Summer in Cartersville: Five Experiences Sure to Leave You with a Sunny Smile

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Any day can be a vacation day in Cartersville, Georgia. With so many fun things to see and do the Visitor Information Specialists at the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau have pinpointed five experiences ideal for sharing with your family and friends over the next few months.

5. Discover American Icons at the Booth Western Art Museum

What defines America? Freedom, the Wild West, and our Presidents? Or maybe it’s the vast mountain ranges, fields of grain, and coastal shores. The Booth Museum displays the answer in iconic images and subjects that define America. Two special exhibitions this summer include some of the most notable images in U.S. history.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe portrays President John F. Kennedy and his family in private and public times before and during his time in The White House. The exhibit also has a unique story that might have ended with the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. See it before August 27.

Ansel Adams: The Masterworks includes 30 photographs that became known as The Museum Set because they were often displayed individually in museums and were selected, printed, and signed by the renowned photographer as his best works. The Booth Museum has the distinguished honor of being the first to display all 30 images collectively. “Adams’s subject matter, the magnificent natural beauty of the West, was absolutely, unmistakably American, and his chosen instrument, the camera, was a quintessential artifact of the twentieth-century culture,” wrote John Swarkowski in the introduction to Adams’s Classic Images (1985). See America at its best now through October 29.

4. Join the Paddle Georgia Street Party June 22

Hernando de Soto paddled the Etowah River to discover the land and Native Cultures in Cartersville, and this year hundreds of river explorers will be welcomed on shore as the annual Paddle Georgia week-long journey winds its way into town on Thursday, June 22. The Coosa River Basin Initiative and Georgia River Network will host a free street party in downtown Cartersville featuring music from The Gintones, canoe and kayak test rides and canoe tug-o-war competitions. Event sponsor Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will set up its mammoth portable pool where all the action takes place from 6-8 PM and is free to spectators.

3. Create Your Own River Journey

Book your own day on the Etowah River with the help of Euharlee Creek Outfitters. This local team can take you on a guided trip or send you off with all the gear needed for a fun filled day that beats the heat. If you prefer to float along at a more leisurely pace, ask for a short tubing trip on Euharlee Creek. Either way it will be a day you’ll want to repeat.

2. Head to The Beach at George Washington Carver State Park

Established in 1950, this public park on Lake Allatoona is being discovered by new generations as a great place to relax and enjoy a day in the sand. In 2016, community leaders and the Georgia Department of Economic Development set out on a mission to preserve and interpret the park’s important pre-Civil Rights heritage as Georgia’s First State Park for African Americans. A grant was awarded to install interpretive signs throughout the park, and management was transferred to the Cartersville-Bartow CVB. The beach, grounds and event hall have been renovated and The Beach, as locals fondly know it, is waiting on your beach chair. The day-use park is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-6 PM. Admission is $5 per vehicle. To reserve the event hall or for exclusive park rentals, call 770-387-1357.

1.Conquer the New Aqua Park Obstacles at Terminus Wake Park

Climb your way to the top of a slippery pyramid, then go flying on the catapult into Terminus lake. This aquatic adventure looks like an inflatable space station on water, but you won’t need oxygen to get you through the four zones of increasing intensity. Just hold your breath and dive in for Cartersville’s best way to cool off this summer. Suitable for ages five and up, this experience is open daily. Conquer this and you’ll likely be ready to strap on a helmet and wakeboard for a spin around North America’s largest cable wake park.

Get all the details you’ll need this Summer at VisitCartersvilleGA.org.