The Rome Georgia Tourist Board invites locals to “Be a Tourist” in your hometown during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 1-7, 2022. The week celebrates the value travel holds for our economy, our businesses and our personal well-being and invites residents to live the full visitor experience by becoming tourists in their own city.
The Rome Georgia Tourism Board will be celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with the following events:
- Sunday May 1, Sulzbacher Roman Holiday River Tour– Visit the rivers of Rome on The Sunday cruise Rolling on the river on Sulzbacher’s Roman Holiday with local historian Selena Tilly. The themed tour on the history of the river will depart at 2:00 p.m. from the Heritage Park wharf. Tickets are $15/person and can be purchased in advance at RomeGeorgia.org/RomanHoliday or at any of the Rome Georgia Visitor Centers.
- Thursday, May 5, Childhood Stories for the Outer Hills with Bob Harris – Join us for a fun storytelling event with Bob Harris, an animated storyteller who will present “Childhood Stories from the Hills”. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic or snacks as you enjoy these delightfully entertaining stories on the beautiful lawn of Clocktower Hill! This event is free.
- Friday May 6, Clock Painting Festival – Create your own clock tower masterpiece and enjoy “clock tail drinks” on the terrace overlooking downtown Rome with a view of the river and of course – the clock tower clock of Rome! All materials for the painting part will be provided. The painting will be led by artist Kristi Kent and will take place on the deck of the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk at 5:30 p.m. 100% of proceeds from the painting will benefit the Clocktower Restoration Fund to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Clocktower as well as historic preservation. month. Reserve your spot online at: RomeGeorgia.org/Arts
- Saturday May 7, Historical tour of the city center – Places of worship Guests will board Roman chariots for a guided tour showcasing one of Rome’s finest places of worship. A new location will be introduced every month in downtown Rome. Selena Tilly, Director of the Rome Area History Center, will share documented historical information. Tours run the first Saturday of every month through September and depart from the Rome Region History Center at 10am. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at RomeGeorgia.org/Tour or at any of the Rome Georgia Visitor Centers. All proceeds benefit the Rome Region History Center.
- Saturday 7 May, Clock Tower – The Rome Area History Center will host a new season of Clocktower Tours which will be offered the first Saturday of every month from May to September from 12pm to 2pm. Get the best views of Rome from the top of the clock tower and enjoy seeing stories of Rome portrayed through murals at the entrance to the tower. Self-guided tours of the Clock Tower are $10 and can be purchased online at RomeGeorgia.org/ClocktowerTour. All profits are donated to the Clocktower Restoration Fund.
- Rome Georgia Photo Exhibition Finalists – Selected photos for the Rome Georgia Photo and Video Exhibit will be announced Monday, May 2 during National Travel and Tourism Week. Entries are currently posted on the Georgia Rome Facebook page until April 28 for the People’s Choice vote. The exhibition will be submitted to a jury and will be held from June 4 to July 5 at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk 1st Floor Gallery. Prizes and awards will be announced at the opening on Saturday, June 4 at 5 p.m. Details are at: RomeGeorgia.org/Exhibit.
- Scavenger Hunts in Rome Georgia – Are you ready for fun challenges? Put on your walking shoes and head to downtown Rome for these fun scavenger hunts! You’ll also learn fun facts about Rome’s history as you explore the city. There are 3 treasure hunts in total. Each takes about 35-40 minutes. Two of the scavenger hunts go around the town centre/Broad Street and one hunt goes around the river. Stop by the Rome Georgia Visitor Center for more details or visit: RomeGeorgia.org/Scavenger
Here are some other recommendations to help locals enjoy being a tourist in their hometown:
- Saturday May 7, ArtsFest & ArtsFest River Cruises – Stroll through downtown Rome for a bustling afternoon of arts, crafts, live music, dining, and shopping. The annual event offers a full day of creative fun. River cruises will also be offered at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and are a fun way to take in all that downtown Rome has to offer. River cruise tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at RomeGeorgia.org/RomanHoliday. Admission to ArtsFest is free.
- Saturday, May 7, Cave Spring Bacon Fest and Care Show – The annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rolater Park and is an opportunity to taste all types of homemade bacon dishes. Admission is $5. It is also the perfect time to visit the cave of the same name located inside the park and visit the historic town square.
- Museums – Rome has four museums/centers currently open to the public.
- Chiefs Museum and Major Ridge House is a historic site where visitors can learn about the history, culture and founding story of the Cherokee people of Rome. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission details at Chieftainsmuseum.org
- Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum shares the story of Martha Berry and Berry College through tours of the historic house, exhibits in the museum, and award-winning gardens. A special exhibition, “Myths and Icons: Decoding the Ruspoli Collection”, is currently on display until September 3. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit starts at 3 p.m.). Admission details and tickets at Berry.edu/Oakhill
- Rome Region History Center shares the history of the region from the first colonies to the recent history of Rome and the surrounding area.
Free entry. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details at: RomeAreaHistoryCenter.org
- Rome-Floyd ECO Center allows visitors to see and learn about a variety of wildlife native to the Northwest Georgia region. Learn about the local ecology; explore local wetlands and learn why it is so important to protect these natural resources. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details at: RomeFloydECOCenter.com
- Braves of Rome – Check out the stars of tomorrow today during a Rome Braves match! The Rome Braves will complete a homestand with the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Sunday, May 1. Kids can run the bases after the game is over, weather permitting. Sundays are also the day of family fun; families can purchase a package that includes tickets, food, drinks, and Kids Zone wristbands. For more details, visit RomeBraves.com
- Art Experiences in Rome Georgia – Two new artistic experiences are offered on the second Thursday of each month; one suitable for children aged 6 and over and one suitable for adults. May’s Art Experiences feature container garden designs with pots decorated using Mandala dotting tools. Create an intricate and beautifully designed container garden with plants that love warm weather. All hardware and instructions are provided. For more details and to reserve a spot, visit RomeGeorgia.org/Arts
- Outside – Rome and Floyd County is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces that attract visitors year-round. For ideas and tips on where to enjoy trails, gardens, waterways, parks, golf, tennis, pickleball, camping, fishing, miniature golf and go-karting, visit RomeGeorgia. org/Outdoor.
- Events –Check our calendar to keep up with all local happenings and happenings. You can also submit your community events for free. Visit RomeGeorgia.org/Events.
- Free transportation downtown – While enjoying the shops and restaurants of downtown Rome, enjoy free transportation on the Roman chariot to locations in Rome’s historic downtown district. For free pickup, text 706-413-2822. Opening hours are Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Route maps are available at RomeGeorgia.org/Chariot.
- Rome Georgia Visitor Center and Gift Shop – The tourist office manages two locations; one on Jackson Hill (across from Applebee) and one in downtown Rome at the Rome Area History Center. Visitor centers are an excellent resource for residents. “The tourist board helps many residents who are unaware of the various attractions, events and activities Georgian Rome has to offer,” said Charlene Mathis, visitor center manager. She added: “We challenge you to see Rome through the eyes of a tourist; we offer maps and guides to help you discover a side of Rome and Floyd County that you may not have explored yet. Also, when shopping in the gift shops located in the visitor centers; you support the local artisans, manufacturers and producers who are represented in the stores. »
According to reports from Tourism Economics, tourism in Rome and Floyd County generated $8.1 million in state and local tax revenue in 2020, the most recent year for which travel expenditure data is available. available. Additionally, the tourism industry supported 1,345 jobs in the service and hospitality sectors. Each household in Floyd County should be taxed an additional $226.90 per year to replace taxes generated by tourist economic activity.
In 2021, the Rome Tourism Board in Georgia recorded a 116.5% increase in economic impact from sports, groups and events totaling $19,088,253. The impact figure only represents events, congresses, meetings and other activities that the tourist office has directly participated in planning, coordinating or assisting.
The Rome Georgia Tourism Board is the official destination and sports marketing organization for Rome and Floyd County, Ga. Our mission is to enhance the economic prosperity of the community through the development of tourism by attracting travelers leisure, conventions, weddings, meetings, sports, cinema and events.