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Best of MARTA: Georgia State MARTA station

The Georgia Capitol is just down the street from the Georgia State MARTA station.
The Georgia Capitol is just down the street from the Georgia State MARTA station.
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One of the original MARTA stations to open in 1979, the Georgia State MARTA station has been providing access to the Georgia Capitol and Georgia State University since day one. On both the blue and green line, the station's urban environment has more to offer than might appear on a first glance. Here are the top destinations to check out.

Georgia State University
Atlanta's downtown university gets closer rail access than any other in the city. Almost a stone's throw away from the station is Georgia State University's Petit Science Center and the Sports Arena. The College of Law in the Urban Life building and the recreation center are across the street. For fun, the Cinefest Film Theatre is off of Decatur Street and plays a variety of movies. Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn right to reach the campus.

Georgia Capitol
Just south of the station you'll find the gold dome of Georgia's Capitol building. In addition to being the center of the state's politics, tours and a museum are also on site. Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left.

Turner Field
With the Braves scheduled to move to Cobby County, now is the time to take advantage of home games at Turner Field. The stadium was part of a facility used for the 1996 Summer Olympics, and you can either walk 25 minutes on Piedmont Avenue to reach the ballpark or walk about a block to Underground Atlanta to catch the shuttle.

Atlanta Fair
Held each spring in the Turner Field parking lot, the Atlanta Fair is a family-friendly event with rides and activities. Admission is under $10.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market
A treasure in the city, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is always a bustling place to purchase fresh meat and produce or enjoy a meal at one of the several restaurants. There's also a convenience store and bookshop.Turn left on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive and walk about 10 minutes to Edgewood Avenue. As a bonus, the Atlanta Streetcar stops in front of the market, so you can continue your exploring with a ride to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District or head back to the city for a connection with the Peachtree Center MARTA station and Centennial Olympic Park.

Sweet Auburn Festivals
Several art and music festivals take place throughout the year on historic Auburn Avenue -- about a 15-minute walk from the MARTA station. Continue past the curb market to reach Auburn Avenue, which is one block away.

Catholic Shrine of Immaculate Conception
This historic church survived the Civil War and is the first and oldest Catholic church in the city. The building is open to the public during church services or you can call 404-521-1866 to schedule a tour. Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left, then right on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The church is about a block down.

Georgia Freight Depot
A remnant of Atlanta's railway past, the Georgia Freight Depot was once a lively station in downtown Atlanta. Due to a fire, only the lower level remains. The building is currently used as an event space and is typically only open for those events. Click the link above for directions. Underground Atlanta is next door for continued sightseeing.

Waffle House
As the closest Waffle House to MARTA, the one next to the Georgia Station station can get you fueled on coffee, eggs, waffles and those famous hash browns. Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn right.