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7 Brilliant Things To Do In Atlanta That Don’t Cost A Thing!

By Jack Rattenbury

7 Brilliant Things To Do In Atlanta That Don’t Cost A Thing!

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune for some fantastic fun in Atlanta

There are some incredible free things to do in Atlanta. There’s insanely beautiful parks, public art, and so much more. Granted, you may have to pay for your way there, but it’s a lot better than breaking the bank! You don’t have to spend much to have an awesome day in the ATL, so here’s a round-up of free things to do in our incredible city:

1. Art on the Beltline

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Atlanta has such an incredible and vast amount of street art, parallel with its gorgeous vibrancy. To soak up some of the best that the ATL has on offer, your best bet is heading to the BeltLine. There’s so much art available that not only will you experience one of Atlanta’s best hikes, but some of Atlanta’s best artists!

We recommend kicking things off at at the Edgewood Avenue Bridge. Local artist, ARRRTADDICT, has completely transformed the space into a visual love-letter to her Puerto Rican roots, family, and community.

Best of the best: 5 Spectacular Art Installations On The Atlanta BeltLine

2. Free festivals!

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Atlanta is home to so many free festivals! Soon the Atlanta Jazz Festival will return to Piedmont Park for their festival, regarded as the largest free jazz festivals in the country. Guaranteeing a day to remember, this year’s festival will take place on Labor Day weekend.

Atlanta Pride will be returning for their star-studded two-day festival.  Some of the lineup has been dropped, with Big Freedia and Todrick Hall headlining the south’s favorite pride event this October!

Loud and proud: Big Freedia And Todrick Hall To Headline Atlanta Pride 2021 This Fall

3. Head to one of ATL’s gorgeous parks!

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Atlanta’s known for being a city within a forest, so you’re always close to a beautiful park offering stunning nature, insane views of our iconic skyline, and so much more. Piedmont Park is located in the heart of Atlanta, only one mile northeast from Downtown. Enjoy a good book under the trees, or kill two birds with one stone and soak up the beautiful views of the city while exercising. The park has excellent infrastructure for jogging, cycling, skating, walking the dog, so keep on moving, Atlanta!

If you love soaking up some culture on your strolls, head to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park. Walk through one of the most important neighborhoods that played influence in Civil Rights Movements across the globe. See Dr. King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, and so much more.

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Take a tour: Self-Guided Tour Of Atlanta’s Black History

4. Oakland Cemetery

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Speaking of historical parks, Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. 48 acres of beautiful gardens, unbeatable history, sculptures, and architecture! In 1976, Oakland Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lush grounds are ready to be explored, and entry is free!

5. High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art is one of the south’s most treasured art museums, boasting an unbelievable collection of art. Admission is free for everyone on the second Sunday of each month from 12-5p.m.

See also: This Luminous Exhibit Is Lighting Up Atlanta’s HIGH Museum Of Art

6. Take a hike!

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Downtown Atlanta may sparkle through the nights, with its impressive skyscrapers towering over the five million people that call the ATL their home. However, the Georgian capital is famous for its boundless greenery, and it’s the perfect place for nature lovers. The best way to take in its natural beauty is by going on one of Atlanta’s several hiking trails that are scattered around the city and its outskirts. The continuous pleasant weather is perfect for it, so get your hiking boots out

Casing waterfalls: Top 7 Hikes In Georgia With Gorgeous Waterfalls

7. Center of Puppetry Arts

If you have a Georgia Library Card check out the “Passport to Puppetry” at any participating public library. Recieve free entry to their exhibits, or 25% for their full experience, which includes a ‘Make-A-Pupper’ workshop! Meet Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggie, Bert, Ernie, and more! For more information, click here.

Record breaking: Midtown Atlanta Is Home To The Country’s Largest Puppetry Museum