Affordable Attractions in Metro Atlanta

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    Affordable Attractions in Metro Atlanta

    Aerial view of Piedmont Park, Atlanta
    ••• Aerial view of Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Getty Images/WIN-Initiative

    Atlanta is home to some of the most unique attractions in the country (did someone say drive-in theaters and exotic animals?). As the home to many national brands, landmarks, and museums, finding affordable things to do in Atlanta for large groups can be a heavy task, though our guide to 20 free things to do in Atlanta certainly helps. To keep your Atlanta outing as wallet-friendly as possible, follow this guide to low-cost fun.

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    Starlight Drive-In Theatre

    The Starlight Drive-In Theatre has been entertaining Atlantans since 1949. Still today, the drive-in is a great way to enjoy the warm Georgia weather, while watching great movies with even greater company. Tickets are only $9 for adults and $1 for kids. This price includes two movies playing on the same screen during your visit. Although there is a snack bar where food can be purchased, you can save even more by bringing your own food and drinks.

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    The High Museum of Art

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    For a large family, visiting the High Museum of Art isn’t a cheap outing. With ticket prices at $14.50 for everyone age 6 and up, a family of four will cost $58 before tax. However, if you visit on a Friday, tickets are half price after 4 p.m. In addition, the museum is open until 10 p.m. on the third Friday of each month for the ​Friday Night Music Remix. The music series features concerts from artists of various genres, from jazz and blues to bluegrass and Latin music.

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    The Margaret Mitchell House

    Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta
    ••• Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta. Wikimedia Commons/RolfMuelle

    For those who are proud of their Southern heritage and love classical literature, a trip to the Margaret Mitchell House home of the famed Gone With the Wind author is a great, affordable way to spend an afternoon. Adults cost just $13 and children only $8.50 (age 4 and under are free). Admission includes a guided tour and access to the house’s exhibitions: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Film Legend: Gone With the Wind, along with other seasonal events.

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    Château Élan Winery

    Château Élan Winery
    ••• Château Élan Winery. Google Images/PublicDomainPictures.net

    About an hour outside of Atlanta, Château Élan Winery is located on a 3500-acre estate with luxurious vineyards and a full-service winery and tasting bar. Take a day just for the adults and drive out to Château Élan, where a tour of the winery includes 8 wines for only $25.

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    The Planetarium at Fernbank Science Center

    Visits to the Fernbank Science Center are completely free for both adults and children. However, tickets to the planetarium shows are $7 for adults and $5 for children (3 and up) and are worth every penny. Check out the planetarium show schedule to see which shows are currently playing and when guided tours of the constellations and night’s sky will be given. 

     

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    World of Coca-Cola

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    This classic Atlanta attraction is a surefire way to begin your day in Atlanta before exploring other nearby parts of the city (don’t miss our guide to saving big). In addition to reasonably priced general admission tickets ($16 for adults and $12 for kids), the World of Coca-Cola offers free admission to active duty, reserves and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. To redeem this offer, simply bring your military ID to the ticketing window.

     

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    The Fox Theatre

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    The fabulous Fox Theatre is truly a gem of the city. Providing Atlantans with a stunning setting to see classic shows and musicians, the experience rivals that of Broadway. While tickets can be pricey, make some time to visit the theater during the day and see how all of the magic is created. Tours are given on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices are $18 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. 

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    Atlanta State Farmer’s Market

    Peaches
    ••• Georgia peaches. Getty Images/AdShooter

    Spend your afternoon taking the family along to pick up fresh seasonal produce in the largest outdoor farmer’s market in the United States. Products from local and international vendors are available for purchase 24 hours, 7 days a week on 150 acres. From watermelons and peaches to Vidalia onions, you’ll be sure to find what you need to complete tonight’s dinner. 

    Visiting any farmer's market is a great affordable way to spend a Saturday. Check out our guide to Atlanta's best markets.

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    Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

    With 1200 species of domestic and exotic animals, it's hard to believe the self-guided tour of Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary is completely free. Including lions, tigers, and bears, you’ll get to learn about each of the different animals while following a paved walking trail throughout the habitat. Donations are recommended to help keep tours of the sanctuary free.  

    Story by Tiffany Jaquins.