Best Things to Do on the Atlanta BeltLine with Kids
The Atlanta BeltLine allows residents and visitors to see Atlanta in a new way, from trails and walkways connecting local neighborhoods. Along the trails currently in use, you will find families biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and jogging, as well as checking out restaurants, shops and attractions. Also check out our favorite things to do on the Westside Trail.
Admire the Artwork
The BeltLine is an ever-changing and evolving outdoor art gallery. Each visit brings new sculptures, murals and large-scale installations (some you can even walk through). Kids will love pointing out hidden objects in the colorful murals under most bridges and corridors.
Ponce City Market and Skyline Park
Once a Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center, then City Hall East housing government offices, Ponce City Market is now full of delicious eateries and popular shops making it a fully re-vamped mall experience. Enter from the Eastside Trail and grab a King of Pops Popsicle from the BeltLine Shed or rent a bike on your way out. Inside, you will find lots of kid-friendly restaurants, shops with unique toys, a candy store and more. Head to the roof for carnival-style fun including a large slide, heege tower and midway games.
Tiny Doors of Atlanta
A few of the miniature doors can be found on the Eastside Trail, and can be fun to spot out with kids. Find doors at the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark and Paris on Ponce. Play a game to see who can spot the hidden doors first.
Old Fourth Ward Skate Park
Located right off the Eastside Trail, skateboarders are always testing new moves at this public skatepark. Famous skateboarder, Tony Hawk, helped contribute to the opening and the local skateboarding community helped with the design, offering areas for skaters of every skill level.
Want to learn how to skateboard or ride a bike? The BeltLine offers free classes on their calendar including these and yoga, aerobics and more. Try beginner and intermediate skateboarding classes led by expert instructors select days at Arthur Langford, Jr. Park. REI teaches How to Ride a Bike classes for kids and adults select days as well. Check out the events page on the website for the full schedule.
Stop by a Playground
Historic Fourth Ward Park Playground (680 Dallas St., Atlanta) is a favorite next to the Eastside Trail, it is packed with climbing elements, slides, swings, rock walls and even a trampoline kids can jump on. The spider-like ropes course and large swings shaped like bowls are two favorites. Don’t miss the splash pad on hot days. D.H Stanton Park (1052 Martin St., Atlanta) has a playground and splash pad with large-scale art surrounding the area. Perkerson Park (770 Deckner Ave., Atlanta) is just south of the BeltLine, and includes a playground, splash pad and recreational areas. For the new Westside Trail, try close by Rose Circle Park, Gordon White Park and Washington Park.
If you enter the Eastside Trail from the Krog Street Market entrance, you will head directly towards Piedmont Park. From the other direction, you can enter the Eastside Trail across the street from Piedmont Park. Here you will find miles of green space for running or picnics, ducks floating in the pond and two great play areas hidden under large trees. The Mayor’s Grove Playground is designed for kids with and without special needs with fun play structures. The area is next to the pool house for easy bathroom access. The Noguchi Playscape is next to the park’s 12th Street gate and looks as much like a modern sculpture garden as a playground. A giant, winding slide and other features help familiarize children with shapes, colors and textures.
Take a Tour
The BeltLine offers official tours by bus, bike or walk to learn about the development as a whole. The bus tours are each Saturday, and the tour showcases the entire future BeltLine loop. Walking tours provide an up-close view of the Eastside or Westside Trails. Bike tours show both trails as well, alternating from the Eastside and Westside Trails each weekend. Tours are normally one and a half to three hours, so keep this in mind for kids who would rather be romping on the playground. Register here. Jump off the trail for a self-guided tour of the Inman Park neighborhood.