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1. CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK-FREE
Let’s start things off with a visit to Centennial Olympic Park. This park is a product of the
1996 Olympics and provides a great place for all residents of Atlanta to hang out and enjoy
great music. Every Wednesday night from 5:30 8:00 pm experience Wednesday Wind
Down and free music! Only from the months of June through September.
2. Art Stroll at CASTLEBERRY HILL-FREE
Castleberry Hill represents the warehouse district of Atlanta but has been turned into one
of the most “artistically progressive neighborhoods” of the city. The art stroll shows off the
art studios and paintings in the area and the guided tour is free!
3. Free visit to ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY-FREE
Their doors are always open for free to the public. Enjoy a stroll through modern art and
enjoy extras like lectures, special events and kids’ events. Don’t miss out on some truly
beautiful modern art!
4. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE-FREE
MLK Jr. was one of the greatest heroes of the United States of America. Visit his tomb and
get a tour of where he lived growing up all for free. This is a great place to bring the kids to
educate them on the Civil Rights movement.
5. Visit the NATIONAL ARCHIVES AT ATLANTA-FREE
Love history and genealogy? This is the place for you! Try and track your family line and
show your kids their heritage. You can also look at all the cool historical records the
National Archives have.
6. Free Samples at UNDERGROUND ATLANTA-FREE
Underground Atlanta is an expansive (12 acres) area to look around, hang out, and shop.
Labeled a “city beneath the streets” this part of town has free samples from 60 vendors
every Wednesday at lunchtime!
7. PIEDMONT PARK-FREE
Need to take the kids out to run around, walk paths, or even bike? Come by Piedmont Park
and enjoy the sights of beautiful trees and greenery. This is a great place to let some
Top FREE and Cheap (under $10) Things to Do In Atlanta
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8. WOODRUFF PARK READING ROOM-FREE
The Woodruff Park Reading Room is an awesome outdoor place to learn. The reading
room is in the North side of the park and is filled with carts of awesome books. Take the
kids at lunch and hear a reading!
9. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK MONEY MUSEUM-FREE
This is one is an educational stop. Learn all about the Federal Reserve, what they do, and
how they control the money supply. Also see the importance a federal reserve system. A
great place for kids. Also see a million dollars in one place!
10. GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOUR-FREE
Atlanta offers free tours of the Governor’s Mansion every Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday from 10 to 11:30 am. It is a great way to learn some history about the city and see
the elegance of the mansion.
11. The LASERSHOW SPECTACULAR in Mountainvison-FREE
The Laser show Spectacular is an insane show of lights and lasers being projected onto a
huge mountain. Words cannot really describe the awe of it all so I suggest you just go see
it! The show is free but parking is 10 dollars (maybe you can walk!).
12. SILVER COMET TRAIL-FREE
This massive trail is 61.5 miles long and right next to Atlanta. Take the family out and plan
a fun walk to see some of the beautiful countryside of Georgia. Pack a lunch make it an
13. GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL-FREE
Tour the lovely Capitol building of Georgia located in downtown Atlanta. Built in 1884 the
Capitol is quite a site. It is a sign of the “new south” and modeled after the Capitol building
14. THE SWEET AUBURN DISTRICT-FREE
The Sweet Auburn neighborhood is full of amazing history and facts about the civil rights
movement. Sweet Auburn is filled with memorials and culture about Atlanta’s African
15. LITTLE FIVE POINTS-FREE
Little Five Points has lot of fun, quirky shops that you can browse around in. No need to
spend any money just soak in the culture!
16. SHOOT THE HOOCH!-FREE
The Chattahoochee River is a great place to cool down after being in the heat of the South!
Bring your own tube and enjoy some of the most fun, free summer goodness known to
man in the Chattahoochee River.
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17. ANNE FRANK MUSEUM-FREE
Bet you didn’t know Atlanta had an Anne Frank museum. Well, they do, and it’s free!
With over 600 photos and a 28 minute video about Frank’s life this could be a fun and
18. MOVIES IN CENTRAL PARK-FREE
Central Park in Atlanta has free movies that play throughout the summer! Make sure to
check the schedule, bring a blanket or 2, and enjoy the movie.
19. LAKE ALLATOONA-FREE
Take a break and enjoy a lazy afternoon on Lake Allatoona. Explore the area and see
what you and the kids can find!
20. HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY-FREE
After wandering around trails and historic parks walk down to the Oakland cemetery.
Built in 1850, it is filled with interesting gravestones and many of Atlanta’s founders.
21. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK-FREE
Another art walk hits the list but nothing beats free art. Located in Marietta Square
electric art scene there is a ton of cool art exhibits to visit and neat little boutiques.
22. Check out events at EMORY UNIVERSITY
Local college Emory University is always having events going on that are usually free.
Check the schedule out and see if any interest you and your family.
23. ATLANTA FARMER’S MARKET-FREE
I love farmer’s market and enjoy visiting other cities markets. It’s always fun to see
what products are for sale and a great place to just walk around.
24. Rent Bicycles-CHEAP
Throughout Atlanta you’ll see bike hubs where you can now rent bicycles. Rent them
by the half hour, the month, or annually. Not only can you explore the city in a new
way, but it’s also good for the environment. Win win. Rentals start at $3.50.
25. ATLANTA BELTLINE-FREE
Take a stroll, jog, roll, or run on the Beltline. Stop and admire the art installations, or
enjoy some performances.
26. Hang at KROG STREET MARKET-FREE
A funky repurposed industrial space full of interesting vendors and people, it’s great for
staying up-to-date on the coolest new restaurants and foods in the city, as well as for
just straight-up people-watching.
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27. MY FAIR SWEETS
Check out My Fair Sweets for outrageous and tasty milkshakes – around $10 a pop but
totally worth it!
28. SKYLINE PARK
Rooftop park above Ponce City Market – $10 to get up there but they have mini
golf/games/food & a great view of the city.
29. FERNBANK SCIENCE CENTER-CHEAP
Visit the observatory and exhibits for free; planetarium shows are $7 adults, $5 students.
30. JACKSON STREET BRIDGE-FREE
Jackson Street Bridge is the best view of the downtown Atlanta skyline. Whether you bring
a professional camera to test out different lighting techniques or your iPhone on a selfie
stick, the view is unmatchable on any lens.
31. CARTER CENTER
Take a free stroll through the grounds to see the Circle of Flags from all 50 states, a rose
garden, Japanese garden and koi pond. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
costs $8 for adults; children under 16 are free.
32. BLUE HERON NATURE PRESERVE-FREE
This short trail allows you to escape into nature – right in the middle of the city. There are
boardwalks, beehives, a community garden, and even a USGS Weather Site along the trail.
The sandbar makes for a fun place to rest.
33. THE GOAT FARM-FREE
Do we have any fans of Hunger Games? Or maybe The Walking Dead? This art
establishment is where the filming took place. It’s free to wander the yards, reliving scenes
from these great productions.
34. Museum of Aviation-FREE
Take a little trip down to Warner Robins to see the second largest museum in the United
States Airforce. Learn about the history of aviation and see things like helicopters and
35. Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary – FREE
Visit animals at this free, small-scale zoo in Locust Grove which includes the BLT trio–a
bear, lion and tiger who live together.
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36. Chattahoochee Nature Center-CHEAP
Nothing feeds the passion of loving nature more than watching wildlife up close and
personal. Open until 5 p.m. every day. Admission is only $8 for adults and $5 for
children ages 3 to 12.
37. Yellow River Game Ranch-CHEAP
Let kids explore at their own pace while you check out the exhibits, too. The game
ranch is open year round, and charges $8 for adults and $7 for children ages 2 and 11.
38. Ride all the way up to the Sun Dial- You can’t logically expect your meal at the top of the downtown Westin to be included
for just $10, but at least you’ll have the same 72-story view of the entire city
39. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park-FREE
Civil War buffs will be impressed (as will history buffs in general) with the 17 miles of
national park that encompass one of the major battles of the civil war. One can
experience history as it happened through a number of monuments and locales that
help to capture the spirit of the Civil War.