Local Area Attractions
New Echota Cherokee National Historic Site
New Echota Historic Site, Cherokee National Capital, is a piece of Georgia’s past and a part of United States history we should never forget. Come and see the beautifully reconstructed capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation, actually in its original location. New Echota is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been designated a National Landmark by the National Park Service. Explore the museum showing how the Cherokee people tried to integrate into our society, as well as try to run a government other than "tribal law". The Treaty of New Echota in 1835 sealed the fate of the Cherokees, for this is where the "Trail of Tears" began, when the Cherokee People were removed to eastern Oklahoma in 1838. The result was the death of about 4,000 Cherokees.
Barnsley Gardens is 30 acres of English style gardens surrounding the ruins of the once grand manor house built by Englishman Godfrey Barnsley in the 1840’s. The Gardens include water and bog gardens, a fernery, rockeries, the woodland garden with native and exotic rhododendrons, an orchard with heirloom varieties of fruit trees, a small boxwood garden with a 12 foot fountain in the center. A long flower border, behind the ruins displays perennials and annuals that bloom all summer and into the fall. A redwood arbor provides the ideal spot to grow climbing roses.
The former kitchen wing of the manor house, which dates back to 1842, is now a small museum with exhibits about the Barnsley family and the restoration of the gardens.
Calhoun Designer Outlet Center
Over 30 shops offering quality merchandise with no department store markup. Calhoun’s newest shopping experience, the Calhoun Designer Outlet Center, is a great place to spend the afternoon shopping for priceless treasures for you, your family, and your home. There is something for everyone, from the garage to the bedroom.
Prater’s Mill Country Fair
Prater’s Mill Country Fair is held twice a year--Mother's Day weekend and the second weekend in October. The fair is an arts and crafts festival held in the atmosphere of an old-fashioned country fair. Southern foods, canoeing, pony and horseback rides, on-stage entertainment, and 150 talented artists and craftsmen make the fair fun for the entire family. The historic Grist Mill is in operation, grinding wheat and corn.
Few Southern cities can boast the beauty and charm of Georgia’s Rome. Tucked between the foothills of the ancient Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, Rome is a city that has passionately preserved its past and delights in sharing it with her visitors. Among the many things to see are: Boswell Cabin, Cotton Gin, Fort Norton, Chieftains Museum, Rome City Hall and Capitoline Wolf, Historic District, the City Clocktower and Clocktower Museum, Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Martha Berry Museum and Art Gallery, Oak Hill, Marshall Forest, Oakdene Historic District, and Rome Area Museum.
This 120,000 square foot science museum is located just off I-75 at Exit 93. The museum has four main galleries: Weinman Mineral Gallery, Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion, and Collins Family My Big Backyard. It also includes an observatory and digital planetarium. Lots of fun for the whole family! Call 770-606-5700 for more information.
Harris Arts Center
Built with local funding, the Harris Arts Center features constantly rotating exhibits, instruction and cultural performances. Call 706-629-2599 for more information.
Roland Hayes Museum
This is a tribute to his native son, the child of former slaves, who became the first African-American vocalist to achieve international acclaim. For more information, call 706-629-2599.
Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park
Sing along as the entire family enjoys entertaining live music at the Crystal Pistol Music Hall or the Remember When Drive-In. Splash on some of the South’s wildest and wettest water adventures. Scream as you twist and turn on five of the world’s most heart-pounding roller coasters. Smile with your kids as they romp through Bugs Bunny world. This is a special area full of rides and attractions for the little thrill seekers. Soar through the skies on the parachute drop or Free Fall - the ultimate ride that’s like falling off a 10-story building. Good food and great shops as well.
The Blue and Gray Trail
A self-directed tour of northwest Georgia and Chattanooga Civil War sites. This northwest corner of Georgia, roughly from Chattanooga to the outskirts of Atlanta, is the setting for the Civil War’s most dramatic events. Your pursuit of history through the Blue and Gray Trail is bound to be rich and rewarding.
One of America’s most visited natural attractions; Rock City began in 1932 as the garden hobby of an inspired woman. Rock City’s lush, colorful gardens and dramatic rock formations adorn Lookout Mountain like a regal crown. The adventure combines the beauty and grandeur of nature with the wide-eyed enchantment of a child’s imagination. An extraordinary place--a magical time! See Seven States. The legendary view of seven states from world-famous Lover’s Leap has drawn millions of visitors from all over the globe.
Ruby Falls is several extraordinary adventures rolled into one. "The Jewel of Lookout Mountain" is the amazing Ruby Falls. The 145 foot flowing waterfall is located over 1,100 feet inside Lookout Mountain. The breathtaking Lookout Mountain Caverns, adorned with beautiful calcite formations, will fascinate you. Lookout Mountain Tower offers panoramic views of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley. Fun Forest is romping, stomping fun for children. Scenic guided tours leave every few minutes and take approximately one hour.
There’s so much to see and do, both above and below ground, a visit to the 12-acre complex is sure to bring out the "kid" in you. Casual and fine dining abound at popular restaurants and bars. Enjoy street performers and hear live music everywhere. Club hot spots, also. "City Under the Streets" was formed when viaducts elevated Atlanta’s downtown streets and businesses in the 1920’s. Covering over six city blocks, Underground is replete with historical architecture--original and restored--right down to the brick pavement. Many interesting tours are available as well as an overabundance of shopping.