Marietta Area Guide Learn about the Marietta community and all that it offers!
Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, between Kennesaw to the northwest and Smyrna to the southeast. Being only 15 miles northwest of Atlanta, Marietta is an ideal suburb for those wanting a shorter commute. Marietta is one of Georgia’s most populous cities, with 56,579 residents calling the 23 square mile city home, and it is the county seat.
Originally settled as a railroad hub in the 1800s, the city has a rich history, a tight-knit community, and a perfect mix of stores and restaurants to enjoy. With the large proportion of residents per square foot, Marietta offers a small town feel with the opportunity to meet new people.
Marietta’s residents pride themselves on preserving the environment and the beauty of their city, so they created an organization to lead cleanup initiatives. So far, Keep Marietta Beautiful has empowered 1,000 volunteers to clean up neighborhoods and public spaces, and it has helped residents recycle over 7,000 tons of paper, yard clippings, glass and plastic.
Marietta is booming with unique neighborhoods and friendly neighbors. Traditional, historic, colonial and ranch style homes are abundant all throughout town. There are several historic districts in Marietta and some are on the national registrar of historic places. Homes at all price levels are available in Marietta.
From a vibrant downtown with an exploding culinary scene, live music, and boutiques to quiet parks and prestigious country clubs, Marietta offers attractions for people of all ages and interests. Here just a few popular attractions residents explore.
Marietta Square lies in the heart of downtown Marietta. Home to fashion boutiques, gift shops, antique stores, candy shops, music stores, bakeries, and restaurants, Marietta Square offers something for everyone.
Given its central location and open area, Marietta Square is a popular venue for local concerts, festivals, and a weekly farmer’s market. Several community events happen every month in Marietta Square!
Restaurants on Marietta Square offer a dynamic culinary experience ranging from traditional American to Southern BBQ, Australian, Thai, Vietnamese, Colombian, Greek, French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Desserts, ice cream, coffee, pizza, beer, wine, and “spirits” are also all within easy reach!
East Cobb Park
East Cobb Park is a 13 acre park offering open grass areas, creek overlooks, pavilions, a playground, and an amphitheater. A combination of slate and natural walking trails weave throughout the park for everyone to enjoy.
The Avenue East Cobb
The Avenue East Cobb is a premier open-air lifestyle shopping center in Marietta that offers a dynamic mix of premier retailers, local merchants, and specialty restaurants reflective of local demand and trends. The shopping destination features a pedestrian-friendly setting with fountains and storefront parking. Many other shopping and dining centers like Town Center at Cobb are only a short distance away.
Brumby Hall & Gardens
Built in 1851, Brumby Hall is now home to the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum. Brumby Hall is a beautiful sight with fountains and flower-filled gardens. During wedding seasons, Brumby Hall is always booked with happy couples! It is a perfect wedding venue because of its beauty and proximity to Marietta Square.
Marietta City Schools upholds a fine standard of educational excellence because parents, faculty, and community leaders expect the best. Support from the Marietta Schools Foundation allows teachers, administrators, and students to receive recognition and incentives to excel. Marietta’s schools enjoy low pupil-teacher ratios (20:1), high per-pupil expenditures ($10,542 in the FY17 budget), and excellent support-staff provisions. Seventy-five percent of certified staff have at least a Master’s Degree, and teachers are often recognized among the best in the state and nation.
Marietta City Schools is one of Georgia’s first Charter School Systems and first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District, and it is one of the only school systems nationwide that provides the full IB (K-12) continuum.
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