Grant Park, Atlanta, GA is the area’s largest and oldest historic district, which also surrounds its oldest city park. Primarily a residential neighborhood, the community sponsors an annual tour of homes which spotlights period styles from Craftsman bungalows to Victorian cottages. A haven for families, the 131.5-acre park features lush lawns, stunning views and annual festivals, including the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival which features an artist market, 5K run, food vendors and live entertainment all nestled under the ancient oak trees.
Bordering Grant Park are three of Atlanta’s premiere attractions: Zoo Atlanta – home to more than 1,300 animals including Giant Pandas, Sumatran tigers and one of North America’s largest captive gorilla populations; the Atlanta Cyclorama which immortalizes the 1864 Battle of Atlanta with a 42-foot-tall cylindrical oil painting and one of the South’s largest collections of Civil War memorabilia; and Oakland Cemetery – a rolling greenspace built in 1850 which is now the final resting place of more than 70,000 stories. Notable figures buried here include Atlanta’s first African-American mayor Maynard Jackson, as well as Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golf legend Bobby Jones.
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