It's no secret traveling can get costly. Atlanta is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the United States, but navigating the city's budget-friendly stops can be difficult. While the Capital of the South is positively bursting with massive, nationally acclaimed attractions, these tickets and tours can make a major dent on anyone's bank account. From free art crawls to bundled-ticket discounts to affordable restaurants, these stops in Atlanta will keep your wallet—and your itinerary—happy and carefree.
All of the attractions and tours found at this 30-acre historic site are free. The best part? There's enough riveting history to fill a full day of sightseeing and discovery that's interesting for visitors of every age, race and creed.
Take a stroll through Atlanta's version of New York's Central Park (the two were in fact designed by the same landscape architect). Pack a picnic and bring along a football to spend a sun-filled day where the locals love to gather.
This stunning cemetery was built in the late 1800s with the dual purpose of being both a graveyard and serene Victorian park. Take a free and dynamic self-guided audio tour by calling into the phone number found on signs throughout the cemetery.
While passes to Stone Mountain Park can get costly, the $10 parking fee grants you access to hike the one-mile trail to the peak, where sweeping views of Atlanta and beyond await. You can also walk, run or bike the wooded, hilly trails that surround the granite monument.
Admission to this stunning contemporary art museum is free every day. Visit to peruse the works of some of the most talented contemporary artists in the nation.
This attractions pass bundles Atlanta’s largest attractions into one reduced-price ticket. Save up to $55 to visit Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN, Zoo Atlanta and others.
This free downtown art walk allows you to hop through the galleries downtown while sipping on wine the first Friday of each month. Nothing sounds like a better date night or Friday family outing to us!
Atlanta's rail system may be simple, but it's a perfect resource for those looking to visit the city's most visitor-friendly areas. For just $2.50 a trip, you can get access to massive attractions, plentiful shopping and restaurants galore in Midtown, Downtown, Buckhead and Decatur, among other neighborhoods.
This pizza place has been named time and again as one of the best places to grab a pie in the U.S. Lucky for pizza aficionados, a family of up to five can dig into a whole pie for around $20. Yum!
While dining here can get costly, the 73-story observation deck can be accessed for just $4 for kids and $8 for adults. Inside the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the three-level Sun Dial offers a rotating restaurant, rotating bar and stationary observation deck, which features interactive screens that detail each section of the 360-degree view.
Tickets to the former home of Joel Chandler Harris (author of the Brer Rabbit/Uncle Remus Tales) cost less than $10 each, and offer a glimpse into 19th-century life. The Queen Anne Victorian architecture houses a nearly untouched interior. Weekly storytelling is a special treat for young kids, and occurs every Saturday at 1 pm.
This living legacy to the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games is at the heart of the city's tourism hub downtown. There's plenty of sightseeing in and around the park. Kids can splash around in the Fountain of Rings, which synchronizes jets of water to music, while adults lounge in the shade enjoying a $3 King of Pops popsicle.
It's hard to beat the bites at this hip hangout. Everything on the menu, from clever sandwiches to craft cocktails and boozy Coke slushie, is less than $10 and super tasty. Talk about bang for your buck. Bonus: old movies play on the wall, a game of Ping-Pong is encouraged and a the bar stays open late.