Top Things to Do on Atlanta’s Eastside

Fun and funky, Atlanta’s Eastside is the hippest place in the city. The Eastside offers a unique blend of neighborhoods, from upscale shopping and dining in Virginia-Highland to the gritty energy of East Atlanta Village and the surging street life that defines Little Five Points.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library - Eastside Atlanta

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum is filled with interactive displays and fascinating exhibits that the entire family will enjoy. Experience “A Day in the Life of the President,” step into the Oval Office, take a virtual trip with the Carters to fight disease and promote democracy around the world.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 

A fine arts center located on 12-acres of sculptured lawns and formal gardens. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Callanwolde offers arts education programs and special events for all ages.

Plaza Theatre

Plaza Theatre - Eastside Atlanta

Ease on down Ponce De Leon Avenue to catch a flick at Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema. The Plaza Theatre specializes in special screenings of obscure fan favorites and mini-themed movie runs. You’ll find indie movies and blockbusters depending on the week. Check for movie times and don’t forget the popcorn!

The Earl

The EARL (East Atlanta Restaurant and Lounge) is one of Atlanta’s most-popular alternative music venues. Since it opened in 1999, the EARL has hosted local up-and-coming performers to nationally-established indie acts.

Criminal Records

Criminal Records - Eastside Atlanta

Slide into Criminal Records for a retro records shop experience. This shop is known for events like Free Comic Book Day, their dedicated staff, and their offbeat, rare, frankly enviable collection of Vinyl, CD, comic books and DVDs. It’s a landmark in Atlanta’s most artistically eclectic neighborhood, Little Five Points. It is recently officially “Hollywood cool” after being featured in the hit film “Baby Driver.” Whether you end up buying something on your way out or not, being in this indie heaven is an experience worth coming back for.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Atlanta MLK National Historical Park

Encompassing nearly 35 acres, the fun, family-friendly and free Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is composed of landmarks, modern-day monuments and facilities. Take a journey through the underlying historical struggles of the South as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Old Fourth Ward Skatepark

Old Fourth Ward Skatepark

Old Fourth Ward Skatepark is so gnarly its grand opening celebration was attended by none other than the famed skateboarder, Tony Hawk! Skaters of all skill levels were heavily involved in one of a kind design. Magnificent greenspace surrounds the park. You’ll also find large multi-use athletic fields, a dynamic playground for kids and it is right off the Atlanta BeltLine for continued skateboarding. It’s the perfect family-friendly spot to hang loose on a sunny day.

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