3 ways to celebrate fall in Gwinnett County

Visitors to the Buford Corn Maze have been getting lost among the many rows of corn for several years now. CONTRIBUTED

Fall is officially here in Gwinnett County as of Sept. 23, no matter if the weather feels like it or not.

Along with the change in season comes annual Gwinnett fall favorites: spooky ghost tours, terrifying Netherworld attractions and some more leisurely outdoor activities. The fun will continue as leaves change and temperatures drop. Here are some classic fall activities across the county:


The elaborate compound of frights in Stone Mountain opens its Halloween attractions on Sept. 27 with reptilian aliens, a "Bone-Crunching Stone Colossus" and flesh-eating dinosaurs as part of this year's attractions. You're sure to be scared at the annual fall favorite. For those less inclined to spook themselves, there is a new Netherworld Laser Adventure Battle Arena, a carnival-esque midway featuring classic fair food and a "House of Creeps" monster museum. More information can be found here.

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Buford Corn Maze

The Buford Corn Maze has been open for 10 years, and first welcomed guests to get lost in the maize this year in late August. In addition to the five-acre maze, there's a Kids Corner, hayrides, and an animal viewing area.

The maze is open on weekends only in September, welcoming guests from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. The maze’s haunted forest opened Sept. 20 and will be open from nightfall until closing every day the maze is open until Nov. 3.

In October, the maze will be open seven days a week. Guests are welcome 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. The maze’s final days are in early November, open Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The maze’s last day is Nov. 10.

Lawrenceville Ghost Tours

Downtown Lawrenceville is picturesque by day, but it can get a little spookier at night. Aurora Theatre’s annual Lawrenceville Ghost Tours aim to show you that scarier side. Expert tour guides will take you on a 90-minute stroll around the historic courthouse square, showing you the former jailhouse and telling you about recent “bizarre paranormal events.” Who knows, you could see some “paranormal activity” yourself.

The tours occur nightly, with the last tour of the season on Halloween. You can get tickets at the Aurora Theatre website.

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