Welcome to Marietta

As the largest suburb of Atlanta, the city of Marietta, Georgia is a place both modern and brimming with old-fashioned charm. Walk down the street and you'll find farmer's markets with wi-fi, neighborhood parks built out of battlefields, and teenagers with iPods against a backdrop of colonial architecture. It's a great place to relax and unwind without sacrificing the conveniences of contemporary living.

But you don't have to take our word for it. Here are several more reasons to visit Marietta, Georgia.

Attractions
The heart of Marietta is its Town Square. It's been the hallmark of the city for centuries, bringing the people together since before the days of the Civil War. This is where you'll find all the shops, restaurants and farmer's markets for a fun vacation filled with wining and dining.

You can also catch a show at the The Strand Theatre or take a tour of the Kennesaw House, the landmark where the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 began. If you feel like hopping a train inside of just exploring one, grab a ticket for one of the CSX freight trains that travel between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

Still not enough? Take a ghost tour of the city's eerie abandoned outskirts. Enjoy a local carnival or concert in the Square. Broaden your horizons at one of the many galleries and art houses for local da Vincis. The possibilities are endless in Marietta!

History and Culture
Originally built in the early 1800s, Marietta has seen more history pass through its streets than most. It's survived two wars, several fires, extensive remodeling and a revolving door of settlers, soldiers and explorers.

All this and more is documented in the The Marietta Museum of History, a cultural center housing thousands of local artifacts from throughout Marietta's timeline. The city also boasts a novelty museum for Gone with the Wind called "Scarlett on the Square," where visitors can enjoy fun facts and memorabilia from the film.

The Food
You can't visit the South without having a finger-lickin' time! Like the rest of Georgia, Marietta prides itself on its uniquely Southern cuisine, including barbeque, biscuits and gravy, and chicken fried steak.

Unlike other states, however, Marietta has its own claims to fame - like the "Big Chicken," a highway restaurant that doubles as a 56-foot-tall landmark. If anyone ever tells you to look for the chicken, they don't mean on a farm!