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 W.P. Snyder, Jr. sternwheel boat at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta Ohio

Take a Day Trip to Marietta

Known as for being the oldest city in Ohio, this "Riverboat Town" is the perfect place to explore on your next adventure.

W.P. Snyder, Jr. at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta

Take a Day Trip to Marietta

By Heather Rader

Posted On: Sep 2, 2022

Marietta is a charming town located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. With a rich history dating back centuries, Marietta is full of interesting museums and historical sites. Downtown Marietta is home to a variety of local shops and restaurants, making it the perfect place to spend a day exploring. And no visit to Marietta would be complete without taking a scenic riverboat ride down the Ohio River.

Whether you're looking for a historic experience or just a fun day out, Marietta has something for everyone!

Settled in 1788, Marietta was the first settlement in the Northwest Territory and is the oldest city in Ohio. The Hopewell and Adena Native American cultures were the earliest visitors arriving more than 2,000 years ago. With centuries of history, there's plenty of historical sites and museums to explore in Marietta.

yellow building at historic hamar village in marietta ohio
Historic Harmar Village 

Historical Sites and Museums To Visit:

With its riverside location and close proximity to Ohio's only national forest, outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring the many miles of trails and recreation activities available in the area.  

Ohio River view from the brick path in Marietta Ohio

Outdoor Activities To Do:

The walkable downtown area is perfect for a stroll to admire historic architecture and to support local businesses. There's no shortage of shopping in downtown Marietta with plenty of locally owned shops and boutiques. From antiques, primitives, and home décor to food, specialty, and apparel - you'll always find one-of-a-kind treasures in downtown Marietta.

street view of buildings and stores in downtown marietta ohio

Shops To Visit:

With a full day of exploration, you'll work up an appetite! There's plenty of restaurants in Marietta to satisfy every palate.

coffee cups in between two plates with bagels at Jeremiahs Coffee House in Marietta Ohio

Food and Drinks To Try:

From historical attractions, outdoor adventures, local shops and restaurants, and riverfront views, a visit to Marietta makes for the perfect Ohio day trip!

For more ways to explore the Inviting Region of Historic Marietta, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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