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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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Loews Atlanta Hotel ¥25,707
Loews Atlanta Hotel

Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Atlanta hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Atlanta Symphony Hall, and High Museum of Art. Fox Theatre and Atlanta Botanical Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). Midtown Station is 6 minutes by foot and Arts Center Station is 12 minutes.

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    Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

    Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

    165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Atlanta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of APEX Museum, AmericasMart, and Georgia State University. Centennial Olympic Park and Underground Atlanta are also within 15 minutes. Peachtree Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and Five Points Station is 11 minutes.

      W Atlanta Midtown ¥20,329
      W Atlanta Midtown

      W Atlanta Midtown

      188 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Atlanta Symphony Hall and High Museum of Art. Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park are also within 15 minutes. Arts Center Station is 9 minutes by foot and Midtown Station is 12 minutes.

        Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta ¥34,957
        Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

        Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

        75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Atlanta Symphony Hall and High Museum of Art. Atlanta Botanical Garden and Fox Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arts Center Station is 6 minutes by foot and Midtown Station is 12 minutes.

          Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th ¥9,379
          Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th

          Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th

          1365 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of High Museum of Art and Atlanta Symphony Hall. Atlanta Botanical Garden and Atlantic Station are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arts Center Station is 7 minutes by foot and Atlanta Peachtree Station is 14 minutes.

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            Midtown 589 By Homecomfortstay

            Midtown 589 By Homecomfortstay

            589 Elmwood Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              HCS EW Cozy Cottage Piedmont Park

              HCS EW Cozy Cottage Piedmont Park

              589 Elmwood Dr NE, Atlanta, GA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown ¥13,783
                Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown

                Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown

                1414 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Georgia Institute of Technology, World of Coca Cola, and Georgia Aquarium. Centennial Olympic Park and State Farm Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). Arts Center Station is 6 minutes by foot and Atlanta Peachtree Station is 12 minutes.