101 Cheap Things to Do in Atlanta this Summer: Part I

True Atlantans know about all the fun stuff to do in the city without spending a fortune. Here are the first 50 of our 101 cheap fun things to do in Atlanta this summer! If you’re bored and broke, we’ve got the answer.

We’ll be posting the second half soon, but if you have any suggestions, we’d love your input. Please leave any ideas in the comments section.

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  1. Dad’s Garage – Also known as the best ab workout in Atlanta, this Improv theater in Inman Park has shows several times a week that will make you laugh your way to a six pack. Tickets are usually under $15.
  2. Red Brick Brewery – Head over to Collier Hills and grab a cold one with this crew. Wednesday through Saturday, these guys throw a party. For under $15, you can try several of their beers and get a souvenir pint glass. Check out our blog to learn more.  You’ll never meet anyone else more passionate about beer.
  3. Martinis and IMAX- Dinner and a movie on steroids. Get out of the bar scene and take a seat in Fernbank’s IMAX theater. Every Friday at 6:30.
  4. Cyclorama – You know the rumor that Southerners dress up like Civil War vets and act out different battles? Well, it’s not actually a rumor.
  5. Braves Game – Tickets are as low as $1. A very small price to pay to separate yourself from the fair weather fans that Altantans are known to be.
  6. Atlanta Rocks – Climbing to the top of this might be tough, but it’s easier than climbing the Buckhead social ladder.
  7. Hang Time Trampoline Arena – You say, “I want to jump!” They say, “How high?” Opening in Buckhead soon, kids of all shapes and sizes are flipping about this place.
  8. Atlanta Botanical Gardens- A not so secret garden in Ansley Park. Take a tour or a class and learn how to change the color of your thumb from black to green. Have you read our blog post?
  9. Tula Art Center on Bennett Street – On the first Thursday of every month, Tula has art openings. Have a complimentary glass of wine and spend an evening getting to know Atlanta’s Bennett Street art family.
  10. World of Coca-Cola – In Atlanta, you’ll never hear the word cola with out the word Coke before it. Take a tour and see how it all started. You can also try flavors of Coca Cola from around the world. Stay away from Beverly!
  11. The Fox Theater Movie Night – for under $10, you can watch a movie at the Fox. Schedule can be found on their site.
  12. Ormsbys – Eat, Drink, and play bocce at this fun basement pub on the West Side. They also have backgammon, pool, darts, and shuffleboard. Blind dates couldn’t be less awkward at a place like this.
  13. Eclipse de Luna Tapas Monday – On Monday nights, you can just plan on telling your server that you’d like one of everything. All you can eat tapas for $18
  14. High Museum of Arts – From Picasso to Warhol, there’s always an exhibit that is hard to beat. They also have “Free First Saturdays.” On the first Saturday of the month, Fulton county residents and students get in for free.
  15. Alliance Theater – If the last play you saw was in High School, you should probably check this place out. They’ve got great prices on some awesome shows.
  16. Piedmont Park – Take a stroll, walk your dog, throw a Frisbee, join a pick up soccer game, or just enjoy the beautiful Atlanta weather.
  17. Zoo Atlanta – If you want to see a black and white ruffed lemur, this is the place for you. For under $25, you can see the lemur and lots of other animals.
  18. 10 High Metalsome Karaoke – If you want to take your music career outside of the shower, come to Metalsome at 10 high and cover a song with a live band backing you up. Cover charge is between $5 and $10.
  19. The Punchline – Many of the funniest comedians that pass through Atlanta make pit stop here. Most shows are $20.
  20. Starlight Six Drive-In Theater – Sit back, relax, and enjoy two movies in a row from the comfort of your car. For $7 you can watch two flicks 60s style.
  21. Sweetwater Brewery – A great place to hang out and have an ice cold beer. They’ll even give you a free glass to remember them by just in case you won’t. Wednesday through Friday at 5:30 and Saturday at 2:30.
  22. Yacht Rock Revue – This fun filled 70s band cruises around Atlanta, playing at different venues each night. Cover charge is usually under $15.
  23. Blind Willies Blues – If you have the blues, Blind Willies is the perfect place to go. Live blues bands play every night. Cover is usually less than $15.
  24. Atlanta Street Food Coalition – Remember  that time you couldn’t decide if you wanted a Taco, a hot dog, or a popcicle? Why not have it all? Check Facebook or Twitter to see where these guys are going to be. See our blog to learn about King of Pops, one of the most well-known members.
  25. Leon’s Full Service – Bocce didn’t know that Leon’s had $5 cocktails on rainy days.
  26. Dib n’ Dab – Who’s the artist of that painting on your wall? Oh, it’s you! BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) and be an artist for an evening.  $25 on Sundays! You can usually get a 52% discount on Groupon.
  27. Buck n’ Bowl Brunswick Zones – $1 per game per person.  Buck n’ Bowl strikes Monday night from 9-12.
  28. Grand Slam Golf and Baseball – For $16, you can whack 165 golfballs and for $15, you can hit 120 baseballs. Sounds like a great way to get over an ex.
  29. Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles – The most unexpectedly delightful combination since Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight sang together.
  30. Park Tavern Rainy Days – Why would you go to the park on a rainy day? Park Tavern has $1 beers. If you have enough of those, you won’t care how hard it’s coming down.
  31. Six Flags Over Georgia – A lot better than any tickle belly hill in Atlanta. Bring a can of Coca Cola and get a huge discount.
  32. Shoot the Hooch – Tube down the Chattahoochee River for $25 or less. Such a good way to get a tan and be lazy for a day.
  33. Tongue and Groove Latin Elegance Wednesdays – stop by between 9 and 10 for free Salsa and Bachata lessons. Cover is $10 for guys and free for ladies.
  34. Piedmont Park Aquatic Center – Spend a day splashing around in the Hotlanta sun for $4.
  35. Disc Golf – There are free courses all over the city. All you need is a friend and a Frisbee.
  36. Varsity – “What’ll ya have?” is their famous slogan, and no matter how you choose to answer that, it’s hard to spend much. Just be sure to get an F.O. and a pimento cheese steak.
  37. Margaret Mitchell House – For only $13, you can see the place where Gone with the Wind was born. Admission is free the weekend of April 20th.
  38. Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway – This is one of Buford Highway’s best kept secrets. Get six of the best pork subs in Atlanta for $15.
  39. Downwind Restaurant and Lounge – Sit on the porch of this dive and watch planes take off at Peachtree Dekalb airport.
  40. Antico – Sit family style and watch the pros make the best pizza you’ve ever had. BYOB.
  41. The Ivy $1 Miller Lights – The Ivy in Buckhead serves $1 Miller Light cans everyday until 7.
  42. Gypsy Stag Tuesdays – Right now, Gypsy Stag is using their magic to give us Open Bar every Tuesday from 9-11. Stop by and grab a drink, but be sure to tip your bartender.
  43. Tavern 99’s Get Fried Thursday – On Thursdays, for $9.99, chef Darrell Rice cooks Fried Chicken better than your Mama can make and sends it out with a side of collard greens and mac n’ cheese. Check out their events page for other great specials.
  44. Bennett Street Art and Antiques District – First Thursday Art and Antiques Stroll. On the first Thursday of the month, Atlantans are invited to walk Bennett Street. You don’t have to know anything about art, but you can act like you do.
  45. Twist – 1/2 prices bottles of wine on Mondays and all you can eat tapas for $10 on Sundays. No one should have to twist your arm for a deal like that.
  46. Westside Art Walk – 3rd Saturday of every month, take a little stroll on the west side.
  47. Laughing Skull Lounge – Stop by the Vortex and try their Triple Coronary Bypass Burger and then, burn it off watching stand up at Laughing Skull, next door.
  48. Center for Puppetry Arts – Did you know Atlanta is home to the largest organization dedicated to puppets?
  49. Legoland – The name pretty much says it all. Spend an afternoon with more legos at your finger tips than you know what to do with.
  50. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta – A great place to let your imagination run as wild as your children.

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Article by: Lindley Knight (@lindleyknight

19 Responses

  1. Thanks for mentioning Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym!

  2. Thanks for including us in your list. The ACVB lists us as one of the top 50 things to do, also. We are now open weekends for canoeing, Kayaking, rafting. Tubing will begin in May. We will be open 7 days a week starting Memorial Day weekend. Come see us; the weather is great.

  3. Thanks for including The Children’s Museum. It is indeed a place to “let your imagination run wild” as well as inspire learning and discovery in all children through the power of play!

  4. Alana Greene says:

    Laser Show Stone Mountain..Just $10 parking per car load. Visit a State Park for the day. Entry is just $5 per car. Outdoor summer concerts and movies under the stars these are usually free. :)

  5. jordyn says:

    last i heard (things may have changed since last summer) you can check out a family pass to zoo atlanta from any georgia public library for FREE. just a tip!

  6. Thank you for including Georgia Aquarium on your list! There are many great ways to enjoy the world’s largest aquarium and if you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, we occasionally have social media discounts. In addition, guests can enjoy all of our six exhibits, the new dolphin show, our traveling exhibit as well as our 4D Theater for one price – Total Ticket. Come check us out!

  7. Sophmom says:

    I don’t think of the Downwind as a dive. Order off the menu – the fish special or Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna) is always delicious!

  8. lsos says:

    Highly recommend Leon’s Full Service and Sweetwater Brewery!

  9. westsider555 says:

    Ormsby’s is on the Westside (some people mistakenly call it West Midtown) not West End. Two different, albeit awesome, neighborhoods.

    Great list.

  10. Lisa Moore says:

    Thanks so much for featuring Tula as a part of your list!! Hope to see you in May 1st Thursday!

  11. Bill Gluckman says:

    No love for Garden Hills Pool? $2 for kids and $4 for adults. Plus the cheapest concession prices of any pool in town.

    • Michelle says:

      The Garden Hills pool. Is always packed and my family and I have been treated like “outsiders” the three times we’ve attended. Piedmont Park is a much better option.

  12. Nancy Knight says:

    Great list!! Putting it under my favorites to use when I’m stuck for new ideas!

  13. Marvy says:

    The Wren’s Nest (Joel Chandler Harris home) is a great place for live storytelling and experiencing a bite of history. The Herndon Home is a fascinating way to see Atlanta in the early 1900s.

  14. Play Atlanta says:

    What about all the free playgrounds and splashpads? http://www.playatlanta.com has a fairly comprehensive list of playgrounds and splashpads (all FREE) that are open all summer long.

  15. DiscGolfLover says:

    Disc Golf IS great. However, there are NO courses anywhere within the city of Atlanta. I don’t consider Roswell or Gwinnett within the city, I guess.

  16. Solavei says:

    Summer is months and months away. But I’m sure these list would be of help. Thanks!

  17. Jessica says:

    THIS IS AN AWESOME LIST. I have been researching new exciting things to do the city and this was prefect! Thank you

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