Explore Gainesville’s Solar System Walking Tour
We can say that the sun is 93 million miles away, but how can we even fathom such a huge distance? The North Georgia Astronomer’s group was thinking about this problem in 1998 during a partial solar eclipse. And as avid believers in teaching astronomy to all, they decided to come up with a way to show the distance on a smaller scale. Thanks to them and many generous donations, Gainesville, Georgia is now home to one of only five to-scale models of our solar system.
This free walking tour operates on a 1:2 billion scale. Starting at the Square in Downtown Gainesville and extending to Longwood Park on Lake Lanier, the tour is 1.8 miles long—that’s 3.6 billion miles on the solar system scale. Follow along the tour using maps from the North Georgia Astronomer’s website and read the monuments that represent each of the members of our solar system. The tour is fun and educational for all ages, and a great way to explore new areas of Gainesville.
Your walk from the moon and Earth to Pluto will take you through many of the lovely, shaded parks in Gainesville, including Rock Creek Park, Wilshire Trails Park and Longwood Park. Bring a picnic or games to play outdoors on your journey through space and make Gainesville’s Solar System Walking Tour a day-long event.