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11 Of The Best FREE Things To Do In Atlanta

December 10, 2010 • By

There are so many delightful surprises that I could share with you about my adopted home, Atlanta Georgia. I could start with the Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the world….or I could tell you about the Margaret Mitchell House and point to the old sewing table where she penned “Gone With The Wind” over the course of several years. Maybe I could take you to Little Five Points, a funky neighborhood with a cool Bohemian vibe or if you just need to satisfy your coke addiction, we could head over to the New World of Coca Cola Museum. Between taking a studio tour of CNN Center or enjoying the latest collection at the High Museum of Art there is always something spectacular that you can get your hands into.

11 Free Things To Do In Atlanta

There are a lot of wonderful free things that you can do while you are here too. So, take this as my personal invitation for you to enjoy:

  • First Thursdays – ArtsWalk – Self-guided tours of Downtown galleries occur the first Thursday of every month throughout the year starting at 5 pm and ending at 8 pm.  It is a great way for art-lovers to view the arts and tour historic districts of Downtown at their own pace.  The website even has sample itineraries that you can follow.  This event has surpassed simply being known as a gallery tour, it is a great meeting place for singles, has fostered friendships and is a great way for business people to unwind.  Don’t forget to stop to enjoy discounts at Downtown restaurants in between visits.  Free parking 6-9 pm at Lanier Parking Deck behind the library; tickets stamped at library front desk.  There is also free evening event parking at United Way parking garage.

FREE Things

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site – (450 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30312-1525 +1-404-331-5190) This national historical site which is now a part of the National Park Service offers year round tours: 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.  There is also a park ranger led tour of Dr. King’s birth home, but space is limited to no more than 15 people, so be sure to sign up early (there are no advanced reservations).  Admission and parking are free.

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