The City of Smyrna, largely bordered by I-285, Cobb Parkway and the Chattahoochee River, offers residents the perfect combination of a small-town community with big-city amenities. Smyrna is in Cobb County, just outside downtown Atlanta, and provides easy access to I-75, I-285, downtown, the Cumberland Mall area, Truist Park and The Battery. Over 56,000 residents call Smyrna their home. A city on the rise, the population has risen over 12% in the last 20 years.
Nicknamed the “Jonquil City” from the thousands of jonquil flowers that bloom each spring, Smyrna offers a vibrant and diverse community.
Smyrna’s cost of living is slightly above the nation’s average. The city’s median income is $46,005 and $300,000 is the median house value. While residents looking for inexpensive apartments might be out of luck, Smyrna guarantees to deliver a quality lifestyle.
Smyrna is great for young families and recent college graduates. The city’s website reports that 26% of residents are in the 20-to-34 age range and 31% are between 35 and 54 years old. Additionally, 31.5% of residents are college graduates along with 22% holding graduate degrees, so the majority of the population is upwardly mobile.
There are many top-ranked schools inside city limits such as Covenant Christian School, Covered Bridge Academy, Campbell High, DeVry University, Strayer University and Spelman College.
Shopping and Dining
Smyrna’s Market Village is a pedestrian-oriented, open-air space featuring private residences, shops, restaurants and open green spaces including the “Village Green,” which are perfect for hanging out with friends or family during warmer weather. Smyrna Market Village is adjacent to the City Library, Community Center and City Hall. Restaurants include Atkins Park Tavern, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Shane’s Rib Shack, The Corner Taqueria, Village Sushi and Gourmet Wine Cellars and Zucca Bar & Pizzeria. Smyrna Market Village is located at 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Ga. 30080.
Atkins Park Tavern is a local favorite found in the Market Village. The tavern enjoys a celebrated history as one of Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed taverns. Perfect for every occasion, Atkins Park is a good place to meet girlfriends, take the family for dinner, enjoy weekend brunch or even late-night drink.
West Village provides visitors with quaint retail and dining options, including Starbucks, Five Guys Burgers and McCray’s Tavern. This quiet part of town is decorated with fountains, green spaces and outdoor seating areas perfect for soaking in the sun or relaxing after an extensive shopping spree.
Cumberland Mall, a major retail spot in Smyrna, features premier shopping, dining and entertainment options, including The Cheesecake Factory, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bezoria, Farmer’s Basket, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Foot Locker. For anyone with a sweet tooth, the mall also includes Great American Cookies and Haagen-Dazs.
Come together at Muss and Turners for crowd-pleasing food. The restaurant aims to put the customer and community first, delivering authentic cuisines and attitudes. Veg out for both lunch and dinner and enjoy the delicious spring vegetable gnocchi, chifa-style grilled swordfish or the funky chicken sandwich.
Dig into Hook Line & Schooner’s savory fish. Crab legs, stuffed salmon, lobster rolls, raw oysters and fried shrimp – a feast to die for.
Take a load off and enjoy South City Kitchen Vinings sweet southern recipes. With food this good, don’t even bother planning for leftovers because there won’t be a lick of it left. Customer favorites include the jumbo lump crab cake, pan-fried chicken livers, fried green tomatoes, smoky grilled pork chops and the banana pudding trifle.
Grab a beer at Reformation Brewery. Find a special craft that suits the taste buds because this brewery has endless options including Liberty Lager to Alai Rose Ale. Same-day pickup is also offered for any to-go drinks and specials!
Entertainment and Recreation
Visit Truist Park and watch the Braves swing a home run. Home to Atlanta’s beloved baseball team, this is the place to go for an exciting game night. With a seating capacity of 41,500, this hot spot sells out pretty quickly!
Travel to The Battery and see what it has to offer. The facility offers living accommodations, dining, shopping, live concerts and an endless number of recreational activities. Life is never boring at The Battery!
Southeast’s premier entertainment destination welcomes the community to enjoy some of the city’s top local events
The Battery Atlanta, Cobb County’s open-air lifestyle campus, will be bustling all month long with entertaining activities. This August, The Battery Atlanta will serve up unmatched offerings from its restaurants including Wednesday Crab Night at El Super Pan and Service Industry Sundays at TAPS at Ph’East. The work-play-live destination welcomes the Atlanta Wine Walk on August 21, offering wine lovers a full culinary and wine affair. The soundtrack of summer continues at Coca-Cola Roxy with classic and pop performances all month long.
October events at The Battery!
The Battery Atlanta welcomes spooky season lovers of all ages to explore the best of Cobb County’s work-live-play destination. This October, in addition to Halloween-filled happenings, guests can indulge all month long in Totcho Tuesdays at Terrapin Taproom and Wine Down Wednesdays at BURN as well as fitness-focused activities like Yoga by Kaiser Permanente or a fresh fall walk on The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by United Healthcare. Guests will also discover a wide variety of live performances at Park Bench and the Coca Cola Roxy.
Fright Night Halloween at Sports and Social
Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.
Thrill-seekers are invited to discover the haunted cemetery-themed party people are dying to get in to! Attendees can expect live music, drink specials and a costume contest with $7,500 in cash prizes. Tickets for the event are $20 and include admission and one drink ticket. Guests must be 21 and over to attend and can purchase tickets at axs.com.
Xfinity Fall Movie Series
Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Families and friends can enjoy a movie under the stars located at the Plaza Green! Beginning Oct. 29 and continuing every weekend this fall, the community will discover a variety of family-friendly films. This showing will feature the classic film, Back to the Future! Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair with them to enjoy this free event.
Hoots N Howls: Halloween Dog Costume Contest
Oct. 31 from 1-4 p.m.
Happy Howl-o-ween! Four-legged friends and their pet parents are invited to join in on the Halloween fun this year at The Battery Atlanta! In addition to live music and various vendors, guests can dress their fur babies in their best costume for a chance to win this year’s Halloween Dog Costume Contest! A $5 entry fee is required for each dog with all proceeds benefitting animal rescue organizations.
2021 Greater Atlanta Heart Walk
Oct. 2 from 9-11 a.m.
The Battery Atlanta and the American Heart Associate welcome families and friends to get moving in this year’s Greater Atlanta Heart Walk! The event will partake both in-person and remotely to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise critical funds for the American Heart Association. Participants can register for the event online.
Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Mondays (excluding home gamedays) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free with a limited capacity, outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. Pre-registration and event participant waivers are available online. Participants are required to bring a mat and are encouraged to bring water. A live stream on Facebook and past sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans virtually on gamedays.
The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.
Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:
Miller Mondays at Sports and Social
Enjoy half-price burgers and 16 oz. Miller Lites for $4 on Monday.
Totcho Tuesdays at Terrapin Taproom
Diners can enjoy $2 off the restaurant’s delicious Totchos every Tuesday!
Trivia Night at Good Game
Guests can swing by the restaurant at 7:30 p.m. to test their skills in weekly trivia.
Wine Down Wednesdays at BURN
Locals can treat themselves to $5 off select glasses of wine on Wednesdays!
Weekend Brunch at Omni Hotel
Discover deliciously crafted breakfast dishes every Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Park Bench Events:
The popular dueling piano bar and live music venue has announced a line-up of live shows this month, in addition to its DJ party and Karaoke Wednesday at Park Bench programming. Visit parkbenchbattery.com/calendar for more information.
- 90 Proof Band – Following the Braves Game
Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m.
- Dueling Pianos Show – Following the Braves Game
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m.
- Ricky T Cole Duo Acoustic/Electric Party-Country Hits – Following the Braves Game
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Coca-Cola Roxy Events:
The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is gearing up for a full range of live-performances! This month, Coca-Cola Roxy brings a wide variety of music to the stage for guests to discover. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.
- MoneyBagg Yo
Friday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
- Flogging Molly
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
- Alejandro Fernandez
Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
- Brett Eldredge
Friday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
- Bill Burr
Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
- Don Toliver
Sunday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
- Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m.
- Patti Smith and Her Band
Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
- Porter Robinson
Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.
An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.
Outdoor Activities in Smyrna
One of the best ways for metro residents to get outdoors and exercise begins in Smyrna. The Silver Comet Trail starts at the Mavell road Trailhead and winds its way west for more than 60 miles through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties, ending just before the Alabama state line. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to get out and run, jog, ride bikes, ride horses, rollerblade or walk their dog along this paved trail.
Drive down to the Fox Creek Golf Course and Driving Range for a day filled with golf clubs and tee times. The range is partially lit for nighttime enjoyment, so the course is not limited to just day travels. Golfers from beginners to experts are welcomed and encouraged to explore the beautiful course.
Sparkles Family Fun Center offers skate rentals, concessions, a jungle gym and an all-around good time. So, bust out those old skates and take a family trip to Sparkles and, while there, make sure to order a juicy slice of pizza.
In addition to all the popular shopping and dining destinations, the city of Smyrna hosts community events throughout the year. Some of the resident-favorite events include the weekly Smyrna Handmade Markets, Food Truck Tuesdays, Taste of Smyrna, the Spring and Fall Jonquil Festivals and the Summer Concert Series.
The Smyrna Community Center offers indoor and outdoor spaces where residents can take advantage of the facility’s amenities. With an array of options, the center offers three racquetball courts, a walking track, a fitness area and a game room.
Plan an adventurous date by learning to fly at iFLY Indoor Skydiving. Gain a new perspective and take a date on a trip they will never forget at this state-of-the-art facility where beginners learn to float and move around in a wind tunnel.
Rockin’ Jump offers a jumping arena, dodgeball arena, a slam dunk zone and an x-beam for anyone who wants to get the heart pumping. Great for family gathers and birthday parties, be sure to book this facility for an upcoming social event.
Fans of the macabre should explore the city’s three historic cemeteries: Smyrna Memorial Cemetery, Daniell Cemetery and Mt. Zion Cemetery.
The Concord Covered Bridge Historic District was created by Cobb County in 1986 as the county’s first historic district. Visit for a trip back in time and for a beautiful view of nature.
Explore the Smyrna Museum, located in the heart of the city, which houses many historical artifacts relating to the community. The museum is a replica of history itself as the building is a reconstruction of the city’s train depot.
Visit the historical Aunt Fanny’s Cabin where, back in its day, it served celebrities, sports figures and politicians authentic southern food. Check on the site’s availability at www.smyrnaga.gov.
Smyrna is a great city for anyone looking for an adventure. There are endless restaurants, cafes, bookstores, shopping centers and parks to get lost in. While looking for a home can be expensive, Smyrna is the perfect choice when looking for modern conveniences in a highly desirable location.
Continue learning about the city at www.smyrnaga.com.