Lake Lanier Islands Resort Review

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7000 Holiday Rd, Buford GA
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Residing on the southern tip of Lake Sidney Lanier a short 45-minute drive north of Atlanta, Lake Lanier Islands Resort is a lakeside resort surrounded by beautiful views of the water. Due to its location on the beautiful shores of Lake Sidney Lanier, the 1,500-acre resort offers easy access to a bunch of water sports. Families can enjoy sailing, kayaking, fishing, paddleboating and swimming. Plenty of water sport rentals are available for rent, including luxury yachts, and families can also dock their own sails at the boat ramp. The surrounding area is also great for hiking, biking, picnicking and exploring new wildlife. Even adventurous sorts can get the adrenaline pumping with a ziplining excursion. The area also offers many ... more well-groomed golf courses and horseback riding opportunities.

During summertime, the main draw is a huge, family-friendly water park and beach area, called LanierWorld. At this attraction, kids can tube down a raging river, hang out in the state's largest wave pool while watching an outdoor movie or dip toes in the water at the beach's kiddie lagoon. A carnival area hosts a Ferris Wheel, pony rides, and bounce houses, kiddie train rides, arcade games and more! There's something to do for kids of all ages and plenty of funnel cake and cotton candy to go around.

Families can choose from many accommodations options at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. With a variety of accommodations, this resort is ideal for not only family vacations but also multi-generational getaways and family reunions. Standard rooms and suites are at the Lodge, while villas and rental houses a spread throughout the property. Choose these units for ultimate comfort during a stay, especially if you have a larger family to accommodate. Would your family rather rough it on vacation? The resort has a special area for tent campsites and RV hookups right along the lakeside. Get ready to wake up to some gorgeous, sunrise views! less
Our Editor Loves
  • Variety of water activities
  • Casual, laid-back ambience of restaurants
  • Games at hotel perfect for rainy days
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  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Lake Lanier Islands Resort
Reviewed on 06/11/2014
Our room was outdated, the carpet looked like it was from a 70s show, the meals at both windows and bullfrogs were ok but they were ridiculously expensive. The waterpark if you can call it that was a disappointment small, ... Read full review
Terrible value for the money
Reviewed on 10/13/2013
I've always loved the water park here. So when my brother-in-law scheduled his wedding at Lake Lanier Islands, I was happy to book lodging within the park. We stayed in a lake house cabin at the wedding discount of $355/night ... Read full review


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The Legacy Lodge & Conference Center is comprised of three guest room types: king rooms, double queen rooms and king suites. Each room also contains a desk and chair, a flat-screen television, and private balconies and terraces. Although the rooms are comfortable, they are a bit small, especially when traveling with two or more children. There is more room with the king suites, which has a sitting room with a separate bedroom. The bathrooms are fairly large, though, so it's easy to move about when bathing small children. There also is quite a bit more counter space, another valuable trait for families.

Just down the hill from the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center, six Legacy Villas rest in the hillside overlooking Lake Lanier. Each measuring 4,500 square feet, these villas contain six individually keyed bedrooms, making them ideal for large families or family reunions. There also is a large community room featuring comfortable seating, a table and chairs, and a stacked stone fireplace. Guests can take in the lake views from the many windows or the balconies and terraces.

For something similar on a smaller scale, consider one of the 30 LakeHouses at Legacy. These New England-inspired homes come with two bedrooms (one king and one double double) and two private baths with dressing areas, a mini-kitchen, dining area, and large family room complete with fireplace. Outside, there is a private deck outfitted with a Jacuzzi and gas grill. An additional amenity is a stacked washer and dryer, an essential for families.

If you want a truly rustic experience, rent one of the RV and tent campsites right along the shore of Lake Lanier. Open April through September, the campground includes comfort stations complete with restrooms and showers along with two laundry facilities. Although tent sites do not include water or electricity, all RV sites come equipped with water and electricity hookups, and select RV sites also include sewer hookups.

One budget note: Regardless of where you stay at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, all guests are subject to the vehicle Lake Lanier Islands Resort gate charge per vehicle.