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Atlanta's Piedmont Park for Families

This 189 acre park has playgrounds, a pool, nature activities, dog park and more for serendipitous family fun.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.564 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is located about two miles Northeast of Downtown Atlanta on 189 acres. It is adjacent to the Atlanta Botanical... more »

Tips:  Before heading out to the park, download a couple of activity sheets for the kids to do throughout the park. There is a Scavenger Hunt... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Skate Escape Bike Shop

Skate Escape offers skates (inline and roller skates) and bikes for rent or sale. The shop is located on Piedmont Avenue across from the 12th Street Entrance to Piedmont Park.

Piedmont Park has always welcomed wheeled activities. In the early days it was afternoon carriage rides. In 1983 the park was closed to traffic, which made it the perfect... More

2. Piedmont Park Green Market

The Piedmont Park Green Market is held every Saturday morning from 9 am – 1 pm at the 12 St. entrance from May - December. You’ll find vendors selling local produce, baked goods, sauce makers and other goodies. The market features live music and chef demonstrations. Weekly kids activities can include cooking classes, workshops and crafts.

3. Noguchi Playscape

Mix a little art education into your play with a stop at the Noguchi Playspace, located just inside the 12 St. Gate. Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor and landscape garden designer who created several controversial playground designs that have been heralded as forward thinking works of art after his death. He designed playgrounds for several parks in... More

Park Tavern is located along the edge of Piedmont Park and is a great spot for dinner offering fantastic views of the Midtown Skyline. The outdoor patio is the best place to be on a nice day. Restless kids can run around on the meadow while adults enjoy a drink. The menu is diverse and includes everything from sushi to hamburgers, as well as a... More

5. Entrance to the Atlanta BeltLine Trail

The Atlanta BeltLine is built on former railroad paths and when complete, will be 22 miles of continuous trails circling Atlanta and connecting 45 neighborhoods. Note, at some point this will be a continuous trail, but at the moment, these are out and back trails.There are five sections of the BeltLine: Eastside, Northside, Westside, Southwest and... More


Whether or not you have a dog, it’s fun to make a stop at the Piedmont Park dog park and watch the puppies play. Located just past the main parking, this nearly 3 acre dog run has separate areas for large and small dogs where they can run around and play off the leash. There is a bathroom for humans here as well.

Lake Clara Meer was created from a spring for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition. There are three fishing piers and a dock for fishing. The lake is stocked with large mouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. You do need a valid fishing license to fish in the lake. Purchase a license for $9 by calling 800-336-2661.

If you don’t... More

The Piedmont Park Aquatic Center is open to the public May – September. The pool was completely rebuilt in 2009 with separate lap lanes, fountains, zero entry, stairs, wheelchair entry, lazy river, whirlpool and lots of various elevations, great for children of all sizes. “Seats” in the water are a great place for adults to sit and perfect for... More