Atlanta was known as the city in the forest. Everywhere you look you'll see trees. This makes for excellent parks and green space. But, we have a variety of free events and things to do in Hotlanta.
Centennial Olympic Park
The park built by the Olympic Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games host by Atlanta. It is situated in between The World of Coke and the CNN Center. Kids love to play in the Fountain of Rings and view the other water features. Learn the history and information about the 1996 Olympics while perusing the park. (as seen above)
265 Park Avenue West
Atlanta, GA 303013
The Civil Rights Movement started in the south with the most visible spokesperson being Atlanta's own Martin Luther King Jr. "Start at the visitor center and then work your way around the three main sites in this historic park: the home in which the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America was born, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried. A major Atlanta attraction, the park draws some 500,000 visitors each year. Admission and parking are FREE. Self-guided, this is the only ranger-led tour. Click here for details. The King Center was envisioned by its founder to be “no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died.” King Center Website.
449 Auburn Avenue, NE
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Tours
Take a tour of the monetary museum and learn the history of money. View rare coins and currency. Then, at the back of the museum, you can first hand see money moving, counting and being destroyed. *Depending on the day and time of your visit. What do I mean? The Atlanta Federal Reserve destroys 1 MILLION dollars a day of money that can no longer be used. Don't miss out of trying to lift a gold bar! Fun for adults and kids.
1000 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Governor's Mansion Tour
Public tours are conducted throughout the year Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The tour is a hybrid of a guided and self-guided tour. You never know who you might run into, we met the First Lady of Georgia!
391 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Fernbank Science Center
The Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory houses a 0.9 meter (36-inch) Cassegrain reflector beneath a 10 meter (30 ft.) dome. This is the largest telescope in the southeastern United States and one of the largest instruments ever dedicated to education and public viewing.
Free public observations are offered every Thursday and Friday evening from 9:00 pm (or dark) until 10:30 pm (weather permitting). An astronomer will be available to position the telescope and answer questions. For more information and to confirm hours contact us at 678-874-7102. Last time we were there, we saw Saturn and its rings!
156 Heaton Park Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Also, known as the "Central Park of the South," Piedmont Park offers spectacular views and green space in Midtown Atlanta. Check out Lake Clara Meer with Midtown skyline in the background. A perfect place for an Atlanta selfie. Walk, bike or swim at the park. There's always a festival to see and plenty of things to explore.
Monroe Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Atlanta Contemporary believes in free admission, every day. Their Support program is vital to engaging experimentation and risk-taking through exhibitions, programming, and support of working artists. If you are heading to the World of Coke, CNN or anything in that area, it's super close.
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Big Tree Forest Preserve
30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant, and Wildlife Sanctuary. The entrance can look hidden. It's next to the North Fulton County Government Annex building.
7645 Roswell Road
Zuckerman Museum of Art
Kennesaw State University's art museum has a permanent collection of art, as well as exhibits that make it's way through this free entry museum.
492 Prillaman Way
Kennesaw, GA 30144