Summer time is the best time in Georgia to do things for free or for cheap. There’s tons of festivals, affordable water parks to attend and yummy ice cream cones to eat! If you’re looking for some summer fun and don’t have much money to spare, check out these 13 awesome things you can do in Georgia for under $10!
1) Go to the park
If you're near Piedmont Park, it's a great place to go have fun for free. There's a pool, places to barbeque, or you can just run around and play volleyball. It's so large and diverse that it's always busy and full of people. (Not to mention there are tons of other public parks all over Georgia to enjoy. One of the benefits of living in Georgia is that there is always green space!)
2) Visit the MLK Center
If you didn't know, you can visit the historic MLK center in Atlanta for free! This historical memorial is a fun and interesting spot to take kids to learn about Georgia history!
The places to go hiking in Georgia are endless with our many state parks and North Georgia mountains! If you're not as rugged as some of our outdoor enthusiasts, taking a hike up Stone Mountain or Kennesaw Mountain can be just as enjoyable.
Just like there are many great hiking spots in Georgia, there are just as many places to go camping as well! I recently did an article on some of the best camping spots in Georgia--check it out!
5) Visit the 7 natural wonders of Georgia
Make it a point to visit the 7 natural wonders of Georgia; Amicalola Falls State Park,
Providence Canyon (pictured here),
Tallulah Gorge, and
6) Eat a delicious ice cream cone
Now is the perfect time to eat a sweet ice cream cone! Sweetreats Marietta in the Marietta Square is one of my favorite ice cream shops!
7) Go to a festival or fair
A quick internet search of "Georgia festivals" will return dozens and dozens of free or cheap festivals all over Georgia. (Speaking of ice cream, the annual Ice Cream Festival just happened Saturday in Piedmont Park!)
8) Go hunting
For just $10 you can get an annual hunting pass in Georgia!
9) Rent a bike and ride down the Silver Comet Trail
There are more than a couple of trails in Georgia, and most will have bike shops nearby. For about $10 per hour you can rent a bike!
10) Visit Georgia's free museums
I was surprised to find that we have many free museums all throughout Georgia! Pictured here is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, GA. Some other free museums are the Georgia Museum of Art, Telfair Academy, and the Savannah History Museum.
11) Attend a concert for $5
Enjoy a cheap concert on a summer night at Centennial Olympic Park. They have Wednesday Winedowns, which are musical performances in the park every Wednesday evening during the summer. Some recent artists include Shirley Diamond, Kenny Giles and the Q Band, DraKarr, and The PR Experience.
12) Catch a free outdoor movie
Free movie nights can be found all over Georgia during the summer! This popular activity involves laying out on a green space and watching a movie on a projector underneath the stars! Check out this Thrillist article on all of the free movies this summer: http://www.thrillist.com/events/atlanta/attlanta-outdoor-movie-calendar-2015-free-summer-film-screenings-atlanta
13) Check out a cheap water park
This is Splash ‘n Play-Riverside Park in Roswell, GA, and it's only $2 per kid! The Browns Mill Aquatic facility in Dekalb County is $5 for county residents and Helen's Tubing is $10 for kids 42" and under!
Most of these activities are free and there are plenty more where that came from! I told you–you don’t need tons of money to have fun with your kids this summer. There’s plenty for them to do everyday! What are some of your favorite activities that are also low cost during the summer?