Bring the whole family to the Southeastern Railway Museum and ride on a vintage train for free. While you're there, explore restored locomotives, freight cars, cabooses and more. If you enjoy a good round of miniature golf, check out Pirate's Cove. Print out a coupon from Explore Gwinett to receive one free round with the purchase of one regularly priced round of golf. Experience a little culture by catching a performance at the Aurora Theatre this year. Buy one, get one free with the Explore Gwinnet
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

6 free (or almost free) things to do in Gwinnett

Taking your family on outings around town throughout the year can really take a toll on your pocketbook, it doesn't have to if you have a little neighborhood intel.

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Without having to spend a fortune on admission fees or tickets, you'll have the funds to do more with your family all year and take part in exciting community-centered happenings even if you're on a budget.

Here's a rundown of free (or almost) free things to do around Gwinnett that offer a little something for everyone —without breaking the bank.

1. Free Train Ride at Southeastern Railway Museum: Bring the whole family to the Southeastern Railway Museum and ride on a vintage train for free. Print and bring in the coupon available through Explore Gwinnett to receive a free train ride pass for each paid admission. While you're there, explore restored locomotives, freight cars, cabooses and more on the 35 acre site.

2. BOGO at Pirate's Cove: If you enjoy a good round of miniature golf, you haven't seen anything like Pirate's Cove. Known as the "Original Adventure Golf" destination for family fun, Pirate's Cove features a theme park-style setting with waterfalls, caves, footbridges and amazing landscaping that will transport you into the world of pirates. Print out the coupon from Explore Gwinnett to receive one free round of golf with the purchase of one regularly priced round of golf.

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3. BOGO at Aurora Theatre: Experience a little culture by catching a performance at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville this year. From children's productions to seasonal favorites, the Aurora Theatre hosts quite a lineup of shows all year long. Buy one ticket, get a second ticket for free with the Explore Gwinnett coupon, which is valid for any performance throughout the year.

4. Free admission to Hudgens Center for the Arts: Celebrate local art with a free trip to the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. Admission to the Hudgens is free for all of 2018 thanks to Holtkamp Heating & Air. While there, you'll see a showcase of amazing artworks that change throughout the year, including paintings, pottery, drawings, prints and sculptures. Make sure to spend a little time (and money) at the gift shop inside the Hudgens Center, where you can find a wide array of beautiful, one-of-a-kind treasures to take home.

5. Free Recycling: Check out the Sustainable Gwinnett site to scope out free shredding events and find out where you can recycle all sorts of hard to recycle items. Did you know you can recycle ammunition? Now you know.

6. Atlanta Hobby Robot Club: If you love robots, take advantage of the Atlanta Hobby Robot Club, which meets on the third Saturday of every month. This free, ongoing event for people of all ages runs from 10 a.m. to noon and takes place at the Pinckneyville Community Center in Norcross. Come to learn all about robots, or even start building your own robot that you can bring to one of the many competitions that happen throughout the year.

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