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First Look: Ponce City Market’s New Rooftop Playground

Whether you come for date night or a day with the kids, there’s plenty of fun to be had—plus panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline

photo: Courtesy of Ponce City Market

With its impressive array of eateries, Ponce City Market—the most Southern food hall ever—has been blazing a trail through Atlanta’s dining scene since opening last October. And, next month, things are going to get even hotter when Skyline Park opens on the building’s 6-acre rooftop.

Inspired by Atlanta’s old Ponce de Leon Amusement Park—built in 1903 and then torn down in the early 1920s to make way for the current building, the former southeastern headquarters of Sears—the retro rooftop playground will include throwback boardwalk-style games: skee-ball, ring toss, Pop-a-Shot basketball hoops, an eighteen-hole miniature golf course, a giant three-story slide built into the side of Ponce City Market’s marquee, and a ride called the Heege, which simulates free fall.

If you can still eat after all that Heege-ing, the park’s elevated concessions stand will offer everything from red-velvet funnel cakes and Skyline cones (doughnut cones filled with soft-serve ice cream) to gourmet hotdogs and a riff on old-fashioned Cracker Jacks. Drinks-wise, there are twelve craft beer taps and frozen cocktails. Whether you come for date night or a day with the kids, there’s plenty of fun to be had—plus panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline and the BeltLine below.

Stay tuned for more, too. Nine Mile Station, a beer garden with twelve more taps, plus high-end wines, specialty cocktails, and a champagne bar, will also open on the building’s rooftop in August—just in time to combat the worst of the summer’s heat.


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