Fun & FREE in Atlanta: Our Favorite Budget-Friendly Activities this Summer

Two chairs at an outdoor movie showing in Atlanta

Summer is here and it’s the season of sun, sweat, and making sweet memories to last a lifetime. Our beloved ATL offers a plethora of affordable activities and thrifty adventures for families, couples, and people of all ages to cool off without breaking the bank. From outdoor escapades to cultural excursions, these unique experiences will fill your calendar every day of the week, sans stress on your wallet. 

Remember: Visit each venue’s website to confirm event dates and get information about parking and other essential details to set yourself up for the most enjoyable experience!

Outdoor cinema

Movie buffs, rejoice! Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and get ready for a cozy evening under the stars. The following parks and community centers host free movie nights for locals, showing everything from classic films to recent blockbusters for you to enjoy with your loved ones.





Musical journeys

Music not only heals us, but it also brings people together. No matter where you are in metro Atlanta, you can find free live performances by local musicians all season long. Grab your dancing shoes (or simply a blanket if you prefer to just listen and watch) and let the sounds of summer wash over you. 






Cultural immersion

Our area is full of fascinating museums, cultural centers, or public art projects. While some facilities have free entry year-round, there are others that only offer complimentary entrance on selected days of the week or month, so be sure to check their website or call ahead to know what to expect. With so many options, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy!





Wet n’ wild

Ready to cool off and really beat the heat? Several of Atlanta’s major parks have free public swimming and splashing in their fountains, waterfalls, and pools. Layer on the sunscreen, grab your towel, and get ready for some serious fun in the sun!

Interested in escaping the hustle and bustle of the city instead? You can get your daily fix of “Vitamin N” (Nature) by embarking on a fun-filled adventure in the great outdoors. Bask in the tranquility of nature, either hiking and picnicking, or if there’s water nearby, swimming, boating and fishing! The following outdoor recreation areas are all less than an hour away:

Did we miss anything? Let us know!

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