UPDATED OCT 3, 2019
Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth, and take in all the glory of Atlanta’s green spaces.
The city has no shortage of lawns, gardens, and sports fields — and sometimes entire golf courses. And with the Atlanta BeltLine project in full swing, there’s plenty more on the horizon!
This park is enormous and comes complete with plenty to do on your day off. Play sand volleyball on The Active Oval. Pick up produce at the famed Green Market. Or maybe take a dip in the truly gorgeous public swimming pool (lap lanes available!). Refresh with a smoothie or juice from Nectar’s poolside outpost, and swing by the Atlanta Botanical Garden toward the north side of the park for a splash of color.
Also home to Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park is a popular place for nearly everything! Basketball games, swimming lessons, waving to monkeys — you name it. But it’s particularly perfect for lunch on the lawn. Feel free to use any of the barbecue grills on site, or swing by the Sunday farmers market for a crêpe. The surrounding streets are home to some of Atlanta’s favorite eateries (like Dakota Blue and Bennett’s Market and Deli), and for something sweet, Grant Park Coffeehouse has amazing frappes.
Atlanta’s largest city park brings a country-time feel to business-heavy Buckhead. You can be off the clock and on the green at North Fulton Golf Course in minutes. Or maybe riding horseback is more your style? There’s also an enormous amphitheater on site, which shows nearly 70 concerts each year. Make it a dinner-and-a-show kind of night, and dine out at Horseradish Grill, an elegant country-style restaurant overlooking the park.
Walking around downtown, you’ll know you’ve made it here when you see the iconic Fountain of Rings (children often run through the Olympic-ring-shaped water jets, too). This park was built for the 1996 Olympics that were hosted in Atlanta, so it’s packed with local pride and interesting facts about the summer games. It’s also across the street from SkyView Atlanta, a 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel and fun way to get an aerial view of the fountain.
Meet one of the BeltLine’s babies. A reclaimed landfill now sporting eight acres of fresh green space, this neighborhood gem is making a name for itself as one of the first energy cost-neutral parks in the country. Fitt Tip: the park’s solar panels double as a shady reprieve during your afternoon run.) You’ll also find lots of family-friendly things to do, like a splash pad and playground, alongside a little league baseball field.
This park brings new meaning to the phrase “concrete jungle.” Surrounded by towers in the Fairlie–Poplar Historic District, this urban oasis is a breath of fresh air during the daily grind. If you’re looking for some fun on the fly, go to The Game Cart to borrow lawn and board games, free of charge. Big Jenga, anyone?
It’s game on at this Sylvan Hills hot spot! We’re talking a full basketball court, tennis courts and ball fields, and one seriously challenging 18-hole disc golf course. Fifty acres of pines and hardwoods, hills, slopes, and a stream are a few of the obstacles you’ll face trying for a hole-in-one. Stick around to catch the Georgia Tech disc golf team practicing and competing on their official home turf.
This park is centered around Clear Creek Basin, a stormwater runoff reservoir, and it makes for one stunning sight (the built-in public amphitheater uses it as a backdrop). Head south past the pond—and its ten-foot waterfall—for acres of open lawn, playgrounds, and the popular Fourth Ward Skatepark. Fitt Tip: mark your calendar for free yoga in the park every Tuesday evening, hosted by Atlanta ice pop royalty King of Pops.
This park has five parts, each with its own personality. On the far end is Deepdene Park, and it has a wild side. It’s shady and home to acres of lush woodland. Meanwhile, Springdale Park, the first green you meet coming from the city, is bright and bubbly and dressed to the nines with a large, lavish lawn. Run the two-mile path from start to finish to meet the whole family. Fitt Tip: this chain of green space links up with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Stop by to explore the nature trails winding through Fernbank Forest.
Also known as “Atlanta’s Art Park” and centered around the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and stretching as far as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, freedom reigns from green to shining green. The lawns are studded with public art installations like 54 Columns — a collection of pillars arranged to be reminiscent of the city skyline, created in the late ’90s by artist Solomon “Sol” LeWitt.
This staple of Atlanta history is good for a quiet walk, a history lesson, and some Insta-worthy pics. Meander the grounds to enjoy a picturesque arboretum hailing from the Victorian era. And while you’re in the area, refuel at Ria’s Bluebird for a breakfast or lunch you won’t soon forget. Fitt Tip: try the country fried tempeh-topped biscuit and thanks us later.)