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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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W Atlanta Midtown $152
W Atlanta Midtown

W Atlanta Midtown

188 14th Street NE, Atlanta
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 1,544 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.

    Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta $239
    Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

    Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

    75 14th St NE, Atlanta
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 503 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.

      Loews Atlanta Hotel $159
      Loews Atlanta Hotel

      Loews Atlanta Hotel

      1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,072 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

        Hyatt Atlanta Midtown $140
        Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

        Hyatt Atlanta Midtown

        125 10th Street NE, Atlanta
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,197 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).

          Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park $89
          Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

          Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

          450 Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta
             
            3.0
            of 5, from 2,826 reviews
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            This Atlanta hotel is less than a mile from Turner Field and within 2 miles of the Georgia State Capitol. It is also near the CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium, and Zoo Atlanta.

            Artmore Hotel - Midtown $107
            Artmore Hotel - Midtown

            Artmore Hotel - Midtown

            1302 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,713 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.

              Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown $103
              Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

              Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

              265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 3,848 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.

                Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th $140
                Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th

                Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th

                1365 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 493 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 World of Coca Cola are also within 3 mi (5 km).