Atlanta BeltLine#5 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
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The Atlanta BeltLine is an in-progress, citywide network of 22 miles of streetcar rails, 33 miles of trails (for walking, biking and more) and roughly 2,000 acres of parks. The city is opening the BeltLine in phases and plans to finish the entire system by 2030. As of summer 2019, visitors are welcome to enjoy seven parks and five trails along the BeltLine. Some of the parks include Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, Atlanta's first public skate park which offers obstacles for skateboarders of all abilities; Gordon White Park, which hosts music events, farmers markets and offers free fitness classes; and Perkerson Park, which boasts tennis courts, softball fields and an 18-hole disc golf course. The five paved trails are perfect for bike riding, taking a stroll through nature or walking by places like Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park. You can also take a free tour of the Atlanta BeltLine to learn more about the network and the communities surrounding it.
Travelers appreciate the BeltLine paths that are currently open, saying that it is an excellent place to get out and exercise. Visitors particularly enjoy the Eastside Trail for its easy access to bars, restaurants and abundant street art.
Once completed, the BeltLine in its entirety will circle about the perimeter of Atlanta's city center. The open sections of the BeltLine are open 24 hours every day of the year, though businesses along the route have independent operating hours. Current trails are open along the north, south and west sections of Atlanta; the parks are scattered along the trails and there are several access points. Check out the BeltLine's interactive map to help plan your outing. For more information on the BeltLine, including information about its building progress, visit its website.
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Spread across 33 acres in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood, the Atlanta History Center seeks to explore Georgia's past through comprehensive exhibitions, historic homes and miles of gardens and trails. The center's primary facility is the Atlanta History Museum, which showcases exhibits that span the region's history, from Native American culture to life in the antebellum South.
Near the museum is the Swan House, a restored estate originally built in 1928. Living up to its name, every room allegedly features at least one swan (motif). Outside the house, the Swan Woods Trail is lined with beautiful plants native to Georgia. Nearby, you can also see how the other half lived at the Smith Family Farm, a plantation house from the mid-1800s. Meanwhile, bookworms won't want to miss a tour of the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author penned her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gone With the Wind."
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