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In honor of summer I have created a list of the top 25 FREE things to do in Atlanta. I hope that you can use this list as a quick reference point to maximize the value of your trip! Comment below with your own ideas, the more free things to do the better.

 Top 25 FREE Things To Do In Atlanta

1. Centennial Olympic Park

Lets 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

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

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

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

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

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 lunch time!

7. Piedmont Park

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 energy out.


8. Woodruff Park Reading Room

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

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

Atlanta offers free tours of the Governor’s Mansion every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 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

The Lasershow Spectacular is an insane show of lights and lasers being projected onto a huge mountain. Words can not 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

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 country side of Georgia. Pack a lunch make it an afternoon adventure.


13. Fernbank Science Center

Do you have a child interested in space? This gem inside the perimeter features not only exhibits on space but also has its very own planetarium and observatory! Fernbank also is home to several live animal exhibits. Check out the schedule for current events and exhibits. apollo fernbank exhibit

14. Georgia State Capitol

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 in D.C.


15. The Sweet Auburn District

The Sweet Auburn neighborhood is full of amazing history and facts about the civil rights movement. Once dubbed the richest negro street in America, Sweet Auburn is filled with memorials and culture about Atlanta’s African American community.



16. Little Five Points

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!


17. Shoot the hooch!

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 funnest, free summer fun known to man  in the Chattahoochee River.


18. Anne Frank Museum

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 educational stop.


19. Movies in Central Park

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.


20. Lake Allatoona

Take a break and enjoy a lazy afternoon on Lake Allatoona. Explore the area and see what you and the kids can find!


21. Historic Oakland Cemetery

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.


22. First Friday Artwalk   

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.


23. 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.


24.Inman Park Festival

The Inman Park Festival happens once a year at the end of April is a fun packed weekend. A ton of food, events, markets and to top it all off a big parade. Make sure to check it out if you are visiting Atlanta from April 25-27.


25. Atlanta Farmer’s Market

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.

Bonus! The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Institute of Technology

Not only is Georgia Tech one of Atlanta oldest schools in Atlanta, it also has a great museum about the history of paper and the art of papermaking.  Exhibits, workshops, and collections at the museum make this a pretty unique and artistic place to visit!


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    • squirrellyec

      Ugh! We won’t be there until Thursday. We love the children’s museums whenever we go on trips. They are a great stop for the kids. We’re hoping to visit the aquarium when we go through Atlanta, but it is a costly side trip.

      • Lisa K.

        The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce (Cobbchamber.org) offers discount tickets to the Aquarium at this link – http://www.cobbchamber.org/coupons – you don’t have to be a member to use the discount and it makes a trip to the aquarium a little more affordable.

      • tisha

        Depending on which part of town you entering from you may want to check out the Tellus Museum if coming from the north on Interstate 75.

    • Heather

      Great list! Thank you so much :)

    • Gail Finch

      If you go to The Underground (and I don’t recommend it), watch your purse (and your back). It’s gone waaaaaay downhill since the 90’s (when it actually was a really cool, fun place to visit), and it’s pretty run down and sketchy now. Take a walk through if you happen to be doing something else in the area, but don’t make a special trip.

      • vjcpurple

        I agree with Underground. It was so nice when they reopened it. Now, I has went down again.

    • Gail Finch

      If you go to The Underground (and I don’t recommend it), watch your purse (and your back). It’s gone waaaaaay downhill since the 90’s (when it actually was a really cool, fun place to visit), and it’s pretty run down and sketchy now. Take a walk through if you happen to be doing something else in the area, but don’t make a special trip.

    • tobypeas

      The Farmer’s Market pic looks more like the DeKalb
      Farmer’s Market

    • Heidi Hager

      The childrens museum is only free after 1pm and hits capacity usually 5 minutes after 1. Standing in the atl heat waiting for a spot in the at capacity museum is not really worth it. And stone mtn is not free. You have to pay to park. At least $10 now.

      • GA Peach

        They did advise that Stone Mountain did charge to park. The laser show however, is the free part.

      • Lisa Burris

        Update: Stone Mountain entrance/parking is now $15 (as of 2015) but if you plan to visit a couple times you can get a season pass for $35 I think.

        • vjcpurple

          Stone Mountain is worth it. It is so beautiful.

      • Tammy Burney

        It says in the post that you have to pay to park. Just says lasershow is free.

    • brencoup

      wanna walk to a waterfall? Head to North Georgia mountains to Helton Creek Falls. It is free and north on 129 towards Blairsville, Ga. walk to falls is an easy walk. my prego daughter made it at 8 months.we used to swim under falls but not sure they allow that anymore. if coming from atlanta area. head north 129 and look for Helton Creek Rd. turn right and go till paved rd ends and becomes dirt…keep going on dirt rd..about mile or so back and you will see cars parked and trail to falls.It is before Vogel State park.. Now Vogel that is a neat park will cost 5 dollars a carload to park. they have a beach lake, put put golf , paddle boats playground camping

    • Mary

      This is a great list! As someone who lives in Atlanta, I just wanted to give people a heads up that in order to go to quite a few of these places you will have to pay to park. In some areas as much as $20. Definitely call ahead so you can be prepared!

    • Emily

      Okay whoever made this list likely does not live in Atlanta. They have the names for places wrong, or the names are completely missing. And a lot of this stuff is incredibly boring to tons of people

    • Sharon

      A great Free place for families is South of Atlanta called Noah’s Ark animal sanctuary! It’s free but donations are appreciated. It has bears, lions, tigers, wolves, monkeys etc. over 1500 animals that have been rescued or surendered. It has a picnic area, playground, welcome center and the animal habitat. Kids will love it!

    • buzzmelp

      Please read the posts below – this appears to be a recycled list of top 25 – ATL has so much to offer but not all the items are recommended by those of us in ATL – Underground Atlanta is no FAMILY place to viist – the comment below (although 2 yrs old) is still applicable – not a family friendly spot – shame on Mayor Reed for not working harder to preserve such a great historical landmark!

    • Rachel E.

      Great info! Thanks for all of your hard work getting this list together. (I’m an editor by profession and can’t help myself: You might want to change “here” to “hear” in the blurb about the Woodruff Reading Room.

    • Alfonzo Calpito

      People in Atlanta are stock up and rude. Not a friendly state to go to. Everywhere I went, even at Publix grocery stores, workers are not helpful and they seemed to have brought their personal issues with them to work.