Free Activities in Atlanta, GA
Located just 20 minutes outside of Atlanta, the John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve is a 30-acre tree, plant and wildlife sanctuary. The tranquil space has two creeks, over a mile of wooded walking trials and is completely free. Bring your leashed dog and enjoy a walk in the woods. Bring your friends and enjoy a picnic by the lake or bring your kids and learn about trees that are over 100-years-old. The Big Trees Forest Preserve is like a life raft in the middle of suburbia. Close enough to see Roswell Road in parts but far enough away that you don't hear the cars. The preserve allows you to transport yourself back in time.
Smack dab in the middle of the city, the park offers things to do year-round. From playing in the fountain to ice skating in the winter and free concerts several times a month, Centennial Olympic Park is a jewel set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta. Created out of a run-down neighborhood in time for the 1996 Olympic Games, the park has become home to a variety of events for families and couples, single people or groups of friends. With a calendar of events as eclectic as the neighborhood, Centennial Park is sure to please any palate.
Who better to have one of the leading collections of African American art but one of the leading African American universities; Clark Atlanta. The university gallery has over 600 permanent pieces of contemporary American, African American and African art on display. This includes paintings, sculpture and murals, just to name a few. There are typically traveling pieces that come through the gallery on a regular basis. The African American exhibit alone contains nearly 1,000 pieces. Though the gallery does not charge, they do accept donations. Take your time to browse through history in the gallery of this beautiful university.
A visit to the Gold Dome isn't just for history students. Self-guided tours can show you everything from historical documents to agricultural oddities (a two-headed calf!). The grounds of the capital are lush and contain several statues to check out, as well as the fantastic architecture of the building itself. Along with the exhibits inside the capital, visitors can also watch legislators - when in session - as they make decisions. A great visit for kids or for someone just interested in learning more about Atlanta. Pack a lunch and enjoy the shaded benches on the lawn of the capital, while the golden dome gleams above.
Take a peek into the life of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal by touring his mansion. The tours take place Tuesday-Thursday throughout the year. Rooms in the mansion have docents stationed in them to tell you a little about the room and its history as you take your time on the tour. The home became the official residence of governors in 1968. It has 30 Doric columns, 30 rooms and is roughly 24,000 square feet in size. It sits on 18-acres and the furnishings inside the home are considered by many to be antique-quality. The entrace hall, library, guest bedroom, state drawing and dining rooms, circular hall and family sitting and dining rooms are on display. A perfect trip for students or just those curious about what the gorgeous home is like up close and personal.