West Cobb Magazine

Staycations Cobb County

staycationClose By Staycations by Mike Straus

With all the economic challenges that we face today, more and more families are looking to find things to do close to home. Begining in July, WC will feature Staycation ideas close to home for the entire family. This month, we are concentrating on Staycations close to home in Cobb. Below are some of our families favorites.






A Day at the Beach [Lake Acworth, Acworth] – 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. To learn more about Places to Go and Things to Do in Acworth,  just Click Here  to read this months’s Destination Acworth section.



 KennNatlBatPark2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Explore the Mountain [Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta]– 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. Hike on a trail, look at civil war stuff, climb the mountain or picnic on the grass at this wonderful park right in the middle of West Cobb.



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 Do Lunch at a Landmark [The Big Chicken, Marietta]– 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! Yes, it is a fully operating KFC restaurant with the Extra Chrispy or the new Grilled Chicken. So, why not eat lunch in at a landmark.



881545010_4c4caa6786 Flicker Stroll  or Bike along the Trail [Silver Comet Trail, Powder Springs]– Looking for a place to ride a bike or take leisurely walk? This 12.6 mile trail runs though the southern part of the county, beginning in Smyrna, and follows the abandoned railroad line once traveled by the Silver Comet passenger train.



gazebo with flowers Explore the  Square [Historic Marietta Square, Marietta]– 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. 





Stroll down Main Street USA [Historic downtown Acworth, Acworth]  After a delicious lunch on Main Street, be sure to treat yourself to a walk down a true Main Street USA in Historic Acworth and explore the many quaint and unique shops that line this historic street. If you have not shopped in downtown Acworth before, you are certainly in for a treat. The stores  are  definitely  a step out of the “Big Box” stores  at the mall or The Avenues … and a far cry from Wally World. There is a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for a unique gift for family or a friend, or that prized antique piece for you home you can fi nd it here. Some shops are closed on Monday and hours may vary so be sure to check times. Click Here to Go Shopping on Main Street in downtown Acworth. Want to know where to eat lunch or dinner on Main Street in Acworth, just Click Here to Go to the WC Dine Out Guide

Smith Cantrell  2Play in the Park [ Smith Cantrel Park, Kenesaw] This new 42 acre passive park near downtown Kennesaw has no ball fields but has walking trails, a great playground, meadows for kite flying and frisbee throwing, picnic pavilions and a dog park. This is a perfect place for the entire family to spend a relaxing day.


 Smith Gilbert                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wander through the Gardens – [ The Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw] These beautiful gardens, formerly the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum are  located on Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw. The Gardens consists f 16 acres of natural woodland, the Gardens include 7 acres of plantings. The garden areas encompass a woodland walk, a dwarf conifer display garden, a sunny rose garden, a perennial border, a rock garden, and the pond and waterfall garden. As a true botanical garden there are over 3,000 varieties of plants, shrubs, and tree. It also features a collection of contemporary sculpture. Click here to read more about Kennesaw’s Smith-Gilbert Garden



  Shoot the Hooch![The Chattahoochee River, Marietta]  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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