Visiting Atlanta for fun, traveling for a business trip, going to a convention or a new resident? There are many things to do and sights to see, including activities and destinations that don’t require a car. Explore our Best of MARTA lists and recommendations to get more from your visit and commute.
Top 10 Attractions Closest to MARTA
View attractions closest to rail stations for the easiest sights to visit without a car.
Museums Near MARTA
If you’re a fan of museums, view the complete of museums that are close to MARTA stations.
Inman Park Neighborhood: History, Parks and Culture
History buffs will enjoy viewing several Battle of Atlanta historic areas near the Inman Park MARTA station. The neighborhood also has Victorian mansions, parks, bike paths and is near funky shops, restaurants and music venues in Little 5 Points. An additional perk is the BeltLine bus tour that departs from the MARTA station on Friday and Saturday mornings.
For small town charm, head to the Decatur MARTA station for a step back in time. Boutique stores with local crafts, a public square and over 50 restaurants in walking distance (including the must-do Brick Store Pub) make downtown Decatur worth a visit.
A great way to really see a city is on foot or on a bike. These sightseeing destinations are great in warmer months when you can commute via a pleasant, interesting or historic 20- to 30-minute walk. Try an urban walking adventure to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
View Best of MARTA: Bars to see drinking holes near rail stations. Stations that have multiple drinking destinations nearby include Peachtree Center, Midtown, Buckhead and Decatur. Check out nightlife destinations that are easy to get to without a car for more ideas. Crescent Avenue in Midtown is always hopping, or get a swanky cocktail in the historic Georgian Terrace hotel down the street. Rooftop lounging options include Whiskey Blue at the Buckhead W Hotel or Sky Lounge at the Glenn Hotel.
There are many things to do with children in Atlanta, even when you’re commuting via train. The one-stop shop to keep everyone entertained for the day is the Peachtree Center and/or Dome MARTA stations. Here you’ll find numerous attractions such as the CNN Center Tour, College Football Hall of Fame, Skyview, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
Other recommendations include:
Woodruff Arts Center Family Fun Days
Holiday Parades (Christmas, St. Patrcick’s Day)
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Atlantic Station (movies, shopping, Bodies Exhibit)
Center for Puppetry Arts (museum and shows)
Some of our favorite downtown restaurants near MARTA are Atlanta Grill at the Ritz Carlton, Alma Cocina, Sun Dial at the Westin, BLT Steak at the downtown W Hotel. Up the street near the Midtown station get a killer burger at the Vortex Bar & Grill or dine at South City Kitchen, Ecco, Cypress Street Pint and Plate or Cafe Agora.
One-Eared Stag is a classy spot next to Inman Park station, or continue east on the blue line to reach Cakes and Ale, Iberian Pig and Victory Sandwich Bar next to the Decatur MARTA station. Vegans and vegetarians can get their fill at Lov’n It Live (raw food restaurant near the East Point station) or any of the neighborhood restaurants near the East Lake MARTA station are worth a quaint stroll and visit.