Family Day: Biking on the Beltline and Lantern Parade.
Ponce City Market has become one of my family's favorite places to visit on the weekend. There's a variety of things to do from getting your retail therapy on, indulging in some good food and libations, or having some fun on the rooftop at Skyline Park. If you're not familiar, Ponce City Market is located in Northeast Atlanta right off Ponce de Leon Avenue and has a number of retail shops and restaurants throughout the area. Our favorite restaurant is definitely Botiwalla, an Indian street food grill that will literally change your life! In a previous post, I suggested some food items you should definitely try from there if you like Indian food or wouldn't mind trying it! Oh and can't forget about King of Pops! That's another fav if you're interested in popsicle cocktails. Me!
We usually visit Ponce City Market to enjoy the food and Skyline Park but this time we decided to take Nova for a bike ride on the BeltLine. The Atlanta's BeltLine most popular stretch is the East Side Trail and Ponce City Market is located right in that area. It was soooo fun and the weather was perfect! Nova really enjoyed it. She was riding on the back of NIjyl's bike so when I would pass by them I would see her smiling from ear to ear lol. Everyone we passed by thought it was the cutest thing and it was!
After we biked to Ponce City Market, we grabbed a bite to eat at Botiwalla and made our way back up the BeltLine. Along the way, we stopped by the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival to listen to some live music and watch the featured Lantern Parade that would be taking place later that evening. We had no idea about the festival and lantern parade until we saw it riding along the bike trail. The set up for the festival was so nice. They had food and retail vendors, a live band, VIP, and a section to make your own DIY lantern for the parade. We chose the best weekend to go on an adventure because the lantern parade was beautiful. It's literally a parade of people walking the BeltLine with with their self-made lanterns from big to small. All of them were creative and colorful. They even had a couple of marching bands throughout the parade. I'm not sure if you've ever been to a lantern parade but you have to experience it and take your little ones. We're definitely going back next year to make lanterns with Nova and sit in our lawn chairs to watch the parade. It was the perfect little family day. If you find yourself in Atlanta around that time next year I would definitely check it out. It takes place the second weekend in September!