ATL has plenty of activities to offer, but for those of you who are looking to have fun on a budget, we’ve put together a list of fun free things to do in Atlanta GA.
Even though we’ve been moving from city to city, Atlanta is and will always be home to us. We love the community and miss southern hospitality (if you’ve never experienced it, you have to visit the South!)
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Last Updated: January 18, 2021
Free Things to Do in Atlanta
1. Walk Along the Atlanta Beltline
Go for a walk along one of the best urban spaces in America. There are events throughout the year, and it’s a great place to spend the afternoon soaking in the sun.
Out of all the free attractions in Atlanta, we highly recommend this one to first time visitors. If you’ve ever been to the High Line in NYC, this is Atlanta’s version of it.
2. See the Skyline from Jackson Street Bridge
This is one of the most iconic views of Atlanta that you can enjoy during the day or night. Photographers love coming here to take long exposure shots with the traffic.
photo: Kim Won
5. Hike Stone Mountain
If you don’t buy any special passes to ride the Skyride or see the laser show, you can simply pay for parking and hike up the mountain. At the top, it has great views of the city and all the green in Georgia (you’ll miss it if you ever move to the desert).
6. Piedmont Park
This huge park has endless possibilities. Run, walk, rollerblade, have a picnic, play in the playgrounds, take your dog for a walk, and more! It’s a spot that locals enjoy on a nice day. Also, quite a few movies have been shot here too so see if you recognize any of the scenes.
8. Hike Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield State Park
This state park has 17 miles of trails, monuments, and a museum that tells you more about the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. Parking is free.
9. Georgian Terrace Hotel
This iconic hotel in Atlanta has been the background of a lot of movies. The classic architecture makes it for a popular stop for photos (we’ve shot several weddings / portraits here).
10. Take a Stroll in the Oakland Cemetery
This historic cemetery is a beautiful place to visit and home to some of Atlanta’s most famous deceased people. It’s a popular spot for photographers too (our photography club at Georgia Tech went here on an excursion).
11. Cool off at Centennial Olympic Park
The Fountain of Rings is a popular spot to cool off during the summer. There is also free live music and events throughout the year. If you’re visiting the Coke Museum or Georgia Aquarium, it’s a short walk from there.
14. Admire the Graffiti at Krog Tunnel
This is one of Atlanta’s favorite instagram / photo / film spots because of the graffiti that covers the area. Even if you don’t want to take photos, it’s a fun art stroll. Also, less than a 10-minute walk away is the Krog Street Market, which is a repurposed industrial space full of eclectic shops and vendors.
16. Run, Walk, or Bike the Silver Comet Trail
There is 61 miles of trail great for running, walking, or biking. You can even extend it an additional 33 miles with Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail!
BONUS. Hike at Amicalola Falls State Park
This is not in Greater Atlanta, but it’s one of the most popular day trips from Atlanta. It has beautiful scenery, hiking trails, and Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the southeast. You can climb to the top via starts and pathways. Parking is $5.
Essential Travel Tips for Visiting Atlanta
TIPS FOR PARKING IN ATLANTA – Unless specified otherwise, there’s a 50/50 chance you will have to pay for parking in the perimeter (ITP), but it’s generally free outside the perimeter (OTP).
If you’re looking for even more options, check out our Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List.
More Free Museums in Atlanta
- Atlanta Monetary Museum
- Babyland General Hospital
- Center for Puppetry Arts (first Saturday every month) – great for the whole family
- Childrens Museum of Atlanta (second Tuesday)
- David J. Sencer CDC Museum
- The Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum
- Fernbank Science Center (not Fernbank Museum of Natural History)
- Georgia Aquarium (on your birthday)
- Georgia State Capitol Tour
- Heritage Park Veterans Museum in McDonough
- High Museum of Art (second Sunday each month)
- Historic Oakland Cemetery
- Marietta Fire Museum
- Roswell Fire Museum
Map of Atlanta's Free Attractions
Best Places to Stay in Atlanta
All the accommodations listed below have Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence
- Waldorf Astoria, Buckhead (luxury) – Compare prices on booking and hotels.com. See reviews on Tripadvisor.
- Four Seasons Hotel, Midtown (luxury) – Compare prices on booking and expedia. See reviews on Tripadvisor.
- Artmore Hotel, Midtown (mid-range) – Compare prices on booking and hotels.com. See reviews on Tripadvisor.
- Georgian Terrace Hotel, Midtown (mid-range) – Compare prices on booking and hotels.com. See reviews on Tripadvisor.
- Country Inn & Suites, Atlanta Airport (budget) – Compare prices on booking and hotels.com. See reviews on Tripadvisor.
How many of these have you done? Any other free things to do in Atlanta?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.