Free Activities in Atlanta Keep Budgets in Check
With numerous tourist hot spots and lesser-known gems scattered across the city, finding affordable fun in Atlanta only takes knowing where to look. Here are five fun and free ideas to keep your budget in check.
- More than 1 million visitors a year journey to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to reflect upon the life of the influential Civil Rights leader. There is no admission to the site, which features the King Center, King’s memorial grave site, and tours King’s childhood home, neighborhood and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
- Tour the West Side Arts District, Atlanta’s artist hub, for popular galleries and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The center is free of charge on Thursdays. The museum highlights experimental and dynamic works by local and national artists. Walking tours of the district are offered every third Saturday.
- Grab a Frisbee and picnic basket and head to Piedmont Park, one of Atlanta’s most beloved green spaces for some outdoor adventure. Minutes from downtown, the park features recreation spaces, festivals and a seasonal farmers market. Free walking tours and kids programming also are available.
- Cool off at Centennial Olympic Park with the Fountain of the Rings Show. Watch the water shoot and cascade to the sounds favorite tunes such as The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout,” “Under the Sea” from "The Little Mermaid" and Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.” Enjoy the show from afar or dash through the rings of water yourself. The park also features Wednesday Wind Down, Atlanta’s longest running free concert series, held through September. Listen to everything from jazz to pop from local and national artists.
- Escape to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Atlantic Station for a mid-afternoon stroll or free movies every Thursday in Central Park. The neighborhood is home to upscale shopping, restaurants, outdoor music and exhibitions. Explore the open-air market where vendors showcase goods from all over the world.
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