Baseball fans across the country—heck, the entire Southeast—went wild on November 2, 2021, when their beloved Atlanta Braves claimed the World Series Championship title for the first time in 26 years. Whether you’ve been a fan through thick and thin or have renewed your interest since the big win (we won’t judge), chances are a trip to Truist Park is on your Bucket List this spring.
But whether you plan to root for the home team, or just want to be near the field of the reigning champs, a trip to The Battery Atlanta makes for a fun-filled day or weekend even when the team is away. With an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and attractions, there’s much more to do at The Battery than watch the old ball game.
Where to Wander
Developed by Braves Development Co., The Battery Atlanta opened in conjunction with the baseball team’s move from Turner Field in Downtown Atlanta to Truist Park in Cobb County in spring 2017, and the ballpark is naturally the biggest draw to the entertainment complex. The 2022 season home opener takes place on April 7 against the Cincinnati Reds, with the regular season continuing through early October. Select tickets are available at mlb.com/braves.
Even if you don’t step foot in the park, you can still take in a game at Live! At The Battery, a premium sports-watching hub with reserved seating, yard games, full-service dining, and a 32-foot LED screen—the largest outside the stadium.
The biggest Braves fans will want to check out Truist Park Tours, which take place daily and feature a 1.5-hour insider peek at the park and the history of the Braves, or a Terrapin Twighlight Tour, which starts in the Terrapin Atlanta Brewery & Taproom then offers you a cold one as you continue the tour in the stadium.
But the Braves aren’t the only ones playing at The Battery. With an array of fun-filled attractions, there are plenty of games here for every kid at heart. Self-proclaimed “foodertainment” venue Punchbowl Social offers endless entertainment from karaoke to bowling to a vintage arcade alongside scratch kitchen food and craft cocktails. Powered by TopGolf, GoodGame Restaurant & Bar features virtual game simulators for all sorts of sports (zombie dodgeball, anyone?) and amateur sleuths can solve six different themed challenges at The Escape Game. If live music is your enjoyment of choice, be sure to check the upcoming concert schedule at Coca-Cola Roxy.
WHERE TO EAT
Start with a quintessential Southern cocktail hour at Garden & Gun Club, the first dining experience from Garden & Gun magazine, where the hospitality is strong (and so are the mint juleps).
If you’re going to a game, grab a quick bite at H&F Burger, an entire restaurant concept built around master chef Linton Hopkin’s famous nightly special, which can be accessed from inside or outside the park, or snag a Chopsecutioner—a wood-aged IPA—and some pub fare from Terrapin Taproom.
Full-service dining options at The Battery span the globe, from Italian and Irish to Mexican and Asian, so you’re sure to find whatever cuisine you’re craving. If you’re not sure what you want, may I recommend Yard House, a lively American eatery with more than 100 menu options and 130 different beers on tap.
Be sure to save room for dessert at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream—spring will see the return of seasonal fan-favorite flavors like Sweet Cream Biscuits and Peach Jam, Lemon & Blueberries Parfait, and Savannah Buttermilk.
Prefer a fine cigar after dinner? Lounge awhile at BURN by Rocky Patel, where a cigar sommelier will pair your beverage of choice with just the right selection from more than 400 hand-rolled cigars in the humidor.
WHERE TO SHOP
Stock up on all your sports-fan paraphernalia at the Braves Clubhouse Store, a 500-square-foot space filled with branded merch (we know you really want that Freddie Freeman bobblehead!), and even more apparel that pays homage to America’s favorite pastime at Baseballism.
For your own sporting goods, hit up Mizuno Experience Center, which carries all the gear you need for your sport of choice, plus special services like shoe, golf and bat fittings.
If you dress to impress, find all the latest fashions with affordable price tags at Dress-Up, or a charming trinket for your home at Sugarboo & Co.
Music lovers will want to pop into Waterloo Sunset for new and used records of every type and era, while foodies stock up on locally sourced gourmet and organic goods at Savi Provisions.
WHERE TO STAY
Don’t want to drive home after all that fun? Book a room at The Omni Battery Atlanta, just steps from the gate to Truist Park and centrally located to all the action in The Battery. The hotel bar whips up baseball-themed libations (try the Ode to Baseball, a blend of bourbon and bitters topped with cotton candy and caramel popcorn), and on game days, the on-site restaurant becomes a pop-up cocktail lounge featuring baseball themed-treats. Additional amenities include a fitness center and pool deck with private cabanas. For the ultimate getaway, book a premier room with a view, where you’ll be able to see straight into the park from your private balcony. omnihotels.com
To plan your day trip to The Battery Atlanta, visit batteryatl.com.