Few meetings destinations can match the historic hometown/cultural punch that Marietta offers, along with its proximity to metro Atlanta. Marietta is in Georgia's historic Cobb County and is one of Atlanta's largest suburbs. Meeting venues in Marietta have a unique big-city, down-South mix, and attractions like the famous Big Chicken — an animated 60-foot red and white metal sculpture that serves as a landmark (as well as a directional marker that signals Atlanta-bound pilots to begin descending) displays Marietta's light-hearted sensibility.
About 18 miles northwest of Atlanta, Marietta is served by Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport and the MARTA line, Atlanta's unique rapid rail and bus transit system that links much of metro and suburban Atlanta.
Within its six historic districts, some on the National Register of Historic Places, are attractions that also serves as Marietta venues. These include the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (in a 1909 post office, available for up to 350 guests) and Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, located in a 19th-century warehouse, where up to 100 guests can be seated for private events among quirky paraphernalia related to the movie. The Marietta Welcome Center, in an 1898 train depot, and the antebellum Kennesaw House, home to the Marietta History Museum (with a noteworthy Civil War collection and a rich ghost history) are fun attractions.
Lush greenery and nearly year-round temperate weather make outdoor-centered venues in Marietta popular. The four-acre Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain includes three separate buildings where groups can convene, and the Marietta Educational Garden Center, an antebellum home on 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens, invites up to 250 to enjoy a reception. The center also offers tours.
Quality entertainment is easy to find here, including the Theatre in the Square, a full time professional theater group that draws theater-lovers from across metro Atlanta; the facility offers unique event space. Marietta is also home to Six Flags White Water Atlanta, a 47-acre water park that's also a fun event venue, with private picnic areas and full-service catering.
Within two miles of downtown Marietta, visitors can also reflect on the area's rich Civil War past at the Marietta National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.