We attended an Atlanta Braves game at the new and cutting-edge SunTrust Park and it is SO amazing!!! It’s much easier for Forsyth County residents to get to this stadium which is located at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 about 10 minutes before downtown Atlanta. It’s 20 percent smaller than Turner Field and has an intimate setting, plus modern amenities, chef-driven restaurants and tons of entertainment both inside and right outside its gates. From the second we stepped into The Battery Atlanta all the way to the splash fountain experience on our way out, SunTrust Park and The Battery create a fun and memorable family-friendly adventure.
Here are more than 10 things to do during your visit.
Hang out at The Battery Atlanta. This a sports and entertainment experience lined with fine dining and shopping and located just outside the stadium gates. There’s also an outdoor amphitheater, three-story Chop House eatery, large green space for the kids to run around and so much more! Coming to the area soon is Punch Bowl Social where you can kick back with old school social activities and vintage video games plus enjoy a Southern-inspired menu and craft beer.
A few of my favorite restaurants here, which you will also find at Avalon in Alpharetta, include CRU Food & Wine Bar, The El Felix and Antico Pizza. We grabbed barbecue from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q within the Terrapin Taproom’s patio and had a great view of the pre-game entertainment. There is also a Fox Bros. BBQ stand in the stadium! Another popular spot to eat within The Battery is Wahlburgers, created by celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg along with their other brother, Chef Paul Wahlberg.
Dance with the Drumline. The Atlanta Braves Heavy Hitters are an upbeat drumline with an infectious energy that is sure to get you pumped up for the game. Catch them in the Fan Plaza (In The Battery under the giant baseball) just before and after home games and also throughout the ballpark. The kids will love dancing to the music!
Get on-field access for a Braves batting practice. Purchase the on-field experience to watch the Braves and Visitors during a Battling Practice Experience. This experience begins 3 hours before the first pitch and it’s not available on Sunday home games or on afternoon day games.
Partake in Braves Kids Club activities. For just $25, Braves fans 14 and younger can join this club that is packed with more than a dozen perks. In addition to VIP access to run the bases after Sunday home games, a Dansby Swanson Kids Club jersey and drawstring bag, you get a buy one get one free ticket to an upcoming home game and so much more. The free membership option includes a Braves passport where Kids Club members can earn prizes for attending Braves home games. My son is about to turn 5 and we got him a Braves Kids Club membership as a birthday gift. Cannot wait to give it to him!
Go zip lining in Hope and Will’s Sandlot. This is basically a whole concourse of carnival games and interactive games that my son could have spent all day playing in! In addition to zip lining, there is a rock climbing wall and batting cage too. Reserve a time slot for the zip line and climbing tower using the Braves’ mobile app. You’ll also find refreshments, healthy meals and snacks and a souvenir shop. Designed primarily for kids, Hope and Will’s Sandlot is in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Take a Brewery Tour. Beer lovers can grab a cold one from Terrapin Taproom, ATL Brew Lab (microbrewery with 130 beers on tap) and Yard House, a high-end sports bar featuring several local and regional brews.
Walk through the Monument Garden. While walking to your seats (Lower Level, Section 125), stroll through this museum for an educational lesson on the history of the Atlanta Braves. It’s nice and cool thanks to the giant ceiling fans. It starts out with the evolution of Braves’ jerseys and continues by showcasing interesting artifacts. I love the Hank Aaron tribute which is hundreds of wooden bats that spell out 755 for his 755 home runs. They are situated behind a fountain and a statue of the “Home Run King” which was commissioned by world-renowned and Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin.
Get a Taste of Braves Country. The concessions throughout the ballpark highlight regionally inspired dishes that use local ingredients. The “Taste of Braves Country” program includes southern cooking from six states, including a pimento cheese patty melt from South Carolina, Nashville hot chicken from Tennessee and fried tomahawk pork chop from Alabama. And of course the South isn’t complete without Chick-fil-A and Waffle House and you’re bound to find those here too!
Dine on cuisine from chef-driven restaurants. In addition to the cuisine in The Battery, inside the stadium there’s an impressive lineup of fresh cuisine with favorites including H+F Burger. We passed a pretty long line of fans waiting to try one of Linton Hopkin’s famous H+F burgers so if your heart is set on this, come early. They open 90 minutes before first pitch and there are locations in the outfield and behind home plate.
Cool off with High Road Craft Ice Cream. Order the Atlanta Braves tomahawk ice cream bar featuring a tomahawk bar dipped in chocolate and topped with a range of toppings. This was a favorite for my kiddos!
Splash through the fountains. If you attend an evening game with kids, they can cool off in the glowing spray pad after the game! Make sure to pack a change of clothes.
- Download the MLB Ballpark to personalize your stadium experience.
- Park in the Red Lot to be steps away from The Battery Atlanta and SunTrust Park. Get your parking pass in advance!
- Arrive a couple hours before the game starts so you can eat dinner, see the live entertainment, spend some time in Sandlot with the kiddos and soak in the whole experience.
- Pack a few unopened water bottles with you so you don’t have to buy them in the stadium.
- Come on a Sunday so the kids can run the bases after the game.
- Download a parking map.