Buford is a historic city set on Lake Lanier and surrounded by forests, farmland and orchards. Stroll around the lively downtown district filled with turn-of-the-century buildings, visit the local history museum and eat your fill of Georgia peaches, pecans and peanuts. Wherever you go, expect a warm welcome and Southern hospitality.
Things to do in Buford
Strolling around Buford, you’ll notice an eclectic mix of architecture. The city is dotted with beautiful homes built by local leather merchants in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to Georgian Revival mansions, you’ll see homes built in the Italian Renaissance, Queen Anne and Greek Revival styles. Many of the historic buildings along Main Street have taken on new lives as antique stores, galleries and farm-to-table cafes.
Discover local talent at the colourful Tannery Row Artist Colony. The colony occupies a historic tannery building and is a hub for creativity. Within the tannery you’ll find workshops run by local painters, photographers, sculptors, glass-blowers, woodcarvers and jewellery makers.
Buford History Museum charts the unique heritage of the city. Learn about the city’s past as a leather tanning hub and view antique tools used by local craftspeople. You’ll be impressed by the beautifully made saddles, bridles and boots on display.
People from across the state flock to Mall of Georgia. The enormous complex features more than 200 branded retail stores, as well as major department stores like Nordstrom and Macy's.
From perfectly ripe peaches to crunchy pecans, Buford is a great place to try local specialties from Georgia. Sink your teeth into a fillet of pecan-crusted catfish, eat your fill of pimento cheese and enjoy a slab of old-fashioned peach cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.
Getting around Buford
Buford is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot in the downtown district. The city is a 40-minute drive from Atlanta and one hour from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.