• "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

Planetarium & Observatory

Planetarium  (706) 864-1471 (Planetarium Info)  |  (706) 864-8642 (Observatory Info)
   UNG Health & Natural Sciences Building, Room 234, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
  Public shows on Fridays, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm during semester.

The star theater seats 46 and houses a Digistar 5 digital planetarium system, which can project starry skies, video, and more on a thirty-foot diameter dome. The effect is a realistic simulation of the night sky as seen from anywhere on the surface of the Earth at any time of night and at any epoch from the ancient past to the far future. The digital system also allows visitors to fly through space to explore other planets, moons, and stars, or sail across the galaxy!

Public planetarium shows on Friday nights are free. They begin at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30 pm. No reservations or tickets are required. The planetarium also offers private shows to groups, such as school field trip shows on weekdays. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The general public and students are invited to come out to the observatory on Friday nights after the planetarium show for celestial viewing. The Friday telescopic viewing begins after sunset, weather permitting. See the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory Facebook page for updates on the observatory operating status.

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Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau  |  13 South Park Street  |  Dahlonega, GA 30533  |  (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.