Top 10 Free Things To Do in Atlanta
You will be hard pressed to find a better destination for a sweet weekend getaway than the epicenter of a Georgia peach. Now throw in a few free things to do in Atlanta and you’ll have the makings of a great vacation.
1. The King Center – One of the great tribute and living memorial attractions in Atlanta to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a library and resource center that maintains exhibits and collections of artifacts from Dr. King.
2. MLK Birthplace – A national historic site, maintained by the National Park Service. An upstairs bedroom of this Auburn Street home is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15, 1929.
3. Georgia Capitol Museum – A focus of preserving the history of the Georgia Capitol through artifacts, collections, works of art and exhibits. Many guided tours are available to introduce you to the unique architecture and history of Georgia Capitol.
4. Centennial Olympic Park – Once home of the 1996 Olympics, now a daily use park for locals and visitors alike. It’s one of the few downtown Atlanta attractions that sponsor large community events, concerts, festivals and fundraisers. Do not forget to take a family picture at the backdrop of Olympic “Fountain of the Rings” which plays fun kid geared music and light shows four times every day.
5. Fernbank Science Center – Another on our list of free things to do in Atlanta. This museum has a focus on exploration with exhibits on living animals, the space program and nature.
6. Governor’s Mansion – Add this to your list of interesting Atlanta attractions for kids. Tour the mansion for a look at the museum quality furnishings of the finest federal period in the United States (1780-1820). Several rooms of the mansion are open for public viewing.
7. Grant Park – Situated between the Atlanta Zoo and the Cyclorama, this is the city’s oldest park. A great place for families and couples and among some of the fun things to do in Atlanta.
8. Kennesaw Mountain National Battleground Park – A great opportunity as one of the free things to do in Atlanta is to hike around the area which became the grounds of one of the most famous battles of the Civil War in 1864. Take advantage of almost 20 miles of hiking trails, historical reenactment events throughout the summer months and a free museum on site.
9. First Thursdays Art Walk – Come on over to the downtown area where for the duration of three hours every month (5-8 pm) you can enjoy browsing through the extensive art collections of art galleries. The participating attractions include Museum of Design, Giorgia State University and others.
10. Historic Oakland Cemetery – A historic hilltop cemetery, final resting place of many notable Atlanta citizens and dates back to 1850. It’s ranked among unique free things to do in Atlanta and one of the hidden treasures of the city. Nestled in a garden setting just off the downtown area, visitors can partake in guided tours or choose to self guide free of charge.
These free things to do in Atlanta are just a sample of the types of attractions and events this city has to offer. Much more awaits you on your upcoming vacation to Georgia.