5 Free Things to do in Atlanta with Kids
Atlanta offers many activities for families, several of which are free. I love free activities, so I’m sharing my favorite five free activities for families in Atlanta.
5 Favorite Free Activities in Atlanta, GA
Centennial Olympic Park
Built to commemorate the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park spans nearly 21 acres in the heart of Atlanta. Children can play on either of the two playgrounds or run through the Olympic rings fountain. Additionally, there is an amphitheater which frequently hosts concerts, water gardens, and monuments.
Fernbank Science Center
The Fernbank Science Center fosters a love of science through their free programs for families, as well as free admission to the center. It is also home to the Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr Observatory which houses the largest telescope in the southeastern U.S. Every Thursday and Friday the Observatory is open for free viewing starting around approximately 9 pm until 10:30 pm with an astronomer on site to answer any questions.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
While the Children’s Museum of Atlanta typically charges an admission fee, their partnership with Target allows them to open their doors free of charge every second Tuesday of the month. There are two sessions available from 1 to 3:15 pm and from 3:45 to 6 pm. In order to guarantee entrance, guests must pre-register online for one of the sessions. The registration link is available in the calendar entry 24 hours prior to Target Free Second Tuesday. Pre-registered guests are allowed in first. Then, others may enter on a first-come basis if there is space available.
Designed for children under the age of 8, the children’s museum is more of an interactive playground than a typical museum.
Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s historic downtown park, offering fun for the whole family. They offer special events year-round, including bird walks and the Green Market, as well as a summer camp aimed at instilling a love of science in children. Visitors can also spend the day playing basketball, hiking, fishing, or having a picnic.
Woodruff Park Reading Room
The Woodruff Park Reading Room is an outdoor space filled with books, periodicals, and newspapers in the northern corner of Woodruff Park. The park also offers space for games of pick-up chess and a playground for children.
Whether you want to spend the day outside at a park or in a museum learning, you can find plenty of fun, free things to do in Atlanta with kids! And all of these are within walking distance or a quick drive from Hilton Atlanta in downtown.
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Jordyn is a full-time mom, homeschooler and blogger. She has been married for 17 years and has six adventurous kids (five girls and one boy) that love…