Taking the family to exciting attractions is a fantastic way to create memories everyone will cherish forever. Whether you want to see and experience water parks, enjoy the thrill of go-karting, or zoom around a roller skating rink, you’ll find just what the family wants at any of these six attractions in the Marietta, Georgia, area.

Six Flags White Water

A small child playing in a splash pool in Marietta, GA

Splash Pad Fun by Brian Smith is licensed with CC BY 2.0

When the temperatures start to climb in the Marietta area, nothing beats the heat more than spending the day at Six Flags White Water. You’ll find thrilling water slides, charming splash pads, and lazy river pools at this Marietta family attraction. 

The organizers of Six Flags White Water break the rides down to levels: thrill rides, family rides, and kids rides, making it easy to direct family members to the appropriate section of the park. Everyone will work up an appetite by splashing, swimming, and sliding on the rides, and they can refuel with snacks and beverages from the on-site concessions and restaurants.

Location: 250 Cobb Parkway N., Suite 100, Marietta.

Contact: 770-590-4067.

Sparkles Family Fun Center Smyrna

If your family enjoys roller skating, they’ll have a blast at Sparkles Family Fun Center Smyrna. During open skate schedules, the staff plays family-friendly music from different themes and eras appropriate for all age levels. On most Sunday evenings, Sparkles Family Fun Center offers adult skate nights for those 18 and older. You can skate to live DJ music with fun disco-style lights adding to the exciting ambiance. If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate a special event or birthday, consider renting the facility for group or private events.

Location: 666 Smyrna Hill Drive, Smyrna.

Contact: 770-432-6222.

Mountasia Family Fun Center

No matter if the weather is cool or hot, the family will get a kick spending the day at Mountasia Family Fun Center. You’ll have endless opportunities for fun and recreation at Mountasia Family Fun Center, from playing mini golf to racing around the go-kart track. Mini golf enthusiasts can play on any of the three courses, with each giving players a unique experience. The park offers two-hour, four-hour, or all-day passes to play mini golf.

Satisfy your need for speed at this family fun center’s go-kart track. Drivers 58 inches and taller can zoom along the quarter-mile track with hairpin turns, adrenaline-pumping straightaways, and thrilling banked curves. Passengers riding in the go-kart must be at least 40 inches tall. When you want to get out of the sun, head inside to the arcade room, where you can play games on the over 75 machines. Don’t forget to take a break from all the fun you’re having at Mountasia Family Fun Center and stop by the café to fuel up on snacks and beverages.

Location: 175 Barrett Parkway, Marietta.

Contact: 470-755-8310.

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Start your visit to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area by stopping at the Island Ford Visitor Center to get information on hiking, boating, fishing, and bird watching. Fishing on the Chattahoochee River is a highlight for locals and visitors, and anyone can cast their line year-round for seasonal fish. Species you may catch include bluegill, black bass, striped bass, and trout.

If you plan on fishing, be sure to have a Georgia fishing license and comply with all regulations regarding the use of artificial lures, catch-and-release policies, and angling hours on the river. You can also rent kayaks or canoes to float down the Chattahoochee River to look for wildlife and local and migrating birds.

Location: 8800 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs.

Contact: 678-538-1200.

Just Kiln Time

If you’re looking for a laid-back family attraction, check out Just Kiln Time, Atlanta’s oldest paint-your-own pottery studio. You can paint any style of pottery piece or pieces the staff offers, from individual items to group-themed items for special events. To get started on your creative project at Just Kiln Time, walk in any time they’re open and choose the piece or pieces you want to paint.

After brainstorming on the pattern or design you want to paint on the pottery, pick your colors. You’ll then use your imagination, or the guidance of one of the studio’s friendly team members, to create your pottery masterpiece. The staff will then glaze and fire your creation, and you can pick it up after seven days. Having a paint-your-own pottery party is a fun way for the family or a group of friends to spend the afternoon or evening together.

Location: 27 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta.

Contact: 678-214-5155.

Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

Fans of the classic book and movie “Gone With the Wind” will appreciate the artifacts and memorabilia they’ll find at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum. This museum is inside the historic Brumby Hall building, built in 1851. In 2003, the Gone With the Wind Museum opened to the public inside Brumby Hall. The proprietor of the museum, Vicky Lynn Rogers, has collected “Gone With the Wind” memorabilia for over 30 years. As you wander through Brumby Hall, you’ll spot one-of-a-kind pieces, such as the jacket of the character Rhett Butler, famously played by Clark Gable.

This museum will soon have the six original costume sketches of Scarlett’s iconic green dress, drawn by Walter Plunkett. This must-see attraction will give you insight into the South’s rich history as you marvel at the architecture of the home and stroll through the immaculately manicured gardens. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave to bring home unique souvenirs related to the “Gone With the Wind” movie.

Location: 472 Powder Springs St., Marietta.

Contact: 770-794-5576.

Our team at Crème de la Crème of Marietta hopes you and yours have fun and enjoy your time at these local family attractions. Is there another attraction you can recommend? If you have a suggestion for an exceptional place to take the family, let us know, and we’ll share your information with the rest of our Crème de la Crème and Marietta community.