehicle and driving a couple hours to a vacation spot? Not interested in paying the high prices for plane tickets to travel? A staycation might be what you need, and there’s a destination right in Gwinnett’s backyard.

LanierWorld, located within Lake Lanier Islands’ 1,500-acre resort in Buford, has much to offer those who want to relax, play, enjoy some nightlife and more.

Here’s what visitors will find at LanierWorld:

• Family Fun Park — The Family Fun Park area is made for thrill-seekers of all ages, with family- and kid-friendly Lake Lanier waterpark rides, shops and restaurants. The park is home to Georgia’s largest wave pool, WildWaves, the Raging River big water adventure with sharp turns and intense rapids and more. Shop Pirate’s Plunder for beach essentials, and grab a bite to eat at Tad’s or WildWaves Refresher, two dining venues offering everything from funnel cakes to char-grilled hamburgers. Games and classic rides are also part of the park.

• Big Beach — Want to relax? Want to play instead? Big Beach offers the best of both worlds over its spacious stretch of sand lining Lake Sidney Lanier. Big Beach also features the interactive play area Kiddie Lagoon, a mini version of WildWaves, a lifeguarded swim area just off the sand, the floating playground Aquatic Adventure, several water slides and a ferris wheel. The new Boardwalk at Big Beach offers several dining options, including the SweetWater Shrimp Shack, The Cookie House, Sunset Cantina and more.

• Sunset Cove — Enjoy play during the day an then get ready for the nightlife at Sunset Cove, which has its own stage for live entertainment, beachfront dining options, an expansive white beach, regulation and recreation beach volleyball courts and two fire pits with Adirondack chairs. Breezy’s Beach Shop sells beach essentials.

Ticket prices for LanierWorld are $36.99 for one-day regular admission for those 42” and taller, $26.99 for those under 42”, seniors 55 and older and active military. A 2014 season pass with unlimited access to LanierWorld is $89.99.

Interested in staying overnight? Lake Lanier Islands offers a variety of accommodations, including the Legacy Lodge, Legacy Villas, lake houses and campgrounds. Vacation packages and specials are also available.

For more information on LanierWorld and the offerings at Lake Lanier Islands, visit www.lakelanierislands.com.