Getting to The Carter Center
The Carter Center is located in the eastern portion of the city of Atlanta, and is easily accessible by car, foot, bike, and public transportation. If you are driving, be sure to park on the northern side of the building. The entrance to the Cecil B. Day Chapel, where the event will be held, is at the roundabout at the western end of the parking lot.
By walking or bicycle
The Carter Center is located in the middle of Freedom Parkway and surrounded by bike and walking trails. Additionally, you can walk to the Carter Center from the Inman Park train station. The walk is hilly, but the path is filled with historic Victorian homes and trees.
By public transportation
The Carter Center is one of the stops on bus route 16. You may board at the Five Points train station, and let your driver know your destination. For your return trip, you must wait on the opposite side of The Carter Center.
From the airport: Get on I-75 Northbound. Take exit 248C for Freedom Parkway towards GA Route 10. Exit onto East Freedom Parkway NE. Follow the signage towards The Carter Center parking. Parking is free.
The Carter Center Grounds
The Carter Center and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library are located on prime property that has been the scene for several historically significant events during Atlanta’s relatively brief history. This site which now encompasses two fishing lakes, a Japanese garden, unparalleled view of Atlanta’s skyline and 33 acres of greenery with unobtrusive circular buildings, is an oasis within the fast paced metropolis of Atlanta. This landscape did not evolve solely from the forces of nature but resulted from the vision, planning and work of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.
The property on which The Carter Center is built was once owned by Augustus F. Hurt during the nineteenth century, who abandoned the property with the coming Civil War. Like most of Atlanta, Hurt’s property and the surrounding areas were engulfed by federal forces of the Civil War during the summer of 1864. Atlanta was a target during the Civil War because, unlike most major cities of the time, it was not settled on a significant waterway but was created in a forest as a railroad depot in 1837.
In the 19th century, this area became a famous Atlanta neighborhood called Copenhill. The neighborhood was razed in the 1960s for freeway construction that never occurred. President Carter then acquired 33 acres of this prime property for the construction of The Carter Center. Prior to developing The Carter Center, Copenhill had fallen into disrepair. Revitalized and reclaimed through the efforts of a southern son, and raised like the symbol of Atlanta – a phoenix from the ashes – Copenhill is presently flourishing in the midst of thriving, present day communities of Poncey-Highland and Inman Park.
Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, with a population of roughly 5 million. Atlanta is considered a global city, with a diverse economy and was the host of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The city is characterized by its rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning its nickname “City in a Forest”.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in Atlanta. While you’re here, feel free to explore any of the following attractions. This list is for informational purposes only, and does not imply any endorsement by The Carter Center or any of the event sponsors: The World of Coke Museum, The Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studio Tour, The High Museum of Art, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Virginia Highland, Decatur, Stone Mountain Park , Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Below are hotels in the Atlanta area in close proximity to The Carter Center.