Guest Author - Claudine Williams
When visiting a large metro area like Atlanta, you can end up needlessly overspending. When planning your budget you have to figure in the costs for meals, entertainment, and accommodations. You can save money by including some great free activities in your trip. Fun and entertainment doesnít have to cost you a thing. Especially when you travel during the summer months, youíll find that there are some great free and cheap activities in Atlanta.
Visit Centennial Olympic Park to people-watch, eat burgers and watch your children play in the water. Donít forget to bring extra clothes and a towel after your children have played in the Fountain of Rings. Sometimes the park has free family movies. Check the Centennial Olympic Park calendar to see if the free events coincide with your trip.
Learn about the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. If you have to make a choice between any of the activities or attractions on this list, be sure to include this center in your plans. The information in this center will reinforce information that your children might be learning in school. Attend this center any time of the year. You will be glad that you went.
Take a trip to Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station has plenty of shops and eateries, but did you know that this popular venue often hosts free events? Check the events calendar for Atlantic Station to plan ahead, or simply make a spur-of-the-moment trip to Atlantic Station for some unplanned fun. Thereís usually a festive atmosphere during the summer months at the Atlantic Station.
The High Museum of Art has been free on the first Saturday of every month for people who happen to live in Atlantaís Fulton County. Bank of American customers have also been included in the deal. Contact the High to make sure that the deal is still being offered before making your plans. The High Museum has also been known to offer half-price days.
Read at the Woodruff Arts Reading Room. Sometimes itís just too pretty out to stay inside. This outside, open-air reading room has outdoor furniture and free books that you and your family can enjoy outside. Why read in a crowded bookstore or in a closed-in library when you can read while enjoying the great outdoors. Oh, and you do not need a library card or identification to participate. The reading room isnít available during inclement weather. It is open weekdays from April through October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woodruff Park.