Just a few miles from Hungry Mother State Park, Marion is a vibrant Main Street Community with a high concentration of family-friendly restaurants and attractions. The historic, walkable Main Street is home to popular destinations like The Lincoln Theatre, a 1929 movie and arts venue, as well as fun shopping and dining, including Hester’s Country Store and Fudgery, The Wooden Pickle restaurant, a bakery, craft brewery, and vintage toy store!
Marion has a special old-fashioned charm, which encourages families to slow down, disconnect from technology, and enjoy time together. Top attractions include Park Place Drive-In Movie Theater, Putt-Putt, Hall’s Skateland Roller Rink, and an Escape Room.
Marion Downtown Association hosts a number of popular community events each year, including the Saturday Cruise-Ins and concerts in the summer, The Hungriest Mother Chili Cookoff, a Memorial Day Parade, Farmers Market and Monthly Craft Market. Downtown anchors like The Lincoln Theatre, Wayne C. Henderson School for Appalachian Arts, and the Smyth County Historical Society and Museum, plus the vibrant farm-to-table food scene, make Marion a natural stop for families on vacation.