Our favorite recipe for some good, clean, fun on a Spring afternoon: one part clear sky, one part open field, one part colorful kite, and kids, seasoned to taste. With those ingredients in place, wind may or may not be necessary to turn an afternoon spent flying a kite into your one of your kiddos’ favorite memories. Here are our favorite spots around town to throw caution (and a kite) to the wind.
Not only does it have wide open spaces and few, if any, telephone lines cutting across the sky, but it’s also home to the Atlanta World Kite Festival each year. Piedmont Park has lots of fields to choose from, but for your best swath of uninterrupted field, head to The Meadow near Park Tavern. And what luck! The Park Tavern is an excellent option for apres-kite activities, and the nearby parking will save you the stroller drama when it’s time to jet.
Details: Piedmont Park, The Meadow – located near the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive
While flying a kite on top of the monolith is prohibited, you have plenty of green, grassy options to consider while planning your kite-flying trip to Stone Mountain. Our favorite spot? Head into the park through the East Gate to make the most of the green space on that side of the park. There’s plenty of parking, and the only fee you’ll need to be prepared for is the $10 park entrance/ parking fee.
Not far from Fernbank, the section of Freedom Park that runs south of Ponce through Candler Park offers ample green space to rock a kite with the kids. One of Atlanta’s biggest parks (210 acres… who knew?), Freedom Park is also known as the Art Park for its permanent art installations. Be sure to steer clear of those when choosing your spot, or you’ll be certain to end up on local news as you try to unhinge your kite from the top of a community treasure.
Head to the meadow on the Northside Trail of the BeltLine and you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the elevated train tracks that pass between Tanyard Creek Park and Ardmore Park. The littles will love waving at the conductor, and there are two playgrounds within walking proximity in case the thrill of the kite doesn’t last as long as you’d hoped. If you’re not a huge fan of canine companions, however, you should know that this meadow is a favorite among dog lovers.
Details: Tanyard Creek on the BeltLine – located between Collier Road and Ardmore Road
While you may be out of luck for kite flying space due to the crowds that head to this Atlanta favorite on the weekends, don’t discount the peace and quiet that you may find at Chastain Park on weekday mornings. Pack the kids, pack a picnic, and head to the recreational sites on the north end of the park. As with Tanyard Creek, you’ll have a good backup playground nearby in case the wind, or the kids, don’t cooperate.
Details: Chastain Park – North end recreational sites located near West Wieuca and Lake Forrest Drive
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