Discover the inside scoop on 11 local hotspots in Cobb County, Ga. These places may be off the beaten path, but don’t judge the book by the cover. Hidden around every corner is a sweet spot locals love.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens – Explore Smith-Gilbert Gardens, the City of Kennesaw’s botanical garden. With more than 3,000 plant species in a serene, 16-acre garden setting, surrounding the historic Hiram Butler House (c. 1880), there is something for everyone. The garden also boasts the only public Bonsai exhibit in Georgia.

2382 Pine Mountain Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152

The Read Shop – If you’re a fan of both coffee and books, then you should add Read Shop by the Merchant in Vinings, GA to your itinerary. This one-of-a-kind bookstore offers bestseller books that make it to the New York Times list, numerous fiction, non-fiction, garden books, cookbooks, children’s literature, and coffee-inspired books as well as numerous coffee and pastry options. It’s a favorite among locals for great coffee, pastries, books and its eclectic atmosphere.

4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE Suite 125, Atlanta, GA 30339

Powder Springs Skate Park – This state-of-the-art skatepark at Silver Comet Linear Park was built in 2023. This large course features a bowl and a street course with ramps and rails that impress pro riders and competitors. There is no charge to use the facility. All users of the Skate Park, no matter their skill level, are asked to wear adequate protective gear.

1301 Richard D Sailors Pkwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127

Basecamp at Kennesaw Mountain– Known for southern-style food, including fluffy pancakes, filling breakfast biscuits, and savory fried chicken, this homestyle eatery has been winning over foodies with decadent breakfast, brunch, and lunch items for more than five years. Bonus this restaurant is proudly handicap-accessible.

 1718 Old 41 Hwy NW, Marietta, GA 30060

Logan Farm Park– home to multi-use pathways, open green space, a destination playground, group pavilion, restroom facility, and parking, Logan Farm Park is a popular spot for families. This 120-acre park located in the center of the city hosts farmers markets, car shows, concerts and more!

4405 Cherokee St, Acworth, GA 30101

William Root House Museum & Gardens – The first house museum in the U.S. to offer a fully self-guided touchscreen tour, the Root House is a popular museum telling the story of the Root family and their enslaved house servants. One of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area, the house and grounds have been meticulously restored to their 1860 appearance. Special exhibitions and events throughout the year make each visit unique.

80 North Marietta Pkwy NW, Marietta, GA 30060

Rev Coffee – REV is above all else a neighborhood coffee shop with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Locals rave about their chicken salad sandwich and savory bacon cheddar muffins. Be careful, you may find yourself on the brink of addiction.

1680 Spring Rd SE B, Smyrna, GA 30080

Tacos Del Chavo – This hole-in-the-wall joint has some of the best authentic Hispanic food in town. They have been recognized for having the “best tacos in Georgia” by Yelp, iHeart Radio and Eat This, Not That, the “best taco joint in the country” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Travel + Leisure, and UpRoxx, and the “best takeout restaurant in Georgia” by the Business Insider. You won’t regret stopping at this little place!

3055 N Main St, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Frog Rock Brewing Company – This local brewery uses local Lithia Spring Mineral Water to brew fresh, crisp, craft beer.  Grab a brew and head outside for live music in their 1/4 acre beer garden or enjoy the taproom which has been uniquely curated to bring natural elements inside. The brewery may be off the beaten path, but totally worth a visit for the atmosphere and punch of flavor!

2764 Broad St, Austell, GA 30106

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre – This state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue brings world-renowned acts like Ashanti, Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute, Departure: Tribute to Journey, and more to South Cobb! Locals love to bring their own personal-size coolers and picnic baskets to enjoy during the shows! Lawn ticket holders are allowed to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, GA 30126

Sessions Stand – Hidden among charming historic homes and only a half-mile north of bustling Marietta Square is a coffee shop and Brasserie, Sessions Stand. Locals gush over the seasonal fruit danishes and whole wheat croissants made from scratch each morning. This quaint shop now serves cocktails that overflow with small-town charm.

380 Sessions St NW, Marietta, GA 30060

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