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FREE DAY TRIPS & ATLANTA VENUES

FREE Georgia Adventures & Fun

Georgia is full of fun and adventure.  And if you know where to look, many don’t cost anything.  The following venues are all free to do.  Be sure to note days and times for select locations.  These are year-round, not just during the summer.

 

FREE Georgia Adventures

Centennial Park

 

 Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Atlanta Contemporary believes in free admission, every day!  The Contemporary exhibits consequential contemporary works by local, regional, national, and international artists and is free every Thursday from 11 am to 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.

 

Amicalola Falls State Park

829 acres of beautiful North Georgia mountain wilderness in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an appropriate name for the 729-foot falls, the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. An eight-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail. Many other beautiful and diverse trails wind through the park and activities are abundant at the Amicalola Falls Visitors Center.

 

BabyLand General Hospital

Free admission to the Cabbage Patch Kids’ Southern-Style, an antebellum home in the Georgia Mountains.  Witness a birth.  Staff administers Imagicillin & gives adoption consultations.  Adoptable Appalachian art in animated displays. Voted one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands.

 

FREE Georgia Adventures

 

The Booth Western Art Museum 

Booth Museum is the second largest art museum in Georgia and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. In an effort to reach individuals and families in the area, Booth Museum offers free admission on the first Thursday of each month between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

 

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!

 

The Center for Puppetry Arts!  

  1. Center for Puppetry Arts is pleased to offer Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays on the first Saturday of select Family Series productions in 2018-2019. 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.
  2. 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!

  1. Family Free Day: extended hours and free admission to families four times a year. In addition to exploring the Museum’s featured exhibit, Family Free Day will also include a festival-like atmosphere celebrating innovation and creativity.
  2. Free admission is offered for all active, retired, and reserve military personnel on Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day, and Armed Forces Day (family members of the military receive discounted admission on these holidays).
  3. Fulton County residents are invited to buy one admission ticket and receive one additional general admission ticket for free on the opening day of each feature exhibit. Tickets are available for walk-in visitors only

 

 

FREE Georgia Adventures

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

High Falls State Park

named for tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River. Boat rental, ramps, and fishing docks provide easy access to the park’s lake, known as one of Georgia’s top fishing spots for hybrid and white bass. Overnight visitors can choose from a spacious campground or lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wood tents. Each yurt features a small deck, picnic table, and grill outside, plus furniture, electrical outlets and a ceiling fan inside. During summer, guests may cool off in the park’s swimming pool.

 

High Museum of Art

  1. Second Sundays – On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m.
  2. Veterans, Active Duty, and Military Families: Veterans, active duty and military families receive free tickets to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Delta Classical Series performances and Alliance Theatre productions, free admission to the High Museum of Art, and free parking with a valid military/veterans ID. Visitors to the High Museum of Art may utilize up to two free tickets per household.

 

Kennesaw Mountain National

Hike or run these top trails at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park near Atlanta, exploring Civil War History and stunning summit views.

 

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.  Donations are always warmly welcomed.

 

FREE Georgia Adventures

Doc of Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

Sawnee Mountain

Sawnee Mountain Preserve provides visitors with 963 acres of scenic passive space, hiking trails and an interactive Visitor Center. The Visitor Center serves as the administrative home​ for the​​ Natural Resources Management Division.

 

Stone Mountain Park

With 3,200 acres of natural beauty just outside Atlanta, the Park offers numerous outdoor adventures and historic education opportunities for all ages. Enjoy 15 miles of wooded nature trails throughout the Park or take the paved route and journey 5 miles around the base of the mountain. There’s even a 1-mile trail which will take you to summit where you can have a family picnic with breathtaking views.  Vehicle entry ticket is valid for access to public picnic areas, hiking and nature trails, children’s playground, walk-up trail, Quarry Exhibit, the Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center and the Lasershow Spectacular (select nights). Bicycles and pedestrians may enter at no charge.

 

free Georgia adventures

Stone Mountain

 

Tallulah Falls

Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10-mile trail.

 

Vickery Creek

A covered bridge. Civil war mill ruins. A towering waterfall that pours from a historic spillway dam. There’s just a lot to love about the Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill: it’s scenic, shady, and makes a great in-town hike or moderate trail run.

This five-mile adventure explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest in Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the actual banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff.

 

What are some of your favorite free places to visit?


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Stephanie is the owner and author of The Autism Diva - a blog that focuses on Travel, Lifestyle, Family and Autism. The Autism Diva is listed among Top Disney Blogs, Top Mommy Bloggers, Ultimate Bloggers List and was a 2018 WEGO Health Nominee for BEST KEPT SECRET. Stephanie values family first and enjoys travel, food, and wine. Her family currently lives outside Boston, MA with ties in Atlanta, GA.

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