As the epicenter of many industries like corporate giants Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and CNN, Atlanta has blossomed into one of the South’s largest and hippest cities. With its ever-expanding population, more and more delectable non-chain eateries and boutiques are appearing among its towering skyscrapers and web of congested highways encircling downtown.
The city has become a destination unto itself, rather than merely a stopover of a longer travel itinerary. With more than 1,000 tennis clubs and facilities, you can easily find tennis in Atlanta between touring Coca-Cola and peering at sharks at the Georgia Aquarium.
Brush up on your backhand and hang out with beluga whales
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center is located in downtown Atlanta and is only minutes from the World of Coca-Cola permanent exhibit, the Georgia Aquarium, and Centennial Park. The center’s 23 lighted courts—13 clay, 10 hard, and two hitting walls—are conveniently located from many hotels and businesses.
Courts are open until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, so you can sneak in a game after a stressful day of business meetings. To quench your thirst from a long match in the sweltering summer, head over to the Coca-Cola exhibit and sample Coke products from around the world. For non-residents, court fees range from $3.50 – $7.00 per hour.
Lions, Tigers, and Tennis Balls
Four lighted tennis courts are tucked into Grant Park—a green space south of Centennial Park that also features Zoo Atlanta. Grab your racquet, camera, and Braves cap. Between catching an Atlanta Braves baseball game at nearby Turner stadium and posing in front of giant pandas for a photo op, dash over to one of Grant Park’s four free courts and challenge your buddy or colleague to a game. Also, check out the listing of Atlanta’s other park tennis courts.
Tennis and Summer Festivals at Piedmont Park
The 185-acre park nestled in Midtown is home to The Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center, which boasts 12 lighted hard courts. Whether arriving for a private lesson, a cardio tennis class, or to enjoy a match against a friend, the fully-staffed public tennis facilities will heighten your heart rate and test that new spin on your forehand.
But stick around Piedmont Park once you’ve packed away your racquet because summer festivals and events, such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival, will give you a glimpse into local culture. The park also features jogging trails, a multi-million dollar aquatic center, playgrounds, and basketball courts.
Get a taste of southern hospitality and improve your tennis game during a stay in Atlanta.