This tour is also offered as a Lunch Tour. Please visit our Adventure Calendar for exact dates and times.
ABOUT THESE TOURS
ExploreATL is a unique series of walking tours designed for those who are new to Atlanta, visiting from out of town or just want to get to know our city a little better.
These guided tours range from 1 to 3 hours and involve 3 to 5 miles of walking at an easy pace. If you come on one of our tours, you can expect to have FUN, get some EXERCISE and LEARN some new things. Urban Explorers are adventurous and curious so expect to meet some interesting people!
- 5:45pm, Meet in the parking lot at Park Tavern
- 6:00, Tour begins
- 6:45, Ponce City Market (30-min food & beverage stop)
- 7:30, Inman Park
- 8:00, Krog Street Market (30-min food & beverage stop)
- 8:30, Depart Krog Street Market
- 9:00, Arrive back at Park Tavern (alternatively, you can take a car service back to Park Tavern)
* Times and tour rate are subject to change based on weather conditions, group size and other factors. Total walking distance is aprox. 5 miles round trip.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE & LEARN
- Workin' on the railroad! Brief history of Atlanta as a railroad town and how four 100+ year old "belt lines" set the stage for one of the most successful redevelopment projects in the world
- Crown jewel of Atlanta's emerald necklace: Piedmont Park (home of the Cotton States & International Exhibition of 1895)
- If these magnolias could talk! Baseball lore from Historic Ponce Park (fomer home of the Atlanta Crackers)
- Two-million square foot historical rennovation that is now Ponce City Market (fomerly a Sears Roebuck & Co distribution center)
- Historic Ford Factory Lofts (where they once made Model Ts and Model As)
- REDRUM: Resurrection of the Beltline Kroger
- 33 Oaks: The amazing art of David Landis
- Talk about magnolias! You're looking at the longest linear arboretum in the world right now.
- Amazing story of Historic Fourth Ward Park (aka, Clear Creek Basin)
- Grab your things, I've come to take you to Three Tree Hill (breathtaking views of ATL skyline)
- A section of the old railroad corridor (Ralph McGill Blvd)
- Underbelly of the Beltline (Ralph McGill Blvd)
- Telephone Factory Lofts (former Western Electric Plant that made 20th C. communication devices known as telephones)
- Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park (nope we won't be skateboaring)
- Freeway with A Roof: Brief History of Freedom Park(way)
- "Northern White," Stunning stainless steel sculpture by David Landis
- World Headquarters of King of Pops
- Beltline Case Study: How to turn a former steel company and paper plant into one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. That would be Inman Park.
- Speaking of cool, we might just stop in for a cool one at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
- Super Cool: Coolstuff Icebox mural at Irwin Street.
- Update of the southern extension of the Eastside Trail, south of Irwin Street (this tour will be extended once this section of the EST opens in the Fall of 2017)
- Krog Street Market (former site of stove manufacturing company) and now home to a collection of wonderful eating and drinking establishments.
ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE
Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta.
ABOUT EASTSIDE TRAIL
The focus of this tour is the Eastside Trail. Opened in 2012, this 2.2-mile path was the first section of the Atlanta Beltline to be built in the old railroad corridor. When complete the Atlanta Beltline will provide 22 miles of light rail transit and 33 miles of multi-use trails that will allow residents and visitors to bike, walk and ride around the entire City of Atlanta. The Beltline will also connect 45 distinct neighborhoods that are located within ten master planning areas.
The Eastside Trail was built along the Southern Railway, which was built in 1871, one year after Georgia was readmitted to the Union. It is the oldest of four "belt lines" that were built around the city between 1871 and 1908. This historic railroad line once carried visitors to see the Liberty Bell, which was on loan from the City of Philadelphia, during the Cotton States & International Exposition in 1895.*
The EST will soon be extended southward by about one mile, which will allow trail users to walk and bike from Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park to Kirkwood Avenue in the neighborhood of Reynoldstown. There is also an interim hiking trail that runs north of Monroe Street to Montgomery Ferry Road. See map below.
* This historical account can be found on Page 29 of "Where We Want to Live" by Ryan Gravel. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the history of Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline project.