Discover Atlanta’s Sweet Spot in Cobb County, GA!

Ready to explore Cobb County, GA? Get ready to cheer on the Atlanta Braves, ride thrilling coasters, learn about history, and eat delicious food with a fun, family trip to Cobb County, Georgia, less than three hours from the Upstate, SC. We’ve got all the info on how to plan a fun family trip to Cobb County to see the Braves plus where to eat and play. 

Thank you to Cobb Travel & Tourism for inviting us to enjoy their beautiful county and providing accommodations and tickets!

Cobb County spans the Northwest part of the Atlanta Metro area and packs quite a punch when it comes to enjoying a lot of family fun. From restaurants to playgrounds to museums and state parks, we’ll tell you all the cool stuff to do to plan a trip with your family. 

Glover Park in Marietta, GA

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About Cobb County, Georgia

Cobb County is located in the Northwestern part of the Atlanta metro area and includes the towns of Marietta, Smyrna, Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Mableton, and Powder Springs. The founding of Cobb County goes all the way back to 1832. The county is home to several important Civil War battles, including the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in July 1864. Cobb County’s current population is 766,149, according to the 2020 Census. 

Fun fact about Cobb County is that host two of Atlanta’s professional sports league teams: the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta United. 

Cobb County is referred to as “Atlanta’s Sweet Spot” because it’s not only easy to reach from major interstates, but has a diverse mix of everything you could imagine from outdoor activities like hiking and biking to history to restaurants to sports. There is truly something for everyone. The county is about a two-and-a-half hour drive from the Upstate but be sure to leave some time for traffic because Atlanta is huge. 

Where to Play & Explore 

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 

This national historic site is a fascinating and beautiful spot. A decisive battle at the end of the Civil War, the battle at Kennesaw Mountain was a long and drawn-out event, starting in late June 1894. The North was led by General Sherman and the South was led by General Johnston. This was essentially the last mountain between Sherman and Atlanta. 

Kennesaw Battlefield National Park
Kennesaw Battlefield Visitors Center

The Visitors Center has an excellent museum you walk through to see the timeline of events, main characters, and even old Confederate and Union military uniforms. There are 22 miles of trails, including one up to the top of the mountain and others to see the old trenches used during the battle. We got about halfway up to the top and then turned to try to find the trenches but ran out of time. Be sure to watch the 35-minute video about the battle and get the free Junior Ranger books for your kids. 

Parking is $5 unless you have the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. 

900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 
Visitors Center is open daily 9 am – 5 pm
Trails are open 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (November-March) and 6:30 am – 8:30 pm (March – November)

See the Atlanta Braves play

If you’re going to Cobb County, you need to see the Braves play. The game is just electric! The entire atmosphere is electric, with everything from eating and hanging at The Battery beforehand to cheering on the Braves during the game, to even walking back to the hotel with all the other fans. It was an amazing experience and perfect for families. Read our full review for all the details.

Splashpad at The Battery at Truist Park
Splashpad at The Battery at Truist Park

755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA

Glover Park 

Glover Park is the very center of Marietta, the town square where there’s an adorable little train playground, beautiful gazebo, fountain, and stage. There are plenty of benches to relax at and seasonal events. There are several local businesses all around the square to explore and it’s a great place to grab ice cream and sit while the kids play.

50 N Park Square NE, Marietta, GA
Open 6 am – 3:45 am daily

Windy Cindy Community Center Playground 

This inclusive playground is huge and has lots of slides, a ninja course, and shaded benches for caregivers to sit and relax. There is a ramp that allows kids in wheelchairs to get on a moving platform at the playground. Besides the shaded areas over the benches, there is not really much else that is shaded so it’s best to go here early in the morning or later in the evening on warm days. 

Windy Cindy Community Center Playground
Windy Cindy Community Center Playground

1885 Roswell Street SE, Smyrna, GA

Six Flags Over America

This massive theme park is located in Cobb County and has lots of fast, fun roller coasters, places to eat, and a day full of adventure. Get there when the park opens because the lines just get longer as the day goes by. Read our full review for all the info.

Six Flags roller coaster

275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell, GA
See Six Flags website for hours.

Marietta History Center

I had no idea there was so much history in this town! The Marietta History Center is amazing in how they lay out what happened here – everything from how families were told to save electricity during the Great Depression to uniforms worn by the women in the military to Civil War battles to the history and culture of African Americans to the history of Scouting.

Plus, they have items of historical and military clothing to dress up with. We were there during one of their free Saturday events, which worked out perfectly since they had some extra arts and crafts to do (plus free admission) – you can find that schedule here. 

Marietta History Center
Marietta History Center

1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA
Open 10 am – 4 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays
Admission is $10/adults, $7/students

Where to Eat 

Food in Cobb County
From L-R – Piu Bella, French Toast at the Marietta Diner, Marietta Diner

Marietta Square Market

The Marietta Square Market is a massive food court with almost any kind of cuisine imaginable: Greek, Italian, Chinese, Korean, American, you name it. There are so many options that I promise you it will be hard to choose. My kids got burgers and I got a bulgogi chicken bowl that was delicious. We ended up going on trivia night, which means I got to show off my mad 90s trivia knowledge in front of my kids. It was awesome. 

You’ll have to pay to park but make good use of the time and walk on over to the beautiful town square of Marietta, where there’s a beautiful fountain gazebo, and super cool train playground for smaller kids. 

68 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA
Open Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm and Friday-Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm

Marietta Diner

This place is exactly what you would likely picture as an authentic, shiny, neon-covered diner. The Marietta Diner is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has an extensive, delicious menu. When you walk in, I dare you not to salivate over one of the giant cheesecake slices behind the glass counter. We had pancakes, French Toast, and oatmeal for breakfast and weren’t even hungry until after 2 pm. The portions are huge. This place was made famous when it was featured on Food Network’s “Diner, Drive-ins and Dives.”

306 Cobb Pkwy SE South, Marietta, GA
Open 24/7

Piu Bella

Pizza is my favorite food so I was more than excited to try Piu Bella. It was delicious and the staff were just the sweetest. They also have an array of salads, calzones, and hoagies. The pizza is New York style and came pretty close to what I grew up eating in the Northeast. Definitely recommend. 

2014 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA

Goldberg’s Fine Foods

Goldberg’s is an authentic Jewish deli with bagels made in-house, black & white cookies, and a delicious array of breakfast and lunch items. They have a couple locations in the Cobb County area but we went to the one at The Battery since it was within walking distance to our hotel. 

Marietta Square Farmers Market

This was one of the best Farmers Markets I have been to due to its vast size and variety of options. There were jewelry makers, florists selling gorgeous flowers, bakers selling cookies and sweets, farms selling produce and meat, local honey, and elderberry, and my favorite, a German bakery! I spent a ridiculous amount of money on pretzels and a chocolate croissant but it was worth it! 

41 Mill Street, Marietta, GA
Saturdays 9 am – Noon, year-round

Where to Stay 

Cobb County hosted us at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, just a short walk from Truist Park where the Braves play.

This hotel is in an ideal location, especially if you’re going to see the Braves play. No traffic or jostling for parking – just walk, take the hotel shuttle, or hire a pedicab. It’s easy and fun! This was one of the best reasons for staying here, especially if your trip centers around going to the Braves game. It was so easy to get back to the hotel and not deal with traffic. 

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
Our room at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria

While the hotel doesn’t have free breakfast, they do have an adjacent restaurant, Rocks Restaurant & Bar, where you can get breakfast if you don’t feel like heading out to a nearby restaurant. There’s also a beautiful fitness room and outdoor pool. The staff were all so kind and helpful because, once again, one of my kids forgot their toothbrush. Our regular readers know this is a common occurrence! I was grateful the hotel could help us out. 

There is a charge for overnight parking per night but there is free WiFi. 

200 Interstate N Pkwy, Atlanta, GA

Ready to explore Cobb County?

If you’re ready to explore Cobb County, you can do most of the activities we suggested here in a few days but there are many, more fun things to do that we weren’t able to get to! Also, the Cobb Tourism & Travel website is a great resource. Be sure to check their calendar because the event scene in Cobb County is fantastic.

If you go, we’d love to hear how your trip was!

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