Marietta Square

Photo Credit: City of Marietta, Georgia;

Town squares have become tourist attractions in many areas of the United States. Some are kitschy, some tasteful. Marietta Square falls in the tasteful and charming category, and is a highly recommended trip for families.

The history of Marietta Square, Georgia, goes back to the Civil War. Now, restaurants, shops and events bring new life to this area. The Gone With The Wind Museum and Earl Strand Theater; paired with The Glover Park Concert Series and Eddie’s Trick and Novelty Shop are examples of how old meets new.

Glover Park

The center of the Square, Glover Park, is a peaceful spot: tree-lined, with benches to rest on, a picturesque fountain and the chatter of others enjoying themselves. Imagine a romantic era and your worries wash away.

Don’t think this area is just for adults. Kids buzz around, climb on the train in the play area and easily make friends.

Marietta Square Fountain

Photo Credit: Connie Roberts/Disabled TravelingMom

Surrounding the park are unique independently owned shops and restaurants. Even walking through the park in the rain is pleasant – just take advantage of the tree cover and pop in the stores to browse for a while.

The Old

Among the many historical places, the Strand Theater stands out. Opened in 1935, vacated in 2002, renovated and reopened in 2009, it is now a nonprofit that offers tours, concerts, and plays.

The Gone With The Wind Museum or “Scarlett on the Square” is one block off of Marietta Square. See the original honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh in the movie and other memorabilia from the well-loved book and movie.

The New

Try a real meat pie at the Australian Bakery and Café or bring home a can of Mushy Peas. A must eat is the Pavlova, considered Australia’s national dessert. Ask for a free taste of Vegemite, you may (or may not) regret it.

Looking for a unique toy store? Try Lizards and Lollipops – a mom and pop shop jam packed with toys and games that are hard to find elsewhere.

Marietta Square Australian Bakery Cafe

Australian Bakery; Photo Credit: Connie Roberts/Disabled TravelingMom

Sit for a bit at Sarah Jeans Ice Cream. Besides a cone, try out their gelato, hand spun frozen drinks, Italian Ice or specialty shakes. Ask for a Black and White Shake. It contains vanilla and chocolate ice cream and malt…the best! The perfect way to end your day.

Marietta Square, is located in Cobb County, Georgia, and is about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. A family trip to the square can be done in one day. Spend the time learning about history and trying out new shops and restaurants. Sit back and take in the scenery and the feel of the square at Glover Park. You will feel how the old and new come together in this small area.