The Atlanta BeltLine is where “Atlanta comes together”, being one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States. With local parks, mind-blowing street art, and unbeatable attractions on offer throughout the beloved looping trail of our city, keep reading for some of the top things to do on the trail, and some epic BeltLine inspiration!
1. Check out the Art on the BeltLine
The BeltLine is one of the most vibrant places in Atlanta thanks to Art on the BeltLine. Free public street art from murals to sculptures are scattered throughout the trail, highlighting an impressive selection of local artists and local stories. Pictured above is ARRRTADDICT’s Somos Borincanos, an inspiring artistic project that honors and highlights the ATL artist’s Puerto Rican roots.
One of the more recent additions is a gorgeous mural by Drew Borders, encompassing the entirety of the Ormewood Avenue bridge, located on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail. The piece uses Greek mythology to reflect on and highlight how Black women are viewed in society. Turning a historically marginalized group into the Greek Gods of fate. Click here for more information.
2. Delve into immersive dreamlands at Illuminarium
Illuminarium Atlanta offers the best artistic and immersive experiences with a little help from state-of-the-art technology. From blasting off into space to unmissable art exhibitions, anything is possible at Illuminarium. They even have an After Dark experience, where over 21s can enjoy a full bar and DJ as they explore all the exciting offerings available at this top-notch immersive experience. Click the link below and get your tickets for Illuminarium After Dark.
Tickets: Enjoy awesome drinks and immersive exhibits at Illuminarium After Dark!
3. Visit Atlanta’s largest greenspace Westside Park
One of Atlanta’s newest parks is also the city’s largest! Westside Park is a tranquil addition to the BeltLine’s Westside Trail, offering some of the best fitness trails in the city, gorgeous landscapes, playgrounds, art, and more. There’s even an impressive reservoir that serves as a catalyst for surrounding communities as the emergency drinking water.
4. Experience art for free at the Atlanta Contemporary
The Atlanta Contemporary is one of the many ways to experience art for free in Atlanta. The space is renowned from bringing a diverse & eclectic mix of artists and exhibits to the ATL. Founded back in 1973, the Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the southeast’s leading contemporary art centers. Click here or the link below for a full round-up of ways to experience art for free in Atlanta.
See also: The 5 best ways to experience art for free in Atlanta
5. Enjoy some brews with a view at New Realm Brewing
Boasting an awesome rooftop and beer garden, New Realm Brewing has become an institutional part of the Atlanta BeltLine. Enjoy free games and taking in the good vibes, all while sampling their extensive collection of brews and beers. There’s even an awesome menu of bar bites on offer, making it a great spot for after work drinks or a weekend celebration. Click here for a full round-up of unmissable craft breweries in and around Atlanta.
6. Spend the day (and night) at Ponce City Market!
From its amazing food hall to killer rooftop, season events to its selection of shops, both locals and tourists agree that Ponce City Market is a must-visit for anyone who finds themselves in the ATL. Both the Atlanta BeltLine and Ponce City Market are fabulous things to do in our city’s historic Old Fourth neighborhood. Click here to see our recent round-up of things to do in O4W!
See also: 10 fantastic things to do in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood
7. Pay a visit to Krog Street Market
Speaking of food halls, another addition to Atlanta’s untouchable selection is Krog Street Market. The Krog District boasts exceptional dining and retail options in one of the city’s hottest historic neighborhoods, with Krog Street Market taking the cake for top-tier dining and street food. From delicious tacos to tasty dumplings, there’s something for every palate at Krog Street Market.
8. Enjoy the ultimate bike ride around A-Town
The best way to experience the Atlanta BeltLine in our opinion is by getting out the bike on a lovely sunny day, for a ride around the loop! From mesmerizing street art to top-notch stops to get off for some refreshments, the Atlanta BeltLine provides ATLiens with the perfect bike ride around Atlanta. Click here or the link below for a full round-up of awesome biking trails in and around Atlanta.
See also: 5 lovely spots for a picturesque bike ride in and around Atlanta
9. Have a burger and some drinks at Ladybird
Ladybird is hands-down one of Secret Atlanta’s favorite patios in A-Town. From soaking in the Georgia sunshine in the summer, to the heated cozy nights during the cooler months of the year, Ladybrd is the perfect place to enjoy some casual bites, cocktails, beers, and more. Click here for a full round-up of cozy heated patios.
10. Grab an ice-cream from Butter & Cream
Thanks to Atlanta’s neutral climate all year round, there really is never a wrong time for ice cream. Luckily for us, the Atlanta BeltLine boasts so many incredible places for a scoop or two, but obviously Secret Atlanta has the scoop on where’s some of the best! We definetly think checking out Butter & Cream is worth the pitstop on you BeltLine adventure. Click here for a full round-up of delicious places to get ice cream in Atlanta.