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Piedmont Park, Atlanta

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Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia Georgia

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Piedmont Park is Atlanta's Central Park! Here everyone gathers to enjoy their day off, to sit in the sun on the lawn, walk their dog on the plentiful paths, play ball with views of the city skyline, or watch their kids climb around the playgrounds. It's a happy atmosphere and very inspiring! Wonderful stone steps and walls are everywhere, a remnant of the Piedmont Exposition of 1887. Little hills and a lake add definition to the landscape. One of the loveliest views is along the shore of the lake where couples swing in swinging benches amongst lush greenery with the luminous green water below them. The trees have big, glossy leaves. On the large field where sports are organized, the view of the city skyline is fantastic.
There are two playgrounds. The most interesting is the Noguchi Playscape, designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, atop a hill and shaded by big trees. The simple lines of modern art converge with play structures. Kids can lay in the sun on a white hemisphere, or hop on one of two seesaws. They can climb up near tree branches to the top of two slides and look down, or enjoy swings under a huge triangle. They can climb inside a cylinder and slide down a twisting slide, or step up up up on large blocks. My daughter wanted to come back again, she said.
The other playground, called Mayor's Grove, is bright and popular. Orange in color, it provides plenty of opportunities to climb up ropes, inside tunnels, and over bridges. It is a boundless playground. There are stepping stones, little towers, a twisty slide, a triple slide, spinners, things to stand and bounce on, drums and chimes, and a rock climbing wall. Beside the play structure are large stones to leap from and a fire engine to pretend to drive.
Beside the playground, the public pool is behind a historic building called Greystone made of gorgeous pale granite. The pool is a dream, looking out on the lake with fancy lampposts and little fountains.
While here, visit the incredible Atlanta Botanical Garden, with its beautiful canopy walk, winding paths under giant trees, tropical conservatory, and imaginative children's garden. Kids love this place! In October it is paradise with its giant-size sculptures made of leaves and flowers. I want to return during December for the holiday lights. What a magical place!
North of the botanical garden in Piedmont Park is a huge fountain. During the holiday season, there is a carousel by Park Tavern, which is an eatery with an outdoor patio (unfortunately smoking is allowed on the patio).
Another great place to visit with kids is Stone Mountain, half an hour east of Atlanta. You can ride a gondola to the top of the amazing granite dome, climb the play areas, and watch a glass blowing demonstration.

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A couple chat on the swinging bench beside the lake.
A couple chat on the swinging bench beside the lake.
Looking through the lush trees at the water below.
Looking through the lush trees at the water below.
Couple on a swing beside the lake.
Couple on a swing beside the lake.
The glorious Lake Clara Meer.
The glorious Lake Clara Meer.
Saturday gathering on the lawn in the sun.
Saturday gathering on the lawn in the sun.
An October wedding beside the lake.
An October wedding beside the lake.
Giant blocks to climb at the Noguchi playground, with skyscrapers behind.
Giant blocks to climb at the Noguchi playground, with skyscrapers behind.
Cylinder slide and other unusual play equipment.
Cylinder slide and other unusual play equipment.
Seesaws and cement hemisphere.
Seesaws and cement hemisphere.
Wonderful trees beside the Noguchi playground.
Wonderful trees beside the Noguchi playground.
Platform over two slides up in the trees at the Noguchi playground.
Platform over two slides up in the trees at the Noguchi playground.
Swings under a triangle, and cement hemisphere.
Swings under a triangle, and cement hemisphere.
Platform with two slides, and gorgeous trees.
Platform with two slides, and gorgeous trees.
Giant blocks to climb, swings under triangle, and seesaws.
Giant blocks to climb, swings under triangle, and seesaws.
Rocks to jump off, beside the Mayor's Grove playground.
Rocks to jump off, beside the Mayor's Grove playground.
The walking path in front of the Greystone, the granite building that leads to the swimming pool.
The walking path in front of the Greystone, the granite building that leads to the swimming pool.
The gorgeous aquatic center.
The gorgeous aquatic center.
The aquatic center is situated beautifully on a lake.
The aquatic center is situated beautifully on a lake.
Mayor's Grove playground with its fire engine.
Mayor's Grove playground with its fire engine.
Drums and chimes at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Drums and chimes at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Boys play on a spinner at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Boys play on a spinner at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Rope climby at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Rope climby at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Stepping stones at the playground.
Stepping stones at the playground.
Three pumpkin-colored slides!
Three pumpkin-colored slides!
Two types of stepping stones, and little theater at the playground.
Two types of stepping stones, and little theater at the playground.
The happy scene at the Mayor's Grove playground.
The happy scene at the Mayor's Grove playground.
Wonderful stone steps and wall.
Wonderful stone steps and wall.
Stone steps that lead up to sports field with view of city skyline.
Stone steps that lead up to sports field with view of city skyline.
The marvelous stone steps and Atlanta skyline inspire you!
The marvelous stone steps and Atlanta skyline inspire you!
The Greystone has the perfect amount of chunkiness in its granite rock!
The Greystone has the perfect amount of chunkiness in its granite rock!
Sports field with lovely view of the city skyline!
Sports field with lovely view of the city skyline!
Stone steps leading from sports field to Greystone.
Stone steps leading from sports field to Greystone.
Pretty roads in the park.
Pretty roads in the park.
End of day cuddle at the lawn near 10th St.
End of day cuddle at the lawn near 10th St.
Day's end at Piedmont Park.
Day's end at Piedmont Park.
An idyllic place to relax, the lawn near 10th St.
An idyllic place to relax, the lawn near 10th St.
A man serenades a lady under a tree.
A man serenades a lady under a tree.
   

Directions

Piedmont Park is located at 1345 NE Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta GA 30309.  There is free parking along the road on the streets that border the park. There is also a pay parking lot called SAGE parking near the botanical garden and the fee is $2 per hour.

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Last Updated Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:56 GMT