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The Atlanta Beltline in the morning.

Fun Things to Do in Atlanta That are Easy on Your Wallet

Do not let limited funds or a tight entertainment budget keep you from having a great time in Atlanta. There are plenty of economical things to do that will allow you to experience the city, have a great time and learn things along the way. In fact, there are a range of options that are $20 or less and many that are even free. Here are some suggestions for fun things to do in Atlanta that will be easy on your wallet.

Atlanta Cyclorama
If you have not experienced a cyclorama program before, then The Big Picture Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center is a “must-see” exhibit. The exhibit features the world’s largest diorama revolving painting that depicts the 1864 Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Visitors walk through a tunnel entry into the painting rotunda, passing beneath the diorama before taking an escalator to the 25-foot-tall viewing platform where they take in a 360-degree view of the painting before watching the theatrical performance. Tickets are $10 for adults. The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. For more information, visit the Atlanta History Center.

BeltLine
Walk, bike or run over 21 miles of unused railroad tracks that circle the center of Atlanta. While you are there, relax in one or more of the numerous parks and green spaces. Check out the calendar of events that is filled with many free activities. With so many options, you will surely find several to appeal to each member of your family. For more information, visit BeltLine.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta is one of only 13 presidential libraries in the country. There is a replica of the Oval Office in the museum and beautiful gardens surrounding the library that feature gorgeous plants, sculptures and spectacular views of the skyline. Adult admission is $8, $6 for seniors, military and students, and 16 and under are free. Visitors should keep their eyes open, just in case our 39th president stops in for a visit. For more information, visit Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Governor’s Mansion
The home tour of Georgia’s 82nd Governor are open to the public for free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Visitors will learn more about the history of the city, the current and former occupants and get to tour the 24,000 square foot, 30-room mansion designed to mimic Greek Revival architecture. For more information, visit Governor’s Mansion.

Tours of Historic Oakland Cemetery
This historic cemetery has more than 70,000 mysteries and histories within its boundaries. Take a guided walking tour and learn about the cemetery and the many stories of people who were laid to rest here. See the period gardens and the art and architecture that give this space its character. There are tours year-round on Saturdays and Sundays and special-topic tours at other times. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children. For more information, visit Oakland Cemetery.

Glass Elevator Ride
See Atlanta from a new perspective when you reach the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Visitors take the elevator up 72 stories to the Sun Dial restaurant to take in a revolving view of the city. Observation tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. There is no charge for restaurant patrons or hotel guests or children under 6. For more information, visit Glass Elevator Ride.

Stone Mountain Park
Located just 15 miles east of Atlanta is a 3,200 acre area of beauty to explore. The park offers a wide range of recreation options and family-friendly activities, as well as natural and historic sites to see. Special events and shows do require a fee, but a visit to the park is free aside from $20 per vehicle for parking. For more information, visit Stone Mountain Park.

Fernbank Museum
Fernbank is much more than a museum. A visit here will immerse you in a world of dinosaurs, live animals and science-rich experiences. There are 2D and 3D movies, impressive exhibits, 75 acres of outdoor nature adventures in Fernbank Forest and WildWoods and much more. Special adult evenings are available as well. For more information, visit Fernbank Museum.

There are so many things to see and do in Atlanta without having to break the bank. Head out in your Toyota and take advantage of these fun opportunities while enjoying this wonderful city and becoming more educated. Chances are, you will be even more enamored with the city when you do!