Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
At the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, roam the mountain, farmland, lakes, hiking trails and a nature preserve on more than 2,000 acres. To record your adventure, don't forget to get your stamp in the National Parks Passport Book!
Before you go, check out these Insider Tips for Visiting Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.
Take a guided walking tour of the Atlanta BeltLine, a transit, trails and parks project connecting Atlanta's neighborhoods. Or, just jump on at any point and follow it, enjoying fresh air, art installations, city views, fascinating Atlanta history, and every season of horticulture interest. Stop along the way to grab a bite to eat and a drink at the many restaurants lining the path.
Find places to eat, drink and shop in The Ultimate Guide to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Atlanta Monetary Museum
Self-guided tours of the Atlanta Monetary Museum explain the history of money and the Federal Reserve's role. The museum is free and open weekdays. Museum tours and walk-in visits are suspended through the end of April 2022. Before your trip, check the museum's visitation information.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center
At the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center in Johns Creek, you can walk two miles of trails, see animal exhibits, and tour buildings reminiscent of rural Georgia in Heritage Village. Check the lineup of family activities for special events at the nature preserve.
The Carter Center
Take a free stroll through the grounds to see the Circle of Flags from all 50 states, a rose garden, Japanese garden and koi pond. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum costs $8 for adults; children under 16 are free.
Centennial Olympic Park
Relax in the well-groomed park that pays homage to the 1996 Olympics. The park hosts a wide variety of free events all year. Before your trip, review the park's visitation information.
Center for Puppetry Arts
Georgia residents with library cards can check out the "Passport to Puppetry" at any participating public library to receive free admission for four people to Center for Puppetry Arts museum exhibits. The passport also can be used to receive 25% off an all-inclusive ticket, which includes a Family Series Performance, a Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and the museum. Fulton County residents also receive free museum admission on select dates. Read complete details online.
Concerts & Festivals
Check Explore Georgia's events calendar for free festivals and concerts! You'll find a never-ending selection of festivals celebrating holidays, seasons, arts, food, music, culture and much more. Mark your calendars for events like the Sweet Auburn Springfest in May, the Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend, and Alpharetta's Wire & Wood Music Festival in the fall.
Fernbank Science Center
Visit the Fernbank Science Center observatory and exhibits for free, but visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve their free tickets in advance. Planetarium shows are $10 adults, $5 students and include entry into the exhibit hall. Before your trip, review the center's visitation information.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta’s premier art museum, has more than 11,000 pieces, from African and folk art to photography and decorative art. Admission is free for everyone on the second Sunday of each month from 12 - 5 p.m. All active and veteran military personnel along with one guest are free every day.
Seventeen miles of interpretive trails, monuments and a museum at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park help visitors understand the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. Day passes are $5, and the National Park Service offers several fee free days each year.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
Pay respects to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. The great civil rights leader grew up in a modest two-story home, preserved as it was when he was a child. Tour King's birth home, visit the King Center and explore Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Historic District, the center of one of the city's most important historical African American communities. Before your trip, review the park's visitation information.
Find more things to do nearby in How to Spend a Day in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Historic District.
In Piedmont Park in Atlanta, stroll around Lake Clara Meer and along the paths through the 211-acre park's green spaces. Children can play on a work of art or the restored Noguchi Playscape with slides, swings and seesaws. Take Fido for off-leash fun in the dog park area. Cool off in the free Legacy Fountain Splash Pad, and swim for free in the swimming pool 4-5 p.m. weekdays Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Silver Comet Trail
Joggers, walkers, in-line skaters, horse riders and bicyclers flock to the 61-mile paved Silver Comet Trail, which begins in Smyrna and extends through Polk County. It then connects with Alabama’s 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail. Keep an eye out for these seven surprising sights along the way.
Tiny Doors, Murals & Public Art
Tiny Doors ATL adds whimsy to some of the city's iconic landmarks and neighborhoods. Created by artist Karen Anderson Singer, they reflect the spirit, architecture and character of the surrounding communities in which they are installed.
As you drive around communities hunting for the doors, you'll also find delightful surprises on buildings, bridges, walls and more. The rise of arts conferences like Living Walls and Outer Space have expanded the mural scene in the Atlanta area. Artists like Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, and Squishypuss have gained followings in their own right.
Explore Atlanta's largest greenspace, Westside Park, which opened in August 2021, featuring panoramic views of the Bellwood Quarry Reservoir and the Atlanta skyline. Fans of "The Walking Dead," "Stranger Things" and "The Hunger Games" might recognize the quarry as a filming location. The 280-acre park (nearly 100 acres larger than Piedmont Park) has a playground and 2.5 miles of ADA-accessible trails that connect to the Proctor Creek Greenway.