Guide to Marietta
Just a short drive from Atlanta, you'll this thriving historic town, filled with things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and events year-round.
Historic Marietta is located a short drive from downtown Atlanta, but feels a world away with five National Register historic districts and a nearby mountain. Rich in Civil War history, the thriving downtown has locally owned restaurants, shops, and art galleries as well as a popular weekend farmers market. History buffs can’t miss the museums, including one devoted to "Gone With the Wind." Start your trip at the visitor’s center, located in an old Western & Atlantic Railroad Passenger Depot.
Things to Do
Ride through town with Historic Marietta Trolley Co., a tour that narrates the city’s history over the course of an hour from the historic square to the antebellum homes to the Civil War battlefields.
Dine like a local on a walk with Marietta Food Tours, which brings guests to seven beloved downtown restaurants, including Colombian and Australian eateries, Southern fare and sweet treats from a bakery seen on TV. The tastings are large enough to fill you up.
The 1935 Art Deco Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre is perhaps the most iconic building in Marietta, which operated as a movie theater until 1976. It sat vacant for years before being restored to its former glory, now hosting classic films, concerts, stage productions and special events. The terrace has a bar that overlooks the square.
Families love Six Flags White Water, a longtime water park not far from the Marietta Square. Open May to October, the park has everything from thrilling high slides to toddler-friendly splash pads as well as a wave pool and multiple dining outlets.
The William Root House Museum and Gardens is the oldest surviving house in downtown Marietta and remains as a museum about middle class life in antebellum Georgia. The house, built in 1845, hosts events and special exhibits.
Marietta’s first craft brewery, Red Hare Brewing Company has four year-round beers as well as a rotating selection of seasonal and small batch releases. The tasting room is open to the public for tours and tastings Wednesday to Saturday, and the patio is open to pets!
Places to Stay
Accommodations in Marietta are limited, but each has something to offer visiting guests.
The Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center is perhaps the best, located one mile from the square on sprawling grounds. Its adjacent City Club Marietta Golf Course and Brumby Hall & Gardens set it apart.
Budget-minded travelers can enjoy the Holiday Inn Marietta-Atlanta Northwest. Located off Interstate 75, the convenient accommodation has free WiFi, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, meeting space and complimentary breakfast.
The Radisson Hotel Atlanta Marietta is also convenient to the highway and nearby businesses with a full-service restaurant, pool and fitness center. Guests enjoy free WiFi and in-room coffee makers.
Where to Eat
Marietta is considered to be one of metropolitan Atlanta’s most underrated areas for dining but is finally getting the acclaim it deserves. It’s easy to see why Food Network host Alton Brown calls this place home!
Honored by the James Beard Foundation, Spring is a humble neighborhood restaurant on the historic square. The seasonal menu focuses on sustainability, using the ingredients from local farmers and artisans for simple, but delicious dishes.
Those in the know will tell you that Kiosco Restaurant has some of the best food around. The cozy Colombian eatery serves authentic dishes like empanadas, tamales, and plates of meat, chicken and fish.
Now a local chain, Stockyard Burger and Bones serves the square’s best burgers that use certified Black Angus beef. Make your own or choose one of their options. There are also tuna, pork and veggie options.
Dine on authentic Asian cuisine at Thaicoon, which carries Thai dishes as well as Japanese sushi. Favorites include the gyoza, tuna tataki and larb gai.
Start your day at Chicken and the Egg, named one of the top 100 brunch spots in the country by OpenTable. Chow down on dishes like pimento cheese fritters, biscuits and gravy, and stone-ground grits.
Plan your visit to Atlanta around one of the signature annual events.
Taste of Marietta in April recognizes the community’s best restaurants, chefs, and dishes with tastings and demonstrations as well as live music.
Chalktoberfest in October is a unique event that brings together live music, craft beer, and nearly 100 artists creating large scale chalk murals on sidewalks around town. The free festival benefits the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.
Every December, the Marietta Pilgrimage Home Tour allows visitors a look into the area’s most iconic homes, either by daylight or candlelight. The private homes have been lovingly restored and decorated for the holiday season.