Welcome to Roswell
Enjoy peaceful suburban life along the scenic Chattahoochee River
Nestled along the northern bank of the Chattahoochee River is Roswell, a suburban city with a historic downtown district. Roswell was founded in the 1830s and named after Roswell King, who built a cotton mill on the Chattahoochee. Over the last couple of decades, thanks to its easy access to Atlanta, the population of Roswell has burgeoned to more than 90,000, making it the ninth-largest city in Georgia.
Yet, the town retains its small-town feel through its quaint historic downtown, which serves as a popular center for shopping, dining, and events. The older homes in the historic district have been renovated and modernized while maintaining their vintage charm. Most of Roswell consists of subdivisions with large homes on roomy lots. Many neighborhoods have pools, tennis courts, and clubhouses.
What to Love
- Quaint downtown shops and restaurants
- Unique natural features
- Easy access to Atlanta
- Bustling historic area
Roswell is intersected by Georgia State Route 400, which gives residents an easy commute to Atlanta for work or entertainment. Even so, there's plenty to do close to home. The downtown Roswell area has numerous local restaurants and boutiques, and summers are busy with community activities.
Locals take full advantage of the natural beauty and warm climate. The Chattahoochee Nature Center and Recreational Area offer miles of waterside hiking trails through beautiful, wooded areas. Kayaking on the river is also popular. Reswell has numerous other parks with sports facilities, playgrounds, and trails. The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market operates every Saturday morning, spring through fall.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Canton Street is the heart of Roswell's downtown area. You can stroll down the sidewalks and browse the many locally-owned shops, art galleries, and gift shops, many located in converted century-old homes honoring the town's history. At the Historic Roswell Antiques and Interior shop, you can find vintage furniture, jewelry, and art from the past from hand-picked vendors. On the east side of Roswell is the PGA Tour Superstore, a golf lover's dream.
Chef-driven restaurants in Roswell range from casual diners to brewpubs and fine steakhouses. A local favorite, the 1920 Tavern, is decorated in speak-easy style and serves sandwiches, burgers, and entrees, with hand-crafted drinks. The Little Alley Steak House, located inside a former antique shop, features quality steaks and seafood. Another top-rated dining experience can be found at Table & Main, which services classic Southern fare.
Pubs are popular places for food, libations, and socialization. The Salt Factory Pub offers a wide selection of craft beers and a full menu. From the Earth Brewing hosts an outdoor concert series showcasing regional bands in a variety of genres.
Things to Do
Local culture is celebrated in Roswell's annual events. The Alive in Roswell festival, hosted by the City of Roswell, takes place on Canton Street and in the historic district every Thursday evening from spring to fall. The ongoing festival features food and beverage tents, food trucks, games, vendors, and music. Several other festivals also take place downtowns, such as the Roswell Arts Festival and the Roswell Beer Festival.
Residents enjoy the numerous parks throughout the city. One of the largest is Roswell Area Park, which has sports facilities and a 50-meter Olympic-size pool. An indoor pool for adults only is found at the Roswell Aquatics Center. Several parks have splash pads for kids. The parks and recreation department sponsors many activities throughout the year, such as concerts and movies at Riverside Park.