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Unique activities you didnt know existed in Marietta

Peoples Bank Theatre

I’ve lived in Marietta, Ohio, for almost my entire life (which is only 21 years), and I have yet to visit this attraction, simply because I have never heard of it. Many people are caught up in the”state of the art” movie theaters nowadays, and most fail to realize there’s the Peoples Bank Theatre on Putnam Street! Originally built in 1911, but claimed by fire in 1917, this theater was restored two years later and is now in great shape. This huge theater (which seats over 600 people) used to be the place where silent movies were shown. In addition to showing silent movies, the theater entertained with Broadway plays, music concerts, and magical acts. Did you know people like Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Dick Van Patten, Tex Ritter, Minnie Pearl, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, and Randy Travis performed here before? That shows the prominence of this magnificent theater! Switch it up for the evening and visit to view all of the upcoming acts that are perfect for the entire family to enjoy. It’s on my list to view a spectacular act this summer at the theatre.

Sightseeing Tours

Come explore the oldest town in Ohio, and supposedly the most haunted. Stories and stories are passed down from generations that tell the tales of ole’ Marietta, Ohio. Attend a Ghost Trek Tour that meets on Putnam Street or Front Street and explore the hidden stories and shadows of Marietta. Marietta is known for its historical landmarks, so take a tour on the ancient earthworks and see cemeteries and mounds that are over 2000 years old. Walk in the place where Adena and Hopewell pioneers journeyed through. There are so many more tours and activities, so visit to plan your day of fun today. Events coming up include creepy craft night, Marie Antoinette: Le Festival, MOV Red Tent, and much more.

Outdoor Adventures

Experience the great outdoors during a beautiful, sunny day and explore the nooks and crannies of Marietta. Bring out your bikes, or rent some at the local Marietta Adventure Company store and take on the Marietta City Trail Network which is nearly 30 miles long! View this map to see the location of the trails  The rippling Ohio and Muskingum Rivers are the perfect place to wade through on a hot, sunny afternoon. Visit Marietta Adventure Company and ask to go on a guided kayak tour along the river. There’s even a Full Moon tour, which is a guided paddle after dark! Visit to plan your outdoor adventure today.

Kayaking on a river in Washington County, Ohio.

Campus Martius Museum

If you are a history buff and would love to know what Marietta, Ohio, was like before you existed, well this is the place to visit! This three story building features exhibits focusing on the Northwest Territory and its first settlement. You can see artifacts from Ohio’s first peoples as you view Adena and Hopewell authentic clothing, tools and much more, and also original maps and surveys made by Rufus Putnam, who was a colonial military officer during the French and Indian War. Putnam remains buried at Mound Cemetery right here in Marietta, Ohio. The featured item in the museum is Rufus Putnam’s actual house, which underwent restoration to maintain quality. Take a tour and step inside the house and dive back into history to see how pioneers lived in the 1780’s. Follow this link to plan your visit today.
There are a lot of activities lurking in Marietta, Ohio, that you probably aren’t aware of! Step outside of the usual dinner and movie date and choose one of these historic, thrilling options to make for a worthwhile day right here in Marietta. Plan your visit today and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Campus Martius Museum

Written by Madison Sury