Snellville is a bustling Atlanta suburb with a beautiful downtown, rich history and close community. Tucked away in Gwinnett County, only 40 minutes away from downtown Atlanta, this suburb offers Snellville residents and guests quaint small-town charm that will endear even the most hardened big-city lover.
While Snellville lacks Atlanta’s bright lights and rocking nightlife, it makes up for it with two centuries ’ worth of history. According to Snellville’s official website, the area’s first settlers were the Muscogees, known as the Creeks by English settlers. Native numbers dwindled due to the rise in English settlements in the early 1800s, and many settlers moved to the southern part of Gwinnett County where Snellville is now located. Today, city residents can still find Muscogee innovations like pottery, pipes and tomahawks in the soil, but the city’s new world industrial sector was introduced by three English settlers: Thomas Snell, and James and Charles Sawyer.
According to the Census Bureau, Snellville’s population is estimated at around 20,077 people. A diverse population with a wide range of age groups, racial backgrounds and economic levels, the city is great for growing families, professionals and retirees.
With plenty of job and housing opportunities, the median value of a home is $169,600 with $74,535 as the median household income. Look on Zillow or RedFin to find over 100 available properties. Relocators looking for nontraditional housing have plenty of options including apartments, townhomes and condos for rent.
There are plenty of top-ranked schools for children to attend. Schools in the district include Brookwood Elementary, Pharr Elementary, Snellville Middle, Shiloh Middle, Brookwood High and South Gwinnett High. Private schools include Habour Oaks Montessori, Montessori Elementary of Lawrenceville, Snellville Christian Academy and Destined for Greatness Academy.
What to Do
On hot summer days, visit the T.W. Briscoe Park for a dip into the unheated outdoor pool. The pool is open until September 6, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., depending on the weather. Swimming lessons are also available for anyone interested in learning a new skill! The park also offers two softball fields, three playgrounds, four multi-purpose fields, two indoor rental rooms, four outdoor open-air pavilions, a 1.2-mile paved walking trail, a 6-acre lake, tennis courts, basketball courts and much more!
Drive the family to Stone Mountain Park for a day of fun, adventure and delicious concessions. Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of recreational activities, including trails, golf, historic spots, train rides, cable cars and a 4-D movie. Take a family-oriented trip and see what this place has to offer.
The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre was founded in 1977 and is one of the oldest non-profit arts organizations in Gwinnett County. Enjoy the finer things in life and watch one of the theatre’s three major productions: The Nutcracker, Inspire and a holiday celebration.
Are you a hockey fan? Watch the SGAA Youth Inline Hockey team score a few goals during one of its nail-biting games. Snellville also hosts an adult hockey league, so stay updated about the upcoming schedule and recruitment.
Snellville residences can also watch the latest blockbuster movie at the AMC CLASSIC Snellville 12 or the NCG Cinema where the popcorn is always hot and the seats are always comfortable. Both theaters cater to each and every movie genre, whether tickets buyers are looking for a family favorite or a suspenseful horror.
Grab a shovel and gloves and head to Snellville’s community garden. The garden provides space for people to grow flowers, food and plants for charity donations. Located in T.W. Briscoe Park, the garden includes 48 raised beds, a pavilion, beehives, a greenhouse, tool shed and a large perennial garden.
The award-winning Snellville Farmers Market provides fresh fruit and vegetables to Snellville residents craving a juicy fruit salad. It offers freshly picked and flavorful produce from farms mostly within a 100-mile radius of the city. The market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., June through September, in front of Snellville City Hall at 2342 Oak Road.
The Snellville Parks & Recreation Department offers programs and activities at the Snellville Senior Center for adults over the age of 55. Some activities include an open billiards table, card groups, social groups, computer classes, crochet and knitting club, painting classes and so much more. Residents craving adventure can take day trips once a month and several overnight trips throughout the year!
Where to Eat, Shop and Waste Away the Day
The Snellville Pavilion is an outdoor shopping outlet located on Scenic Highway. Snellville residents enjoy perusing Belk, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Old Navy, Kohls, Ulta, nail spas and salon lofts.
The Shoppes at Webb Gin is an outdoor shopping mall that features an assortment of shopping and dining options including Barnes and Noble, Chico’s, Kirkland’s, Loft, Sunglass Hut and Kay Jewelers, as well as dining options including The Diner, Kampai sushi, Ted’s Montana Grill, Wild Wing Café and Your Pie. Gym options include Pure Barre, Orange Theory and Gym Source.
Mah Jong gets its name from the traditional Chinese game Mahjong played by four people. The restaurant is designed with that in mind, so guests can enjoy their meal with the company of friends and family. The menu features Sweet and Sour Chicken, Bird Nest Shrimp and Scallops, Tibet Chicken Hot Pot, Mah Jong Chicken and Lotus Leaf Friend Rice. It also offers family dinner specials for up to six guests.
Looking for a candle-lit night out with friends or family? The Bone Fish Grill offers the perfect backdrop for any occasion. The menu features Pineapple Glazed Shrimp, Key West Ahi Tuna, Calamari, Mahi-Mahi, Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos, Crab Crusted Cod and more. It also offers an extensive bar menu perfect for a night out.
First Watch is an award-winning breakfast, lunch, and brunch favorite that specializes in a spin on traditional favorites. Their menu offers BLT Benedict sandwiches, Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl, Belgian Waffles, French Toast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Million Dollar Bacon and Barbacoa Breakfast Tacos.
To learn more about the many events and activities available to Snellville residents, visit the Snellville Tourism and Trade website.