Family Fun in Atlanta, Ga: Keep it Fun and Cheap


Whether you’re an Atlanta local, or planning on visiting in the near future, there are lots of fun and cheap things to do around town. Family fun in Atlanta, Ga doesn’t have to mean expensive, or boring. It can mean lots of fun that you get to have while keeping more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket.

As an Atlanta local myself, I’m always looking for cheap things to do with the family. I could spend my entire Christmas budget trying to do fun things with the kids locally if I’m not careful, so here are a few things I’ve learned to do locally that are fun and cheap to do (some are free)!  Kennesaw Mountain in Kennesaw, Ga.

Love nature, hiking or just want a fun place to have a picnic with the family? Kennesaw Mountain is free to visit, and they even have a free Civil War Museum that you can check out with the kids. It’s educational and fun! Spend a day at the mountain just having a good time, but be sure to bring plenty of water! For a short fee you can ride the bus to the top of the mountain, or drive your car to the top and walk a short distance to the highest point. From the top you can see Atlanta, Stone Mountain and various other points that are labeled for you on a big map available at the top. 

Piedmont Park

This park is wonderful to visit with the kids, and your furry friends will especially love all the space where they can run around and chase a ball or frisbee. If you do plan to visit this gorgeous park in the heart of the city, plan to spend a little bit of money for parking unless you can find a good parking spot on a side street. Piedmont Park also hosts various free events throughout the year, and you can see a list of these here.

The Biggest Flea Market in Georgia

If you love hunting for treasures and plan to be around North Georgia, plan a visit to the Big D Flea Market in Dalton, Georgia. It’s about an hour and a half drive from the heart of Atlanta, but well worth the visit. It’s the biggest flea market in Georgia, and you’re sure to find a treasure and have fun with the family. You’ll find anything from antiques, to produce, to farm animals at this awesome flea market. Just browsing all the goodies is an adventure in and of itself. 

Stone Mountain, Georgia 

You’ve heard the hype about that big rock in the heart of Georgia. Most people don’t realize that they can actually visit the park and climb the mountain for free (parking is $10). There are various playgrounds around the park, and plenty of places to have a picnic with the family. The park also contains attractions that are not free to use, but it is easy to spend and enjoy the day here for just the cost of parking. If you do want to enjoy some of the fun attractions at the park, through August 24, 2012 you can get a free Kid’s Pass with the purchase of an Adult Adventure Pass

Atlanta’s Biggest Attractions

If you aim to visit some of Atlanta’s top attractions, you’re probably dreading all the cash you’ll be handing over to do so. Never fear! This is an awesome deal that cuts your cost almost in half!

City Pass Atlanta saves you 45%! For $69 ($49 for kids) you get five admissions to the following places:

  • Georgia Aquarium 
  • World of Coca Cola 
  • Inside CNN Studio Tour 
  • High Museum of Art OR Fernbank Museum of Natural History 
  • Zoo Atlanta OR Atlanta History Center

Are you an Atlanta local or visitor? What are some of your favorite free or cheap ways to have some family fun in Atlanta, Ga.?

Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog

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  1. ChuckG

    2 years ago

    Stone Mountain was a blast! I lived in Atlanta for 9 months and we went up there once. Just beautiful when you stand up on that mountain. Also loved Coca-Cola world. You get to taste different cokes that the company makes from all over the world. Some of them were just – ugh. Others were incredibly sweet. It was a lot of fun, though.

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