The Peachtree Center MARTA station is probably the most popular downtown Atlanta MARTA station due to its proximity to tourist attractions, hotels and businesses. If you are new to MARTA or are planning to stay in or visit the area, here are some of the nearby things to check out.
1. Get Your Museum Fix
Less than a 15-minute walk from the station is the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. Next to each other, you can easily visit both on the same trip as well as the neighboring Imagine It! Children’s Museum and Center for Civil and Human Rights.
2. View Atlanta from the Westin Hotel
After going up a glass exterior elevator in the heart of downtown, you can view Atlanta at 73 stories up at the Westin Hotel. There is a small fee for the viewing area (kids under six are free), or choose from the revolving Sun Dial Bar and View for a casual bites and cocktails or enjoy fine dining at the restaurant.
3. Go to a Show
There are several performing arts venues to choose from that are in walking distance from the Peachtree Center MARTA station. The Tabernacle features more mainstream, popular music shows in a former church, with past performances from Guns N’ Roses, Collective Soul, Prince, Nelly, Third Eye Blind and 311. For more global and instrumental music, visit the Rialto Center for Performing Arts near the Georgia State University campus for concerts by international artists and GSU students. Balzer Theater is in the same building as the Rialto for theatrical shows.
4. Be a Hard Rocker
Hard Rock Café is a short walk from the station for all the fans out there that want a t-shirt. For a unique experience without the touristy vibe, the Metro Café Diner is a must-visit spot, especially with daily karaoke. Take the Harris Street/John Portman exit off the train platform, then follow the signs to Peachtree Street East. Turn left to reach the Hard Rock Café, which is on the same street as the station. For the diner, the same directions, but turn left on Andrew Young International Blvd.
5. Ride the Atlanta Streetcar
The new Atlanta streetcar has a stop outside the Ellis Street/Peachtree Street East station. It is free to ride through 2015, and is an easy way to get a tour of downtown Atlanta. From the MARTA station, the streetcar travels to destinations including Centennial Olympic Park, SkyView and the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District.