Sharing time with grandparents by participating in fun, interactive activities can build meaningful memories that last a lifetime. Cobb residents, make the next visit from your grandparents really count by taking them to some of the many great attractions around town.
These five things to do in Cobb County will help grandparents have the time of their lives during their stay.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, Ga. 30152. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov. Free
Share a little Southern history with visiting grandparents by taking them to Kennesaw Mountain. You can hike up to the top of the mountain, explore interpretive trails around Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm and take a tour of the museum, which houses Civil War artifacts, memorabilia and plays "Kennesaw: one Last Mountain," a short movie about the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw.
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, Ga. 30144. 770-427-2117. www.southernmuseum.org
$7.50 for adults; $6.50 for seniors; $5.50 for children ages 4 through 12; free for ages 3 and younger.
Grandparents and grandkids both will love learning about Civil War and locomotive history at the same time. At the Southern Museum, you'll see exhibits and trains, including the General from the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 and the early 20th century Glover Machine Works. This interactive museum offers fun for the whole family, including an extraordinary collection of uniforms, weaponry and machines, along with a hands-on children's section.
Six Flags White Water. 250 Cobb Parkway N #100, Marietta, Ga. 30062. 770-948-9290. www.sixflags.com
$42.99 for adults and children over 4 feet tall; $36.99 for children under 4 feet tall; free for children ages 2 and under.
If Nana and Papa come into town during the warmer months of the year, take them to visit Six Flags White Water in Marietta. Although it's known for the wilder rides, like Typhoon Twister and Gulf Coast Screamer, grandparents who need something a bit slower paced can enjoy the relaxing Little Hooch lazy river or the Atlanta Ocean wave pool. Just make sure to bring your sunscreen.
Monster Mini Golf. 2505 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30066. 770-423-2212. www.monsterminigolf.com
$8.50 for adults, $7.50 for children
Sure, Grandpa might love to golf, but he's probably never experienced anything like Monster Mini Golf. With the help of blacklights, music, animated monsters and glow-in-the-dark decorations, an ordinary 18-hole mini-golf course transforms into a spooktacular experience for the whole family. Along with all of that, you'll find a full arcade and classic games like air hockey and skee ball.
The Big Chicken. 12 Cobb Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30062. 770-422-4716. www.marietta.com. Food prices vary
Grandparents can't come for a visit without stopping by one of the biggest landmarks in Cobb County — the Big Chicken. Home to a KFC restaurant, the Big Chicken has become a Southern icon that really put Marietta on the map. With spinning eyes and a beak that opens and closes, you can enjoy your fried chicken while perched underneath this unforgettable structure.
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