If you don’t have much money, but you want to do something fun with the family, look no further! Here are 18 awesome free things to do in Georgia! Your family and your wallet will thank you!
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1. The King Center for Non-Violent Social Change
If you want to see anything related to the late Dr. King, you should visit the The King Center in Atlanta, GA. It is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. King. The center is a 23 acre historic site that brings 1 million visitors a year.
2. Woodbine Opry
Check out the Woodbine Opry for some good ol' fashioned bluegrass country music. Every Friday and Saturday you and your family can experience this open mike jam session with some of the best southern singers!
3. Walking Tour of Our Solar System
Check out this unique display of our solar system in Gainesville, GA. This walking tour is only 1 out of 5 in the country .
4. Mildred Huie Plantation Museum
Go see the artwork of Mildred Nix Huie. She was an American impressionist artist, sculptor, historian, and writer who created the museum as a studio. She packed every inch with her art.
5. Mayfield Dairy Farms
Who doesn't love Mayfield ice cream? Why not go visit the visitor's center for free? Tour the center and learn the history of the ice cream in an entertaining and fun way. You even get a chance to taste the ice cream!
6. Georgia State Cotton Museum
If you want to see the history of something that is a big part of Georgia's past, visit the Georgia State Cotton Museum. The museum is located in a 125-year-old school house in the eastern part of Vienna. It features the history of cotton, how farmers planted it, and the tools they used.
7. Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
The official Georgia Racing Hall of Fame features several exhibits such as vintage cars and memorials to NASCAR racing legends. It also features a multi-media presentation of the history of stock car racing in Dawson County Georgia.
8. Georgia Guidestones
Go see the "American Stonehedge" right here in Elbert County, Georgia! I told you we had some world wonders right here in Georgia. The Georgia Guidestones are a set of ten guidelines inscribed on the structures in 8 modern languages. A shorter message is inscribed on top of the structures in 4 ancient languages.
9. Folkston Railroad Depot and Train Museum
The Folkston Railroad Transportation Museum is a big part of the heritage of Folkston, Georgia. They renovated and preserved the old railroad depot and visitors can see railroad artifacts such as original log books and a dispatcher's office.
10. Chattahoochee Cohutta Overlook
If you're looking to experience the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains, Chattahoochee Cohutta Overlook is the perfect place to go. You can get a full 360 view from the overlook. The Cohutta Wilderness is over 35K acres of majestic mountains and forests.
11. Cumberland Island
Cumberland Island is a beautiful site to see! It has dunes, beaches, marshes, and freshwater. There is always something to do here and wild animals to see. If you're lucky, you might see the wild horses frolicking across the beach.
12. Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park is a central place for Atlanta tourists. Set right in the center of the city, visitors have access to many hotels, the new ferris wheel, dining, shopping, and the World Congress Center.
13. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a nonprofit arts center in Atlanta, Georgia. They offer classes and workshops in the visual, literary, and performing arts for students of all ages!
14. Atlanta Festivals
Atlanta has so many free festivals throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall! Look up festivals at http://www.atlanta.net/events/festivals/ . Whether you're interested in music, food, or arts and crafts, you can find anything you want!
15. Anne Frank Exhibit
The Anne Frank Exhibit is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia. With more than 600 photos, the story of Anne Frank is told. This free museum is a great place to show kids the history of the holocaust.
16. Artists' Row
Visit Artists' Row in Augusta, Georgia to see all original and international works by reowned artists. This annual art show is supported by the city of Rochester as well as many small local businesses. The show also has local food trucks and booths to visit.
17. Pettigrew White Stamps House
The Pettigrew White Stamps House is the 2nd oldest house in Thomaston, Georgia. It was built in 1833 by John E. Pettigrew. Tours to view this historic house can be arranged by appointment with the Upson Historical Society.
You can have so much fun–for free in Georgia! Also when you own a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit card you can visit select museums for free! Check out their
Museums on Us program site.