Best Summer Staycation Destination?

Suggestions for families and children for summer fun in Duluth. Voting continues until 9 a.m. Friday with the winner to be announced at noon Friday.

Our Reader’s Choice contest continues this week with the best Staycation Destination in Duluth. This includes attractions and activities that families and children can enjoy in the community as an alternative or supplement to out-of-town vacations.

Here are some of our favorite places:

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. We will announce the winner at noon Friday. Each week's winner will receive a certificate from Patch. A copy of the contest rules accompanies this article in the form of a pdf.

So vote for your favorite place. And don't forget to tell us in the comments why you like to go there.

Next week's topic will be the best ice cream or yogurt in Duluth. Email suggestions to faye.edmundson@patch.com.

Susan DeCrescenzo May 07, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Besides the Duluth History Museum - Chattapoochee Dog Park. Our dog loves it.
Bruce Johnson May 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The biggest hotel in Gwinnett would be a great place for a "staycation". The Gwinnett Place Marriott on Pleasant Hill Rd. has it all........restaurants, lounge, room service, indoor/outdoor pool and close to all that Gwinnett has to offer!
Anthony S May 07, 2012 at 01:34 PM
The kids do love the Train museum, but I enjoy spending time at the Marriott on Pleasant Hill Road. They offer a great weekend rate that offers a pizza and a movie. The kids get to swim in the pool all day and then end the day with a pizza and a movie in the room. It's a great little get away for the weekend.
Becky Samford May 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
There are going to be "Family Fun Friday Staycations" in downtown Duluth every Friday this summer! Most events are FREE (or cheap!). Something different each week. Check the schedule at http://www.historicduluthga.net/merchantEvents.jsp.
Jack Wolfe May 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Epic Family Life Center, Awesome,Great staff, well maintained. Beautiful pool that is heated in May and September for 5 full months of swimming, 11 Lighted tennis courts with Seasoned Professionals, a Playground for plenty of activity. Organic and wholesome foods to recharge,a facility that offers something for the body, soul and spirt, and did I mention a real deal. Jack W
Stephanie Wolfe May 08, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Epic Family Life Center is a true Staycation! Swim, Tennis, Basketball, Playground, Tetherball, Fine Arts and Fitness classes, Yoga, Line Dancing, Event Rental Space, corporate events, family reunions! All on 7 acres off Rogers Bridge at PIB and offers membership to all of Duluth and beyond! Epic Ffamily Life Center is like its tag line says "Where Families Find Fun All year Long!"
A Harris May 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Epic Family Life Center! Swimming, tennis, Espresso Cafe, and opportunities for various lessons and classes. Located on Rogers Bridge Road at Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Great family atmosphere at a reasonable cost.
John Karnowski May 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I like Epic Center. It is most relaxing and has a neighborhood feel to it. Read a book, swim, tennis, smoothies... Doesn't get too much better.
H Daniell May 08, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Epic Family Life Center is the bomb!
Derrick May 08, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Epic Family Life Center. Really cool place to hang out. Has activities for the whole family all summer.
Chris Herod May 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Epic Family Life Center is with out a doubt the best place for a staycation! Pool, tennis, basketball, training classes, cafe, kids activities, etc. The pool just opened up this past Sunday! It's a great place for me and my family to hang out at.
Els Murray May 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Definitely Epic Family Life Center! It has pretty much everything!
Cindy Miller May 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Epic Family Life Center is the place to visit while in the Duluth GA area this summer. Great people, clean, family friendly place. 5 stars!
Julie May 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Looking for a pool in Duluth, GA? Epic Family Life Center! It is effortless to become a member and have full access to pool, tennis, cafe, and great people. Rental opportunities for a banquet too.
Jacqui O'Kane May 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Love the Epic Family Life Center. It's great for people of all ages, from kids to the young at heart! The pool and cafe are my personal favorites. Going to Epic can be such a "staycation" that sometimes I forget I'm still in Duluth!
Jeremy Wolfe May 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
EPIC FAMILY LIFE CENTER for sure - It has all of the "listed" places activities...ok not the museum or railroad. But with all the activities scheduled through out the summer coupled with a great swim/tennis facility its a clear win for me. I personally enjoy the variety of organic goodies that their chef serves up in the Cafe'. If you haven't checked it out yet your only one click away - www.epicfamilylifecenter.com -.
Angilla Jones May 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
There is no other place like EPIC Family Life Center! So much fun can be had...you name it... Swimming, Tennis, All Sorts of Classes (Call to let them surprise you!) OH! Great Food Too!!! I almost forgot to mention that it is a cozy place to host a party too!
jeff fair May 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Seriously, EPIC Family Life Center was a great place to relax, swim, and even enjoy the great food center they have there. The chef in there is phenomeminal. Great sense of humor, fun and a place I'm sure to bring my family when I bring my family back to the Duluth area. Thanks for the great service and family atmosphere. Jeff fair
Bianca May 09, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Epic Family Life Center is a great place for the family. Swim, play tennis and meet great people. They have an awesome chef. Bianca
Jill Bish May 09, 2012 at 12:09 PM
My vote goes for the Marriott Gwinnett Place! Huge pool and great food!
Belinda Harris May 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Epic Family Life Center! Were can you go and get so much that the Epic Family Life Center offers.....They have so many programs to choose from...Want to do a paint party they have that available, want to work on your tan.....they have the beautiful (clean) pool, want to dance....boy, you can shake your booty .... want to have a very nutritious food (all natural).....let me tell you about the CHEF...he is AWESOME. I could go on and on, but you need to go and experience for yourself!!!!
Russ Yeager May 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I also voted for Epic Family Life Center. I agree with the comments above. It is a positive environment, with great people, facilities, and Chef Jack makes an incredible Pananni! Russ Yeager
Jeff McKenna May 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I really love a hidden jewel in the community (which apparently is finally being discovered, as you can see from others' comments)--Epic Family Life Center. It's really accessible, affordable, and enjoyable. It has a sparkling pool, US Open-blue tennis courts, healthy-options cafe, and an amazingly tranquil and reenergizing environment. Singles or families, young or old--this is a great Duluth vacation spot!
Christi Green May 10, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Epic Family Life Center is a wonderful place to spend time with your family and have fun!
Shana Wolfe May 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM
EPIC Family Life Center! The property is beautiful and the best place to chill out and relax with the family! Swimming, tennis, fresh organic cafe! What more could you ask for?
david jeramiah May 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
EPIC family care center gets my vote. Great place to relax, swim or play tennis. The food is off the hook as well. Go chef Jack.
Stephanie Wolfe April 23, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Hey everyone!!! So happy to be Duluth's Stay-Cation Destination for 2012, so let's keep it going!!!!! 2013 is here and Epic Family Life Center is ready for you!!! Come to our Super Summer Splash on Sunday, May 5th 12pm to 5pm for Everything Epic!! Swim instructions, tennis lessons and fun, basketball coaching, vocal lessons, guitar lessons, zumba, yoga, kids area picnic tables, bouncehouse and obstacle course and so much more! Don't miss this year! JOIN TODAY! $450 ANNUAL Everything Epic!!
Stephanie Wolfe April 23, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Russ, will you be doing Fitness Fun on May 5th for our Super Summer Splash!!! 12pm to 5pm! Come to Epic for Worship at 10am again!


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