Named one of the most exciting places in Georgia, Marietta is a vibrant community with an exciting and thriving arts scene that fills the calendar with exciting events. There is always something to see and do and even taste in this community, located less than 30 minutes north of Atlanta.
Marietta is a community with a rich history that finds creative ways to allow residents and visitors to explore its storied past.
Marietta and the surrounding areas played a pivotal role during the course of the American Civil War and many buildings and artifacts of that time period are evident throughout Marietta's 6 historic districts. You can take a vintage trolley tour through these districts and be transported back in time. For a more macabre trip, the Ghosts of Marietta tour takes you on a unique lantern-guided exploration of the streets - you may even encounter one of Marietta's first residents, if you're lucky. On Halloween, they even do a special pub crawl for a fun combination of frights and drinks to really enliven the experience.
Marietta's historic central square features a beautiful fountain as its centerpiece and a number of restaurants and boutique shops that surround the picturesque square. This central location plays host to great variety of community events including the Taste of Marietta festival that takes place in the spring, and a number of live concert events in the summer featuring bluegrass and other southern musical styles. At Christmas, the square serves as the starting point for the annual Marietta Pilgrimage, a tour of historic homes in the city.
For the family, Marietta offers a fantastic array of options to keep the kids happy as well. In the heart of the city, the Six Flags Whitewater Resort offers the perfect way to escape the blazing Georgia sun and keep the kids distracted at the same time. Back at Marietta Square, the Gone with the Wind Museum features exhibits that cover both the book and the movie while providing a glimpse back to the era of cotton plantations and southern gentleman. The museum features period costumes and memorabilia from the movie as well as vintage promotional material from the film's original release.
The array of live entertainment within the city is certainly one of its biggest draws. The Atlanta Lyric theatre features an array of classic musicals like Chicago and Damn Yankees that are sure to raise the spirit, and get those feet stomping. The Strand Theatre is a vintage 1930s style art-deco theatre that has been renovated and features classic movies, theatre productions and even concerts in a surreal classic movie house environment.
To unwind after a day of sightseeing, lose the kids and explore the Red Hare Brewing Company for a fine selection of locally made, craft brews. They offer a full tour of the facility and tasting room to allow you to experience a range of their products. They also host the Great Atlanta Beer fest in the first week of September, definitely worth a look. If you're hungry, the Marietta Diner features a large menu with food to meet any taste, with portions to match. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner and leave well-fed after this true 50s diner experience.
Come out and enjoy this thrilling trip back in time to classic Americana. Marietta has a foot firmly planted in the past with features from a number of fascinating eras in American History. It'll be a trip, that's for sure.