Don’t Miss Atlanta’s Beltline & Ponce City Market

BY MANDY MOGANNAM

Spent four days in Atlanta

There is no shortage of things to do in Atlanta. Looking back on the few days I spent there, I really had no downtime—my schedule was packed with activities and great food from start to finish. In retrospect, one of my favorite experiences that was most indicative of the vibrant culture of the city was Atlanta’s Beltline, Ponce City Market, and Skyline Park.

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This trifecta of activities is inevitably linked due to their proximity to each another. Located in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward district, you are led into Ponce City Market and Skyline Park by walking down the Beltline, a trail that was once a railway corridor. The day we chose to go to the Beltline and Ponce City Market happened to be a beautifully mild and sunny day, and I observed people jogging, walking their dogs, pushing strollers, and enjoying ice cream all along the Beltline. As we continued our walk down, we noticed an Oktoberfest celebration happening at a bar along the trail. There was really no shortage of daytime activities and I was just in awe of the city’s bright culture.

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Beltline./Mandy Mogannam

Ponce City Market is full of eateries and stores, and since it was October, everything was festively decorated for Halloween. I was surprised to learn that there are also apartments available within Ponce City Market, as well as office spaces. As a resident there you would really never need to leave, as any shopping or food needs could be found at PCM, not to mention all the social activities directly above at Skyline Park. My favorite PCM experience, Skyline Park is a rooftop bar and amusement park that is located a quick elevator ride up from PCM.

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PCM Entrance./Mandy Mogannam

After experiencing all the food, drink, and shopping inside, you can opt to pay $10 to go up to the top of PCM to experience fun games and beautiful views of the city. The rooftop offered all sorts of carnival games, a photo booth, and mini golf, making it a great afternoon spent and surely a great nightlife location as well. They boast all sorts of signature cocktails, spiked coffee and hot chocolate, and fun theme park-like snacks such as soft pretzels and hot dogs.

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View from the top of ATL./Mandy Mogannam

Skyline Park is aptly named; you are offered a beautiful view of downtown Atlanta and Centennial Olympic Park as a backdrop to all the activities the location has to offer. It was a spot to spend the day and very indicative of the upbeat, fun culture that makes up the city.

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Skyline Park Games./Mandy Mogannam

It was quite busy due to day’s the beautiful weather, so parking was a bit challenging. We parked just a few blocks from the entrance to the Beltline, and walking back to the car, I noticed some beautiful street art. Here was my favorite piece.

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Street Art./Mandy Mogannam

Anybody planning a trip to Atlanta should consider visiting all of these spots. Locals and tourists alike love Ponce City Market, as it is a great experience for people of all ages.

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