What makes a great park? Parks are an oasis for people to relax, exercise, reconnect with their families, and have fun. Parks must provide plenty of activities, be accessible, and safe. With these attributes in mind, we have crafted a list of the best parks in Atlanta.

The Piedmont

Located in midtown, just about 1-mile from downtown Atlanta, you will find this beautiful 185-acre park. From the moment you enter, you feel like you have escaped the busy city. The well-kept park is lush with nature and includes the serene Lake Clara Meer.

The Piedmont offers two playgrounds, walking trails, basketball courts, soccer, swimming, tennis, and a variety of other popular amenities. Visitors can rent bikes or skates while at the park. There are beautiful picnic areas. Host to many concerts, festivals, fairs, and other activities, Piedmont comes in first on our list.

The Centennial Olympic Park

In 1996, viewers from all over the world had their eyes on Atlanta as they hosted the Olympic games. The games were held in the beautiful, Centennial Olympic Park. This park is wide open, and there are always concerts and activities to enjoy. Every day at noon, they offer a free, live music concert, and on Wednesday nights (during the summer months) there is the Wednesday WindDown with concerts from local artists.

The Centennial Olympic Park is walking distance from other famous locations such as College Football Home of Fame, The World of Coca-Cola, The Aquarium, and The Center for Civil and Human Rights, and much more.

There is also plenty for children to do.The Centennial Olympic Park has the largest interactive fountain in the world. This fountain is a wonderful place for children of all ages to splash and play. All-in-all, this is a great park to visit.

Grant Park

Whether you are looking for a nice place for a picnic or a walk-through history, Grant Park is the right place. Grant Park is the oldest city park in Atlanta located in a historical area where the landscape is scattered with massive, Victorian-style houses. The park is 131 acres and has a zoo, playground area, walking trails, sports fields, and a pool.

This area is historically significant to Atlanta. The land was originally owned by Lemuel P. Grant who was a successful engineer and who lived in the exclusive neighborhood. Mr. Grant donated 100 acres of the land to the city of Atlanta, and they acquired an additional 40 acres, and the park began. The city acquired the land in 1890, and the park was opened in 1895.

There are many other beautiful and historical parks and attractions in Atlanta. Even in this bustling city, these parks allow families to escape the face-paced world and relax together in natural environments. Many of the museums, home tours, and other facilities also feature park areas.

The city officials know the importance of having parks and natural areas available for all residents of the city. An organization called Park Pride is on a mission to ensure that every citizen of Atlanta lives within a 10-minute walk or a ½ mile from a park or green space. Mayor Reed recently supported their efforts at a ribbon cutting ceremony to open a new playground.