Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is located about two miles Northeast of Downtown Atlanta on 189 acres. It is adjacent to the Atlanta Botanical... more » Gardens and along the Atlanta BeltLine. The park has a storied history. The space was the site of exhibitions, a World’s Fair, professional baseball games and the first football match up between Southern rivals University of Georgia and Auburn University.
The Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895 was held at the current site of Piedmont Park and showcased Atlanta and the South to the World. The Exposition ran for 100 days and featured 6,000 exhibits. The stone balustrades around the park were once steps leading to major buildings from the Cotton States Expedition. Now they lead to playgrounds, ballfields, an outdoor pool, organic garden, dog park and more. Piedmont Park has something for everyone, and offers a serendipitous adventure for families.
When to go: Piedmont Park is a perfect destination anytime of year. Seasonal programs make it a place worth coming back to over and over. Numerous well known festivals are held at Piedmont Park and draw huge crowds. Some favorites are the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April, and Midtown Music Festival in September. During the holidays enjoy the Season of Magic, where visitors can take horse-drawn carriage rides through the park and enjoy the holiday lights and ornaments. In addition there is ice skating at Park Tavern and carousel rides.
Getting There: Piedmont Park is located in Midtown Atlanta and runs along Piedmont Ave. and 10th Street. The park is open 6 am to 11 pm and is wheelchair accessible at specific gates. Public transportation is available through MARTA. The nearest MARTA stations are Midtown and Arts Center. Both stations are a few blocks walk from the park.
By Car, exit I-75/85 at 10th Street and head east. The Park will be on your left. On-street parking is available around the park or in the SAGE parking facility accessible on Monroe Drive (10th dead-ends, take a left). Rates are $1 for 30 minutes with a $15 maximum less «