3 Essential Experiences in Marietta, Georgia

Marietta is a thriving suburb that is just a 30-minute drive from Atlanta. There are several things visitors shouldn’t miss doing while in town. If you’re planning your own itinerary, make sure to check out these essential experiences in Marietta, Georgia.

Shop, Dine, and Explore History in Downtown Marietta

Start your tour of the city in downtown Marietta Square. This lively spot is home to a wide selection of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Shop for the latest women’s fashions at Dakotas Boutique and kids’ clothes at Rhinos and Rhinestonez. You can also stock up on kitchen essentials at the Marietta Spice Mill and the Marietta Wine Market. If you’re hunting for antiques, browse the collections at Antiques on the Square and DuPre’s Antique Market. You can explore history in downtown Marietta, too. Explore the Gone With the Wind Museum and Marietta Museum of History.

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After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at Angel’s Burritos on the Square or Jack’s New Yorker Deli. You’ll also find eateries serving Asian, Mexican, Italian, French, and Colombian food. For a notable experience before leaving the area, soak up some relaxation by the fountain in Marietta Square.

Ride Waves and Race Go-Karts

Families who are ready for fun can spend the day at Six Flags White Water Park or Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. On sizzling hot days, cool off by riding and splashing through the water slides and wave pool at Six Flags White Water Park. Choose from kid-friendly water zones to extreme thrill rides, including the Typhoon Twister and Gulf Coast Screamer. There are a variety of slides and water activities to make it a memorable day for all.

If your family prefers staying dry, yet cool, race along the track at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. Because there are three different tracks that cater to age and skill level, no one will feel left out. After racing, there’s a lot more fun waiting for your family. The venue offers laser tag, bowling, video games, and a full restaurant and bar.

After a long day of fun, you’ll look forward to sinking into a comfortable bed. Before you make hotel reservations, remember that it’s important to choose the right hotel in a convenient area for you. You’ll find a nice selection of hotels near these top two Marietta attractions.

Walk, Hike, or Bike on Scenic Trails

Consider spending a day in solitude, exploring nature. Marietta is committed to creating trails that visitors can use to travel to the city by foot. The Mountain-to-River Trail begins at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and ends in a commercial area. You can park at the visitor center, explore the battlefield grounds, and walk or hike the 2-mile trail.

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If you prefer to hop on your bike and navigate off-road trails, head to A.L. Burruss Nature Park. The park entrance is on South Cobb Drive at the southern end of Marietta. Three family-friendly trails are available for runners and hikers, too. These paths wind through beautiful natural surroundings. Don’t forget to bring your helmet, since the park rules require all riders wear helmets.

From shopping and playing to nature walks and historical landmarks, Marietta offers a variety of things to do and see. Add these activities to your to-do list so you can experience the best of Marietta!

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