To celebrate the New Year, we’ve compiled this list of the top free things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. There are plenty of free outdoor activities to do and places to explore in and around the city. While most of these are best for the warmer months, most can be enjoyed at any time of the year in Atlanta. Once you find something you like, Wise Assistant helps you plan and schedule these activities easily with a group of friends or family members.
Walk down the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, Atlanta, GA 30308
The #1 favorite of the team at Wise Assistant is the Atlanta BeltLine. It’s free, it’s outdoor, and it connects everything that you need from midtown bars to Old Forth Wood dining and attractions.
Check out the graffiti art in Krog Street Tunnel
1 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Walk down the Atlanta BeltLine and pass Ponce City Market and the Old Fourth Ward Historic Park. You’ll find the free Krog Street Tunnel, a funky tunnel with edge street art and murals. Bring a group of friends to take creative photos for your social media channels.
Shoot the Hooch!
Another team favorite is to tube down the Chattahoochee River. You can order an inexpensive tube on Amazon and then enjoy this all season long. The Chattahoochee River is a great place to cool down during the hot Atlanta summer days.
Start: 4569 Abbotts Bridge Rd, Duluth, GA 30097
Finish: Medlock Bridge Rd, Duluth, GA 30097
Equipment rental: https://shootthehooch.com/
Picnic at Piedmont Park
400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Piedmont Park is a great urban park with a scenic view of the Atlanta midtown skyline. Piedmont Park has plenty to explore, with multiple sports fields, playgrounds, a pool, and even a dog park. With great bars and restaurants nearby, Piedmont Park is a great way to spend a sunny day.
Visit the Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park
450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 but plan it now and Wise Assistant will help you schedule the best time this year. There’s a lot of history in Atlanta and you’ll want to experience the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Martin Luther King was an Atlanta native and Civil Right leader, recognized at this historical park with other civil rights leaders.
See the Jackson Street Bridge view
Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
The signature view of the Atlanta skyline and the perfect place for a sunset photo for a group of friends. This bridge offers a view made famous from its feature in the “Walking Dead”.
Bicycle the Silver Comet Trail
Silver Comet Trail, Dallas, GA 30132
The Silver Comet Trail is a free, mixed-use path for bicycling, running, walking, and skating for 61 miles from just outside Atlanta through Smyrna, Georgia to central Alabama. This is one of Georgia’s top trails and you won’t want to miss it. It’s dog-friendly and also great for long-distance cycling.
Visit the historic Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
The Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is a historic landmark and the final resting place of many of the city’s most notable citizens. The space is used as a wedding venue and classroom space but is also available for free to those looking to experience it’s gardens and burial sites.
Take an art stroll at Castleberry Hill
180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
On the second Friday of every month, there’s a self-guided art stroll through the trendy neighborhood of Castleberry Hill. Go to Castleberryhill.org to see who’s participating and be sure to check out the Living Walls murals at 165 Walker Street, 333 Peters Street, and 142 Walker Street.
Picnic at Lake Allatoona
7299 Rocky Ln, Acworth, GA 30102
Lake Allatoona is huge, with over 270 miles of shoreline. There are great camping and cabin spots but also plenty to do for day use. There are many parks that have boat access, swimming breaches, playgrounds, picnic facilities, and more.
Check out the Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30307
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 but plan it now and Wise Assistant will help you schedule the best time this year. At the Fernbank Science Center, science is adventure! This science center houses a museum, classroom, and woodland complex located at the center of Atlanta.
Hike the Arabia Mountain
3350 Klondike Road, Stonecrest, GA 30038
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is perfect for hiking, fishing, and biking with over 40,000 acres to explore. This outdoor attraction is just east of Atlanta and features two granite outcrops, with plenty of trails to explore. The area has a vibrant history including that of freed slaves and Trappist monks. Plan a hike and check-out this ecological wonder.
Visit the Yellow River Park
3232 Juhan Rd SW, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
The Yellow River park is the North Georgia mountain adventure that you’ve been looking for! Nestled between a forest and a wide rolling river, this park is perfect for a day trip for trail running or mountain biking. The trail is 3.2 miles round trip and generally easy to navigate.
Hike Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30083
While there are many attractions for families visiting Stone Mountain, it’s also great fun just to come and hike the mountain to check out the beautiful view from the top. A daily parking pass is only $20 and cheaper when you split it with a group of friends.
Visit the Georgia Capitol Museum
206 State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia 30334
The Capitol is still open for self-guided tours, though guided-tours have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. Come experience the 120 years of history in and around the Georgia capitol. Learn more about the Civil War and check out the impressive architecture of this historic building.
Hike Kennesaw Mountain
Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia 30060
The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is full of the cultural history of the Civil War and was added to the National Park System in 1933. There are field trip options near Kennesaw Mountain and daily museum tours but also trails available for hiking for free.
Visit Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion
391 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 but plan it now and Wise Assistant will help you schedule the best time this year. The Governor’s Mansion features the Greek Revival style and was built in 1967. The mansion is traditionally open for public tours and annual events.
Visit the High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
The High Museum of Art is free for members, children, and members of the US Armed Forces (and only $14.50 for general admission). The High has grown to become one of the leading art museums in the southeast United States. It’s located near Midtown and has more than 15,000 works of art.
Check out the Marietta Fire Museum
Fire Station, 112 Haynes St #51, Marietta, GA 30060
The Marietta Fire Department invites you to come learn the history of the Fire Department, located just off the Historic Marietta Square. The museum has a rich collection of antique fire tools and gear from the 1800s. There are still guided tours available and self-guided tours are always available.
Visit Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
712 L G Griffin Rd. Locust Grove, GA 30248
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary is a home for many injured, abused, or orphaned animals that have been fostered back to health. The Sanctuary brings families together with these animals to foster unconditional love and community.