Located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County, Marietta is home to a thriving city and rich history. With a booming city square, quaint shops, exciting festivals and just the right amount of southern charm, Marietta is the perfect place to call home. The city is ranked in the top 100 places to live in the U.S., and only one of three cities in Georgia to make this list.
Founded in the 1788, Marietta is Cobb County’s largest city. Named for Mary Cobb, wife of U.S. Senator and superior court Judge Thomas Willis Cobb, Marietta prospered in its early beginnings due to the railroad.
The population of Marietta is approximately 60,000 people. These residents have a variety of real estate options to choose from. Most residents are college educated, and about 40 percent have children. As part of the second largest school system in the state, these children attend many sought after schools. These include Bells Ferry Elementary, Blackwell Elementary, East Cobb Middle, Mabry Middle, Kell High, Lassiter High, Pope High, Sprayberry High and Wheeler High. Additionally, the city has its own charter school system. Marietta City Schools serve 8,000 students at eight elementary choice schools, including a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet, one middle school, one sixth-grade school and one high school.
Besides living near excellent schools, residents are convenient to a variety of unique and exciting activities going on around Marietta.
Shopping and Dining
- Mac’s Chophouse: A new but already cherished addition to the square is Mac’s Chophouse. Mac’s is a modern-vintage revival of the classic American steakhouse. Guests compliment the restaurant’s atmosphere, reminiscent of a prohibition era speak easy. They offer a variety of food including streaks and seafood as well as a handcrafted cocktail menu and extensive selection of bourbon. They offer outdoor seating so guests can enjoy the view of the square.
- Square Shopping: The Marietta Square is the perfect shopping destination. Find antiques, wine, flowers, clothing boutiques, art galleries and other unique collectibles.
- Glover Park Brewery: Just steps away from the Marietta Square, the long-awaited brewery offers an indoor and outdoor space to kick back with friends and have a craft beer made in house. The outdoor space is popular on warm sunny days and the brewery offers different food truck vendors every weekend. They are available for events and draw a good crowd for trivia on Thursday nights.
- Marietta Square Market: Located steps away from the heart of the square is a new gem that has opened in Marietta. The Marietta Square Market combines history with a touch of modernization. The market is designed with Ponce City and Krog Street Markets in Atlanta as inspiration. The Market displays a 1922 trolley car in front as tribute to the history of the Atlanta Northern Railway that ran through Marietta. The market offers over 18 different restaurant options including Italian, Cuban, BBQ, pizza, Cajun, Mediterranean, tacos, Thai, Ramen and sandwich shops. With lots of restaurant choices, everyone in the family can choose a dish that suits their mood!
Entertainment and Recreation
- The Strand Theatre: This 1935 Art Deco theatre was renovated and reopened in 2009. The theatre features musical productions by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, classic movies, concerts and more. They Strand is also available as an event space and has a rooftop bar on weekends.
- Marietta Square Farmers Market: Now open year-round, the farmers market is located on the Historic Marietta Square. Customers can buy vegetables, fruit, flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Awarded the #1 Farmers Market in Atlanta; it is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: Float, fish or play in 48 miles of river as it flows through the northern suburbs of Atlanta, including Marietta.
- Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art: As metro Atlanta’s only museum dedicated to American art, the museum is housed in Marietta’s first U.S. Post Office. Visit to see the permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, from Warhol to Wyeth, and the museum’s many other scheduled exhibits.
- The Taste of Marietta: Located right on the Marietta Square, the Taste of Marietta is a beloved local tradition with typically over 70,000 attendees. The festival is typically held on the last Sunday in April but this year (2021) the annual food festival taks place on Sunday, October 24th. The festival features over 70 food vendors as well as arts and crafts and other activities. There is live music and attractions for kids like face paint, bungee jumping and bounce houses.
- Art in the Park: September 4th-6th, the square continues its tradition since 1966 of Art in the Park. The festival celebrates and features local and national artists. The art extravaganza features an artist market, children’s art alley and famous Painted Pots.
- Chalktober Fest: This year (2021), Chalk Fest and the Craft Beer Festival combined to celebrate Chalktober fest together. October 9th and 10th, guests can enjoy their favorite craft beer from a multitude of different vendors while they walk the chalky streets to watch over 80 internationally recognized artists create works of art on the ground. The event offers live music and many different activities for the whole family.
- Kennesaw Mountain: This historic mountain is the sight of 2,965 acres of a preserved Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Hikers, bikers and runners can enjoy over 15 miles of some of the most beautiful trails in metro Atlanta. At the summit, views of meadows and the outline of downtown Atlanta are visible.
- The Historic Marietta Trolley Co.: Learn about Marietta’s rich history during a ride on Marietta’s only trolley. The Historic Marietta Trolley Co. does one-hour narrated tours of the Downtown Square, Antebellum homes and the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain. Tours run rain or shine, so schedule one today.
- Marietta Museum of History: Originally a cotton warehouse built in 1845, the building of the current Marietta museum was remodeled to become the Fletcher House Hotel in 1855. During the Civil War, the hotel served as a hospital and morgue. Today, the museum includes exhibits featuring the general history of Marietta, the Georgia military, aviation and home life.
- The Root House Museum: Located at the corner of North Marietta Loop and Polk Street, visitors find The Root House Museum. Built in 1845 by Hannah and William Root, early settlers of Marietta. The garden delights visitors with its 19th century design. The garden is planted with vegetables, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, fruit trees, decorative flowers and blooming shrubs.
- Marietta Fire Museum: The free museum is located in the Fire and Rescue headquarters at Fire Station No. 1. It showcases uniforms, equipment and vehicles that city firefighters used as far back as the 1800s.
Whether you jump on the trolley or drive your car, visit Marietta’s unique attractions today!