Arriving at the Inman Park station on the train is misleading. Trees, Victorian-era houses and parks are what most people typically see, but just beyond the immediate station area are some of the top hang out spots in Atlanta along with some impressive historic sights. Read on to learn some of the things not to miss at the Inman Park station.
1. Little 5 Points
Little 5 Points is considered to be one of the hippest (and perhaps even hippie) spots in Atlanta. The commercial village has a number of funky shops, a record store, restaurants and multiple performance venues and bars. The Halloween parade each year is a must-see, especially if partying with people in risque, clever or gruesome costumes is your thing. Top spots include the Vortex Bar and Grill (popular with bikers and a required spot for burger lovers), the Porter Beer Bar, Variety Playhouse, Brewhouse (sport-watching venue with a killer patio and “painkiller” drinks), Euclid Avenue Yacht Club and the Star Bar.
Walking Directions to Little 5 Points
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival MARTA Tips
2. Inman Park Festival
The Inman Park Festival might hold the title as the largest festival in Atlanta. Blocks of artist markets, multiple stages for performances, tour of homes and a large parade hallmark the event each year at the end of April. The festival takes place right next to the station, and with parking limited in the area, taking MARTA is a great way to see all the sights.
Tips for Taking MARTA to the Festival
3. Urban Trails
For outdoor, active adventures, check out the PATH Stone Mountain trail and the Eastside BeltLine Trail that connect near the Inman Park station. The paved trails wind through parks and scenic neighborhoods, so wear your walking shoes, take your bike on MARTA or bring your skates or skateboard to explore the area. The PATH runs next to the station parking lot and provides access to a playground, the Carter Center, Freedom Park and the BeltLine. Or bike, skate or stroll through the tree-lined streets full of historic homes to reach the BeltLine via the Elizabeth Street access point.
Directions to the PATH
Directions to the BeltLine Eastside Trail
4. Inman Park Village
About a 15-minute walk from the station is the Inman Park Village, a newer mixed-use development with restaurants, shops and businesses. Some of the more popular spots include the trendy and tasty restaurant Barcelona, Inman Perk Coffee, Parish (which includes a downstairs cafe and market in the renovated 1890 building), Fritti for gourmet pizza and The Albert. You can also get your nails done, sit in a cigar bar or do a little shopping. Keep an eye out for the Inman Park Restaurant Week that is offered twice a year for deals at the area restaurants.
Walking Directions to the Inman Park Village
Inman Park Restaurants
5. Historic Sights
The Inman Park neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places as Atlanta’s first planned suburb in 1889, where Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler had a home built. Ornate houses in a variety of architecture styles are in abundance along with historic Civil War markers. Particularly, the Springvale Park was the location of an attack on Federal troops in 1864. What remains today is a ravine in a wooded park with trails that lead to a lake and playground. From the station, follow the signs to the Inman Park exit, and at street level walk straight ahead from the stairwell/elevator along the bus bay to enter Edgewood Avenue. Springvale Park is about two blocks down on the right, with plenty of historic homes to see on the way. Euclid Avenue is another great street for architecture viewing.
For more history, Reynoldstown on the other side of the station was originally established by freed slaves who worked for the railroad. The area is more transitional on that side of the tracks, so venture there during daylight and always be aware of your surroundings.
Navigating the Inman Park Station