January 20, 2018

6 Free Family Activities in Atlanta


centennial park fountainsBack in my 20s, I lived in Atlanta for a short time, a single girl working for a PR agency right on Peachtree Street. Atlanta is a great city with so much to see and do. One of my favorite activities was the laser show at Stone Mountain Park that took place every summer evening. I know my kids would love to check that out one day.

If you’re planning a trip to Atlanta, take a look at these six family-friendly (and free!) activities your kids will love:

1. Centennial Olympic Park
Right in the city, Centennial Olympic Park is centrally located and a stone’s throw away from the Georgia Aquarium and CNN Center (look out for the Inside CNN Studio Tour). It’s a great place for picnics and kids will love splashing in the dancing Fountain of Rings. 

2. The King Center
No visit to Atlanta would be complete without a visit to The King Center, a facility dedicated to the memory and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., particularly if you have school-age children. Look for free self-guided tours along the Civil Rights Walk of Fame and visit the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King.

3. First Thursdays ArtsWalk
Why not experience a city through its local artists? Join the First Thursdays ArtsWalk every first Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 pm to view the works of local artisans. In addition to galleries, don’t miss The Window Project featuring six projectors totaling over 80 feet in length with synchronized displays.

4. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
Natural areas, historic buildings and community events make Autrey Mill Nature Preserve a great destination for both locals and visitors alike. In addition to the park and grounds, access to the exhibits is free. A variety of children’s programs, like guided hikes and workshops, are available for a small fee.

5. Center for Puppetry Arts
With over 350 puppets from around the world, children will love the Center for Puppetry Arts. Families can check out exhibits for free from 1 to 3 pm on Thursdays. Fulton County residents get free admission to the exhibits on the first Saturday of every month.

6. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Though general admission to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is not free, families can take advantage of free passes on the second Tuesday of each month. The Target Free Second Tuesday program begins at 1 pm, but get there early to secure a place in line. The museum is open until 7 pm during these events.

A big thanks to Mr. Free Stuff for sharing some favorite free activities in Atlanta. Do you have any must-do activities when you spend time in Atlanta? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Kenneth Watson

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