There are several places within Historic Downtown Cartersville that have had a significant impact on the city, including the Grand Theatre, the Booth Western Art Museum and the Bartow History Center. The “Grand” is a cultural centerpiece of the area. The Grand Theatre opened in 1910 but was destroyed by fire in 1923. The theatre re-opened in 1924 as a movie theater, then closed in 1977. The theatre opened again in 1989, and has since been used for musicals, plays, dance performances, concerts and civic events. The Booth Western Art Museum is 120,000 square feet of extraordinary Contemporary Western American art; along with large galleries devoted to Western illustration, a collection of Presidential letters and portraits, Western movie posters and contemporary Civil War art. The museum also has a theater that shows an orientation film every 20 minutes, a presentation theater that seats 140, a café, museum store and members lounge. The Bartow History Center located downtown, documents the history of Bartow County through hands-on exhibits, as well as engaging lectures, workshops and programs.
Cartersville is located on the Etowah River with Lake Allatoona nearby. Lake Allatoona is a 12,000 acre lake that has numerous areas for picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, skiing and swimming. Lake Allatoona is also Cartersville’s source of water. In addition, Red Top Mountain State Park is located on a peninsula of Lake Allatoona. The park has a lodge, conference center, restaurant, golf course, camping sites, rental cottages, tennis courts, and hiking trails.