Atlanta has all sorts of NEW and AMAZING attractions for tourists and of course the RESIDENTS of this BOOMING metropolitan! I just stumbled upon a gem of an find, just in time for SPRING and SUMMER–the Skyline Park at Ponce City Market!
LOCATED ON TOP OF PONCE CITY MARKET, SKYLINE PARK IS AN ENTERTAINMENT SPACE IN ATLANTA, GA THAT TRULY IS LIKE NO OTHER.
Rooftop revelry and splendid scenic vistas are NOW OPEN to everyone! Skyline Park is bringing old-timey fun to the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. Perched high above the hustle and bustle of Ponce de Leon Avenue on the top of the magnificently restored Ponce City Market, Skyline Park is quickly becoming a premium destination for those seeking delicious food, refreshments, and good times for all ages. Come from near or far to delight in carnival amusements, and marvel at the breathtaking views of our fine city.
Getting to the ROOF:
You pay to park at Ponce City Market, and as of late the parking meters all seem to be broken. No worries; you can download the Parkmobile App (PCM is parking area 222.) I like the app because it gives you a 15-minute warning and allows you to increase your time from your phone, so you don’t have to worry about over-paying or getting a ticket. We stayed 4 hours for about $8.
Head to the right side of PCM to get to Skyline Park. You’ll see a huge neon sign that says ROOF! This is where to pay to enter.
We paid $10 per adult, $7 for kids under 12, and kids under 3 are FREE.
You pay for the day and get a wristband that allows you to come and go as you please, so don’t miss the oppty to eat a great lunch in the Food Hall.
Hours are as follows. They are currently recommending that after 6pm is Only Over-21, and a little birdy told us this might be enforced soon.
Monday – Wednesday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 9 p.m.
Once you get your wristband, you’ll ride the elevator to the roof. Don’t forget to look UP as you ride!
Once on the ROOF
Once you are on the roof, it isn’t necessary to pay for anything else UNLESS you want to play the games. You can walk around and enjoy the view, watch others being silly at putt-putt or riding the tower. There are several great photo ops! If you DO want to play the games or putt-putt then see the fees below.
We decided to play putt-putt, which was incredibly fun (and a little challenging.) It was $8 for adults, $5 for kids and the 3 yo was FREE. Prices go up after 4pm.
We purchased a game card that allowed us to play some of the old-school arcade games, ride the slide and ride Heege Tower for an incredible view. Skee ball was $2, the ring toss game was 24 rings for $5, and the (awesome!!) slide was $1 a ride. Cards are re-fillable (cash or credit.)
There is a bar with several clever drinks, beer and wine. We had a frozen whiskey drink with mint and peaches that was very refreshing; it ran about $12.
Snacks on the roof include pretzels, frozen bananas, cotton candy, and other old-fashioned favorites.
A beer garden is opening this fall, so stay tuned for more on that.
On a Saturday afternoon there were dozens and dozens of kids – tons of fun for families! Go early to beat the heat and the crowds.
On the place that PCM stands was once an amusement park. Skyline Park pays homage to that festive time.
In 1923 the amusement park was shut down, and in 1926 the Sears building was built as a distribution center.
The building is one of the tallest all-brick buildings in the south.
Ponce de Leon, on which PCM sits, is named for the explorer who was seeking the Fountain of Youth. The spring under the building that he found is still tapped and stored in a water container inside the flagged tower of the building, and it is used by the building today (alas, no youthful powers spring forth.)
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