Inman Park: Public spaces and welcoming faces
Characterized by Victorian home and tree-lined streets, Inman Park also is home to one of Atlanta’s most-anticipated annual festivals. The Inman Park Festival showcases the neighborhood’s personality with costumed performers mingling with local city council members. That spirit is reflected year round in the many community restaurants, coffee houses and bars.
Biking through Inman Park on a warm spring day is a blissfully sensory experience. As you pedal, lush canopies of trees shade you from above. Meandering streets wend you through a neighborhood that features scores of charming, Victorian-style homes. Everywhere you look, there are plants and flowers; your bike might now be bouncing a little because you’ve just turned down a cobblestone lane. You’ll wave to residents walking dogs, pushing strollers and enjoying the weather.
On any given day of the week, you might find locals and tourists alike mingling for brunch at sidewalk cafes, sipping cocktails at lively night spots and browsing the clothing racks on display outside.
Such is the peace garnered from visiting this unique area of town, located minutes from downtown. Established in 1912, Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned garden suburb, and it is evident that, from the very beginning, great attention was paid to the design of the parks and care for the trees, which are part of the very fabric of the neighborhood.
Once you find yourself on Highland Avenue, the scene will change from residential to a thriving shopping and dining district, dotted with bakeries, yoga studios, restaurants, boutiques, business centers, lofts and more. From here, you can grab a bite to eat or a quick brew, pop into some shops and hop on the Freedom Parkway PATH trail or the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.
The character of the neighborhood is proudly displayed in the public spaces of Inman Park, including the large mural of the Inman Park butterfly, visible from the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Every April, mark your calendar for the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes, which is a fun three-day jaunt through the character and personality of this neighborhood.
Want to go?
- Location: Approximately three miles northeast of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta
- Getting there: Take the blue or green MARTA line and exit at the Inman Park/Reynoldstown station.
Did you know…
- You can thank the Inman Park Tree Watch for the preservation and curation of many of the trees in the neighborhood thanks to a partnership with local non-profit Trees Atlanta.
- The Inman Park Trolley Barn is a historical location available for rental.
- Inman Park Festival features a highly-attended parade with fun costumes, local marching bands and amazing performance art – and most of those marching live in the neighborhood!
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