Gainesville is a great place to raise a family because it offers so many activities for children of all ages. For example, the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center has something for each family member. Young children may enjoy a kiddie slide, while older children can enjoy two body slides, which are both 3-stories high. Parents may want to check out the fitness center and 4-lane indoor instructional pool. The city offers many parks with walking trails, athletic fields, gazebos and picnic tables. Gainesville offers 25 miles of mountain bike trails. These trails, which are maintained by the Southern Off-Road Biking Association, offer beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. The city's downtown area offers a Solar System Walking Tour, which is a trail featuring a scale model of the solar system. People of all ages can learn about the planets and their relationship to the sun and moon.

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If outdoor recreation and water sports are important to you, Gainesville, Georgia, might be a city worth considering. The city is surrounded on 3 sides by Lake Lanier, which offers fishing and waterskiing. This lake made the city famous when it was used for the canoe and kayak events in the 1996 Olympic Games. Driving around the city, you will notice a variety of homes for sale including modest 2 bedroom starter homes up to 6 bedroom mansions.

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