Top 10 Things to do in Norcross, United States

September 17, 2017 Lean Nau

Norcross is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 9,116, while in 2015 the estimated population was 16,634. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville combined statistical area.
Restaurants in Norcross

1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

460 Rockbridge Rd NW, Lilburn, GA 30047-5844 +1 678-906-2277
Excellent
77%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Open to one and all, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 Million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of 3 types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle.

Reviewed By Nicki K - Atlanta, Georgia

I recently got to visit the gorgeous, elegant Hindu temple again. It's that wonderful not to show visitors, especially those into Bollywood. We wanted to wear sarees, start striking a pose, and take pictures.

I've been going since it first opened in 2007. I got to see just land in Lilburn behind Walgreens, across the street from Publix turn it into one of the most gorgeous temples ever. Many volunteers made this possible.

A lot of people do not realize that you do *not* have to be Indian or even Hindu to enter. Just visit, with an open heart and mind. Yes, it's gated but the guard will just ask for your name and let you through. Simple as that. You would think something so gorgeous, you would have to pay a fee. Every now and then, when the temple host a 5k, they will ask for a donation but you don't have to give but I donate during that time.

Another thing, during Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights), usually in late October to early November, there's a huge Diwali festival with fireworks. It's jam packed with police officers directing traffic. Many visitors will park as far as Bryson Park to catch the charter bus to attend this festival. If you haven't passed the temple at night, you will miss all the different colors that flashes, you'll see the temple turn red to blue to purple to yellow, you name it. Just so gorgeous. Makes me want a DSLR just to capture these moments. My regular digi and phone don't do justice.

You can go inside the Mandir! Yes, there's more to the exterior beauty, you see the inner beauty. Before going in, you must take off your shoes. There are slotted shelves for you to store away your shoes. There's even a sink to wash your hands. In the summertime, if you're dress in skimpy outfits (really short shorts, cleavage, lots of skin), you will be asked to cover up. No worries, a blanket or cloth will be provided. Yes, I was one of those :/

Do visit when sacred shrines are open! You get to see what really goes on, When you don't, the shrines are closed and locked. You won't see the prayers, especially with some of the men doing a certain prayer bow (looks almost like a form of exercise). There are donation boxes at each of the shrines if you want to donate. I've donated a few times to Rama & Shiva (popular & famous couple of Hinduism), Ganesh (elephant god), & Hanuman (monkey god), only cause I've seen them in Bollywood movies. Don't judge.

The only downfall is that you cannot take pictures inside the temple. There is a point where you cannot step beyond to take pictures too. Even though I sadly wish I could, I respect and understand.

There's a gift shop where you can visit. Indian snacks are also available for sale. If you are really hungry, go across the temple, still in the gated area, to Baps Shayona to grab some appetizers. I love their samosas and pistachio ice cream.

Another tidbit I learn about the temple is that it's Gujarati. If you're not into the Indian culture like I am, it probably doesn't mean anything to you but to me, it did. There are also classes to learn how to speak and write Gujarati.

Yeh Mere India. I love this place. I feel so serene when I come here and always take visitors and never have anyone been disappointed.

BTW, it's FREE. No admission prices. If you would like, you can donate inside the temple.

2. Brook Run Park

4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338-5813 +1 678-382-6700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Brook Run Park

Reviewed By rdurkis - Atlanta, Georgia

Plots managed by annual plot renters. Also a community food bank section. Well maintained and a pride of the Garden Club.

3. Newtown Park

3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Newtown Park

Reviewed By Brenda Thompson H - Johns Creek, Georgia, United States

Newtown Park has so much to offer: safe walking trails, amphitheater, picnic areas, Vietnam Veterans Memorial area, area to plant a garden, active adult center, playground for children to play, dog park, areas to play tennis, movies and concerts in the summer, and what have I missed!?? Very well managed by the City of Johns Creek. Regularly monitored by JC Police Department. Clean and well maintained.

4. Buford Highway Farmers Market

5600 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340-1240 +1 770-455-0770
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Buford Highway Farmers Market

Reviewed By Mike_W_Stock - Atlanta

Walk down any isle and be amazed. An enormous meat department with cuts that you don't see in regular stores, I thing wholesale purchasing is available. A great Eastern European section and a cheese are almost as large as Dekalb Farmers Market. And (the best) you can have a meal there, try any of the steam-table dishes from a variety of cuisines and a good price. We go often and leave with a full grocery basket.

5. Amazing Escape

6040 Unity Dr, Suite C, Norcross, GA 30071-3508 +1 470-294-0480
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 111 reviews

Amazing Escape

Our ultimate goal is to cultivate a unique and memorable experience full of puzzles, riddles and clues while bringing people together for an adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Reviewed By ShowTheWorldYouCare - Georgia

My family has been to at least 4 Escape rooms, and in different states. Comparing to other escape rooms, this is on the lower end of the list. The prior escape room I went to had two rooms to look for clues, which made it more challenging and we were able to use a walkie-talkie's. This place also has a 45 minute maximum in the room which under their FAQ on their website it says an hour. All the other places we have been to are an hour. I DID NOT like this at all. One of the hints wasn't helpful because we didn't have one of the items it said we should have and they put what you need on a TV screen, not talking in person. They can hear you though. Once they heard your frustration, they typed on the screen what you need to do. The music that was playing on the TV was very loud and we also had a hard time thinking. Some of the numbers were hard to read on the items (like they had been worn off a bit). With all the escape rooms popping up around the Atlanta area, I would definitely seek out others. It is easy to get to off the interstate though.

6. Southeastern Railway Museum

3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA 30096-3706 +1 770-476-2013
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 115 reviews

Southeastern Railway Museum

The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 35-acre site in Duluth, Georgia, in northeast suburban Atlanta. In operation since 1970, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. Museum hours vary seasonally. Ride in restored cabooses behind restored antique diesel locomotives, stand next to the massive driving wheels of the locomotive that once pulled passenger trains to Key West on the “railroad that went to sea,” tour the business car that helped bring the Olympics to Atlanta, pose in the private car once used by President Warren G. Harding, and step inside a dining car used by FDR on one of his many trips to Warm Springs, GA. The mission of the Southeastern Railway Museum is to provide an educational atmosphere that will vividly bring to life the cultural, technological and historical importance of transportation to our region.

Reviewed By Isaac C - High Bridge, New Jersey

This is a blast from the past of trains particularly from the early 1900's. You can get to see what they were like riding in coach and sleeper cars. They even had the train car that President Warren Harding traveled and eventually died in. We rode the train and caboose to see how they moved along and communicated.

7. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

9770 Autry Mill Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022-7168 +1 678-366-3511
Excellent
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

46 acres of woodlands, nature trails, creek, pavilions, animal exhibits & historic buildings.Grounds open daily 8am to dusk. Visitor Center open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.Information regarding classes, resources, and events are listed on our website.

Reviewed By kurokitty - Atlanta, Georgia

We came here to hunt the geocaches in this preserve. Like others mentioned, the trails are well marked with signs and clearly defined trails. There are great informational signs telling you about some of the spectacular trees here.

My little one loved running along the trails and the boardwalk and admiring the calm creek nearby.

It was a nice way to spend part of a morning and we are glad this preserve is here!

8. Treat Your Feet

5938 Buford Hwy NE Ste 105, Doraville, GA 30340-1376 +1 770-452-8688
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 50 reviews

Treat Your Feet

Reviewed By Stephanie M - Atlanta, Georgia

Omg I'm starting vacation so I needed to de stress and what a way. My foot massage was to die for but if that wasn't enough my sports massage with Katy was omgggg. Katy was excellent and worked out all the stress. This place is great. I had been here years ago for a foot massage but I wanted a Thai massage but based on my stress level and muscles I ended up getting the sports massage and I'm glad I did. You have to try this place. It's clean and the ambiance is just perfect. I was snoring during my foot massage with Tony (the technician) lolol. I will be going back again but for the Thai massage next go around.

9. The Forum on Peachtree Parkway

5155 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30092-2526 +1 770-368-8811
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

The Forum on Peachtree Parkway

Reviewed By bakerler - Peachtree Corners, Georgia

We are within walking distance to The Forum. This shopping center has been very popular since it was built. The Forum is like a Swiss village street. There are many shops to keep the shopper busy for several hours and a good number of restaurants offering all levels and types of food. Our favorite store is the Belk department store. We enjoy several mexican, italian, and american restaurants. Parking is right in front of the stores and there is music speakers along the walkways.

10. Jump Jump Premium Kids Indoor Playground

6315 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092-4649 +1 770-558-1525
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Jump Jump Premium Kids Indoor Playground

Reviewed By Kelly S - Duluth, Georgia

This place is amazing for kids and adults!

I've attended and had children's birthday parties here. The cost for birthday parties is a little bit cheaper than other similar place that host parties. The reason for my 5 stars is the staff is very friendly and nice.

There are lots of seats in the middle of the facility, very handy for adults to enjoy themselves along with the children!

If you haven't been here, you should at least go once.

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