If you like culture, music and the arts, you’ll love the area around the Arts Center MARTA station. Art museums, puppet shows and rock concerts are a short walk away. Plus, there’s plenty to do if you love shopping, history or outdoor activities. See the list below for five things not to miss.
High Museum of Art
Atlanta’s major art museum, the High Museum of Art, is next to the MARTA station in the Woodruff Arts Center. In addition to special exhibits, the museum also has permanent collections, films, lectures, teen programs and adult social events such as Friday Nights music and cocktails. The museum can’t get much closer to MARTA, with the total walking time less than five minutes from the station.
A 15-minute walk from the station or a free shuttle ride, Atlantic Station has a little bit of everything. Ongoing exhibits include Bodies and Georgia history information and artifacts at the Millennium Gate Museum. Otherwise, shop, eat, watch a movie or attend one of the many festivals and events throughout the year, including summer outdoor movies on Thursday nights, holiday tree lighting, Winter Beer Carnival and the Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival.
Ansley Park Historic District
Just beyond Peachtree Street and Midtown’s skyscrapers you can step back in time and view the stately and historic homes in Ansley Park. Established in the early 1900s and completed around 1930, the neighborhood has large homes, winding tree-lined streets and parks that nature and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy. The Atlanta Botantical Garden is at the far side of the neighborhood for those who are extra adventurous and don’t mind the urban hike.
Go to a Show
You can take your pick of performances around the Arts Center station for an evening out on the town, date night or family activity. Choose from:
- Whole World Improv Theatre
- Center for Puppetry Arts (adult and children’s shows along with the Jim Henson collection)
- Center Stage/The Loft/Vinyl (music concerts)
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
- Alliance Theatre
Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s most popular urban park, with a history that stretches back to 1822. You can walk, swim, bike, run a track, play tennis, join a sports team, shop at the Saturday green market and attend festivals throughout the year. Skate Escape is located at 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue if you want to rent a bikes or skates for the park. Park Tavern is at the far end of the park from the station for patio refreshments and food. View walking directions to plan your trip.