Rome Downtown Development Authority

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Attractions

Admiral Towers Plaza

Admiral Towers Plaza

Admiral Towers Memorial Plaza is dedicated to the memory of Admiral John Henry Towers, native Roman and “the Father of Naval Aviation.” Located adjacent to Rome City Hall and Auditorium, the life-size bronze statue and surroundings tells his amazing story.

AR Workshop logo

AR Workshop

AR Workshop Rome is a boutique DIY workshop that offers hands-on classes for creating custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere. Classes include customized wood plank or framed signs, lazy susans, wood centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, canvas wall hangings, clocks, blanket ladders, and pedestal trays.

Barron Stadium

Barron Stadium

Barron Stadium is a 6,500-seat football field and track & field stadium in Rome, Georgia. It is home to the Shorter University Hawks and Rome High School Wolves football teams. The facility hosted the NAIA Football National Championship from 2008-13 and the NCCAA Victory Bowl in 2013-14, as well as the NCCAA track championships from 2014-16.

Concert at Bridgepoint Plaza

Bridgepoint Plaza

Located at the corner of the Etowah River and the Oostanaula River and behind Moe’s Original BBQ and other downtown businesses, Bridgepoint Plaza provides an open space that is perfect for downtown life and events. Bridgepoint Plaza is also at one of the ends of the Heritage Trail system and is near a favorite spot of many locals, River Dog Outpost & Paddle Co.

Capitoline Wolf

Capitoline Wolf

The Capitoline Wolf with Romulus and Remus stands in front of historic City Hall on Broad Street in downtown Rome. The statue was an official gift from the Roman Governor, by a signed order of the Italian Dictator, Benito Mussolini and was presented when Chatillion Corporation Silk Mills of Milan, Italy relocated to Georgia’s Rome in 1929.

Chiaha statue

Chiaha Art Statue

The Chiaha Harvest Fair monument was dedicated Oct. 20, 2015 to Connie Conn, the festival's founder, commemorating the festivals' 50th Anniversary.

Clocktower behind trees

City Clocktower

With a deep history, the City Clocktower has been an important feature to the Downtown Rome area since the 1800s. The 109 steps to the top of the Clocktower offers a great view of downtown Rome. A museum inside includes murals from Rome’s history and restored original clockworks.

Colosseum Escape Rooms logo

Colosseum Escape Rooms

Thematic, player-focused rooms immerse guests into story lines full of mystery and challenging puzzles. To solve the escape room within the given time, the clues require mental challenges of persistent trial and error, creative thinking, and teamwork.

Dancing Flower statue

Dancing Flower Statue

Located in the 500 block of Broad Street, the Dancing Flower is dedicated to the memory of Mickey-Dobbs, who headed the Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful program for years. The statue was revealed in 2013.

Downtown Tennis Center

The Downtown Tennis Center is a satellite facility of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

Downtown welcome center exterior

Downtown Welcome Center

The Downtown Rome Welcome Center is recognized by the state as an official Regional Visitor Information Center (RVIC). The accessibility of the center makes it an ideal location for visitors to access travel tips, travel brochures and find friendly trip-planning assistance.

Ellen Axson Wilson statue

Ellen Axson Wilson statue

Ellen Axson Wilson, the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson, grew up in Rome and is buried at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The statue was placed by the Rome Area Council for the Art and is designed by Arizona artist Stephanie Hunter.

The Forum with a fountain in the foreground

Forum River Center

The Forum River Center is a premier event venue that offers 34,300 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate groups of 5 to 5,000 for concerts, sports events, meetings, conferences, trade shows, banquets, weddings and receptions.

Heritage Park

One of our most popular parks, Heritage Park is located in Historic Downtown Rome behind the levee on Second Avenue. This 8-acre park is situated at the confluence of the Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers and offers an aesthetically pleasing and passive recreation opportunity for local residents and those who are visiting Rome and Floyd County. The park has a gazebo, picnic shelters, a playground, fishing and river access, and paved trails.

Women walk bikes across a bridge

Heritage Trail System

Downtown riverfront system of over 13.5 miles of trails along all three Rivers of Rome. Entrances at: State Mutual Stadium, Ridge Ferry Park, West Third Street / Barron Stadium, Town Green, Heritage Park, Riverview Park, Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Bridgepoint Plaza, and several other downtown locations.

DeSoto Theatre Marquee

Historic DeSoto Theatre

In 1982, The DeSoto closed as a movie theatre, but soon reopened as the venue for Rome’s local amateur theatre group. Now seating 498 patrons, the Rome Little Theatre has staged dozens of plays in the 23 years it owned the DeSoto, and the theatre is one of the venues for the annual Rome International Film Festival.

The Vogue historic plaque

Historic Downtown Plaques

Created by the the Rome Area Heritage Foundation, Rome Area History Museum and Rome Business Improvement District, historical plaques detailing the original use and date of construction mark several properties within the central business district of Rome. These plaques provide a walk through time among the properties in Downtown.

Meditation Garden

Meditation Garden at Myrtle Hill Cemetery

The garden overlooking Myrtle Hill at the river confluence provides a place of beauty and serenity. The landscape plan echoes the allure of Rome’s seven hills and three rivers.

Fountain at Mitchell Plaza

Mitchell Plaza

Mitchell Plaza is located at 3rd Ave between Broad Street and the Town Green. Mitchell Plaza is named after Martin H. “Buddy” Mitchell who served on the Rome City Commission 17 years, with eight of that being its Chairman. Buddy loved his City, family, and friends. Buddy passed away on February 11, 1997. This park is dedicated in his memory.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery

Myrtle Hill Cemetery

One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the nation sits atop Myrtle Hill at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers. Offering an unimpeded view of downtown Rome, Georgia, to the northeast, the Etowah Valley to the east, and the Appalachian foothills to the south, the cemetery boasts spectacular vistas and historic significance, making it one of the most unique in the world.

Opera Alley

Opera Alley

The alley, donated to the city by Mr. M.A. Nevin, is a city thoroughfare so that the performers, stagehands and suppliers might enter and leave the Nevin Opera House without having to pass through the box office and parquet sections. Mr. M.A. Nevin built the opera house, which opened in September of 1880.

RAD Playhouse

The playhouse was founded by the Rome Shakespeare Festival. It's located in the River District and has an intimate theatre venue; and it's perfect for a full line-up of shows.

Paddling on the river

River Dog Outpost & Paddle Co.

Paddleboard enthusiasts and novices alike enjoy touring the scenic beauty of historic downtown Rome where the town’s peaceful rivers offer the perfect setting for stand up paddle boarding. After an afternoon of playing in the sun or enjoying Rome’s downtown scene, stop by the outdoor patio at River Dog Outpost for great beer and fun vibes.

Robert Redden Footbridge

Robert Redden Footbridge

This former Central of Georgia Railway swing bridge crosses the Oostanaula River in downtown Rome. No longer used by the railroad, it has been preserved by Rome and Floyd County and converted to a pedestrian bridge. Now called the Robert Redden Foot Bridge, it is part of an extensive network of trails in the community.

Rome Area History Museum exterior

Rome Area History Museum

As a vital center for local historical research, the Rome Area History Museum preserves, interprets, and exhibits collections portraying the history of Rome and the surrounding area.

Rome City Auditorium exterior

Rome City Auditorium

The historic Rome City Auditorium is over 100 years old; it officially opened to the public on June 28, 1916 and was added to National Registry of Historic places in 1983. It is the largest theatre of its period still in daily use in the region and is booked for performances year-round.

Rome City Brewing logo on a beer glass

Rome City Brewing Company

Downtown’s resident brewery, brewing great locally made craft beer right here in the heart of Rome. This is Rome’s only brewery. They also distribute it all over northwest Georgia and beyond. Great locally made beer, great food, good music, and great times await.

Firefighters Memorial Plaza

Rome Firefighters Memorial Plaza

The memorial plaza honors all firefighters, past and present, in recognition of the public service these men and women provide to protect our community.

Rotary Club Memorial Wall

Rotary Club Memorial Wall

The Rotary Club of Rome Memorial Wall pays tribute to Floyd County’s fallen veterans. The memorial is situated along the Heritage Trail behind The Forum River Center with beautiful views of the Oostanaula River.

Sulzbacher Roman Holiday on the river

Sulzbacher Roman Holiday

The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday is Rome’s 40-passenger excursion boat. It is available for private events, and public excursions are also held throughout the year.

Swerve storefont

Swerve: Off the Path

An eclectic art studio offering all types of art events, parties, classes & workshops. Painting, pottery, mosaics, and FUN.

Town Green at night

Town Green & Chief John Ross Pedestrian Bridge

Located adjacent to The Forum and the Rome Area History Museum, Rome’s newest landmark recently opened an expanded lower riverfront addition, complete with additional seating perfect for enjoying views of the lazy Oostanaula River.

Veterans Memorial

Veterans Plaza at Myrtle Hill Cemetery

The centerpiece of this plaza is the tomb of America’s Known Soldier, Charles Graves, which is guarded by three 1904 water cooled automatic machine guns. More than 3,000 engraved bricks honor and memorialize military veterans and civilians for their service to this country in war or peace throughout all of American history.

Home in the Between the Rivers district

Victorian Era District – Between the Rivers

Rome is home to the largest Victorian Era District in the state of Georgia. This area, which lies between the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers, is the site of Rome’s founding in 1834 and is where early business and industry served the new town.