Cobb’s Cultural Offerings
There’s no better way to get to know Cobb County than by taking advantage of the wealth of attractions, events, tours and recreational activities available throughout the area. Discover engaging exhibitions at local museums, stroll charming streets and downtown squares, browse one-of-a-kind boutiques, get some fresh air on alluring scenic trails or enjoy outstanding cuisine at an impressive range of restaurants.
Thrill seekers will find a world of excitement in Cobb, from water parks and roller coasters to hiking, biking and jogging trails. Art and music lovers are equally at home, as area venues present the best of ballet, opera and theater and welcome world-class musicians from around the world. History buffs are enthralled by the historic cities and legendary sites. In fact, when it comes to exciting things to do and see, Cobb County always excels.
Six Flags Over Georgia is the Southeast’s favorite destination for thrilling family fun. Test your bravery on 10 heart-pounding roller coasters, including the 20-story Goliath hypercoaster. Have a blast with the kids in three interactive children’s areas: Bugs Bunny World, Carousel Hill and Whistlestop Park. New for 2014 is the Hurricane Harbor Water Park. This multi-million dollar expansion includes full wave pools, slippery slides, interactive playgrounds, and a ticket to a cool tropical paradise. Spend a day—or a weekend.
Six Flags White Water is another great way to beat the summer heat. Thrill rides like the Cliffhanger, one of the world’s tallest water freefalls, and Tornado, a six-story funnel slide, keep adrenaline junkies coming back for more. Those looking for a tamer good time can cool off in the Little Hooch lazy river or splash around in the Atlanta Ocean wave pool. Little ones will find plenty to do in three interactive kids areas.
Cobb County is known for its unspoiled outdoor offerings, so residents need look no farther than their own backyard for the best fishing and camping. Lake Allatoona, covering more than 12,000 acres, attracts outdoorsmen from far and wide to its beaches, campsites and top-notch fishing spots. You can also head to Red Top Mountain State Park, one of the state’s most popular sites for fishing, hiking, boating and swimming.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves the remnants of one of the most heated battles of the Civil War and offers miles of hiking trails dotted with historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments. As you walk the park, you’re reminded of the hardfought battle that occurred here almost 150 years ago. Picnic areas and lookout points invite you to take in the park’s natural beauty. Stop in at the visitor center for information on local wildlife and self-guided tours.
The scenic Silver Comet Trail offers more than 61 miles for bikers, joggers and skaters alike. Once the route of the Silver Comet passenger train, the trail meanders past breathtaking fields, streams and valleys, stretching all the way to Anniston, Ala.
Cobb County’s museums and historical landmarks share stories of times past. From military and locomotive history to architecture and local culture, visitors experience the region’s rich heritage through vast collections of artifacts and memorabilia.
Learn about the history of Marietta and its surrounding areas at the Marietta Museum of History, located inside one of Cobb’s oldest buildings, the historic Kennesaw House. Open since 1996, the museum houses four galleries featuring collections spotlighting local history, home life and the military.
Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they act out history in period ensembles at the Cobb County Youth Museum. Carefully researched settings, props and authentic details engage and excite young minds.
No visit to the South is complete without a tour of the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum. With an extensive collection of memorabilia, it’s no wonder fans of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic flock here from far and wide. Tour the museum and view authentic keepsakes like the Bengaline gown worn by Vivian Leigh in her famous movie portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara.
Cobb is a melting pot for the arts, showcasing works from cultures across the globe. Enjoy theatrical performances, poetry readings, gallery exhibits and musical delights. A world-class entertainment venue, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at Cobb Galleria draws audiences from throughout the metro area for unforgettable performances. The Centre is a premier venue for Broadway shows, ballet, opera, concerts, family performances and educational programming, as well as corporate meetings and events. The 2,750-seat state-of-the-art theater and 10,000-squarefoot ballroom welcome supporters of the arts to enjoy a wide array of talent.
The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, one of Marietta’s most beloved cultural treasures, occupies the city’s century-old former post office. The impressive Classical Revival building houses a wonderful collection of American art, including paintings, sculptures and decorative arts objects. The museum also welcomes special exhibitions and offers tours, classes and lectures.
The Stillwell Theatre at Kennesaw State University attracts audiences to college productions, as well as concerts by the prestigious Georgia Symphony Orchestra and performances of the Georgia Ballet.
The Mable House Complex, administered by the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is comprised of the Mable House Arts Center, the historic Mable House property and the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Through a partnership with the South Cobb Arts Alliance, the complex brings a variety of programming to the community, including classes for children and adults at the arts center, tours and field trips of the historic property, and concerts at the amphitheater. The 2,409-seat Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre draws top musical acts and theatrical performances for unforgettable evenings of entertainment under the stars. In addition to fixed seats, tables and lawn seating are available, making the mid-sized theater a great destination for family and friends looking to enjoy a show together.
A favorite destination of fans of instrumental and folk music, the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State University includes three intimate venues: the Concert Hall, the Don Russell Clayton Gallery and the Erik and Gwendolyn Brooker Rehearsal Hall.
The historic Art Deco–style Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Marietta Square has entertained audiences for 78 years, originally serving as the city’s movie house from 1935 to 1976. Today it continues to present classic films, as well as gallery openings and community-theater performances.
Another popular Marietta venue, the 606-seat Jennie T. Anderson Theatre is home to the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and hosts some of the nation’s top performing arts acts.
Back to Nature
Whether you crave adventure or enjoy relaxing and reconnecting with the natural world, Cobb County provides plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities at a variety of county, municipal and national parks. You’ll discover bike trails and nature walks, swimming pools, gyms and athletic fields in idyllic settings. The Cobb County Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department operates 44 facilities and maintains 1,350 acres of developed land, providing athletic, educational and therapeutic services. Parks facilities include the Lost Mountain softball complex, the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, the Cobb Gymnastics Center, the fairgrounds at Jim R. Miller Park, Cobb County Civic Center Complex, four community centers, three art centers, six tennis centers with 112 tennis courts, four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor pools, two golf courses and 20 miles of trails.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, covers more than 9,000 acres and draws more than 2.6 million visitors a year. The mighty river attracts fishermen from all over the Southeast with its enticing misty waters. Whether you enjoy kayaking and boating or picnicking along the river’s shore, the Chattahoochee provides the perfect setting for family fun.
In addition to Cobb County’s outstanding parks system, the cities of Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna operate more than 100 municipal parks and recreation centers.
Cobb County is known for its unparalleled shopping opportunities, and few can resist indulging in a little retail therapy at local boutiques, department stores, thrift shops and antique markets. Cumberland Mall offers a wide variety of retail establishments, from oneof-a-kind boutiques to major national stores, along with a range of restaurants and eateries.
Town Center at Cobb features the latest fashions, popular lunch spots and a number of intriguing shops. Several other major shopping centers and districts—The Galleria Specialty Shops, Vinings Jubilee, The Avenue at East Cobb and West Cobb, Marietta Square, West Village in Vinings and Smyrna Market Village—cater to shoppers with equally impressive retail options.
Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or a family-style feast, you’ll find the perfect restaurant in Cobb. Feast on legendary Southern barbecue, experience gourmet offerings or indulge in your favorite ethnic cuisine—all are well represented. A sampling of the county’s most well-known and beloved restaurants includes:
Fusco’s via Roma, Henry’s Louisiana Grill and Old Mill Restaurant
41 Cork and Tap, Big Shanty Smokehouse BBQ, Dickey’s Barbecue, Olde Towne Tavern and Grill, Papi’s Cuban & Carribean Grill and Trackside Grill and Patio Bar
The Butcher The Baker, Cherokee Cattle Company, Dave Poe's BBQ, Marietta Diner, Marietta Pizza Company, Pasta Bella and Rose & Crown Tavern
Blue Moon Pizza, Muss and Turner’s and South City Kitchen
Canoe, Doc's Food & Spirits, Jim 'N Nick's Community Bar-B-Q, Soho and Taqueria La Villa
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