Activities and Attractions Abound at Atlanta's Chastain Park

Chastain Park, located in Buckhead, is one of Atlanta’s year-round favorite spots. Known for its concerts at the amphitheatre, it's also home to diverse recreation ranging from golf and equestrian lessons to art classes, a kids playground and much more.
  • More than a live-music venue, Chastain Park is also a hub for team sports, equestrian lessons, outdoor recreation and the arts.  (Kanta Sircar)
    More than a live-music venue, Chastain Park is also a hub for team sports, equestrian lessons, outdoor recreation and the arts. (Kanta Sircar)

If your only experience at Chastain Park is seeing a show at its beloved amphitheater, it’s time for another visit. The park, which is located in Atlanta’s ritzy Buckhead neighborhood, beckons with an array of other excellent attractions on its 268 acres. In fact, there’s so much ground to cover at this popular park that its security team actually patrols on horseback. Whether you’re up for a heart-pumping run along its leafy trails, a hands-on class at its arts center or getting in the saddle at its beautiful horse center, Chastain is one of Atlanta’s year-round favorite spots.

A Fantastic Live Music Venue

Of course, the State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, formerly known as Chastain Park Amphitheatre, is an undeniable centerpiece of the park’s attractions. Since opening in 1944, its outdoor stage has played host to a who’s who of legendary artists (including the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan), but it also keeps a stellar rotation of newer stars, too (Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz). Between reserved seating and an expansive lawn, there’s room for nearly 7,000 at this iconic venue, where concessions are programmed exclusively by Proof of the Pudding, one of Atlanta’s best-known caterers. For the amphitheater calendar and information on ticketing and seating, see the FAQ page on the park website.

Baseball Fields at Chastain Park - Buckhead Atlanta
Chastain Park is a popular spot for youth sporting events.

Golf, Equestrian Lessons, Team Sports and More

The Chastain Park Athletic Club opens its pool during the summer and is free to the public on weekday mornings. Nearby, the Chastain Park Tennis Center offers lessons and league play for adults and kids, while the Northside Youth Center maintains a gym and playing fields and hosts youth football, cheerleading, fast-pitch softball, baseball and basketball. Golfers love Chastain Park’s public 18-hole course, where the hilly terrain provides stellar views of the Buckhead skyline.

Equestrians of any skill level can take lessons at the Chastain Horse Park, which maintains a therapeutic riding program for people with disabilities of all ages and, in the summer, hosts a Horse Lovers camp for kids.

A Hub for the Arts

But outdoor activity isn’t the only draw at Chastain Park. Having recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary, the Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is the oldest of Atlanta’s educational arts facilities. Programming is chock-full of specialty workshops, including mixed media book making, illustration and comics, picture framing, figure drawing, ceramics, collage art and printmaking. There are even yoga classes that cater specifically to artists.

Chastain Park in Atlanta Buckhead Neighborhood
The park is a good destination for active types who want to walk or run along a paved path. Kanta Sircar

Walking and Hiking Trails

Chastain Park is a good destination for active types who want to walk or run along a paved path. Various loops allow you to cover different distances. A yellow-marked trail makes a three-mile trip, and the red and blue trails clock in around five miles. Each route will take you past the golf course, over Nancy Creek by bridge and around a fish-filled pond where you’re likely to spot wild ducks and geese.

Really Fun Playground

Kids will have a blast at the Chastain Park Playground, where giant “oodle” swings allow two children to swing together. Kids can also race downhill on bumpy slides, scramble up a climbing wall and go exploring in a tree house. There’s even a music area where kids can play drums and chimes.

Playground at Chastain Park - Buckhead Atlanta
Kids love the giant “oodle” swings at Chastain Park.

Restaurants and Hotels Near Chastain Park

Buckhead is brimming with dining options, including Southern fare (South City Kitchen on Peachtree Road), Korean barbecue (the newly opened Iron Age on Roswell Road), dining near The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and the cluster of great dining around Lenox Square, about a 10-minute drive from the park.

Hotel options abound in the area. Buckhead is booming with top-notch accommodations, such as the Waldorf Astoria, which delivers five-star luxury. A few minutes farther south in Midtown, the Artmore Hotel offers a boutique experience. Along Peachtree Road, throughout Midtown and in Downtown Atlanta (just a 20-minute drive), you’ll find all the well-known hotel names, like the Westin, W, Sheraton and Marriott.

Chastain Park Visitor Information

Chastain Park Location:
Chastain Park is located at 140 W. Wieuca Road NW.

Parking at Chastain Park:
If you’re visiting during the daytime, parking is available free of charge at the Red Lot on Powers Ferry Road (situated between Chastain Horse Park and the amphitheater).

On concert nights, there is a fee after 4 p.m. Parking information for State Bank Amphitheatre events is available here.

Written by Jhoni Jackson for RootsRated in partnership with Atlanta CVB.

 

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