Smyrna, Georgia, is known at the “Jonquil City” because of its abundance of jonquil flowers blooming in the gardens and along the streets in early spring. Residents of this charming Atlanta-area city enjoy 33 acres of green space and parks in addition to a thriving downtown with plenty of modern restaurants, trendy shops, and entertainment options for every season. Close to the Atlanta metro area, yet maintaining its small town feel, Smyrna is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway.
Discover the following reasons why you should book a trip to this must-see city.
Traverse the Silver Comet Trail
The Silver Comet Trail is a paved 61.5-mile trail for bicycling, running, hiking, horseback riding, and skating. It begins in Smyrna but stretches across western Georgia, connecting to the Chief Ladiga Trail at the Georgia-Alabama border. Named for the Silver Comet passenger train which ran along the same route from 1947 to 1969, this historic and scenic trail is ideal for exploring the Georgia countryside.
To take in as much of the trail’s beauty as possible, consider spending the night at one of Smyrna’s many spectacular hotels and setting out at the break of dawn. Give yourself the full day to hike or bike, and come back to a comfortable bed to rest your sore muscles. The trail begins at the Mavell Road Trailhead.
Explore Market Village
If you can find one place you have to check out in Smyrna, it’s Market Village. This social and cultural hub features a combination of beautiful landscapes and old-world architecture with bustling social activities and nightlife. It’s home to seven popular restaurants featuring anything you could want, including sushi, pizza, ribs, and Southwestern favorites. Market Village also frequently hosts live music and festivals. Discover Market Village at 2840 Atlanta Road.
Experience the Smyrna Summer Concert Series
Located in The Village Green (adjacent to Market Village), a space which earned the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence, the Smyrna Summer Concert Series offers live entertainment to provide a soundtrack to your visit experience. One concert each month is held every summer, all with different local and popular bands. Good times and good vibes abound at these open-air shows, so bring your family and friends, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the warm summer nights. Shows are held at 200 Village Green Circle.
Visit the Smyrna History Museum
Discover the history of this charming Southern town by stopping by the Smyrna History Museum. The museum is a replica of the 1910 Smyrna Train Depot, which was demolished in 1959. It features a large collection of artifacts, publications, and oral histories, as well as thousands of photographs. The materials collected document life in this community as early as 1832. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Find it at 2861 Atlanta Road.
This list is far from exclusive, as you’ll find much more to enjoy within and outside Smyrna’s borders. To escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and enjoy a more intimate, Southern small town experience, consider paying a visit to the city of Smyrna.