Spend an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors in Midtown

Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park

Photograph by Myrydd Wells

Piedmont Park is the closest thing Atlanta has to New York’s famed Central Park, and on a beautiful day you’ll find cartwheeling kids, hand-holding couples, picnicking families, and all manner of joggers, skateboarders, soccer players, and Frisbee throwers. Take a stroll around the picturesque Lake Clara Meer, spot blue herons in the Walker Woods, and keep your eyes peeled for stone relics from the 1895 Cotton States Exposition. Nestled within the park is a green thumb’s paradise, the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The Kendeda Canopy Walk offers a bird’s-eye view of the garden’s most striking scene: the “Earth Goddess” living plant sculpture, a flowering sylph with a waterfall trickling through her fingers. The second-best view? The new Skyline Garden, which overlooks Midtown’s lofty skyscrapers. piedmontpark.org; atlantabg.org

Atlanta Botanical Skyline Garden
Skyline Garden

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