Explore Marietta, a charming city northwest of Atlanta and an easy drive within the metro area. Historical sites and tree-filled parks blend with contemporary attractions and huge festivals to make this area an exciting day trip for families. Here are five reasons to visit:

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Parks and Playgrounds in Marietta

The green spaces in Marietta are so plentiful, you’ll probably discover one wherever you go. Glover Park, adjacent to Marietta Square, is popular for its train engine playground. Sope Creek Park is unique for its mill ruins and small waterfalls.  Laurel Park‘s big playground and duck pond make a great stop for outdoor play and picnics as well.

Festival Fun in Marietta

You’ll almost always find a festival in Marietta! In fall, check out the Marietta Streetfest for classic cars, local art and grassroots music.  In the spring, don’t miss the Taste of Marietta where dozens of restaurants offer tastes of their signature dishes. And don’t miss the high-energy celebration of culture that’s our family’s annual favorite, the Marietta Greek Festival. Opa!

History on Display in Marietta

The Marietta Museum of History‘s Mice Tours are fun for little ones, but everyone can enjoy the aviation wing and antique home items from early 20th century life like a rotary phone and an original ice box. Permanent and special art exhibits are on display at Marietta Cobb Art Museum. It also holds an annual Chalk Art Festival that anyone can participate in.  The Marietta Fire Museum displays original equipment from Marietta’s early days, including antique ladder trucks.

Eats and Treats in Marietta

Marietta is home to yummy spots for foodie adventures. Try authentic Aussie meat pies at the Australian Bake Shop or Greek specialties at the always-open Marietta Diner. Give in to that sweet tooth at the Snowville Shavery or the Paleteria La Michoacana where you can find icy treats in unique flavors. Get your bubble tea and other tasty Asian inspired treats at Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar on the Marietta Square.

The Big Chicken in Marietta

Did you think this wouldn’t make the list?? Refurbished in spring of 2017, The Big Chicken is a steel tower attached to a KFC that stands 56-feet high, rolling its eyes and opening its beak. It’s a must-see when playing tourist. The newly re-opened restaurant displays artwork of Marietta’s history and has a gift shop where you can buy Big Chicken gear and memorabilia. Kids can enjoy watching the cooks through a glass kitchen window, too.

– Dalia Faupel

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