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Plan Your Visit

Just drop by, or plan an all-day adventure at Atlanta’s most hallowed site.

Rich history, beautiful gardens, and architecture – there’s plenty to discover at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. Explore on your own, take a tour, or attend a special event, right in the heart of the vibrant and historic Grant Park community. We are neighbors to some of the city’s top dining destinations, and there’s plenty more to do nearby. 

The Cemetery has reopened to pedestrians from dawn to dusk daily. The main western gate will remain closed temporarily as work continues in that area. Pedestrians should walk to the Memorial Drive gate or the East Gate for entry.

Please be mindful of paving vehicles, traffic cones, and caution tape. Watch your step.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates. Thank you for your patience as we work towards a safer and more accessible park for all.

Hours

Cemetery Grounds
Open from dawn to dusk year-round.

Visitor Center and Museum Store
The Visitor Center and Museum Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. It is temporarily located just outside the main gate.

Fees

Oakland Cemetery is FREE to visit.

Ticketed Tours
Guided tours are offered throughout the year. Self-guided tour options are available too! Get the details.

Ticketed admission is required for fundraising events including Illumine, Sunday in the Park, and Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.

Parking

Paid parking for visitors to Oakland Cemetery is available (via the ParkMobile app) in our paved lot at 342 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. SE. The entrance to the lot is directly across the street from DAS BBQ. See map. Street parking is also available on surrounding streets.

Due to a paving project currently taking place inside the Cemetery, Oakland’s grounds are currently closed to vehicular traffic.

Guests with limited mobility can contact Jessica VanLanduyt at jvanlanduyt@oaklandcemetery.com to inquire about other arrangements.

What to Bring

Comfortable Shoes

Wear comfortable shoes so you can spend the day exploring Oakland’s miles of roads and historic pathways.

Camera

Capture the beautiful scenery of Oakland and remember your trip for years to come.

Water

Stay comfortable and hydrated while you visit Oakland. Bring your own water or purchase some from our Museum Store.

Self-Guided Tours

Purchase a Printed Guide

If you want to explore on Oakland Cemetery at your own pace, download our updated Self-Guided Tour Map for only $4.59.

The guide has over 50 marked stops, and enough Oakland Cemetery history to keep you engaged for hours!

Dial In

You can also explore Oakland Cemetery with your phone!

Take our self-guided dial in tour:

African American Voices:
(678) 365-0232

Upcoming Events & Tours

See our full calendar here.

Illumine 2024

Event, Featured Event

About the Event As the sun sets, the Cemetery is transformed. Through innovative lighting and…

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Spring Scramble Scavenger Hunt

Event

Gather a group of friends or family for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this…

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Malts & Vaults: Where Beer Meets History

Special Topic Tour

Indulge yourself in historic lore and great beer at Oakland Cemetery's only tour-turned-happy-hour event! Join…

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Directions to Oakland

  • + From MARTA

    • Exit the King Memorial Station to Decatur Street.
    • Head west (take a left) to Grant Street.
    • Turn left onto Grant Street and follow to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE.
    • Take left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
    • The main gates of Oakland Cemetery will be straight ahead. The walk will take about 7-10 minutes.
  • + From I85/I75 South

    • Take exit 247 to merge onto I-20 E toward Augusta.
    • Take exit 59A for Boulevard toward Zoo Atlanta/ Cyclorama.
    • Turn left onto Boulevard SE.
    • Turn left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
  • + From I85/I75 North

    • Take exit 247 for Interstate 20/Ralph D Abernathy Freeway toward Birmingham/Augusta.
    • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-20 E/Augusta and merge onto Interstate 20 E.
    • Take exit 59A for Boulevard toward Zoo Atlanta/Cyclorama.
    • Turn left onto Boulevard SE.
    • Turn left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
  • + From I-20 East

    • Take exit 59A for Boulevard toward Zoo Atlanta/Cyclorama.
    • Turn left onto Boulevard SE.
    • Turn left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
  • + From I-20 West

    • Take exit 59A toward Memorial Dr/Glenwood Ave.
    • Follow signs for M L King Jr Natl Hist Site.
    • Turn right onto Boulevard SE.
    • Take the 2nd left onto Memorial Dr SE.
    • Turn right onto Oakland Ave SE.
    • Oakland gates will be on your right.
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