Are you struggling with what to get the person or family on your list who already has “everything?” We’ve got some great ideas for you. Several of our attractions offer annual memberships, ticket packages for their performances and gift certificates. These gifts keep giving long after the tinsel is taken down and we’re all back to business with a brand new year.
Some of our favorites are listed below with links and info on how to buy. Fret no more about what to get that impossible to buy for person. We’ve done all the hard work for you!
Families Love INK the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
This high touch, big on fun place for kids of all ages offers some great membership package deals. Become a member with the “City Hall” package for only $99 and get unlimited admission for a year for two adults and up to four kids (under 18.)
Click HERE to give the gift of INK for Christmas
Get Social at the Northeast Georgia History Center
With a surprisingly slate of exhibits and events, the Northeast Georgia History Center is so much more than a museum. In fact, this facility has one of the best gift shops in the area filled with handmade and unique items reflecting the storied past of this area. History is part of the social studies universe and the world of the NEGA History Center is broad and includes family days with hands on living history activities, lectures from authors and historians and so much more. Memberships start as low as $35 for an individual and $70 for families to $1,000 to be a Friend of the Museum – which includes a swanky dinner for two!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
View the work of artists or create your own at The Quinlan
Gainesville and Hall County has been a cultural center for the region for decades. The quality and variety of arts and entertainment options are equal if not superior to anything one can find in the greater metro Atlanta area. This is especially true at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. A gift from “The Q” might include an actual piece of art since they are an active gallery with multiple exhibitions each year. Their stellar gift shop also offers unique art pieces and supplies relating to their many hands on classes. Even though admission is free to tour the gallery, a membership at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center not only supports their non-profit mission but also provides insider info on exhibits, sales, events and classes plus access to their art resources library and discount on art classes.
For info on memberships, classes and other gifts from The Q, click HERE or call 770-536-2575
Advanced Tickets to Sell Out Performances at Gainesville Theatre Alliance & The Arts Council
Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s shows are a serious hot ticket around these parts. The theatrical program of Brenau University and the University of North Georgia are extremely high quality with shows selling out well before their premieres due to the outstanding level of talent and production involved. Lucky for you, they offer a Flex Pass program that is perfect for gift giving. This advanced box office option, allows the holder to lock in a guaranteed seat and choose their show dates later. Choose a pass for 2, 4, 8 or 12 tickets — tickets can then be used for a single show or multiple events at either of their theaters the entire season! This is a GREAT way to treat friends and family to a magical night of LIVE theater with Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Shows already announced for 2017 include: Godspell, Much Ado About Nothing and Peter and the Star Catcher.
The Arts Council brings the highest caliber of performances to Gainesville including Grammy Award winners! Their Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series is always a sellout, so buying early for Christmas is a smart idea. Shows can be purchased as a series or individually. The Signature Series includes shows at both the Pearce Auditorium and on the great lawn at the Arts Council Smithgall Center. Gift certificates are available for specific shows, full series or for a flat dollar amount that the bearer can redeem for the show or series of their choice. Tickets start as low as $30 with a full series for only $85!
120 Days at the Beach
A club membership at Lanier Islands opens a gateway to fun all year long. There are multiple membership levels and season pass offerings. Members enjoy unlimited front gate access and depending on the package purchases some additional amenities include: unlimited admission to LanierWorld (beach and water park), buddy passes for friends, boat ramp access and discounts on marine gas! Some memberships also include admission to the holiday wonderland, Magical Nights of Lights.
Zip Through the Trees on a Canopy Tour
With two very different options for fantastic canopy tours and zip lines in Hall County, there’s no reason not to try them both! Lake Lanier Canopy Tours offers unique zips across the water and spectacular lake views while North Georgia Canopy Tours is known for its scenic mountain vistas and incredible wildlife and foliage. The perfect gift for the daredevil on your list is a gift certificate for a zip through the tree tops – good for a full year, so they can decide what season they would like to get a bird’s eye view!