12 Reasons to Visit Atlantic Station
Do you think you know all there is to do at Atlantic Station? This walkable mixed-use neighborhood in midtown is so big, it has its own zip code! Here are 12 of our favorite reasons to visit.
Browse plenty of retail shops including Dillard’s, West Elm and H&M, with a kids’ department. Shop for some team swag at official merchandise stores of the Atlanta United FC and the Atlanta Falcons. Find retailers you don’t see everywhere, like Dermalogica for skincare products and treatments, and shop a full-line Tervis store for water bottles, sippy cups, wine glasses and branded accessories.The H & M store is reopening, bigger and better, in the coming months.
Munch through brunch, lunch or dinner at the many restaurant options, all with kids menus. Build your perfect salad or wrap at Salata, or chow down on a chicken dish with Southern sides at Chick-a-Biddy. On the sweet side, visit one of the popular dessert spots like Kilwin’s, Yogli Mogli or Great American Cookies for frozen yogurt, candy, ice cream or fresh cookies. Or, fuel up with coffee and tea drinks at Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company.
Atlantic Station is the permanent home of Bodies: The Exhibition, featuring 200 dissected and preserved human bodies. It’s an anatomy lesson that’s best for older kids, but fascinating for adults, too.
Yes, it’s also shopping. But for families IKEA can be a cultural and entertainment experience, too! Let the kids play a while in the supervised children’s area near the entrance. Explore the tasty offerings in the restaurant and Swedish market.
Brush up on your Georgia history with exhibits that cover a wide range of subjects related to the Peach State. From governors to renowned Georgia artists, art, culture and history are on display.
Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon Central Park hosts a morning of activity for preschoolers. Weekly surprises include storytellers, face painting and visitors from popular spots like Zoo Atlanta and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Tot Spot runs April-October.
Improv in the Park
Need a laugh? Whole World Improv Theatre for a summer of laughs presents an audience participation improvised comedy show in Central Park the first Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. through the mid- July. Parental discretion advised; try it for date night!
Art in the Park
Adults can get arty the first Sunday of every month through July at Art in the Park events. A step-by-step painting class for adults ensures you leave with a wall-worthy piece. Each ticket covers painting supplies and two drink tickets for beer or wine.
Catch outdoor screenings under the glowing Atlanta skyline. Films are scheduled at dusk May through July. Check the calendar for film titles.
Winter Holiday Traditions
December at Atlantic Station includes the lighting of the great tree with 250,000 lights, snow shows, holiday train rides, the lighting of a giant menorah, a German Christkindl Market and photos with Santa. Holiday traditions are everywhere you look!
The big white tent outside the central Atlantic Station buildings houses the Cirque du Soleil shows, which are not to be missed! Check the calendar for upcoming touring shows, which establish residency under the big top for a few months at a time.
November through February, Atlantic Station operates an outdoor ice skating rink. Skate rentals and lockers are available, along with hot chocolate and treats nearby for warming up afterward.