Riding a MARTA train with kids can be an efficient way to travel around Atlanta and avoid the hassle of driving to well-known attractions, popular events and off-the-beaten path adventures.

Destination: Downtown

There’s so much to do with kids in Downtown Atlanta. See historic sites, enjoy exotic food and feel the energy of a big city. Get off at Five Points station from any of the MARTA lines or one of the other stops in the Downtown area and start exploring.

What to Do

Where to Eat

To-Do: Decatur

Take an Eastbound train to the Decatur station, and you will emerge into the middle of this fun and vibrant community. With a walkable downtown, dozens of incredible restaurants and a family-friendly vibe, this small town in the city is a perfect place to spend a beautiful day.

What to Do

Where to Eat

  • The kid-friendly patio right downtown makes Raging Burrito an easy choice. If you’re looking for brunch, Sweet Melissa’s on the square or Pastries A-Go-Go on Ponce de Leon Avenue both have delicious fare. The cheeseburgers are tasty and the perfect size for kids at Grindhouse Killer Burgers on McDonough.
  • Grab picnic food from Souper Jenny and head to the Decatur Square for a spot to eat. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a sweet treat: the famous rainbow umbrella of King of Pops is almost a fixture on the Square, or nearby Butter & Cream is fantastic, too.
  • The children’s menu at Farm Burger is great, and if you are feeling adventurous, Chai Pani is a great Indian street food choice.

Away We Go: Arts Center

This station is a go-to stop for MARTA-riding families. With easy access to some of our city’s most popular attractions, this train stop is easy to navigate and always busy.

What to Do

Where to Eat

  • DaVinci’s Pizza on West Peachtree Street is an easy standard, and Highland Bakery, tucked into the side of an office building on Peachtree Street is a tasty spot.
  • Several restaurants around Crescent and 12th are fantastic picks for families, including the delicious Bantam and Biddy and the decadent BurgerFi.

– Sherry V. Crawley

Avoid Traffic: Explore MARTA With Kids
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