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Piedmont Park

This huge green space in the center of Atlanta includes a lake, playgrounds and sports facilities. 

More than 200 acres (81 hectares) of trees, lawns and gardens are situated right in the heart of Atlanta, next to busy midtown and just northeast of downtown. Piedmont Park is where people from all over the city congregate to exercise and relax. Extensive walking paths, a lake with city views, a range of sports facilities and plenty of picnic areas have made it a favorite spot for decades.

Lake Clara Meer, in the center of the park, is lined with picturesque fishing piers and surrounded by walking paths. This is a great place to watch locals catch bream, bass and catfish. You’ll need a State of Georgia fishing license to have a go yourself, and rods and tackle are available from fishing stores in town.

Take a leisurely walk or jog the wide paths that wind through the park, including a circuit around the lake that’s just under a mile (1.6 kilometers) long. A loop of the whole park is 1.68 miles (2.7 kilometers). A main promenade through the center runs alongside fountains and meadows.

Piedmont Park includes tennis courts, soccer fields and volleyball courts that you can use on Fridays without a permit. There are a number of stores in midtown that rent all kinds of sporting equipment. 

The park hosts a wide variety of events. There’s a Green Market on Saturday mornings March - December, where you can pick up fresh local produce from farmers and bakers. Come in April for the annual Dogwood Festival of Art. The 75-year-old festival runs over three days in spring, and includes art markets and live entertainment. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is held here each year over Memorial Day weekend.

There are picnic areas, grilling facilities, playgrounds and free public wireless internet access throughout the park. The grounds are open from 6 a.m until 11 p.m., however some facilities close earlier.

Street parking in the area is limited, and the paid parking lot fills up quickly on weekends. The closest MARTA station is Midtown, a short walk from the park.

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Lodging Near Piedmont Park

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Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 3,693 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown is located on Peachtree Street, a 15-minute walk from Georgia World Congress Center. The hotel is connected to The Mall at Peachtree Center, and is a 10-minute walk from World of Coca-Cola. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a 20-minute drive.

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

75 14th St NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 479 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Renowned for its superb service, this Midtown Atlanta hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the High Museum of Art, and about 2 miles from the heart of downtown.

Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

125 10th Street NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 1,104 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Atlanta hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and High Museum of Art. Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

W Atlanta Midtown

W Atlanta Midtown

188 14th Street NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 1,499 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

3 miles from downtown Atlanta, this hotel is also a block from Piedmont Park, 2 blocks from the High Museum of Art, and has a train station nearby.

Artmore Hotel - Midtown

Artmore Hotel - Midtown

1302 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta
of 5, from 1,646 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Built in 1924 this Spanish-style Atlanta hotel is across the street from a MARTA rapid-transit station, with access to downtown Atlanta attractions, the international airport, and the trendy Buckhead nightlife district.

Loews Atlanta Hotel

Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 974 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

All guest rooms at the Loews Atlanta feature plush 300+ thread count linens and bedding, bath sheets and down comforters; four-fixture baths with frameless glass shower enclosure

Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th

Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th

1365 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 470 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Woodruff Arts Center, Piedmont Hospital, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Centennial Olympic Park and English are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown

35 14th Street NE, Atlanta
of 5, from 712 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Castle and Georgia Institute of Technology. Centennial Olympic Park and English are also within 3 mi (5 km).