Midtown Atlanta: Piedmont Park
Offering a year-round respite from the surrounding city, Piedmont Park runs along 10th Street (a block west of 10th & Monroe Avenue to a block east of 10th & Piedmont Avenue) and Piedmont Avenue (12th & Piedmont to just before 15th & Piedmont) in Midtown Atlanta. The park is anchored by Lake Clara Meer and its dockside lawn and historic Visitor Center building. The dock provides sweeping views across the lake and is a good a place as any to set up for a morning of fishing as the lake is routinely stocked with fish. In addition to fishing, the park offers numerous other activities including bocce ball, swimming at the Aquatic Center pools, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball in addition to miles of running and walking paths throughout the park. If you’re in the mood for a less active visit, there are numerous grills setup in the park and countless places to lay down a blanket and set up for a picnic. The park is also bordered by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which houses indoor and outdoor collections that include water plants, a Japanese garden, a tropical rotunda and a high elevation house among many other featured plants and animal life from various regions in the world.