Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Family Reunion Fun in Roswell

How long has it been since your family had a reunion?  Face it, some of your most treasured family members are not getting any younger.  A family reunion is a great opportunity to get everyone together to share in the joys that make your family unique.

My family has a tradition of reunions.  Ours have run the gamut from gathering for a single meal or picnic to multiple day events where we have fun experiencing the restaurants and attractions of the area where we held the event.  The common thread that runs through the gathering is getting to know our ever-expanding family and hearing our grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles share their stories.

If this sounds like a great idea but you’re just not sure how to start, VISIT ROSWELL GA has a solution for you.  Our staff has helped countless families plan reunions, working with each group to determine their unique needs.  Some just need help getting quotes for hotel rooms or with site selection.  Others need catering, a source for t-shirts, memorabilia, or assistance in having the event recorded in audio or video format.  For multi-day events, we can help secure restaurants, and schedule tours.  Welcome bags and special family buttons are also available.    

Here is what one family had to say:  Everyone, from ages 7 to 91, had a great time. As the sole planner for the first family reunion in 20 years, I felt overwhelmed and had no idea where to begin. You were so supportive, holding my hand along the way. Thank you for showing me hotels and menus and staying neutral. Thank you for asking questions that steered me in directions to make the reunion even more successful.”

Reunions aren’t only for families.  Visit Roswell has helped plan High School reunions (even for schools not in Roswell), “Girls-Only” Get-Aways for friends who get together every few years, and even activities for spouse and family groups to keep them busy while one family member attends a local convention.

Roswell has it all:
. One-of-a-kind restaurants
. Spa packages
. The natural side – miles of walking trails, rafting or canoeing down the Chattahoochee River, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center
. Walking Tours of the Historic District
. Historic Museum House tours
. Arts – plays at our local theatre, art galleries galore, an annual Arts Festival and many other art-focused events throughout the year
. Shopping - antiques, collectibles, and many unique shops
. Family Fun –Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, Area 51 Fun, Brunswick Bowling, Sky Zone and more

To get started just contact Marsha Saum ( 800-776-7935, or 770-640-3253) and she will help you every step of the way.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

So Much to Do in Roswell Georgia!

Chattahoochee Nature Center – 9135 Willeo Road:  Chattahoochee Nature Center is the oldest and largest private non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast. This environmental sanctuary encompasses 27 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. The Center grows more than 50% of the rare and endangered plant species found in Georgia, in their gardens. Some gardens reflect Georgia's Living Wetlands, depicting 5 different wetland habitats that are threatened throughout the State of Georgia. A Butterfly Garden, Bog Garden with carnivorous plants, river boardwalk, and woodland trails add to the experience.  This place is a bargain - $10 for adults, $7 Seniors (Ages 65+) & Students (Ages 13 -18), $6 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and under.  During the year, it offers hikes with guides, canoeing trips, and other fun events.

Roswell Visitors Center – 617 Atlanta Street:  The Visitors Center has a free video that give you an overview of the town and its history.  While in the Visitors Center, take advantage of the “Roswell Mills and Mill Life” exhibit, including a recreation of the mill wheel that powered the cotton mills and displays that explain the importance of cotton and woolen mills to the development of Georgia.  There’s even a large display case of Civil War artifacts for Civil War buffs. 

While in the Visitors Center, be sure to get your FREE copy of the walking tour map of the Historic District.  You can create your own at-your-pace tour of the historic buildings that played a part in Roswell’s history. 

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Roswell Mills and Mill Life:  FREE walking tour that gives you a glimpse into the lives of the Mill Workers in Roswell just before the Civil War and lets you in on the mystery of the 400 women and children who were charged with treason and deported during the war.  Download the free “Roswell Mills and Civil War Tour” app from the Google store or from ITunes. 

Trilogy Pass to Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall, and Smith Plantation House Museums:  The pass is $18 for adults, $15 for children which saves you $2 per house off of the normal admission price.  Passes may be purchased at the Roswell Visitors Center or at the first house you visit.  At this time, the pass does not expire, so you can see one house on one day and then save your pass and see the other home(s) on another day.

Hike the Trails in Roswell:  Sixteen miles of trails wind through the city. Vickery Creek Park, with an interpretive walk highlighting the old mill ruins, allows visitors to get close to Vickery Creek and its dam. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is linked to the trail by the Old Mill Covered Pedestrian Bridge.  Enjoy the beauty of the Chattahoochee River at Azalea Park on Azalea Drive; Don White Memorial Park on Riverside Rd; Riverside Park on Riverside Road; and the new Riverwalk boardwalk that connects Azalea Park to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Maps and information about the trails are available at the Roswell Visitors Center.

Riverside Sounds:  These outdoor concerts occur the first Saturday of the month, from May through October at Riverside Park (575 Riverside Road).  A great gathering of family, friends and young people. Bring chairs or blanket and a picnic and enjoy some of the area’s best musical artists. FREE  or 770-641-3705.

Alive In Roswell:  Every third Thursday from April through October, Canton Street and the Historic Square in Beautiful Historic Roswell celebrates Alive In Roswell from 5:00 PM till 9:00 PM, You will find music, storefront merchants and street vendors with specials for the evening, restaurants ready to serve your favorite meal, galleries with fabulous art and craft, and nonprofit organizations to inform and educate!  Check out for full details.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

A New Year’s Resolution to Experience Roswell Georgia

It’s that time of the year when people tend to make promises that they will eat better, exercise, etc.  Those resolutions work well for a few weeks and then are forgotten.  How about resolutions that are fun?

Resolve to learn a little bit of history:  From antebellum house museums to the ruins of the mills that were part of the founding of Roswell and helped drive the economy of the State of Georgia, there is so much to tour and experience in Roswell.  To locate the 43 sites of interest, pick up a walking tour map at the Roswell Visitors Center or download your own.

Resolve to commune with nature in Roswell:  From Roswell’s parks along the Chattahoochee River and miles of trails throughout the city to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Resolve to experience a little bit of culture:  Roswell’s Cultural Arts Center is home to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and many more opportunities to experience music, plays, puppet shows, and dance, throughout the year.   If you prefer visual arts, Roswell is home to many art galleries and creative spaces where you can enjoy artwork and even try your hand at your own creation.

Resolve to try a new menu:  Roswell has a wide range of restaurants from award winning one-of-a-kind dining opportunities to family friendly fare.

Resolve to experience Roswell’s Breweries:  Four breweries offer unique tasting opportunities.

While you’re enjoying all that Roswell has to offer, you’ll want to spend the night.  Roswell has lodging facilities to fit every budget.

Roswell is ready and waiting to help you to fulfill your New Year’s Resolution!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Congratulations to Roswell's New Mayor and City Council Members

                                Top Row:  Lori Henry, Sean Groer, Matt Judy; Second Row:  Matthew Tyser, Marie Willsey.             Third Row:  Michael Palermo, Marcelo Zapata

Congratulations to the new mayor of Roswell, Lori Henry and the recently-elected Roswell City Council members, Sean Groer, Matt Judy, Matthew Tyser and Marie Willsey. They will be sworn into office at city hall on January 8,  2018. The Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau looks forward to working with them and returning council members Michael Palermo and Marcelo Zapata to grow tourism in the city with Modern Spirit and Southern Soul.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Visit Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

The staff of the Visit Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to say thank you to the numerous visitors who have experienced Roswell’s modern spirit and Southern Soul. 

Since January of this year, our Visitor Information Specialists welcomed people from 31 countries and 46 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Here's a reminder of just Some of the FUN & FREE things for the entire family.

Old Mill Park Interpretive Trail:  Hike the Old Mill Park Interpretive Trail to see the Vickery Creek Waterfall and the beautiful Covered Pedestrian Bridge.  95 Mill View Avenue

Chattahoochee River Fun: On the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River, enjoy Azalea Park, Riverside Park and Don White Park which provide picnic areas, playgrounds, boat ramps, bike paths and multi-purpose trails, fishing, an outdoor fitness station, and more.  Access the newest section of the extended boardwalk along the River on Azalea Drive. Parking at Azalea Park, 203 Azalea Drive

Serenity Garden: Visit the Serenity Garden located in Roswell Area Park.  Along with a variety of plants you’ll find water features and artwork, encouraging visitors to relax, reflect and momentarily escape the hectic pace of life. 10495 Woodstock Road

First Friday ArtWalk captures the vibe of Roswell’s arts scene. As you visit the galleries, you’ll find contemporary geocubist art to sculpture, folk art, modern landscapes and an array of colorful paintings.

Roswell Cherokee Memorial located in Riverside Park.  Nine boulders along the river tell the story of the Cherokee who were forced to leave on the Trail of Tears.
575 Riverside Road

For additional information on Fun & Free Things to Do or to access a calendar of events