West Cobb Magazine

Cobb Staycations – Top 10 Free Things to Do in Cobb

Who says nothing is free anymore??  There are many other free things to do in Cobb County, just get creative. You might have the experience of a life time.  There are lots of thing to do in Cobb County that are free of charge. 

Here is just a sampling:

1. Explore Kennesaw Mountain– The site of a major Civil War  battle in 1864, the mountain is a member of the National Park Service and a perfect way to get some fresh air and spend time outdoors.


2. Enjoy a Day at the Lake– Lake Acworth is a popular site for walking, biking, picnics, concerts,canoes, and much more.  When you need to unwind from a busy day of sightseeing take a break on Acworth Beach.

3. Visit the Big Chicken– If you stop to ask directions along Cobb Parkway or Roswell Road, chances are you will hear “it’s just past the Big Chicken.”  At the intersection of these two roads is a seven-story, functioning, chicken, that marks the site of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.  Look closely, and you may see the beak and eyes move!


4. Stroll along the Silver Comet Trail– Looking for a place to ride a bike or take a leisurely walk? This 12.6 mile trail runs through the southern part of the county, beginning in Smyrna, and follows the abandoned railroad line once traveled by the Silver Comet passenger train.    

5. Relax in Historic Marietta Square– Anchored by Glover Park, Marietta Square is a great place to have a picnic lunch or relax and read a good book.  Free concerts are held here throughout the summer. The Marietta Square farmer’s market is open Saturday mornings during the months of  May-August.  Shop around for great deals on fruits, vegetables, jellies, flowers, local honey and much more.  

6. Discover the Marietta Fire Museum– The items displayed at the Marietta fire Museum date back to the 1800’s and include fire service clothing, equipment and antique apparatus. 


7.  Check out the History of Aunt Fanny’s– The Smyrna Welcome Center was once a world-famous, Southern-themed restaurant named Aunt Fanny’s Cabin. During its five decades of operation, the restaurant was visited by movie stars, sports figures, politicians and other celebrities who not only signed the guest book, but left behind many autographed photos that grace the walls.  

8. Lead yourself through Cobb County– Take advantage of the Cobb County Historic driving tour Brochure, which consists of three separate routes that take you through historic Cobb County.

9. Learn all about the Southern Quilt Trail– This walking tour shows off Folk Art quilt patterns that have been handed down for generations. By displaying this unique art form on historical barns and buildings in our communities we are able to preserve the history of this fading art. 

10. Go Shoot the Hooch!- The Chattahoochee river offers outstanding opportunities for paddling a raft, canoe or kayak down the river to watch wildlife, go fishing, or simply relax.

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