We discovered many fun things to do in Marietta, Georgia! This city has incredible history as well as hip new attractions and restaurants.

Fun Things To Do In Marietta, Georgia

We recently had some free time between two house sits in Atlanta so we decided to head just north of the city and check out Marietta. We hadn’t done much research ahead of time, so we stopped by their Visitors Center and realized there were a lot of fun things to do in Marietta! Over the next few days, we visited historic sites, museums, and ate a lot of amazing food.

Marietta Museum of History

When visiting Marietta, we think your first stop should be the Marietta Museum of History. It’s a great way to learn about the area and to orient yourself, so to speak, when going on to visit other Marietta attractions. They also have a lot of military artifacts, which we really enjoyed.

The museum is inside The Kennesaw House, which is itself historically significant. The building was once a cotton warehouse and then a hotel. Another interesting tidbit is that during the Civil War, Andrews’ Raiders stayed in a second floor room the night before they stole “The General,” but more on that later…

Visiting the Marietta Museum of History is one of the fun things to do in Marietta ga
The Kennesaw House is home to the Marietta Museum of History
The Homelife Gallery of the Marietta Museum of History has antiques and artifacts that were popular in everyday life during the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The Homelife Gallery has antiques and artifacts that were popular in everyday life during the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The Military Gallery has uniforms, guns, artifacts, and highlights local military members.
The Military Gallery has uniforms, guns, artifacts, and highlights local military members.

Marietta Fire Department Museum

Looking for free things to do in Marietta? Stop by the Marietta Fire Department Museum. Inside, you’ll find two floors of awesome antique fire apparatuses, tools, and gear dating back to 1854. You can do a self-guided tour to learn about how the Marietta fire department has changed over the years, or you can schedule a guided tour (they need at least a week’s notice).

Marietta Fire Department Museum is one of the things to do in Marietta ga for free
Marietta Fire Department Museum
Cool Fire Truck at the Marietta Fire Department Museum
Cool Fire Truck
The Marietta Fire Department Museum has antique fire helmets and helmets from around the world
The museum has antique fire helmets and helmets from around the world
Buddy really enjoyed the Marietta Fire Department Museum
Buddy really enjoyed the museum!

Fun Fact: If you’re into fire museums, the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum in Harrisburg is pretty awesome!


Gone With The Wind Museum

We loved the Gone with the Wind Museum! There are so many fascinating pieces in their collection, including an original dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie. There are also copies of the book signed by Margaret Mitchell, promotional pieces including foreign film posters and premiere programs, and more!

Gone with the Wind Museum is one of the top things to do in Marietta Georgia
Gone with the Wind Museum at historic Brumby Hall
Signed copies of Gone with the Wind
Signed copies of Gone with the Wind
The original Bengaline Honeymoon Gown worn by actress Vivien Leigh
The original Bengaline Honeymoon Gown worn by actress Vivien Leigh
Lots of movie memorabilia at the Gone with the Wind Museum
Lots of movie memorabilia

William Root House Museum

The William Root House Museum is the oldest surviving house in downtown Marietta and, in our opinion, one of the top things to do in Marietta. The house offers a glimpse into the life of a typical merchant in the 1840s. A lot of effort was put into restoring the home and it is decorated in period furniture.

When we visited, John showed us around the house and gardens and told us all about the history of the Root family. He was very knowledgeable and pointed out a lot of interesting artifacts. We especially loved the modern touch-screen display that broke down the history of the family and the house. We tinkered with that for awhile after our tour was done.

William Root House Museum
William Root House Museum
John showing us the touch-screen display at the William Root House Museum
John showing us the touch-screen display
One of the bedrooms. At one point 11 people lived in this house!
One of the bedrooms. At one point 11 people lived in this house!
We loved the working 1850s cookstove in the outside kitchen!
We loved the working 1850s cookstove in the outside kitchen!

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is an American Art museum with rotating exhibits and year round events. During our visit we saw work by Richard Cecil on the first floor and work by Carole Pigott on the second floor.

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Work by Richard Cecil at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Work by Richard Cecil
Work by Carole Pigott at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Work by Carole Pigott

Marietta Square

Of course, the heart and soul of the city can be found in Historic Marietta Square. Many Marietta events are held on the square throughout the year, and all around it are over 70 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The square itself is also very pretty and a nice place to sit and people watch.

Historic Marietta Square
Historic Marietta Square

Marietta Murals

We weren’t expecting to find street art in Marietta, but guess what? We did! There are a few pieces throughout town, one of our favorites being a giant chick lol! We also found some chalk pieces left over from Chalktoberfest 2018, which were pretty awesome.

Colorful Marietta Mural
Colorful Marietta Mural
Having fun with some of the street art in Marietta Georgia
Having fun with some of the street art in Marietta
Chalk art from Chalktoberfest 2018 in Marietta Georgia
Chalk art from Chalktoberfest 2018

Marietta’s Big Chicken

We didn’t know about The Big Chicken until we got to Marietta, but it’s a pretty big deal! This 56 foot tall chicken is located at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road, the biggest intersection in Marietta, and it’s beak and eyes move. No wonder it’s such an important and iconic city landmark!

The Big Chicken in Marietta Georgia
The Big Chicken in Marietta

The Southern Museum

Technically in Kennesaw, but a quick drive from Marietta, is The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. We loved the exhibits at this museum and learning more about and seeing “The General.”

So in 1862, a Confederate train was stolen by a group known as “Andrews Raiders.” The train’s conductor managed to chase them down after many hours and it became known as the “Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum does a great job of explaining the event and has many artifacts including the train itself, “The General.”

The museum also does a really great job of explaining how the Civil War was the first major military conflict were trains played a huge role due to the fact that they provided food and supplies to both sides.

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw Georgia
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
Many interesting artifacts and exhibits about the role trains played in the Civil War
Many interesting artifacts and exhibits about the role trains played in the Civil War
"The General" inside The Southern Museum
“The General”

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

We didn’t get a chance to visit the park because of the weather, but we were told it’s worth a visit. The park is is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battle that occurred in June of 1864. You can take a self-guided driving tour, or enjoy many of the park’s hiking trails. The views from the top of Kennesaw Mountain are supposed to be pretty spectacular.

Marietta Square Restaurants

We briefly mentioned Marietta Square already, but we wanted to tell you a bit more about some of the Marietta Square restaurants. Because they are yummy!!

Marietta Pizza Co.

No surprise, but we had to try out Marietta Pizza Co. With a fun and casual atmosphere, we enjoyed a Caprese Salad as well as two slices of pizza. We probably should have ordered only one slice, as they were a bit bigger than we expected, but they were so good that we managed to eat both lol!

Caprese Salad at Marietta Pizza Co. One of the Marietta Square restaurants
Caprese Salad
Two pizza slices at Marietta Pizza Co, one of the many Marietta Square restaurants
Two pizza slices

Taqueria Tsunami

Who doesn’t love a good food fusion?? At Taqueria Tsunami, they blend flavors from the Far East with flavors from South of the Border to make dishes that will blow you away. For an appetizer we had the Avocado Cilantro Egg Rolls and they were phenomenal!

For our main meal we chose an Asada Zing Taco and a Shrimp Tempura Taco. The Asada Zing had Korean Bulgogi marinated steak topped with shitake mushrooms, lettuce, soy-sesame vinaigrette and sesame seeds. The Shrimp Tempura had shrimp tempura topped with Asian slaw, fresh cilantro and a hoisin-lime aioli. It’s hard to say which we liked more, because they were both so good!

Avocado Cilantro Egg Rolls at Taqueria Tsunami in Marietta
Avocado Cilantro Egg Rolls
Asada Zing Taco and Shrimp Tempura Taco from Taqueria Tsunami, one of the Marietta Square restaurants
Asada Zing Taco and Shrimp Tempura Taco

Stockyard Burgers & Bones

Make sure you arrive hungry to Stockyard Burgers & Bones! There are a lot of great options on their menu, but when we saw the “Dirty South” we knew we had to have it. This burger comes with smoked Gouda mac & cheese, bacon, and apple butter BBQ sauce. There were a lot of flavors going on with this burger, and they were all wonderful!

Dirty South Burger at Stockyard Burgers & Bones in Marietta
Dirty South Burger

Two Birds Taphouse

Another one of the popular Marietta Square restaurants is Two Birds Taphouse. This self-proclaimed modern-day “Cheers” is definitely a fun place to hang out and get some drinks. They offer mostly local and regional craft beers from Georgia and the Southeast and also make many delicious cocktails.

Two Birds Taphouse in Marietta Georgia
Two Birds Taphouse has 32 taps of craft beer and rotating cocktails

Final Thoughts On Marietta, Georgia

There were a lot more things to do in Marietta than we thought! There’s certainly a lot of history, but also a lot of new and fun shops and restaurants that we really enjoyed. This charming city has a bit of everything!

Pro Tip: If you’re planning on heading south as well, here’s how to do Atlanta on a budget!


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We discovered many fun things to do in Marietta, Georgia! This city has incredible history as well as hip new attractions and restaurants.