What to do and see in Roswell, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 2, 2017 Chanda Heide

Roswell is an affluent city in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States. At the 2010 census, it had a population of 88,346, and in 2014 the estimated population was 94,089, making it Georgia's seventh largest city.
Restaurants in Roswell

1. Wills Park

Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA 30202 +1 770-410-5845
Excellent
65%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Wills Park

Reviewed By AJG35 - Cairns, Australia

It was a cold day and we decided to visit this park. Go figure. We were astounded by the range of facilities and activities offered at this park. We took a long walk which took in the playground, baseball fields, the equestrian centre and the historic house (which was closed). Great walk on a cold day.

2. Big Creek Greenway

Cumming, GA
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Big Creek Greenway

Reviewed By jia y - c

We live close by and take daily walks on the Big Creek Greenway. There are public restrooms, water fountains, and a small shelter at the entrance off of Bethelview Road. The trail is mildly strenuous except for the sawtooth pass section. It's closed after heavy rain.

3. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30350-3432 +1 800-232-7238
Excellent
62%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Reviewed By JNFII - Stamford, Connecticut

The visitor center for Chattahoochee is located in Sandy Springs Georgia and is called Hewlett lodge. Drive there first to get Maps, information and talk with Park Rangers about what to do. This is a wonderful park and cool outdoor oasis away from the heat and bustle of metro Atlanta.

4. Archibald Smith Plantation Home

935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827 +1 770-641-3978
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Archibald Smith Plantation Home

Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home constructed by one of the town's founding fathers, Archibald Smith. In 1838, the Smith family and nearly 30 of their slaves left their two plantations in St. Marys, along the southern coast of Georgia, to make a new start with some 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell Town Square. What this well-to-do 19th Century farming family did not realize when they constructed their home was that it would be preserved by their descendants as an untouched treasure of southern history. For over 150 years, the Smith's Plantation Home has stood the test of time as The Civil War was brought to its front steps, and all around it, the small mill village of Roswell erupted into a bustling metropolitan suburb. Perfectly preserved are the Smiths two-story farm house, complete with outbuildings, including slave quarters, a cook house, corn crib, barn, carriage house, well, and spring house. Three generations of the Archibald Smith family lived in this home and saved all of their belongings, large and small, important and trivial, broken or whole. The home and grounds have become one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in the region.

Reviewed By IverJohnson - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

We live outside the state of Georgia, so these homes are so different and very wonderful compared to attractions in our state. This was the first home to tour and we were treated to a personal tour that was very informative and always interesting. The history of the family and the original plantation was a part of the tour and then the actual tour of the house and grounds. All of it was a wonderful 2 hours of our day. Great parking in the City parking lot... and a great tour guide. This is an attraction that is a must see in the Atlanta area.

5. Morgan Falls Overlook Park

200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350 +1 770-730-5600
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Reviewed By PAWMAW1983 - Sandy Springs, Georgia

Parks come in all varieties, small, large, sand, dirt, water, mountains ??
Yes. Morgan Falls Park sits on a point overlooking the Chattahoochee River, and, looking up into the hills surrounding the river.The view makes you want to grab a swing and pass the time admiring the beauty.
If that does not do it for your kids, there is a playground, picnic tables, and hiking trail.
In addition there is a boat rental on the site, for canoes and kayaks.
Just go there and see for yourself.

6. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009-4837 +1 404-733-5010
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Reviewed By Jennifer M

We've attended a couple of ASO concerts at the Amphitheatre. It was a pretty positive experience all the way around. Parking was easy. The amphitheatre was great--there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. There are also lawn seats which seem nice and are available for about $20 a piece. We didn't eat or drink so I can't comment on the food. The traffic wasn't too bad getting out.

7. Old Mill Park

85 Mill St, Roswell, GA 30075-4952 +1 770-641-3705
Excellent
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Old Mill Park

Reviewed By Jennifer M

This park is mainly walking trails. There is no playground or places to sit/eat. It is a very scenic location, close to historic downtown Roswell. There is an old mill there with a covered bridge. It is the perfect location for photos. There are a number of walking trails along the river that are good for families.

8. Bulloch Hall

180 Bulloch Ave, Roswell, GA 30075-4420 +1 770-992-1731
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Bulloch Hall

Childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt's mother, Martha Bullock, is an 1840 Greek Revival mansion featuring restored rooms with period furnishings.

Reviewed By petergoode2 - North Carolina

My wife and I found ourselves once again staying with relatives in Marietta, and had a longstanding desire to tour the historic homes of Roswell. With an ideal opportunity having presented itself, we signed purchased tickets for the Trilogy Tour (Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, Smith Plantation...$7 per tour if purchased separately, $18 if purchased together, no AAA or other discounts), no date restrictions...we toured Barrington the first of three days, and visited Bulloch Hall on the second day (each reviewed separately, of course).

The home is easily located, just a left turn and then another left turn prior to reaching Roswell via the Roswell Highway heading north), more than ample parking. In fact, as were visiting on a weekday in August, we ended up with our own "private tour" with Bill.

After a brief perusal of their nice gift shop, we headed up the slight inclined pathway to the house, and began our one hour visit to the home.

Bill demonstrated remarkable knowledge as to the history of the home and the original builders/owners and those who followed. We very much enjoyed the insights he shared as to Mittie and her uniqueness in having been the mother of a president and grandmother of a president's wife.

The interiors are not original to the home, but those who manage the residence have done a remarkable job of obtaining period furniture which is true to the site.

The visit included the basement kitchen, first floor of public rooms, second floor of bedrooms, and a steep climb to the attic and its remarkable roof under-structure. There are multiple displays of historical interest, including a provided reproduction of Peggy Mitchell's first by-lined article in the Atlanta Constitution describing Mittie's wedding (you know her as the author of a somewhat well known novel called "Gone With the Wind"), the confederate naval service.

Available for outdoor touring are slave quarters, quite depressing and a sad chapter in our nation's history, to say the least, but very well presented. As is the case at the other Trilogy sites, there is the option of dialing in to a cell phone number to hear additional fascinating information regarding the Hall, a very creative Roswell option. This does not require purchase of a ticket for a house tour, but that would lead one to miss the critical house tour and associated learning experience.

We had a wonderful visit here, would recommend it highly, and are looking forward to our third tour tomorrow at Smith Plantation!

9. Vickery Creek Trail

85 Mill St, Roswell, GA 30075-4952 +1 770-640-3253
Excellent
69%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Vickery Creek Trail

Reviewed By Jeff T - Atlanta, Georgia

A great place for a short or long hike .... witness some of yesteryear's industrial mills & buildings. Also there are a couple areas to stand overlooking the Vickery Creek Dam which is neat .... also a great place to take your children or grandchildren. Close by some great restaurants in Downtown Roswell .... Go for It!!!

10. Chattahoochee River

Roswell, GA +1 678-538-1200
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Chattahoochee River

Reviewed By Carolyn G - Atlanta

The City of Roswell has done a great job installing the lovely Roswell River Walk - a set of boardwalks running through the marsh beside the Chattahoochee between Little Willeo and Azalea Drives. It's such a great spot for a walk or run. I live close by and walk here often. The entire collection of walking paths and trails along the river in Roswell is top notch and there's something for everyone who loves the outdoors, including kayak and canoe rentals, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, fishing areas, and trails. My family spends a lot of time here. Parking is free and ample but can get a bit congested on pretty weekend afternoons. There's a lot of fun to be had here!

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