Marietta's town square is charming and picturesque, with a gazebo, stage, fountain, benches, walkways, flowering plants and play equipment for the children. The one square block is also called Glover Park. The square is well-known for free spring and summer concerts. Locals bring picnic meals and spread out in front of the stage. Also watch for the weekend Farmer's Markets and the Art in the Park and Taste of Marietta days. The buildings that border the square hold many different restaurants, my favorites being Willie Rae's and Simpatico - or Sugar Cakes for lunch or brunch... but there is also a great pizza place (Marietta Pizza), a Thai restaurant, Italian, French, Greek, and more. A great Wine Market is a half block off the square with frequent wine tastings available. (www.mariettawinemarket.com) The city's official Welcome Center is just off the square, with information, maps, postcards, public restrooms. A great way to see the area is on the Marietta Trolley, a one hour ride on a historic red trolley with a guide telling the story of old Marietta. (www.mariettatrolley.com) Parking is available all around the square and in a parking lot off Mill Street - and also free parking available after 5pm and on weekends in a large parking garage near the Strand Theatre. A great place to visit ... bring a camera!
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