Atlanta's Best Free Attractions: Save in the City

It's easy to spend a pretty penny in Atlanta considering the city's robust arts and theater scene, high-caliber restaurants, world-class shopping and jam-packed events calendar. Atlanta, after all, is a city on the move with a ton to offer. People are social. The cityscape is ever-changing. And, if you live here, or are stopping by, you should certainly indulge in a few of the pricier options, at least every once in a while. Just know that your agenda needn't be limited by your restricted funds.

Aside from those invariable splurges on six-course dinners and front-row tickets, you can live it up in Atlanta on the cheap quite easily, particularly when you factor in all of the things you can do in this city for free! If you love art, for instance, consider taking an art stroll or viewing one of the dozens of galleries across the city offering free entry–a few galleries that charge admission, like the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center,  even offer free admission days, so be vigilant about checking websites. Music fiends can catch free afternoon concerts across the city throughout the year (like Decatur's Blue Sky Concerts and Marietta's Concerts on the Square). History buffs can walk through countless historic sites and neighborhoods without opening their wallets. And, if you're the active type? There are no limits to your options when you factor in the area's lush parks, bike paths and green spaces. Free, at last!

Buckhead's community-driven farmers market attracts visitors from across the city every Saturday morning from April through December. The largest producer-only market in the city, local farmers, artisans and chefs put down stakes at the towering...  Read More

Castleberry Hill's vibrant art district takes over the second Friday of each month for this phenomenal free art stroll. Whether it's your first time seeing the neighborhood, or you're a regular in these parts, there's a good chance you'll...  Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
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Drive through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District and visit several of the sites important to the great civil rights activist. Parking and entry to all of the attractions is free. The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site...  Read More

Centennial Olympic Park

Located Downtown near the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, this park provides spectacular views of the Downtown skyline. It was created for the 1996 Olympics and there are plenty of spots for picnics or a leisurely stroll. One of...  Read More

This month-long music celebration is regarded as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country and is a must-see for music lovers. Kicking off May 1, the festival begins with 31 days of jazz held in sites all over the city--everything...  Read More

Located near the Downtown area, the historic Grant Park neighborhood is home to multiple area attractions including Oakland Cemetery, the Cyclorama, Turner Stadium, Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Pool and Grant Park--the oldest park in Atlanta. Full of...  Read More

Oakland Cemetery
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Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta's first public park and oldest cemetery, is a breathtaking portal to the past. Centered less than a mile from downtown, the 1850 garden cemetery is the final resting place for more than 70,000 people including Margaret...  Read More

Center for Puppetry Arts
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Show your love for all things puppets at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Regularly playing host to puppet performances for adults and children, the site is also home to a museum featuring permanent and visiting exhibits. Though museum admission is...  Read More


Originally conceived in 1999, the Atlanta BeltLine will ultimately connect 45 in-town neighborhoods with 33 miles of multi-use trails along 22 miles of historic rail corridors. Wildly supported by the community, the BeltLine is still in...  Read More

Piedmont Park
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Catch a 360-degree view of the jaw-dropping Midtown Atlanta skyline at Atlanta's own version of Central Park. Walking trails, a running track, a playground, soccer fields, a swimming pool and a dog park are just a few of the perks to this...  Read More


Meet Kelly Skinner

Kelly Skinner comes to Atlanta by way of sunny coastal city, Pensacola, FL. A lover of all things food, music and travel, Skinner found her perfect match in Atlanta in the food-centric hub of...  More About Kelly

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