Looking for free kid friendly things to do in Atlanta? You’ve come to the right place! Atlanta is one of the most affordable places to live in the country and it can be one of the most affordable places to visit too. There are lots of museums and attractions that can cost families, especially those with lots of kids, a lot of money. However, there are many free kid friendly things to do in Atlanta.
With mild winters and sunny summers, Atlanta is a great place to get outdoors. There are many parks spread throughout the city, each with its own personality and activities. When looking for free things to do in Atlanta, visitors just don’t have to look very far. Here are five of them to consider.
5 Free Kid Friendly Things to Do in Atlanta
1. See Olympic history in Centennial Park.
Centennial Park is was the heartbeat of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. It was the site of many concerts, gatherings, and Olympic attractions that year. It was also the site of the deadly bombing. Bring the whole family to check out the Olympic Rings and splash in the water that spurts up during hot days. Have a picnic on the grassy knoll or maybe just spend time at the two playgrounds in the park. It is one of the most popular things to do that are free in Atlanta.
Centennial Park is located at the center of Atlanta’s downtown tourist belt. CNN Center, The World of Coca-Cola, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are all located around its perimeter. While it costs to enter these facilities and attractions, Centennial Park is always free and a great add-on if you are considering paying for an attraction.
TIP: Check out the schedule of events before heading down to see if you can catch a free concert, play, or other activity during your visit.
2. Climb Stone Mountain.
There are lots of activities at Stone Mountain you can pay for; however, climbing to the top of this granite monstrosity is not one of them. It’s completely free! Burn some significant calories and challenge yourself to climb to the top. Bring a cooler with some cold treats to splurge on something delicious after you make it all the way up. This is a strenuous climb so children younger than six may have a difficult time.
TIP: Can’t make it all the way up? There are several look out points on the way up with fantastic views (and picnic tables) where you can stop. Be sure to watch the weather though as it would not be safe to climb in any kind of inclement weather.
3. Educate through hands-on learning at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site.
Many people do not know that the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site is geared towards teaching kids about Dr. King and that it is completely free, though you may be moved to donate something to keep this great site open. Through hands-on learning, videos, and many photos and activities kids can be educated as well as entertained. Your family will leave the site feeling inspired and grateful.
TIP: When you are through with the indoor historical site, let the kids burn off energy at the attached outdoor Martin Luther King Playground. The covered seating for adults is much appreciated in the summer.
4. Participate in Atlanta Beltline activities.
The Atlanta Beltline is a former railway corridor around the core of Atlanta that is under development in stages as a multi-use trail. According to Beltine.org, “The Atlanta Beltine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.” And there are TONS of activities for locals and visitors alike that are free. Check out the online calendar for free fitness classes, hiking and biking trips, kids activities, and more. There are also playgrounds, “spray” grounds, and even a skate park which are all new, well-maintained and free! When looking for activities that are free in Atlanta, the Beltine probably has something you’d enjoy.
TIP: Be sure to check the weather as many classes and activities may be cancelled due to inclement weather. And in Atlanta, that is loosely interpreted.
5. Ride the Silver Comet Trail.
For those who want to experience the outdoor beauty that is the Atlanta, GA area, take a ride (or a walk) on the Silver Comet Trail. It is located about 13 miles northwest of Atlanta, starting in the suburb of Smyrna. It’s free and is 61.5 miles long. Starting in Smyrna, it goes all the way to the Georgia/Alabama state line near Cedartown and the Esom Hill Trailhead. The Silver Comet Trail is a quiet, non-motorized, paved trail designed for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, horses, and dog walkers. It is even wheelchair accessible. So grab those bikes or just your two feet and head out to explore nature in a serene yet totally family-friendly setting.
TIP: As this trail is wooded and at parts, very secluded, it is best to travel in groups and avoid using the trail after dark.
Although this city can can be expensive, there are many things that are free in Atlanta too. Now get out and enjoy the Big Peach!