• Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site in Metro Atlanta

20 Free Things to Do in Metro Atlanta

Some of metro Atlanta’s most well-known attractions are also some of its most affordable. Below are 20 free things to do the whole family will enjoy.

Ara­bia Moun­tain Nation­al Her­itage Area and David­son-Ara­bia Moun­tain Nature Pre­serve. Roam the moun­tain, farm­land, lakes, hik­ing trails and a nature pre­serve on more than 2,000 acres.

Atlanta Belt­Line Tours. Take a nar­rat­ed bus tour of the Belt­line, a tran­sit, trails and parks project con­nect­ing Atlanta’s neigh­bor­hoods. Fri­days and Sat­ur­days.

Atlanta Mon­e­tary Muse­um. Self-guid­ed tours explain the his­to­ry of mon­ey and the Fed­er­al Reserve’s role.

Autrey Mill Nature Pre­serve and Her­itage Cen­ter. Walk two miles of trails, see ani­mal exhibits, and tour build­ings rem­i­nis­cent of rur­al Geor­gia in Her­itage Vil­lage.

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.

Cen­ten­ni­al Olympic Park. On warm days, kids cool off by cavort­ing in the Foun­tain of Rings. Relax in the well-groomed park that pays homage to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Free events all year.

Cen­ter for Pup­petry Arts. Geor­gia res­i­dents with library cards can check out the “Pass­port to Pup­petry” at any par­tic­i­pat­ing pub­lic library to receive free admis­sion for four peo­ple to muse­um exhibits. The pass­port also can be used to receive 25% off an all-inclu­sive tick­et, which includes a Fam­i­ly Series Per­for­mance, a Cre­ate-A-Pup­pet Work­shop, and the muse­um. Ful­ton Coun­ty res­i­dents also receive free muse­um admis­sion on select dates.

Fern­bank Sci­ence Cen­ter. Vis­it the obser­va­to­ry and exhibits for free; plan­e­tar­i­um shows are $7 adults, $5 stu­dents.

Geor­gia Capi­tol Muse­um and Tour Pro­gram. See gov­ern­ment in action under the Gold Dome, con­struct­ed from 1884–1889. The muse­um includes his­toric flags and arti­facts.

Governor’s Man­sion. Tours of the 18-acre estate and 24,000-square-foot man­sion with antique fur­nish­ings offer lessons in his­to­ry, from 1780–1820.

High Muse­um of Art. Atlanta’s pre­mier art muse­um has more than 11,000 pieces, from African and folk art to pho­tog­ra­phy and dec­o­ra­tive art. Free for active and vet­er­an mil­i­tary on Sun­days and Tues­days; free for Ful­ton Coun­ty res­i­dents the first Sat­ur­day of each month.

Ken­ne­saw Moun­tain Nation­al Bat­tle­field Park. Sev­en­teen miles of inter­pre­tive trails, mon­u­ments and a muse­um help vis­i­tors under­stand the Bat­tle of Atlanta dur­ing the Civ­il War.

Mari­et­ta Fire Muse­um. Antique fire­fight­ing equip­ment and five trucks are on dis­play, includ­ing an 1879 Sils­by Steam­er.

Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Nation­al His­toric Site. The great civ­il rights leader grew up in a mod­est two-sto­ry home, pre­served close­ly to as it was when he was a child.

Noah’s Ark Ani­mal Sanc­tu­ary. See ani­mals of all stripes in this wildlife reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter. Tues­day through Sat­ur­day. Call before vis­it­ing.

Pied­mont Park. Chil­dren can play on a work of art or the restored Noguchi Playscape with slides, swings and see­saws. Take Fido for off-leash fun in the dog park area. Swim­ming pool is free 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. week­days.

Roswell Fire Muse­um. See a 1945 Ford Amer­i­can LaFrance Pumper Truck and learn about the city’s fire­fight­ing his­to­ry.

Sil­ver Comet Trail. Jog­gers, walk­ers, in-line skaters, horse rid­ers and bicy­clers flock to this 61-mile paved trail, which begins in Smyr­na and extends through Polk Coun­ty. It then con­nects with Alabama’s 33-mile Chief Ladi­ga Trail.

Under­ground Atlanta. Walk some of Atlanta’s orig­i­nal streets in this shop­ping and enter­tain­ment com­plex.

Yel­low Riv­er Park. Explore 566 acres of forests and wild­flow­ers along the Yel­low Riv­er; also moun­tain bik­ing, hik­ing and horse trails.


January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on 20 Free Things to Do in Metro Atlanta

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