Looking for something to do over Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta? Take the train to these fun events and activities to avoid crowds and explore the city. One-way tickets are $2.50, children 46 inches and under ride free. Tip: Plan for 20-minute rail frequency all weekend starting on Thanksgiving Day.
Atlanta Half Marathon
The oldest marathon in the Southeast is Atlanta’s Thanksgiving Day run. Runners participating in the Atlanta Half Marathon and 5K start and end the course near the Georgia State MARTA station (view directions). Spectators can also cheer on the runners in front of the King Memorial MARTA station, one block away from the Arts Center MARTA on 14th Street and near the Dome MARTA station on Marietta Street.
Inside Lenox Square Mall kids can get a photo with Santa and ride the historic Pink Pig train. Note that the Pink Pig is not open on Thanksgiving Day. Take a red line train to the Buckhead station or a gold line train to the Lenox station (see walking directions). For more information about Pink Pig hours and costs, call 404-231-2796 or 404-231-2959.
Avoid the Black Friday crowds by taking MARTA to Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza, Perimeter Mall and other shopping destinations near MARTA. To shop local, head to the Decatur MARTA station on the blue line for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Santa will also be on the Decatur Square.
The closest movie theater to MARTA is next to the Sandy Springs MARTA station. If you don’t want to head that far north, there are several other locations to choose from. View the list of movie theaters near MARTA stations to learn more.
Ice Skating at Atlantic Station
Get active after your Thanksgiving meal and into January at Atlantic Station’s ice skating rink. Eat, drink, shop or watch a movie before or after you lace up. Hours vary depending on the day with varying prices (general admission is $15). And yes, you can skate on Thanksgiving from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. To reach Atlantic Station, board the free shuttle at the Arts Center MARTA station or walk.