5 Reasons Roswell is Fun for Families
Roswell is a fun place for families to learn, play and experience art and nature! Check out some favorite spots for fun in this pretty city.
Families can experience 1800s life by touring the Southern Trilogy, three antebellum homes that host tours, storytelling sessions and historic reenactments. For a peek at Roswell’s roots, explore the Roswell Mill ruins. See the remains of the city’s first manufacturing plant, including a man-made waterfall and covered bridge. Stop by the Roswell Fire Museum, which displays pictures and artifacts from Atlanta’s fire history, including a 1947 Ford American LaFrance Pumper.
Catch a family-friendly play, musical or puppet show at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Around the corner on Forrest Street, don’t miss the RosWall, a 125-foot mosaic mural made by local artists. Another fun way to experience Roswell’s art scene is to go on a sculpture scavenger hunt, finding 3D works around town.
Families can canoe, kayak, raft, stand-up paddle board or tube down the Chattahoochee River. Or, get close to the river without getting wet on the boardwalks of the Roswell Riverwalk system. The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers more river exploration through science education exhibits, canoe trips, trails, native plants and animals and special family events.
On one easy-to-stroll street, families can explore unique boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Check out the Ann Jackson Gallery, for artwork by Dr. Seuss. The Fickle Pickle, a popular restaurant for families, offers sandwiches, soups and salads in a Victorian-era house, with a bakery out back. The third Thursday of each month (April-October) the Alive in Roswell street party offers live music, children’s activities and restaurant specials.
Parks and Trails
Roswell’s great playgrounds include one at newly-renovated Sweet Apple Elementary Community Park , and two (one for younger kids, and one for older kids) at Roswell Area Park. Many walking trails are easy to navigate with strollers and bikes! Take the kids on a mini-hike and picnic at Hembree Park, Leita Thompson Memorial Park (where dogs have a play space, too!) or Riverside Park, home to the summer Riverside Sounds concert series and Splash ‘n’ Play Sprayground.
— Dalia Faupel