Douglasville is located approximately 16 miles from Atlanta and can be found on a map.
After the chaos of the American Civil War, it was founded in 1874. It became the county seat for Douglas County. The city’s central area is largely unchanged from its Victorian roots.
This area is still a popular shopping destination. It’s home to many charming bars and restaurants that offer southern charm.
You’ll find the natural beauty and splendor of several protected areas nearby, as well as the bright lights of Atlanta.
These are the top 15 things to do around Douglasville, Georgia.
1. Douglas County Museum of History and Art
Douglas County Museum of History and Art is a great introduction to Douglasville.
It is located in the historic mid-twentieth-century courthouse, which has been listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. This building is a rare surviving example of the ‘international’ style of architecture.
Visitors will find an assortment of displays and cabinets that explain everything, from the arrival of European settlers to the often overlooked history of African-Americans.
There will also be memorabilia about the history of Coca-Cola (which was invented in Atlanta) and artifacts that relate to the region’s agricultural and medical past.
2. Downtown Douglasville
Downtown Douglasville is so important that it was also added to the National Register of Historic Places.
It is a fine example of a turn-of-the century southern railroad town with the railway still running through its centre. Its buildings are mainly single- or two-storey brick buildings that were built in the late 1800s.
They are primarily Victorian in style and age. They stand on the sidewalks of downtown. Their brickwork features detailing that spans the neogothic beloved by Victorians to Queen Anne and even Italianate styles.
3. Douglas County Butterfly Trail
This nature trail was inspired by an idea that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter (wife of US President Jimmy Carter) first proposed. She continues to live in Plains, Georgia.
The trail was inaugurated in 2016 and is used to feed and rest the North American monarch butterflies, who make long migrations across the country, from Mexico to Florida to Canada.
Each garden on the trail has been planted with warm and cool weather flowers to attract and sustain these wonderful insects.
The county butterfly trail is made up of 10 locations in Douglasville. They include the Woodie Fite Senior Centre, located opposite the Douglas County Courthouse, as well as Deer Lick Park.
4. Douglas County Cultural Arts Council
Douglas County Cultural Arts Council is also listed on the butterfly trail. But that’s not all you should be thinking about.
The council organizes a variety of cultural and art events that are suitable for children and adults all year.
The council organizes monthly art exhibitions, book signings, music concerts, among other classes and events.
It is located in the charming Roberts-Mozley House. This house was built in 1901. Before becoming the permanent home of the council, it was the home of three city mayors as well as a senator.
5. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Just 5 miles from Douglasville is the Sweetwater Creek State Park, covering a 10 kilometre area.
It is home to a large lake with a winding stream and 14 km of walking trails through the woods. These trails lead to the New Manchester Manufacturing Company shell, which was destroyed in the American Civil War.
Among the park’s open spaces, you’ll find 11 picnic shelters where you can relax and places where you can rent kayaks to take in the park’s beautiful lake.
The award-winning visitor center also features a museum that explains the region’s natural history and the species you may encounter while exploring the park.
6. Douglas County Film Trail
This self-guided film trail leads you around Douglasville and Douglas County, which have served as backdrops for films and TV shows.
Because of the proximity to several studios, the area has been featured in over 700 productions, including the popular TV series Stranger Things.
The scenes from The Hunger Games trilogy and The Walking Dead will be recognized by the eagle-eyed.
DC Film Trail signs have been placed at 11 locations, including Sweetwater Creek State Park. We also highlight many other places in our list of top things to do in Douglasville. This will allow you to make the most out of your visit to this charming city.
7. Haunted House Haunted by Containment
Containment Haunted house has been voted one of America’s top haunted attractions twice and again in subsequent years. It is a must-see for horror movie fans.
This live-action event features a cast of actors who are heavily dressed and make-up. It also includes interactive puppets and state-of the-art special effects.
You’ll never have the same experience twice. Once inside, you won’t believe that 26 shipping containers were used to build this house.
8. Champ’s Clock Shop & Museum
Since 1967, this family-owned store is a vital part of Douglasville’s society. It has grown to become more than just a store selling clocks and timepieces since its inception.
The shop houses one of the finest and most valuable private clock collections in the country. It also contains the largest working cuckoo clock on the planet, measuring four metres high.
It also houses a mechanism that was built in London in 1865. Be warned: If you spend five minutes looking through every item in the shop’s collection, you will need to reserve three full days for this attraction.
9. Basket Creek Cemetery
Basket Creek Cemetery is yet another amazing thing to do in Douglasville. It combines multiple history with a touch macabre.
Basket Creek Baptist Church has been clearing the cemetery of all vegetation several times per year since the 1880s when the first bodies were buried.
Every grave is still marked with a pointed mound. This tradition ties the region’s native American people to African-Americans whose ancestors can be traced back to West Africa.
There are also graves of approximately twenty civil war soldiers buried in the Chapman Family plot.
10. Pine Mountain Gold Museum
This museum is located in Villa Rica, just 16 kilometers from Douglasville. It’s the only Georgia museum that can be found on the exact spot where gold was discovered during the gold rush of the late 1800s.
It also houses one of the few remaining authentic gold stamping machines dating back to the nineteenth century.
Visitors can explore the remnants of gold mines, which are located in the exhibition area measuring 450 square metres.
The Pine Mountain scenic railway runs through almost 11 hectares parkland.
11. Clinton Nature Preserve
You should visit Clinton Nature Preserve while you are in Villa Rica. This parkland is seven times greater than that surrounding Pine Mountain Gold Museum. It combines woodland with tranquil ponds and grassy fields.
Carnes Cabin is one of these habitats. It dates back to the civil war. The cabin was built out of wood planks in 1828 and is the oldest structure in the metro Atlanta area.
The park has a five-kilometre loop that takes you to all its main attractions. However, it is also a great place to relax and unwind.
12. Delta Flight Museum
The Delta Flight Museum is located approximately 30 minutes by car from Douglasville, at the northern edge of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
This museum is housed in two huge hangars that date back to the 1940s. It is dedicated the last 100 years of aviation and Delta Airlines’ role in its development as a mode for transport.
The museum can house many historically significant aircraft due to the size of its hangars.
One of them is a six-seater that Delta used as its very first plane. This is quite a contrast to the 767-200, which was the airline’s flagship airplane for the latter half of the 20th century.
13. L&R Alpaca Haven Farm
The alpaca is a South American llama-like creature that charms many. L&R Alpaca Haven Farm allows you to get close to these beautiful animals that look like a cross between a dog and a camel.
Guided tours are available on a regular basis. A farm store sells all kinds of goodies that are alpaca-related or related to this area of Georgia.
Find out the correct name for a baby alpaca (crias), and learn why wool from alpacas is so desirable.
14. Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park
You can drive northeast from Douglasville for approximately 12 kms to reach Austell, where you will find the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement parks.
It has 11 rollercoasters. Mind Bender and Goliath are two of them.
The park now includes a three-hectare waterpark called Hurricane Harbor. It features several rides named after DC or Marvel comic book heroes like Batman, Dare Devil, Superman: Ultimate Flight, and others.
This was the Bolliger & Mabillard’s first flying coaster in the United States.
15. High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, also known simply as the High is located in Atlanta’s Midtown area. It is part of Woodruff Arts Centre and was established in 1905. It has one of the best permanent art collections in the US.
The collection includes more than 17,000 works of art from a variety of genres, including African tribal carvings and American folk art.
It is housed in three buildings covering 29,000 sq. metres. The interior space is well lit by natural light and provides the ideal environment for viewing works such as those of Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent.