Founded back in 1834, the city of Rome in Georgia is set on a series of seven hills and surrounded by three rivers that come together in the heart of the downtown district. The city’s past is well preserved in the ideal Southern atmosphere, dozens of trails, award-winning museums, and more. There are numerous family-friendly attractions and activities, as well as many chances for visitors to take a step into the past. Along with the natural beauty and many historic sites, travelers will also find plenty of Southern hospitality. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Berry College Campus
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Established in 1902 by Marth Berry, Berry College in Rome, Georgia boasts the title of being the largest college campus in the world, home to numerous historic homes and buildings of several architectural styles. Noteworthy sites and attractions on the campus include one of the largest wooden overshot water wheels in the world, miles of trails for biking and hiking, and historic chapels. A number of movies have been filmed on the Berry College campus, such as “Remember the Titans” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours every day.
2277 Martha Berry Highway, Mount Berry, GA 30149, Phone: 706-232-5374
2.Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum
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Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum opened to the public in 1972 as a history museum and historic house with a mission of sharing the story of Berry College and Martha Berry herself through educational programming, events, and a number of exhibits. The Greek Revival-style home of Berry College’s founder, Martha Berry, Oak Hill is open for tours and gives a glimpse into the life of one of the country’s most prominent women during the first part of the 20th century. Visitors can explore the beautifully designed gardens that surround the house and the permanent exhibit in the Martha Berry Museum.
24 Veterans Memorial Hwy NE, Rome, GA 30165, Phone: 706-368-6789
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3.Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Georgia
The Myrtle Hill Cemetery is considered to be one of the country’s most beautiful cemeteries, set on top of Myrtle Hill where the Coosa River, the Oostanaula River, and the Etowah River meet. Providing unobstructed views of the Appalachian foothills, the Etowah Valley and the downtown area of Rome, the Myrtle Hill Cemetery boasts historic significance and amazing vistas that combine to make its one of the world’s most unique cemeteries. Visitors are welcome to explore the rich history and six terraces of the historic, quintessential southern, surreal cemetery, including its more than thirty different types of trees.
20 Myrtle St SW, Rome, GA 30161, Phone: 706-236-4536
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4.Rome Area History Museum, Rome, Georgia
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The Rome Area History Museum invites guests to take a “walk through time,” beginning with the early settlements of the region up through the more recent history of Rome, Georgia and the surrounding area. The storied and rich past of the area reveals diverse lifeways and people have helped to shape its unique Southern portrait. Open to the public Wednesday to Saturday, the museum is a great stop in Rome for any history buffs or people who just want to learn more about the place in which they live or are visiting, especially since there is no fee for admission.
305 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161, Phone: 706-235-8051
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5.Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center, Rome, Georgia
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The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center provides quality events and educational programs throughout the year designed to expose visitors and participants to an array of wildlife native to the northwestern region of Georgia. The E.C.O. Center is passionate about teaching the importance and value of natural resources and offers a variety of different opportunities for learning. Inside the center are aquariums home to frogs, turtles, and fish that are native to the Etowah River, the Coosa River, and the Oostanaula, also known as the “ECO rivers.” Visitors will also find indigenous plants around the exterior of the center.
393 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161, Phone: 706-622-6432
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6.Chieftains Museum - Major Ridge Home, Rome, GA
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The former home of Major Ridge, a Cherokee Leader, and his family, the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home share the story of the region’s Cherokee people. There are also several exhibits featuring Cherokee artifacts that have been unearthed at the site. The Chieftains Museum highlights the traditions and history of the Cherokee Indians, including the clash of cultures within the Southeast United States that ended up culminating in the tragic “Trail of Tears,” of which the home is a nationally designated site. The Chieftains Museum and Major Ridge Home is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
501 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161, Phone: 706-291-9494
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7.Clock Tower, Rome, Georgia
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Formerly the water supply tank for the city of Rome, Georgia, the Clock Tower has become the city’s official symbol, as well as possibly its most beloved landmark. Housed inside of the clocktower is a small museum showcasing murals that depict the history of the city, along with the original clock works of the clock itself. Public tours of the Clock Tower are offered on a seasonal basis, or by appointment for group tours. Visitors can climb the slightly more than one hundred steps of the interior spiral staircase and be rewarded with excellent views of the downtown area.
410 E 2nd St, Rome, GA 30161, Phone: 706-236-4460
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8.Admiral Towers Plaza, Rome, Georgia
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The Admiral Towers Plaza in the city of Rome is dedicated in memory of Admiral John Henry Towers, the “Father of Naval Aviation” and a native Roman. Adjacently located to the Rome City Hall, the life-sized bronze statue of Admiral Towers and the surroundings tell his fascinating story. Born in 1885, Towers was born and raised in downtown Rome, and in 1911, became the third naval officer to receive the designation of “Naval Aviator” and is the first Naval Aviator to achieve Flag Rank (Admiral). Admiral Towers is included in the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the International Aviation Hall of Fame.
601 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161, Phone: 706-236-4460
9.Rome City Brewhouse, Rome, Georgia
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The Rome City Brewhouse is housed within what was originally an opera house dating back to the year 1880. The block on which the brewhouse is located has long been a central gathering place in the Rome, Georgia community for live music and this tradition is still going strong today with the opening of the Rome City Brewhouse in 2012. Guests can relax in the brewhouse’s laid back setting while listening to the live music, watching their favorite sports team, or enjoying a dinner with family or friends. The Rome City Brewhouse is open daily from 11:00am until 10:00pm.
333 Broad St, Rome, Ga 30161, Phone: 706-584-7436
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9 Best Things to Do in Rome, Georgia
- Berry College Campus, Photo: Robert Hainer/stock.adobe.com
- Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, Photo: Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum
- Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Georgia, Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/stock.adobe.com
- Rome Area History Museum, Rome, Georgia, Photo: Georgia's Rome
- Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center, Rome, Georgia, Photo: Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center
- Chieftains Museum - Major Ridge Home, Rome, GA, Photo: Chieftains Museum / Major Ridge Home
- Clock Tower, Rome, Georgia, Photo: Patricia Di Cioccio/stock.adobe.com
- Admiral Towers Plaza, Rome, Georgia, Photo: Georgia's Rome
- Rome City Brewhouse, Rome, Georgia, Photo: Rome City Brewhouse
- Cover Photo: Robert Hainer/stock.adobe.com
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