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Key Info

400 Park Drive NE

Price & Hours

Free
6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Adjacent to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown, Piedmont Park is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Sprawling 200-plus acres, the park has no shortage of things to do, including walking and jogging paths, dog parks, picnic facilities, playgrounds, tennis courts, a public swimming pool and a Saturday farmers market. Thanks to its size, Piedmont Park also hosts a variety of Atlanta's top events, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Atlanta Pride.

Previous travelers highly recommended visiting this park, calling it "a little piece of peace in the city" and one of Atlanta's best parks. Some even said that it reminded them of New York City's Central Park. Many loved picnicking, swimming and playing tennis here, but some recent visitors warned that parking spots can be sparse, especially on weekends, so consider taking public transportation to and from the park.

Piedmont Park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Admission to the park is free, but you'll have to fork over $5 to swim in the pool. MARTA's Arts Center and Midtown train stations are about a mile away from the property, and bus Nos. 27, 36 and 109 make stops along the park's Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street borders. You can also drive and park at the SAGE Parking Facility shared with the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but additional charges apply. Check out Piedmont Park's website for more details about park facilities, special events and more.

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