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Top 10 Staycation Ideas

This list is put together as more of a starter’s guide to your Atlanta staycation. These are merely the highlights of things to do that are either free or do not cost a lot of money to participate. Of course there is a ton more to do in the great city of Atlanta! If you have any suggestions to add please leave a comment below. The other staycationers will greatly appreciate it! So without further ado, here’s the top 10 staycation ideas for Atlanta locals.

Tips & Suggestions

  1. Atlanta Botanical Garden – There are events and activities going on throughout the year and most are included with your general admission ticket. Single day admission can get pricey, but the best deal by far is the family memberships. They pay for themselves in just over 2 visits (based on a family of 4).
  2. Fernback Museum of Natural History – Explore the many exhibits and IMAX theater. Not only do they offer a lot of programs for kids but they also offer programs just for adults as well. Get the annual membership and get free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children, plus no cover charge for events like the Martinis & IMAX.
  3. Atlanta Preservation Center – Atlanta is known as the capital of the Civil Rights Movement. Stop by the center and take one of their Walking tours, which are lead by their dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 for students and seniors. If you are a member, all tours are free.
  4. Zoo Atlanta – Stop by the Georgia Public Library and you can get a free pass for the family to the zoo. They also have mobile programs that visit the public libraries. Besides paying for itself in 3 visits, the annual membership also saves you 50-100% on admission to other participating zoos and aquariums so you can use it to plan multiple staycations.
  5. Piedmont Park – Atlanta’s premier park offers a lot of free activities and also includes The Atlanta Botanical Garden, which sits adjacent to the park. Check the park’s website for upcoming events and activities. Or, just visit, relax, and do nothing!
  6. Centennial Park – Kids love playing in the fountains here. Plus there are free events throughout the year including the Fourth of July Celebration, Wednesday Wind Down concert series and Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days.
  7. Silver Comet Trail – This is a 61 mile trail that starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, Georgia and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown and The Esom Hill Trailhead. This is a quiet, non-motorized trail for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, horses, and dog walkers.
  8. Stone Mountain Park – You can spend the entire day or weekend here. During the summer you won’t want to miss the laser show: Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision. There’s also camping and lots of family activities at the park.
  9. Atlantic Station – This is a great place to escape if you live in the downtown area of Atlanta. There’s lots of free events happening at Atlanta Station and Central Park. Check the calendar for events like the Free Movies in Central Park, concerts, and more.
  10. Atlanta Cyclorama – Take in a little history of Atlanta and its role in the Civil War. The Cyclorama is 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference and is accompanied by music and narration that recounts the pivotal moments of the Civil War.