As family was headed this way for the holiday, we decided to try out Lake Lanier, which is just about an hour north of Atlanta. The owners have been making improvements and adding new adventures, so we thought it would be a great spot to host a family gathering.
We had grandparents and teens, plus the RV, so we opted to put the most in the lodge; with hubby and I staying in the RV and serving as “base camp” for meals and fun.
I’ve included the map so you can get an idea of how many islands exist! The “lodge” is #1, and the RV Park is #5 – it is about a 10 minute drive by car (or you can rent a golf cart to get back and forth).
We checked in at the entrance to the campgrounds (it’s a bit of a drive back to the RV Park), but the check in office had friendly staff, supplies like ice, beer, etc., and Lanier Island tshirts and gifts. They do have firewood bundles as well. They provide a very nice paver fire pit at each site.
Our RV site had some amazing views ! (site #23). The site has a drainage area setup, so we had to use a few blocks to get things level. Power, water, sewer all functional. Very nice cement ‘art’ as well, nice heavy picnic table and plenty of room between neighbors for this type of RV park. We paid holiday rates for this premium spot, about $100/nite. This rate included 2 “beach passes”, not water park passes, per nite, so we were able to access Landshark restaurant in Margaritaville twice during our trip (with the grandparents)
There is even a very small ‘beach’ area at the bottom of the hill; several kids were in floaties, etc., having a wonderful time. The park also has several “corn hole” games, and we took advantage of this 🙂
The bath house had mens & women’s facilities; the women’s facilities had three stalls and one shower available. There was not a washer/dryer facility, but the map that we received shows there will be one included with the Phase 2/3 developments that are still being built.
The main “Lake” area is expansive and includes a huge beach, rolling music videos on a giant screen, beach volleyball, tons of water slides, kids water pool/park, zip lines… and a boardwalk that has several restaurants and food choices. The boardwalk ends at the Landshark restaurant (along with a couple more water rides)
I’ll put the link here to current Margaritaville passes: https://tickets.lanierislands.com/OpenTicket/41816/2019WaterParkDailyAdmissio/#.XSdhuvZFxyw
The Lodge has room rates that will include water park passes at a slight discount, as well as rates that include family breakfast. Everyone that stayed in the hotel said the breakfast was fantastic; included an omelet & waffle station and most everything you’d want in a breakfast bar. My teenage daughter said “one of the best I’ve seen, genuinely really good food!” That’s quite a compliment from this one!
Prices for lockers, umbrellas and such:
Sample food pricing on the boardwalk:
We actually enjoyed our new Blackstone grill for quite a few meals- perfect view and the price is right 🙂 Much easier clean up than my RV kitchen as well. Burgers, dogs, scrambled eggs, etc. All turned out fabulous!
The kids enjoyed bikes, scooters, hoverboards, etc., all around the “loop” of the RV park, but it isn’t really practical to ride elsewhere in the summer Georgia heat. The park offers Golf cart rentals normally for $25/day, but for the holiday, the pricing was showing $137/day, so we did not partake. There are tram stops all around the grounds that go from the Lodge to the RV park, but the service was sporadic at best and the everyone got frustrated, so we all ended up leveraging cars and playing roulette with who had the Lodge vs. RV parking passes.
There is a beautiful golf course here and cost was $75 for 18 holes. Note that some shots are “over” lake coves and my husband mentioned that there were boats parked/partying in those coves so you had to be confident to take a shot over their heads! The fee includes Breakfast AND Lunch!
Landshark was pretty good for dinner one evening; it’s not A+ food, but there was live music and the atmosphere was fun. It is VERY loud in here when it’s busy, so be prepared. The margarita was fabulous.
Oh yeah, the one thing we want to try someday?