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Five Ways to See Atlanta for Free

This blog post was updated on January 12, 2022.

Not all holidays have to break the bank.  In fact, some of the best things you can do to actually experience a city come with no price tag whatsoever. This includes people watching, window shopping, and just getting out and walking the city streets.

For those budget travelers looking to experience the great southern city of Atlanta for less, here is a list of free options:

Take Free Atlanta Walking Tours: Even after finding cheap flights to Atlanta, there isn’t much left in the old bank account. So how do you get to know the city? I’m a big believer in getting a feel for a city by hitting the streets.

Whether you have a map or not doesn’t matter as long as you think you can find your way back.  To help with your city walking excursion, why not download a free walking tour app? offers a free lite version of the Atlanta walking tour app to get you started.  Another option would be to take a look at the free walking tours information available on the Frommer’s website.

Visit Centennial Olympic Park: Centennial Park is where the 1996 Olympic games were held and is now the home of several free and fun events.  The fourth Saturday of every month brings the Family Fun Day with kids activities and performances.  Wednesday Wind Down takes place during rush hour and features live jazz music.

Walk Through Castleberry Hill: Castleberry Hill is an artsy, trendy neighborhood that features a number of galleries, cafes and restaurants.  Take part in the free, self-guided ArtsWalk on the first Thursday of the month and take advantage of discounts around town.

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site: Located in the Sweet Auburn district, this historic site is a must for anyone looking to learn more about the life of an important American, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Entrance is free (donations are welcome) and gives you access to his boyhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Hang Out at Underground Atlanta: Underground Atlanta is a shopping district located in the Five Points neighborhood.  It features shops, dining, entertainment and a location for local festivals and more.  Sounds like the perfect place to do some people watching.

Some other places of interest that are free in Atlanta include a visit to the Historic Oakland Cemetery, the Governor’s Mansion, Woodruff Park, Piedmont Park and Atlantic Station.  Art lovers will enjoy the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center or the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Your budget trip to Atlanta starts with finding cheap flights. Remember to use Coupon Code SM17 for up to $17 off your next purchase instantly!


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