Free Things to do in and around Atlanta, Georgia

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American Girl Stores

Free crafts and special events weekly. Check website for dates and times.

Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary exhibits 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 History Center

All Bank of America/Merrill Lynch card holders receive FREE admission to the Atlanta History Center the first weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month.  Museums on Us is a national program that benefits Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One FREE general admission limited to cardholder.  This excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Can not be combined with other offers.

Atlanta History Center also offers Party with the Past once a month.  Adult evening of fun learning about Atlanta’s rich history.

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.

Booth Western Museum

Every first Thursday of the month form 4 to 8 pm, free entry.

Centennial Olympic Park

The 21-acre park is the city’s lasting legacy from the Centennial Olympic Games.  Each month there are plenty of opportunities for free fun here.

  • 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.
  • Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days – The fourth Saturday of each month, from noon-4 p.m., May – September, enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun. This event is full of activities including educational programming, specialty workshops, performances, contests, prizes and more.
  • 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.

Be sure to check out the Fountain of Rings while you are there!

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.

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.

Georgia State Capitol

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.  Monday-Friday from 8 to 5pm

Georgia 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.

High Museum of Art

All Bank of America/Merrill Lynch card holders receive FREE admission to the High Museum of Art the first weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month.  Museums on Us is a national program that benefits Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One FREE general admission limited to cardholder.  This excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Can not be combined with other offers.

FREE for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month. Tickets are subject to availability.

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.

Imagine It!  Children’s Museum

The second Tuesday of every month admission is FREE for all visitors who come between 1:00 and 7:00pm. The free tickets are available in the museum beginning at 1:00 pm.  These are first come, first served.  Once the museum reaches capacity, you will have to wait until families to receive free tickets.  Arriving early in recommended as they will not take reservations.  This is sponsored by Target.

Martin Luther King Jr Center

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.

 

 

Telephone Museum

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 atdw0616@att.com or call 404-223-3661. Midtown Center, 675 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta.

Tellus Museum

All Bank of America/Merrill Lynch card holders receive FREE admission to the Tellus Museum the first weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month.  Museums on Us is a national program that benefits Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One FREE general admission limited to cardholder.  This excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Can not be combined with other offers.

Zoo Atlanta

Visit Zoo Atlanta for FREE once a year thanks to an exciting partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia residents can check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass for free admission for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children). Check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass DVD at your local library. When you return the DVD to your library, you will receive a receipt. Please save this receipt; it is required for Zoo admission. The pass is valid for 7 days from the date of the receipt showing the return of the DVD.  Present your Zoo Atlanta Family Pass receipt at the Zoo Atlanta front gate for admission. Pass is valid for two adults (ages 12 and up) and up to two children (ages 3-11); standard general admission will apply to families larger than four. The pass is valid for general admission only and may not be used for fee-based events or programs. Not valid with any other discount, offer or promotion; may not be redeemed for cash.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta is not included in this partnership.

All Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers receive free admission every first weekend of each month.  – See more at: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cms/Special+Offers/136.html#sthash.x3WW8yBk.dpuf
All Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers receive free admission every first weekend of each month.  – See more at: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cms/Special+Offers/136.html#sthash.x3WW8yBk.dpuf

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