Free Atlanta Attractions
Attractions in Atlanta are cool, hip and the best ones enjoyed by locals are always free all year long. Here is a list of the ten budget savers in Atlanta.
Atlanta, Georgia is a very affordable vacation destination for adults and children. There are many activities to do and see around the metro area. Here is a stellar list of ten different activities in Atlanta proper that are fun, historical, hip, and always free. There is never a charge to partake in the fun and see the sights. Many of these activities are the ones most revered by locals. All of the activities will allow you to soak up Atlanta like an Atlanta native.
Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia
There is so much to do in this planned area that combines living, working, dining and galleries that Atlantic Station has its own zip code. Although much of the development around 16th and 17th streets is new, it looks like it has been around a while. This is a great walking neighborhood and is easily accessible by MARTA, which saves a lot of money and hassle parking a car.
Atlantic Station, 171 17th Street, Suite 1650; Atlanta, GA 30363; 404-876-2616
Flicks on 5th in Midtown Atlanta
Every summer in June and July, free movies are offered on an outdoor film series that shows recent blockbusters. This occurs on Wednesday nights and includes free popcorn. Some chairs are provided but don’t count on snagging one. It is a safer bet to bring your own lawn chair. This is a wonderful free event for the whole family.
Flicks on 5th, Technology Square Midtown; 5th Street between Spring Street and Williams Street; 404-894-2805
Georgia State Capitol in Downtown Atlanta
Take a free tour of Georgia’s state capitol under the big gold gilded dome. Self-guided tours include a history of the building and the lawmaking process of Georgia. Also included are the public galleries of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Senate. There is also a Georgia Capitol Museum.
Georgia State Capitol, 214 State Capitol; Atlanta, GA 30334; 404-463-4536
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Year-round tours are offered at this National Historic Site. Included in the tour are Dr. King’s birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the final resting places of King and his wife Coretta Scott King. Here you will also find the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. The Visitor’s Center has several exhibits featuring Civil Rights memorabilia.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Avenue NE; Atlanta, GA 30312; 404-331-5190; 404-331-6922
Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia
The Oakland Cemetery is one of the coolest old cemeteries in the nation. They have their own Facebook page. Atlanta was the final resting place of many Civil War soldiers. Many prominent Atlanta residents are laid to rest here, including Margaret Mitchell, the author of the classic Gone with the Wind. Oakland Cemetery is also one of Atlanta’s premier green spaces.
Oakland Cemetery; 248 Oakland Avenue SE; Atlanta, GA 30312; 404-688-2107
Federal Reserve Bank and Monetary Museum of Atlanta
Tours must be scheduled, but this museum will open your eyes to everything about money. This is one museum that should not be missed in Atlanta. You will truly learn that money does not grow on trees. Guides will be provided for groups.
Federal Reserve Bank and Monetary Museum, 1000 Peachtree Street NE; Atlanta, GA 30309-4470; 404-498-8777
Turner First Thursdays and Free Downtown Atlanta Art and Culture
Head to downtown in the first Thursday of each month and check out Atlanta art at its finest. The tours are self-guided. View the arts, tour historic districts of downtown, and enjoy discounts at some of Atlanta’s best eateries.
Turner First Thursdays, 50 Hurt Plaza SE, Suite 110; Atlanta, GA 30308; 404-658-1877
The Georgia Governor’s Mansion
Each week, you can tour the Governor’s Mansion on one of the wealthiest streets in America. The mansion tour occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and each area of the mansion will have a very knowledgeable docent or guide that will fill you on all sorts of fun and free history of the most famous residence in Georgia.
The Georgia Governor’s Mansion, 391 West Paces Ferry Road NW; Atlanta, GA 30305; 404-261-1776
This restored and historic neighborhood is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. It features musical venues for the blues and jazz, as well as shopping, dining, history and many city festivals.
Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama Street; Atlanta, GA 30303; 404-523-2311; Underground-Atlanta.com
Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
This 21-acre park is a lasting legacy from the Centennial Olympic Games. Year after year, it hosts some of Atlanta’s most free and exciting events. Some events include street performers, free concerts, and Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days. There is something for everyone at Centennial Park.
Centennial Olympic Park; 265 Park Avenue West NW; Atlanta, GA 30313-1591; 404-223-4412; 404-222-PARK (recording of info and events)