Tomorrow is July 4th. While many will be enjoying the fun of this summer highlight, for those in the south it also means something else. Back to School. Yup, the stores are already preparing and most of us are wondering where did summer go? What about all the plans we had?
There is still time to get out there and make some memories and without breaking the bank. In fact, you can enjoy so great highlights for FREE! The following is list of some top attractions that can be done in hours to even a day trip.
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 programmings 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.
BabyLand General Hospital – 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.
Centennial Olympic Park 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. â€¨Make a lunch date with Music at Noon as relaxing tunes float over the city.
The Center for Puppetry Arts! 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.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Imagine It! 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.
DeKalb Peachtree Airport – 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
- 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
- Second Sundays – Free Museum admission on the second Sunday of every month
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.
Kids’ Workshops at Home Depot 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.
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.