CRAFT- Creating Really Awesome Free Trips- Atlanta, GA

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During the month of May, Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things) had a really fun series on her blog- Creating Really Awesome Free Trips.

There were 11 really awesome free trips highlighted over the past month. However, the goal is to highlight free things to do in 100 cities around the country.

So, Jamie has created a linky for all of us to share 10 fun and free things to do in our city!

Today I bring you 10 Fun and Free Things to do in…

ATLANTA, GA

1. Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave West N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313-1591
Open Daily 7am- 11pm

Centennial Olympic Park is a 21 acre park located in downtown Atlanta. It is owned and operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. There are a plethora of things to do in the park each and every day:

  • Have a picnic
  • Play in the Fountain of Rings
  • Enjoy the playground
  • Attend a free event

The park also offers a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline.


2. The Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum
1000 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta GA 30309
Monday- Friday 9am- 4pm

The Visitors Center and Monetary 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. You can enjoy a free, self-guided tour Monday- Friday from 9am- 4pm. These tours are for groups of 10 or less. You can schedule guided tours for larger groups.

3. Historic Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta GA 30312
Daily 8am- 8pm

Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of approximately 70,000. It began in 1850 on a meager 6 acres. The cemetery was originally named Atlanta Graveyard and was given the current name in 1872. This cemetery is truly a beautiful oasis amidst a bustling city. It’s tranquil and quiet, and incredibly peaceful. There are many notable figures buried here-

  • Margaret Mitchell- author of Gone With the Wind
  • Bobby Jones- Golfer, winner of “The Grand Slam”
  • Bishop Wesley John Gaines- Founder of Morris Brown College
  • Six Georgia Governors

It is free to take a self-guided walking tour. Maps are available from the Foundation office for a nominal fee. You can also sign-up for guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery (there is a fee for this).


4. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave. NE
Atlanta GA 30312
Daily, 9am- 5pm mid-August to mid-June
Daily, 9am- 6pm mid-June to mid-August

The Martin Luther King National Historic Site was established on October 10, 1980. There are several facilities encompassed within this site.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Visitor Center
  • The Peace Plaza (features rose garden, fountain, and statue)
  • Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • The King Center
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home

Groups of 15 or less are welcomed to take a free self-guided tour of the facilities. Tours of the boyhood home are allowed on a first come, first serve basis.


5. IKEA
441 16th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30363

Daily, 10am- 9pm

You may be thinking- IKEA!? That isn’t an attraction, it’s a store! But, if you are anything like me, you know that just isn’t so. IKEA is one of my absolute favorite “attractions” in Atlanta. Parking is free. My family and I can spend hours roaming the many spaces and rooms set up within this massive establishment. You can spend money if you’d like, and we do sometimes. However, I am just as content browsing and getting inspired. Raileigh also enjoys testing out every single couch and chair available. If I do have some money to spend, I always like to check out the as-is room near the check-out. I have gotten yards and yards of fabric for less than $1 per yard. We have also found some other incredible deals there as well.


6. Piedmont Park
1320 Munroe Drive NE
Atlanta GA 30306
Daily, 6am- 11pm

Piedmont Park was established in 1904. There are so many things to do in this urban greenspace:
  • Sports such as basketball, swimming bocce ball, and tennis
  • Take your 4 legged friends to the dog park
  • Enjoy some time at the playground
  • Play in Legacy Fountain
  • Take a walk or jog on established paths
  • Bird watch or people watch
  • Grill out or take a picnic

The only downside is that parking is very limited. We usually visit during off-hours and can find a spot. However, you may need to utilize the new parking deck located between Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (fee charged, based on how long you park).

7. Krispy Kreme
295 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta GA 30308
Daily 530am- 11pm

This Krispy Kreme has been around for quite a while. It’s unique in that the store has a large glass window where you can watch the doughnuts being made! It’s a fun and unique experience to watch the mouth-watering magic known as a Krispy Kreme doughnut come to life. It’s free to watch, but I’m sure you’ll need to purchase one of these sugary delights afterwards! After all, true Krispy Kreme fans know that when the neon sign is on, the doughnuts are being made fresh. While here, don’t forget to pick up your free Krispy Kreme hat.

8. Robert L. Staton Rose Garden
767 Clifton Road
Atlanta GA 30307
Daily

The Robert L. Staton Rose Garden is owned and operated by the Fernbank Science Center. It is open daily free of charge. This garden is one of only three in the United States that contains both AARS and ARS test roses. Because the garden contains a variety of test roses, it is nice to visit periodically and see the different roses being grown. There are approximately 1300 roses contained within this garden. It is named for the man who first established a rose garden at Fernbank.


9. Georgia Governor’s Mansion
391 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta GA 30305
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am- 1130am

Spend the morning getting acquainted with the home of your current Georgia governor. The mansion officially became home to the Georgia governor in January 1968. It is approximately 24,000 square feet and contains 30 rooms spread over 3 stories.

All of the furnishings within the mansion belong to the State of Georgia and do not change with each administration. They are all said to be of museum quality. The furnishings within the governor’s mansion is one of the finest Federal Period collections in the country. The mansion is open for free guided tours three days per week. If there are 10 or more in your group, please call ahead to make a reservation.



10. Grant Park
840 Cherokee Ave. SE
Atlanta GA 30315
Daily

The park was a gift to the city of Atlanta in 1883. Now, Grant Park welcomes over 2 million visitors each and every year. It is the oldest surviving park in the city of Atlanta and encompasses over 130 acres. There are so many things to do in this expansive area:

  • Play on the 8000 square foot playground
  • Check out the native flora and fauna
  • Lounge under the shade trees
  • Eat a picnic
  • Enjoy the 5 fresh water springs in the park

The park, most likely due to it’s large size, never feels crowded. It has rolling hills and will make you feel like you’re not in the middle of the city. There are also several attraction within the park that can be enjoyed for a fee- Zoo Atlanta and the Cyclorama.

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