If you’re planning a visit to downtown Atlanta, the Dome MARTA station is a stop not to miss. In addition to major event venues and attractions, the area around the MARTA station is walkable and much nicer than the area around the nearby Five Points MARTA station. See below for some of the must-see activities to make the most of your visit.
Attend an Event
Attend an event at the Georgia Dome, especially before the new stadium is built. Choose from Atlanta Falcons games, Georgia State University football, NCAA Final Four, Monster Trucks and more. The new stadium is under construction next door, so you can also check out construction progress (scheduled to be completed by the 2017 football season). For more sporting events and concerts, Philips Arena is also next to the MARTA station.
Voted as one of the five rooftop bars to visit in Atlanta, the SkyLounge is on top of the Glenn Hotel. It’s a fun spot for a cocktail, wine or beer with a view. The lounge opens early evening and drink specials and music are occasional extra perks. Stop by during one of the concerts in Centennial Olympic Park to listen and watch the scene below.
Play in the Park
Built for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park is a popular spot for outdoor music and special events. Kids in bathing suits enjoy the Fountain of Rings in the summer months. You can also celebrate the Fourth of July here or go ice skating in winter. View spring/summer events and winter events to plan your visit.
Get a Beer
The Dome MARTA station is surrounded by some stellar places to get a beer. Ranked as one of the top sports bars in the country, Stats has a tap system built into the tables so you can pour your own beer, and there are five bars to choose from and a serious rooftop deck. Park Bar is local favorite in a historic building, Der Biergarden has a German flair and outdoor courtyard or enjoy the large patio and TVs with all the games at Hudson Grille.
If you need to eat during your adventuring, Googie Burger is a restaurant literally in Centennial Olympic Park, or other central spots for a more casual bite include the CNN Center food court, Subway, Waffle House, Hudson Grille and Taco Mac. For a nicer meal, consider Legal Seafoods, McCormick’s and Schmick’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Dantanna’s or Prime Meridian.