The following is list of some top attractions that can be done in hours to even a day trip and FREE!
Free crafts and special events weekly. Check website for dates and times.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
FREE every Thursday from 11 am until 8 pm. The Contemporary exhibits consequential contemporary works by local, regional, national, and international artists and is free every Thursday from 11 am until 8 pm. Thursday evenings often feature programming such as lectures, gallery tours, film screenings, and much more.
Atlanta Monetary Museum
The museum features a display on the history of money; interactive, multimedia exhibits explaining the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy; and a view of the bank’s automated vault and cash processing areas. In addition, most group tours include a stop in the bank’s boardroom.
Free admission to the Cabbage Patch Kids’ Southern-Style, antebellum home in the Georgia Mountains. Witness a birth. Staff administers Imagicillin & gives adoption consultations. Adoptable Appalachian art in animated displays. Throughout the year there are special public Seasonal Events, Tea Parties, along with private birthday, ballroom and wedding celebrations. 300 N.O.K. Drive, Cleveland, GA 30528
The Booth Western Art Museum
FREE every first Thursday from 4pm-8pm.
The 21-acre park is the city’s lasting legacy from the Centennial Olympic Games and hosts some of Atlanta’s most exciting free events; Be sure to take a quick dash through the Fountain of Rings!
- Wednesday Wind Down – Experience Wednesday Wind Down each Wednesday evening from 5:30-8 p.m., April-September, with performances varying from jazz to reggae.
- Music at Noon – Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m., April-October, enjoy Music at Noon, which features a variety of live music including R&B, jazz and reggae. Make a lunch date with Music at Noon as relaxing tunes float over the city.
Tour the museum for FREE if you live, or attend school in Fulton County, or are a Gov’t employee on the First Saturday of every month, . Show proof of residency (GA Driver’s License or ID card), a student ID, or a Gov’t employee ID card to get in free.
- From 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, it’s FREE to ANYONE to tour the museum.
- Passport to Puppetry Library Loan Program: Check out this pass from your local library and in addition to four free museum admissions, you can attend a performance at the Center and/or participate in a Create-a-Puppet Workshop at a 25% discount, when space is available.
Target Free Second Tuesdays, 1-7pm. The free tickets are issued on a first come first served basis as Museum capacity permits. Once the Museum reaches capacity, tickets are only issued as capacity in the Museum becomes available.
Watch planes take off and land from benches within a playground. There is also a covered picnic shelter resembling an airplane hangar. 2000 Airport Road, Atlanta, GA 30341
The Westbrook and the Richards Gallery feature visual art exhibits that usually display original artwork or photography by contemporary and student artists. Monday-Friday, by appointment only. Please call 404-894-2787 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to make an appointment. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
Georgia State Capitol Museum
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Self-guided tours include a history of the building and lawmaking process, the public galleries of the House of Representatives and Senate and the Georgia Capitol Museum.
The Governor’s Mansion
Georgia’s Governor invites you to tour the mansion and learn the true meaning of Southern hospitality. Public tours are conducted throughout the year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. It is recommended that you arrive before 11:00 to allow enough time to complete the tour before the Mansion closes at 11:30 a.m.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, this Northeast Georgia village has a rich history linked to the Cherokee Indians and Indian burial mounds as well as early settlers who arrived to mine for gold and cut virgin timber for a thriving lumber industry in the early 1900s. Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. We’ve got shopping, camping, both rustic and luxury mountain cabins, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, mountains, theater, recreation, romantic getaways, beautiful scenery, family activities, waterfalls, museums, history, art, fishing, tubing, golf, and more. Something for every member of the family. Helen CVB, 726 Bruckenstrasse, Helen, GA 30545
High Museum of Art
FREE for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month. Tickets are subject to availability.
FREE for Fulton County, Georgia, residents and Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Atlanta was the final resting place for many Civil War soldiers and you can honor their legacy without charge. There is a fee for Tours if you decide to take one.
The first Saturday of each month, Home Depot offers free workshops, creating cool games and gifts. In addition to developing skills, kids will learn tool safety. No reservation required.
Kids’ Workshops at Lowes
Offers free workshops, creating cool games and gifts. In addition to developing skills, kids will learn tool safety. Check website/local location for dates. Reservations required.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Open 7 Days a Week. The National Historic Site includes year-round tours of Dr. King’s birth home, the church where his father preached, Ebenezer Baptist Church, his and wife Coretta Scott King’s final resting places, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and the Visitor Center exhibiting civil rights memorabilia.
The free tour includes a short film, then watch how those signature yellow jugs are made. Tour ends at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Make sure to bring some pocket change. A fresh scoop costs $1.50-$3.50. 1160 Broadway Ave., Braselton; 888-298-0396; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; no tours Wednesdays.
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
Noah’s Ark is a 250 acre sanctuary for abused, unwanted and neglected animals. A beautiful “park like” setting with paved pathways to bring your family and enjoy an afternoon out. We have a beautiful picnic area and playground. Wear your walking shoes, pack a lunch and come spend the day with us! 712 LG Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, showcasing ferns, magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods. Park rangers lead informative hikes to these areas throughout the year. 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs, GA 30122
One of Atlanta’s most unusual and least known museums. Exhibits explain the evolution of the phone and its impact on daily life and the world’s social and political development. Especially interesting for children growing up in an age of instant communication. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. By appointment; email Diane Woodall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-223-3661. Midtown Center, 675 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta.