5 Reasons I Love Living in Norcross, Georgia

Small Town Feel
Norcross is a suburb of Atlanta with a population of approximately 15,000 residents. While I have easy access to the big city, located 20 miles south, Norcross maintains the feel of a small town. Residents here have a strong sense of community here and we take pride in the fact that our city is well kept and clean. And everything I need for everyday life and entertainment is found within city limits, such as stores, churches, restaurants, clinics, schools, movie theaters, etc.

Cultural Diversity
People of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome here, and we enjoy and respect our diversity. Through community events and engaging with our neighbors, we continually learn new and interesting information about each other, and celebrate our differences as well as our likenesses.

Parks & Recreation
Norcross has an abundance of parks, offering outdoor adventure for family members of all ages. The splash pad at Lilian Webb Community Park, located downtown, is open throughout the summer months. Best Friend Park has two swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym, playground and ball fields. Pinckneyville Park covers 58 acres and has not only grills, a free skate area, a roller hockey rink, seven softball fields and a pond, but also a two and a half mile paved trail for walking, cycling, jogging, etc.. And last but not least of my favorite parks is Thrasher Park, where an amphitheater hosts free events such as the summer concert series, held every year from May through September.

Historic Downtown
Several beautifully maintained century old buildings line the streets in Historic Downtown Norcross, and within them are several shops, boutiques, eateries, galleries and much more. Among them, shoppers will find vintage and contemporary clothing, designer jewelry, home accessories and furnishings, antiques, etc.. After shopping, I often stop by one of the many restaurants or cafes, which offer everything from wings to Cuban food. The galleries feature numerous art pieces including, but not limited to, paintings, photography and sculptures.

Artistic Community
Norcross is a thriving artistic community, and for those of us who love the arts, there is no better place to live. The Cultural Arts & Community Center offers several programs for all ages, youth summer camps, theatrical performances, author’s book events and classes on a variety of subjects throughout the year. A gallery and art center, Kudzu Art Zone, offers a variety of workshops and classes to anyone who wishes to learn more about art. One of my favorite annual celebrations is the Norcross Art Fest, a weekend long event where artists sell paintings, folk art, ceramics, photography, metal work, jewelry and much more. Kids love this event because of the rides, face painting and sand art. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the music and food as well!

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Amazing Escapes

Escape rooms are becoming more and more popular so my friends and I went to Amazing Escapes a month ago, and we were not disappointed.

For those of you who don’t know what escape rooms are, they put you in a room and create a scenario. You have to escape from zombies, for example, and to do so, you have to solve a bunch of puzzles and clues.

My friends and I had a lot of fun. I could also see how this would be a great activity for co-workers, like a teambuilding exercise.

The staff is super helpful and nice to everyone, and the facility was clean and looked great. The scenario they gave us was well constructed and so much fun.

I’d definitely recommend this as something fun to do in Norcross. For more information, have a look at their website.

Tiny Towne

In this fun attraction, aspiring drivers between the ages of 3 and 15 will get the chance to drive high-tech mini cars on streets that are realistic. The idea is that they have to follow the traffic signals and road signs and show one another respect. When young drivers complete various educational activities, they are able to advance to the higher-level tracks that are more fun. It’s the perfect combination of education and entertainment.

The facility has party rooms for groups, a classroom for field trips, an arcade room, and a computer lab equipped with touch screen computers and simulators. There are also various waiting rooms for the parents that are super nice, which is great for me.

I brought my 8-year-old boy here last weekend, and he loved it. I would definitely recommend it as something fun to do with the kids in Norcross.

For more information, visit the Tiny Towne website.

Buford Highway Farmers Market

This place is brilliant. I’ve gone to other farmers markets in the metro Atlanta area, and this is definitely the best one. It’s especially great for international selections.

The meat department is my favorite part. If you’re looking for a certain kind of steak, they definitely have it. If you’re looking for weird meats like pig feet or pig snout, they actually have that too. You can even get a big bag of chicken drumsticks for only six bucks. Pretty awesome!

The produce department isn’t huge, but they have quite a range of vegetables and fruits. I could find some fruit that I couldn’t find at my local grocery store, and it was cheap, too!

The seafood department is also great. They are full of all kinds of seafood for you to choose from. And it didn’t actually smell like seafood, which was a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned.

They have virtually everything you need food wise, from European specialties to Asian foods to Russian foods. You can buy some baklava or mango juice. Whatever you’re looking for, they have it.

The Buford Highway Farmers Market is one of my favorite things in Norcross. I would definitely recommend it.

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
770-455-0770

Jones Bridge Park

Jones Bridge Park is one of Norcross’s best parks. With some brilliant trails, you can walk along side of the river, which is absolutely beautiful. The playground and restrooms have just been redone, and they are super nice.

There are quite a few picnic tables in the shade so it’s a great place to go for a picnic with the family. There is also access to the Hooch, which is awesome. It’s a great spot for fishing if you’re into that.

You can bring bread to feed the ducks and geese, which the kids will definitely love. It’s a great place to watch the sunset, too.

This is an amazing backdrop for pictures. My friends did their engagement photos here, and they looked incredible.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend checking out the park.

Jones Bridge Park
4901 E. Jones Bridge Rd.
Norcross, GA 30092
678-277-0920