The city is yours to see if you know where to go. Atlanta is a multicultural city with many areas of interest to visit. You can spend a lot of money, little money, or practically nothing. Regardless of which route you take, you will have to spend money on transportation to get to the event or activity and you will probably need money to buy food, unless you have packed a lunch.

If you were driving a car, this would allow you to visit many places without spending money on admission. In other words, tourism. For starters, you can group some of the places in one area and drive from one to another. For example, you can start with any of the areas mentioned below and be able to view them from a car or walk out of the car. Most parks have scheduled free movies, concerts, arts and crafts shows. Most of the events below have an admission fee, but you can find those that fit your budget.

1. South Atlanta

Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport

2. Downtown Atlanta

Grant Park Zoo – walk in the park – parking is free

Turner Field – home to the Braves (baseball)

The Georgia Capitol Museum and the Georgia State Capitol building with the golden dome located on Washington Street

Underground Atlanta – You can park (paid parking) and stroll through the shops and events underground

Westin Peachtree Plaza: circular or round hotel with the Sun Dial restaurant that rotates at the top as you eat

Atlanta Aquarium

Centennial Olympic Park – walk in the park – free events scheduled in the park

Phillips Arena- The Atlanta Hawks (basketball)

The Georgia Dome- The Atlanta Falcons – (soccer)

Georgia State University

Atlanta University Center – Spellman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University

3. Midtown Atlanta

Atlantic Station: cinema, shops, outdoor mall

Georgia Tech

Piedmont Park – walk in the park – free events scheduled in the park

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Famous Peachtree Street

Fox Theater

Alto Museum

4. Druid Hills area

Fernbank Museum

Emory University

5. Buckhead – famous for its restaurants, hotels and shops – Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza

6. Stone Mountain Park – Mile Mountain Hike – Five Mile Hike Around Mountain, Laser Shows, Events, Water Park, Walking Trails, Fishing, Boating, and Playground (Free and Paid) .

7. Lake Lanier – beach, boating, picnic, fishing – Some other lakes are: Lake Altoona, Lake Jackson, Lake Oconee, Lake West Point

8. More parks and recreation

Six Flags Over Georgia

White Water Park: Water Games and Swimming

Clayton State Park – family activity park

Browns Mill Water Park: Swimming, Water Activities and Attractions

Panola Mountain State Park – Trail for hiking, fishing, playground, picnic

There are many shopping malls in Atlanta with a wide variety of stores. Parking is generally free in shopping centers. Some of them also have paid parking. You can browse and shop windows however you like;

Lenox Square Mall – located in Buckhead – inner perimeter

Cumberland Mall – I-285 West – interior perimeter

Perimeter Mall – I-285 North – outer perimeter

Northpoint Mall – GA. 400 – outer perimeter

Gwinnett Place Mall – I-85 North

Discovery Mall – I- 85 North – on Sugarloaf Parkway

Northlake Mall – I-285 East – interior perimeter on Northlake Parkway

Stonecrest Mall – I – 20 East – exterior perimeter

South Dekalb Mall I- 20 – inner perimeter

Southlake Mall I-75 South

Tanger Outlet Mall I-75 South at Exit 212

Other places of interest for sightseeing include Dekalb Farmer’s Market, Forest Park Farmer’s Market, and The Buford Highway Farmer’s Market. All have free parking. It will likely take an entire day just to see the different types of food available.

Of course there are many places of worship. It’s just a matter of choosing which one you want. This is just a list of suggestions to get you started on your search for things to do while in Atlanta. I have not mentioned the areas of restaurants, nightlife, shops and points of interest located in and outside the Atlanta area. There are many things to do and explore while in Atlanta without spending a lot of money.

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