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.
Pink Pig and Santa
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, but Santa will be at the mall. Take a red line train to the Buckhead station or a gold line train to the Lenox station (see walking directions).
Avoid the Black Friday crowds by taking MARTA to Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza, Perimeter Mall and other shopping destinations near MARTA. Don’t miss the new Atlanta Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station.
The closest movie theater to MARTA is next to the Sandy Springs MARTA station. There are several other locations to choose from. View the list of movie theaters near MARTA stations.
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. Skate the Station prices range from $10 to $15 (admission for seniors 65 and kids 12 and under is $12). Hours vary depending on the day. 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.
Note that the ice rink at Centennial Olympic Park is closed for the 2017 season due to park construction.