Dunwoody Nature Center

Free Things to Do Around Atlanta

Every March, the Atlanta Preservation Center puts together a month long series of FREE events around the city. The celebration is called the Phoenix Flies and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn a bit about Atlanta’s past, as well as take in some unique and often under the radar events.  But what happens when you aren’t visiting in March? Here are three free things to do in Atlanta throughout the year.

Photo Courtesy of Booth Western Art Museum
Photo Courtesy of Booth Western Art Museum

Get Your Cowboy on at Booth Western Museum: The first Thursday of every month from 4 – 8 pm, the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville offers free admission. Get the kids into the spirit by requesting a saddlebag at the front desk. The contents will guide and engage children throughout the museum. Get the wiggles out by heading to the basement level where you’ll find the Sagebrush Ranch where kids can learn about light, perspective, observation and other art related concepts all in a kid-friendly playground.

Relax at the Dunwoody Nature Center: My boys love to visit The Dunwoody Nature Center in the warmer months when they can wade into the creek with their nets and try to catch water striders or even tiny fish. On a recent visit, my son and I hiked a few of the trails, stopping in the full-sized Indian tepee to entertain each other with a progressive story. It was tons of fun. The best part of the Dunwoody Nature Center is it’s free everyday.

Fly Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Kids 8-17 can learn about aviation and take an introductory flight with the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA)Young Eagles Program. Young Eagles chapters are located throughout the state with the most active in Columbus and Lawrenceville. Once the introductory course is complete, kids have the opportunity to advance their training with a free flight training course and a voucher for a first flight lesson with an instructor. Even if they don’t take the flight course, it’s fun to see the city from the sky.


Published: March 2015