While the city of Marietta, Georgia may be thought of as small compared to the nearby busy city of Atlanta, it certainly boasts numerous things to do in its own right, but without as much hustle and bustle.

The town is graced by dramatic mountain backdrops, five different National Register Historic Districts, and a historic and charming town square. There is heritage, Civil War history, culture, and arts in abundance in Marietta, as well as many local restaurants serving a wide variety of delicious dishes.

1. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre

Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
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The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre is an Art Deco-style theater located at Marietta Square that once served as the community’s movie house between the years of 1935 and 1976. Now restored back to all of its original glory, the Strand Theatre hosts a variety of stage productions, concerts, musicals, children’s films, and classic films. Serving as a cultural center for the local Cobb County community, the Strand Theatre provides many educational opportunities. Along with being a film center and a multi-use facility for the performing arts, the theatre also features “Brew with a View” on the fourth floor.

117 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 770-293-0080

2. Six Flags White Water - Atlanta

Six Flags White Water - Atlanta
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Six Flags White Water is located just outside of Atlanta, near Marietta, Georgia and spans across approximately sixty-nine acres. The water park originally opened in 1984 as simply White Water Atlanta before Six Flags acquired it in 1999. White Water now serves as Six Flags Over Georgia’s second gate and consists of four different areas: Flash Flood Canyon, Pine Valley, Slippery Ridge, and Wildwater Lagoon. One of the Six Flags White Water’s main attractions is the ;large Typhoon Twister with its 67-foot bowl. There is also a wave pool, children’s play areas, a racing slide tower, high-speed slides, and a lazy river.

250 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta, GA 30062, Phone: 770-590-4067

3. Marietta Museum of History

Marietta Museum of History
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Established in 1996, the Marietta Museum of History houses exhibits and galleries on the upper floor of the town’s historic Kennesaw House building. This local history museum is home to the largest collection of historical artifacts related to Marietta, as well as the rest of Cobb County in Georgia, consisting of military, home life, and general history collections. Originally constructed in 1845 as a cotton warehouse, then becoming a hotel in 1855, and later serving as a hos[ital and morgue during the Civil War, the building has been the subject of several several stories and ghost folklore.

1 Depot St, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 770-794-5710

4. Marietta Fire Museum

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The Marietta Fire Museum is home to a wide assortment of items that have been used by the Fire Department of Marietta, Georgia, dating back to the 1800’s. This collection features displays, photos, antique items, equipment, clothing, and vehicles, however, one of the main highlights of the Marietta Fire Museum is the Silsby Steamer, which is a steam-powered horse-drawn pumper that the fire department bought in 1879. There’s now only five of these that still remain in existence. Other vehicles in the collection include a 1921 American LaFrance pumper, a 1929 Seagrave Pumper, and a Pirsch Ladder Truck.

112 Haynes St, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 770-794-5466

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5. Marietta National Cemetery

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The Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia is one of the United States National Cemeteries, encompassing more than twenty acres. Established by General George Henry Thomas back in 1866, the cemetery was created to provide a resting place for almost ten thousand Union soldiers who died during the Atlanta Campaign of General William Sherman. THe land for the cemetery was donated by Henry Cole, a local resident who had hoped Union and Confederate soldiers could both be buried at the site to foster peace. In 1998, the Marietta National Cemetery was added to the country’s National Register of Historic Places.

500 Washington Ave NE, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 866-236-8159

6. Things to Do in Marietta: Seed Kitchen & Bar

Things to Do in Marietta: Seed Kitchen & Bar
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The Seed Kitchen and Bar is a neighborhood eatery in the town of Marietta, Georgia serving a chef-driven menu of modern American cuisine, highlighting local producers, artisans, and ingredients whenever possible. Situated in the middle of the emerging dining scene of the East Cobb neighborhood, the restaurant combines a casual, yet stylish atmosphere and a playful modern approach to American fare. A seasonal menu is reflective of the hard work and ingredients of local artisans and farmers. The Seed Kitchen and Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday, as well as brunch and dinner on Sundays.

1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068, Phone: 678-214-6888

7. Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Atlanta Lyric Theatre
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While located in the town of Marietta, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre is the only local professional music theater of the city of Atlanta. The theater was originally founded by Sally Knap, Robert Langdon and Tedi Langdon in 1980 as the Southeastern Savo yards, which was dedicated to the presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan works. The first production of The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan was performed in December of 1980. The Atlanta Lyric Theatre still continues to put on some of the best musical theater in the Atlanta metropolitan area and has been highlighting professional local talent for more than thirty-five years.

548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 404-377-9948

8. William Root House Museum and Garden

William Root House Museum and Garden
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The William Root House Museum and Garden is one of the Atlanta area’s oldest homes, and is a bit more typical of the the place and time than columned mansions that were popularized by the film Gone With the Wind. The grounds and home have been restored back to their original 1850’s appearance, however, interactive displays and modern touch screens have also been added in order to share the story of Marietta’s Root family and their life during the era of the Civil War. Each room features authentic period pieces and tours take place several times a day.

80 North Marietta Pkwy NW, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 770-426-4982

9. Out of Box Theatre

Out of Box Theatre
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The Out of Box Theatre of Marietta, Georgia strives to captivate its audiences, both locals and visitors alike, with its dynamic approach towards contemporary theater. The theatre is dedicated to offering intimate and one-of-a-kind experiences that continue to excite and surprise audiences, providing what the theatre calls an “Out of Box Experience.” The Out of Box Theatre was first started in early 2012 with the idea of producing excellent shows using a practical and smart budget as a way to build viable sustainability, as well as utilizing the resources and talents of the art community of Marietta and the surrounding area.

585 Cobb Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 678-653-4605

10. Shezmu Cellars

Shezmu Cellars
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Shezmu Cellars is an urban winery in Marietta that specializes in producing extra dry Mead, or also known as honey wine. The winery also offers other wines, both reds and whites, sourced from local growers, as well as releases new varieties of grape wines in addition to more than twenty Georgia wines available to-go, in bottle, or by the glass. Cody and Adam Chinn, the owners and winemakers of Shezmu Cellars, aim to improve mead in the United States, working its versatility to become more beer-like or more wine-like with just simple adjustments. The winery is open Fridays and Saturdays.

562 Wylie Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067, Phone: 678-903-6944

11. Gone With the Wind Museum at Historic Brumby Hall

Gone With the Wind Museum at Historic Brumby Hall
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Travel back in time to the 1850s when you visit the Gone with the Wind Museum at Historic Brumby Hall. While the museum was opened in 2003, the house that it is in, the historic Old Thomas Warehouse Building, was erected in 1851 near the city’s square. The historicity of the home is a great pairing with the awe-inspiring collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia, from books to movies, to official merchandise related to this 1930s classic. See rare pieces at this museum such as the costumes worn by the film’s star-studded cast, an original Dan Sayre Groesbeck painting, and even six original costume sketches by Walter Plunkett.

472 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, Georgia 30064, Phone: 770-794-5576

12. Things to Do in Marietta: Dave Poe's BBQ

Things to Do in Marietta: Dave Poe's BBQ
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Dave Poe's BBQ serves award-winning, authentic barbecue just a mile from Marietta Square, offering 19th-century traditional pit-cooked meals for the “perfect Art of BBQ Experience” for both locals and tourists alike. The barbecue eatery has even been rated by Zagat as "extraordinary to perfection” and is known for serving perhaps the best ribs in the Atlanta area. Along with tender ribs, Dave Poe’s also offers pulled pork and brisket

660 Whitelock Ave. SW, Marietta, GA 30064, Phone: 770-792-2272

13. Australian Bakery Cafe

Australian Bakery Cafe
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The Australian Bakery Cafe in Marietta is the company’s original location, home to some of the best Sausage Rolls, Aussie Meat Pies, “genuine 'roo and emu burgers,” fish and chips, Pavlovas, Lamingtons, and Pasties in the United States. The cafe boasts the achievement of introducing the “Aussie Meat Pie” to the country in 1991, offering the largest selection in America. All pies are baked fresh every day in the Australian Bakery Cafe in the city’s historic Marietta Square. Every dish is also prepared in traditional Aussie style, including the Hamburgers, handmade Dim Sims, and the Fish and Chips.

48 S Park Square NE, Marietta, GA 30060, Phone: 678-797-6222

14. Things to Do in Marietta: J Christopher's

Things to Do in Marietta: J Christopher's
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J Christopher's is the result of Chris Brogdon and Jay McCann’s idea for a daytime breakfast and lunch neighborhood eatery featuring creative menu options, healthy choices, and traditional house-made favorites in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Their restaurant in Marietta, Georgia opened in 1997, making this idea a reality, and has since expanded to more than twenty locations throughout Georgia and Tennessee. Today, J Christopher's still continues to serve “familiar food with flair,” offering a broad menu including the likes of salads, sandwiches, burgers, breakfast skillets, omelettes, and more. Traditional favorites include the Eggs Christopher, Strawberry Waffles, and the Club House Burger.

1205 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068, Phone: 770-579-6800

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15. Goldbergs Fine Foods

Goldbergs Fine Foods
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Goldbergs Fine Foods in the city of Marietta, Georgia combines southern hospitality with New York authentic deli foods, committed to quality and rich in history. The company started out as Goldberg and Son in 1972 in Atlanta before becoming Goldberg’s Bagel Company and Deli. Since it opened, Goldbergs Fine Foods has steadily become a respected brand in the area, with the Atlanta Braves even partnering with the business to create the All-Star Grill at the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The restaurant also still serves its famous Po’ Boy sandwiches and perfect New York-style bagels, but not at six different locations.

1062 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068, Phone: 770-578-3771

16. The Marietta Confederate Cemetery

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Established in 1863, the Marietta Confederate Cemetery was founded after Jane Glover donated part of her plantation to be the final resting place of twenty Confederate soldiers who had died in a nearby train wreck. The cemetery later went on to be the burial place for over three thousand soldiers. Every state that made up the Confederacy is represented in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery, in addition to Missouri, Maryland, and Kentucky. It is also the largest Confederate cemetery anywhere south of the city of Richmond. A significant number of the soldiers buried here fought at Kolb's Farm and Kennesaw Mountain.

395 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064

17. Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Marietta

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Marietta
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Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is one of Marietta’s most popular entertainment destinations. Jam-packed with exciting attractions, Andretti promises endless fun and activities all within one facility. Visitors to Andretti’s can enjoy all the classic arcade and prize games in the business, including the most recently released games, or seek the thrill of a toe-to-toe competition in its two-level laser tag arena. VR enthusiasts can try out the Hologate VR experience, Omniverse, or the 7D Xperience, while guests with a need for speed can head to the indoor karting track. Not to be missed either is Andretti’s racing-themed boutique bowling. Hard to believe, right? But it’s true, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games really does have it all under one roof.

1255 Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia 30062, Phone: 678-496-9530

18. Marietta Cobb Museum of Art

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
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Come and see the only American art-focused fine arts museum in the Metropolitan-Atlanta area when you visit the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. It features a unique and beloved permanent collection of American fine art ranging from the 18th century up until the present and frequently welcomes visiting exhibits for the proliferation of the arts and the education of the community. Guests can take a guided tour of the museum to get an inside point of view about the artworks, collections, and other aspects of the museum. Meanwhile, there are also regular art camps, lectures, and workshops held at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.

30 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060, Phone: 770-528-1444

19. Things to Do Near Me Today: East Cobb Park

Things to Do Near Me Today: East Cobb Park
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When engaged residents and an enthusiastic county government come together for the betterment of the community, projects like East Cobb Park are born. This public park is a lovely destination from morning to evening with great playgrounds for kids to enjoy, long walking paths for leisurely walks or jogs, various picnic areas for the community to gather at, sports fields, and even creek overlooks. It’s a frequent destination for outdoor recreationists in the city thanks to its open space, but it is also a popular weekend hangout for families and friends who want to enjoy a barbeque together at the parks’ covered areas. The pavilions in the park are available for rent through the city’s parks services, while fur moms and fur dads are more than welcome to bring their beloved pooches.

3322 Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068

20. The Aviation History and Technology Center

The Aviation History and Technology Center
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In 2004, the former leadership of Lockheed dreamed up an aviation-based institution alongside local community leaders. In the years that followed, the Aviation History and Technology Center was founded on 15.5 acres of United States Air Force land in Cobb County. Home to incredible artifacts and aircraft, and with the certification of the National Museum of Naval Aviation as well as the National Museum of the United States Armed Forces, the Aviation History and Technology Center is now one of the must-visit destinations of Marietta. Visitors to the museum can see a number of aircraft with their permanent exhibit featuring several models from Lockheed, Grumman, Douglas, and so much more.

555 Perrin Road, Marietta, Georgia 30060, Phone: 770-919-5700

21. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
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The Jeannie T. Anderson Theatre is the proud home of the only musicals-in-concert series in the entire Southeast. Built in 1989, the theatre is named after Virginia “Jennie” Tate, a philanthropist and decorated public servant. While the theatre stages a number of performances and shows regularly, it is best known for its Overture Series, which aims to produce rarely performed shows in Atlanta. Starting in 2020, the Overture Series features talents and shows that would have never gotten a shot on the stage otherwise. They are marked by short rehearsal periods, and one-show models, and give local talent and aspiring stageplays the opportunity to strut their stuff before a performance-loving audience.

548 S. Marietta Parkway, SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060, Phone: 770-528-8490

22. Glover Park Brewery

Glover Park Brewery
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The Glover Park Brewery was born out of the passion of Sam Rambo and Hank Dupre, Marietta natives. With a passion for locally crafted beers and a strong desire to create a space designed for community and relaxation, the Glover Park Brewery was born. It’s safe to say that the brewery has done just that as it is a popular watering hole for the community located in a historic 1930s brick building that is just a quick walk from Marietta Square. Glover Park Brewery features a dog-friendly beer garden, a taproom, and a private events space at the street level that guests can book for special occasions. Try out a tasting flight of Glover Park Brewery’s flagship line or go for tried and tested offerings beloved by local beer aficionados.

65 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060, Phone: 770-639-2417

23. Urban Escape Games - Marietta

Urban Escape Games - Marietta
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Urban Escape Games welcomes guests to experience fun and memorable escape rooms every day of the week! With a recently renovated location conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from great food and shopping options, Urban Escape Games is the ideal place to put your brains to the test. See if you and your teammates have got what it takes to break out of Urban Escape games’ six themed rooms. First-time visitors can try beginner-friendly rooms like the Combat on the High Seas rooms, while guests up for a challenge can try The Cells, which is rated a seven out of ten in terms of difficulty. Experts at Escape Rooms can try Little Candy Shop of Horrors or The Fort, which are the two most difficult rooms at Urban Escape Games. Children are also welcome to try out the experience with an escape room specifically designed for kids called The King’s Treasure.

1800 Sandy Plains Ind. Pkwy. Suite 320, Marietta, Georgia 30066, Phone: 678-903-8956

24. Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf
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Enjoy a spooky but memorable experience with your friends or family at Monster Mini Golf. This 18-hole mini golf course features beaming black lights, stimulating decorations, virtual canvases, as well as comical, and pop-culture inspired artwork. As guests make their way through the golf course, they can interact with animated and funny monsters that lurk at every twist and turn. Wacky, but also challenging, this is one mini golf experience that is bound to be for the memory books. Monster Mini Golf also offers a monstrous gaming arcade, laser tag, bowling, a laser maze, virtual reality, and even a ropes course.

2505 Chastain Meadows Parkway NW, Marietta, Georgia 30066, Phone: 770-423-2212

25. Stockyard Burgers and Bones

Stockyard Burgers and Bones
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It’s all about the bourbon, burgers, and bones at Stockyard, a popular local restaurant in the heart of Marietta. Known primarily for their passion for bourbon, Stockyard Burgers and Bones offers an incredible range of whiskey and bourbon for guests to sample alongside craft draught beers and signature hand-crafted cocktails. The drinks pair beautifully with Stockyard’s menu, which features 9 different kinds of burgers, and fantastic barbeque offerings like their Peach Pork Chop, Coffee Rubbed Ribeye, or the New Zealand Lamb Lollipops. Other great dishes to consider include the Blackened Salmon, Stacked Sticky Ribs, Steamed Mussels, and the Mini Angus Beef Corndogs.

26 Mill Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060, Phone: 678-503-2760

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