Just 35 minutes outside of Atlanta is the small town of Kennesaw, Georgia, the site of the 1864 Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountains. Listed as one of the country’s “10 best towns for families” by Family Circle magazine in 2007, Kennesaw, Georgia offers something fun and interesting for everyone in the family.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
The site of a crucial Civil War battle where more than 5,000 soldiers died, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a wealth of history, nature and recreational attractions. There is a museum on site where you can see various exhibits that include Civil War artifacts, weapons and photos of soldiers who fought here. You can also watch a film in the museum to learn more about the battle. Whether you are a history lover or not, you will enjoy the gentle hike up the Kennesaw Mountain to bask in the beautiful scenery.
Smith Gilbert Gardens
If you love exploring beautiful gardens and discovering hidden gems, find your way to the Smith Gilbert Gardens on Pine Mountain Road. Covering more than 15 acres, Smith Gilbert Gardens shelters 3,000 species of trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. You can stroll along scenic paths around lovely waterfalls and sculptures or enjoy a picnic in the peaceful shade. Additionally, you and your children both can participate in programs here to learn about related topics like building rock walls, gardening and beekeeping.
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Situated in a former cotton gin, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History offers fun and learning for both adults and children. You can watch the real life historical drama here about the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 and then see the actual locomotive that participated in the event, called the General. In addition, there are several other old locomotives and exhibits about Kennesaw’s Civil War history. You can see personal items, uniforms and weapons that belonged to Civil War soldiers. The Museum also offers an outdoor playground area and fun activities for children.
IceForum at Town Center
You can enjoy year round ice skating, figure skating and ice hockey at the IceForum. If you don’t know how to ice skate, this facility offers classes. Also, you can play video games here and fill up on food from the snack bar.
Escalade Indoor Climbing Gym
You can enjoy both adventure and exercise at the Escalade Indoor Climbing Gym. This 13,000 square feet facility offers climbing walls, a huge bouldering island and learning classes. You can also sign up for guided, outdoor climbing trips to local area rock climbing spots.