What’s to Do in Eastside Parks and Gardens
The city in a forest invites you to spend time outside.
With many of Atlanta’s 400-plus parks, you’ll have plenty of options to enjoy the outdoors in Eastside.
Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
A combination of multi-use trail and linear greenspace, the Eastside Trail was the first finished section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the old rail corridor, and packs an eyeful of amazing public art thanks to annual submissions to Art on the BeltLine. Experiencing ATL’s greenery isn’t hard here — along this less-than-three-mile trail, you’ll have access to Piedmont Park, Freedom Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park. Don’t miss the free guided tours of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum on Fridays and Saturdays.
Olmsted Linear Park
One of Atlanta’s true gems, Olmsted Linear Park follows the natural curves of a lush landscape, creating a peaceful, pastoral environment where people can run, bike or stroll in the shade of mature oaks. Throughout the 45-acre park, six distinct environments are connected along the paved path. In spring and fall, the park is home to the Festival on Ponce, which showcases artists, local food vendors and craft breweries.
Centered around the Carter Center, Freedom Park is one of the largest city parks in Atlanta. As you stroll through the park, be sure to check out the amazing art installations — both temporary and permanent. Annually in the fall, Freedom Park partners with the FLUX Projects to bring an amazing evening of immersive street art to ATL. Freedom Park is also home to one of the city’s great farmers markets. Open every Saturday morning from March through December, Freedom Farmers Market features a pop-up chef’s tent, kids’ activities, live music and of course fresh food.
Home to a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground and a swimming pool, this 55-acre park packs a punch with families. Connecting seamlessly to Freedom Park, it’s easy to spend the whole day surrounded by greenery. Don’t miss the famous local festivals, including the summertime Candler Park Music & Food Festival or the Fall Fest in Candler Park.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
Located in the Old Fourth Ward just south of Ponce City Market, the Historic Fourth Ward Park may be one of the smaller parks at just 17 acres, but it’s big on fun. Here you’ll find a pond-side amphitheater, paved paths, a splash pad, a playground, and even a skate park Tony Hawk said has something for skaters of every skill level.
Atlanta’s oldest and most diverse park, Grant Park covers more than 130 acres and is the perfect place to explore. Grant Park boasts walking and jogging paths, two natural springs, a recreation center with adjacent basketball and tennis courts, a playground and even historic landmarks like the restored Milledge Fountain. In the park’s southeastern corner, a Civil War fort stands more than 1,000 feet high, offering a lesser-known spot where you can get an incredible view of the Downtown skyline.
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