published Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Cruising Cobb County: History preserved amid Atlanta area county's booming growth

Whether it's living large at a fine restaurant, visiting one of many museums or getting soaked at Georgia's premier water park, there are plenty of things to do in Cobb County.

You won't have any trouble finding lodgings either since the county boasts 13,500 hotel rooms.

Can we go to Six Flags, pleeeeeeease

Austell is home to the state's No. 1 amusement park, Six Flags Over Georgia.

• The park boasts 13 of the "fastest, tallest, wildest, gut-wrenchingest rides in the country," including 10 roller coasters.

• But there also are more than 15 kid-oriented rides and five rides good for the whole family.

• Those feint of heart -- or height -- can enjoy five live performances starring their favorite Looney Tunes characters.

• The 100-acre park holds restaurants, stores and many places to cool your heels.

• Location: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, Ga. 30168

• Tickets: $39.99 general admission tickets purchased in advance at www.sixflags.com; at the gate, tickets are $59.99 for adults and $39.99 for children under 48 inches tall. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

• The park is open daily in spring and summer months and on weekends in the fall. Its last day of operation for the year is Oct. 27.

Source: www.sixflags.com

Bring your swim trunks

• Six Flags White Water, located in the heart of Cobb County, has 50 attractions, including one of the world's tallest free-falls at the expansive water park.

• Location: 250 Cobb Parkway N., Marietta, Ga. 30062

• Tickets: Advance tickets can be purchased at www.sixflags.com/whitewater for $29.99. General admission tickets at the gate are $39.99 and $28.88 for children under 48 inches tall. Children 2 and younger enter free.

Source: www.sixflags.com/whitewater

It's not Tara, but it's close

Get a dose of literary and cultural history at Marietta's Gone With the Wind Museum.

n Subtitled "Scarlett on the Square," the museum takes visitors back in time to the Civil War and Reconstruction through the eyes of author Margaret Mitchell's famous characters Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.

• The museum is in downtown Marietta in the historic Old Thomas Warehouse Building.

• Location: 18 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, Ga. 30064

• Tickets: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $5 per person for groups of 15 or more.

• Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Source: gwtwmarietta.com

Enjoy the arts

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the area's best performance venue. See Broadway plays, concerts, educational shows or attend a gala or other event.

• Location: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Cumberland, Ga. 30339

• The center holds more than 144,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 2,750-seat theatre.

• See the play " 'da Kink In My Hair" showing 8 p.m. on Sept. 6-7 and 3 p.m. Sept. 8. Tickets are $45 to $49 plus applicable fees.

• Watch a live taping of the radio show "Radiolab Live -- Apocalyptical" at 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets are $33 to $43 plus fees.

• Among the upcoming shows are indie rockers The National (Sept. 9), comics Wanda Sykes (Oct. 12) and Lewis Black (Oct. 19), singer india.arie (Oct. 18) and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (Nov. 7-23).

• Call 800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.

Source: www.cobbenergycentre.com

Food, beverage and music

The Georgia 120 Tavern & Music Hall attracts international, regional and local music acts weekly.

• Whether you'd like to try Nacho Mountain, a signature Tavern Burger or a light Chicken Salad Croissant, the tavern's menu can please you -- for not too much cash.

• Location: 1440 Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga. 30062.

• For tickets for concerts or events call 770-509-3320

Source:www.120tavern.com

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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