Downtown Atlanta, Georgia is the busy central business district of the city. Government buildings, office towers, corporate headquarters, sporting venues, and a university are located here as well as numerous tourist attractions. The area is packed with restaurants and eateries, cafes, malls, shops, boutiques, theaters, bars, and nightclubs. A unique underground shopping area and local pedestrian malls contribute to the high walkability of the district.
If you are strolling with your dog downtown, numerous local restaurants allow your pup to join you in their outdoor seating areas, including Moe’s Southwest Grill, Willy’s Mexicana Grill, Paolo's Gelato, Brickstone Cafe, Coffee at 200 Peachtree, Kwan’s Deli and Korean Kitchen, and Room at Twelve.
When strolling the city center, you and your dog will experience hot, humid summers and short, but cool, wet winter weather. Overcast days are fairly common in the area, so rain gear and a heavier coat for winter days is recommended for dog walkers.
This is a highly developed urban area with limited landscaping outside of local greenways. Heavy traffic in the area, both vehicular and pedestrian, with noise and activity can be distracting to dogs, so make sure your pup is under control and securely leashed. Sidewalks, pedestrian malls, and a unique shopping area below street level create pedestrian ways that are separate from traffic.
The area has an irregular street pattern and some gentle hills, although they are not steep or problematic for most pedestrians and pets. Train tracks passing the region can be crossed on foot on overpasses.
Downtown canines are not far from the Railside Dog Park at Castleberry Hill. This two-acre enclosed dog park has wood chips and natural surfacing, utilizing water runoff from a nearby building for a water supply. You should supervise your pet in the park and be prepared to clean up after them.This greenway is a great local opportunity for your dog to play loose and socialize with other pets.
Olympic Park is centrally located in downtown Atlanta and is one of the largest urban parks in the country at 21 acres. The park is known for its “Fountain of Rings,” commemorating the 1996 summer games. This water feature is the world's largest interactive fountain. Beautiful gardens and grounds with paved walking paths make this a great place to visit with your leashed dog.
Woodruff Park is a six-acre downtown park with a circular water fountain, trees, lawns, and walking paths. It's also an excellent place to check out while strolling with your furry friend.