What’s to Do in Midtown Parks and Gardens
The City in a Forest invites you to spend time outside
Just a jump up from Downtown and boasting Atlanta’s central urban oasis, Midtown is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors and get a breath of fresh air.
With 200 acres of rolling hills and miles of paved trails — including the Atlanta BeltLine Trail — Piedmont Park is a mecca for festivals, picnics and casual sports.
5 Reasons to Visit Piedmont Park
- Exploring the park on foot is a great way to see all it has to offer, with a variety of trails throughout. The park is connected to the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, a three-mile path that runs south through the city to Kirkwood Avenue.
- Lots of events take place in Piedmont Park each year, including concert series like Music Midtown and the Atlanta Jazz Festival for the music lovers and the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival for the foodies. Some of the region’s best artisanal wares and custom creations are on full display — and sale — during the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Piedmont Park Arts Festival.
- With facilities for volleyball, softball, soccer, basketball, tennis, bocce and running, there’s always some action on the park’s sports fields. You’ll also find plenty of open green spaces to throw a Frisbee or play catch, and the park organizes several free outdoor yoga and fitness classes each month.
- Piedmont Park features two impressive playgrounds for younger kids. The Mayor’s Grove Playground is a “boundless” playground, which means it’s filled with sensory-rich features that allow children of all abilities to participate. The Noguchi Playscape — designed by artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi — is filled with objects of different shapes, colors and textures, perfect for climbing and playing.
- During the summer months, taking a dip in the Aquatic Center’s huge pool — complete with four lap lanes, a beach entry and a current channel for lazy floating — is the perfect way to escape the heat. The free Legacy Foundation Splash Pad features more than 70 jets that push water up 30 feet in the air; it’s a great, fun way for kids to quickly cool off.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Situated right next to Piedmont Park, retreat to Atlanta Botanical Garden for a relaxing stroll through beautiful blooms and rotating botanical exhibits.
5 Reasons to Visit Atlanta Botanical Garden
- See nature in a whole new light during Garden Lights, Holiday Nights when Atlanta Botanical Garden lights the night with one million energy-efficient LED lights every holiday season.
- The garden hosts weekly shows and classes, including Growing Edibles, Yoga in the Garden and more.
- Inside the Fuqua Orchid Center, see a rare collection of high-elevation orchids never before grown in the Southeast.
- Spend the day with your kids visiting the Children’s Garden, swimming in the Sunflower Fountain, exploring the Venus flytraps in the Soggy Bog and learning about honeybees in the observation hive.
- Get a bird’s-eye view of the Storza Woods — one of the city’s last remaining urban forests — as you walk through the treetops on the Kendeda Canopy Walk.
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