101 Cheap Things to Do in Atlanta this Summer: Part II
Who’s ready for Round 2?!
Usually, the sequel isn’t as good as the original, but we think we just pulled a Godfather II on you guys. Here’s the last 51 of our cheap and fun things to do in Atlanta this summer. Thanks to your help, we think we’ve got something for just about everyone that won’t break the bank. So, start sewing up that hole and your pocket and start taking advantage of everything this city has to offer.
51. Carver’s Country Kitchen - Over the river and through the woods to Carver’s Country Kitchen, we go. Everyone looks like they need some meat on their bones when they walk into this quirky establishment. For less than it costs to see a movie, you’ll get a home cooked meal and helpings big enough to feed a small army.
52. Atlanta Roller Girls - Your buddies probably won’t be making fun of you if you get beat up by one of these girls. These are the toughest chicks that have ever laced up a pair of roller skates. Ticket prices vary for every event.
53. Castleberry Hill Art Stroll - On the 2nd Friday of every month from 7:00 until 10:00 pm, take a walk and check out some of the most diverse art galleries in Atlanta’s historic district. Even if you know nothing about art, you’re bound to find something you like.
54. Darwin’s Burgers and Blues - This dive is known for their burgers and blues. They’ve got killer specials Monday through Wednesday. $5 hotdog + Beer, $5 burger + beer, and $10 for 10 wings + beer. So let’s see, a hotdog + 10 wings + a burger + 3 beers = $20. Can’t do much better than that!
55. The King Center - It’s free to park and free to explore. Stop by and see where the man with a dream started changing the world.
56. Smith’s Olde Bar - Fitting only 300 people, this bar is home to one of the most intimate venues in Atlanta. Some of the best musicians in the world have played it’s stage. Most shows are under $20. If you need a break from jamming out, there are pool tables downstairs.
57. Team Trivia - Is your brain filled with lots of pointless information? Check out their website to find out the time and place that your useless knowledge might actually be useful.
58. Rhode’s Hall Tour – You know that stone house on Peachtree right before 17th? Yeah, we didn’t either, but you’ll notice it now. It’s the old home of Amos Rhodes, of the famous Rhodes Furniture. Take a tour and pretend you’re rich for a day. The best part is, you don’t have to be rich to take the tour. For $20, you can take a tour and they’ll serve you lunch.
59. Flix on 5th - Tech students are known for their brain power, and if this is any indication, the stigma is true. Every Wednesday during the summer, these guys show a movie in the park on 5th. It’s totally free.
60. Noche - When you’re feeling a little Latin, stop by this tapas joint. Every day of the week, you can get $5 House Margaritas and Sangria. They also have $2 Tecate.
61. East Atlanta Village Farmer’s Market - Stop by to pick of some produce and do something good for the community, too. 5% of all proceeds go to East Atlanta Village.
62. Oakland Cemetery Historical Tour – Are you afraid of the dark? Even the Atlanta Roller Girls would be after one of these Twilight Tours. March through October, you can take tours of the cemetery. They have special events on Halloween, too.
63. The Wren’s Nest Folk Story Telling Events – Stop by on Saturdays at 1pm to hear an awesome tale.
64. 5 Napkin Burger – This dog friendly burger bar celebrates Wine Down Wednesdays and you should, too. For $20, you’ll get to taste 6 different wines and 3 apps of your choice.
65. Bangkok Thyme Happy Hour – Remember the last time you did Happy Hour at this place? Yeah, nobody does. With $2 wine, sake, beer, and sushi, you’ll still have enough cash for the cab ride home.
66. Governor’s Mansion Tour – Yes, you can go inside that huge house on West Paces Ferry. Part of the tour is self-guided which basically means you can be the host of your very own episode of Cribs.
67. Horizon Theater – If you want a little taste of what the southeast is all about, come to the Horizon Theater, and watch it all play out.
68. The Republic, Poor Man’s Platter – For every broke man who needs a drink, they’ll give you three. For under $10, you’ll get a beer, a mixed drink, and a shot. Just ask for the Poor Man’s Platter.
69. Underground Atlanta History Tour – For $7 each, you and nine of your friends can tackle this historic part of Atlanta and cover everything from “the Civil War to the Civil Rights,” as their website says.
70. ATL-Cruzers Electric Car City Tours - If your parents weren’t cool enough to buy you a Power Wheels, this is your chance see what you were missing. For under $30, you can see what’s it’s like to check out Atlanta with windblown hair.
71. 7-Stages Theater – This growing non-profit theater company addresses everything your mother always told you wasn’t proper dinner conversation.
72. Jimmy Carter Museum - Learn about the life and times of former President Jimmy Carter. They also have an exact replica of the Oval Office. We’re not really sure why, but we bet you didn’t know that there was one in Atlanta.
73. Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tours - For all of those Atlantans that wanted to be a news anchor when they grew up. Take a tour of CNN Studios.
74. Nicola’s Restaurant- This Lebanese restaurant has amazing food and even better belly dancers. So much better than a mariachi band.
75. Morningside Farmer’s Market - Jump on the farm to table wagon at this Saturday market. From 8:00 until 11:30, every Saturday, it fits right into your yard sale time.
76. Northside Tavern - Live music 7 days a week. This is where the best musicians in Atlanta step up and sing the blues. You never know who might grace the stage with their presence.
77. Chattahoochee Nature Center – A place where every day is Earth Day.
78. The Big Ketch - With Live music and seafood, you can’t do much better. Not to mention, once a month, the Sweetwater beer truck makes a pit stop here and breaks out grilled oysters, live music, and of course, beer.
79. Six Feet Under – Are you a Dallas Cowboys fan? You’ll be throwing the Falcon’s under the bus faster than you can order an app because Six Feet serves half off apps whenever they’re playing.
80. Ansley Park Playhouse Theater – This little theater knows a thing or two about being an Atlantan. Every Buckhead Betty in the house will relate to these guys.
81. Georgia Aquarium – We may not live near a beach, but there is a place that you can see everything under the sea and more.
82.Stone Mountain - You can spend the day, hiking, climbing, playing, or camping. Then at night, check out the laser show. Who needs to actually see the real Mount Rushmore when you can see it sketched out in neon lights with fireworks behind it?
83. Wine Tasting at Murphy’s – A great excuse to “accidentally” get drunk on a Tuesday. Come for the blended wine tasting and get a discount off your food.
84. Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market – When you wake up on Saturday morning feeling a little organic, head over to the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of St. Phillips Church.
85. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – These days, people change the song on their stereo as fast as their index finger can tap their iPhone screen. Try listening to music that’s been playing since the 1700s. It might not be what you’re used to hearing, but you definitely won’t be listening to another one-hit-wonder.
86. Elliot Street Pub - Grab a beer and a sandwich with a side of live jazz music every Wednesday at this local hole-in-the-wall pub.
87. Kramer’s Bingo Night – At Kramer’s, the weekend starts on Thursday. Come kick it off by playing a little Bingo. We bet your grandparents didn’t play like this. $1 PBRs and $5 PBR pitchers.
88. One. Midtown Kitchen – Stop by this Midtown restaurant for 2-for-1 entrees every Tuesday. Make sure to bring your Midtown Alliance card.
89. The Buckhead Theater - Jam out at one of the oldest venues in Buckhead to some of the newest artists to make it big. Most shows are under $30.
90. The Woodruff Park Reading Room - How many times have you wanted to lay on a park bench and read a book? The Woodruff Park Reading Room, in the middle of Midtown, is an open air library where anyone can come, read, and enjoy the weather.
91. The Loft - It’s a venue inside a venue. Come see a show at the Loft, a smaller venue inside Center Stage.
92. Fat Matts – After a break-up, girls sit in front of the TV watching Sex and the City while they polish off a pint of ice cream. Guys come here for live blues, beer, and BBQ. Who’s on the winning end of this deal?
93. White Water - Catch some rays and some waves without having to look out for sharks.
94. The Earl - Put on your best hipster skinny jeans and plaid shirt and head down to East Atlanta Village. This venue gets some of the best local artists in town right before they make the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
95. Centennial Olympic Park - Throw the kids in a bathing suit and play in the fountain all day. It definitely beats running through a sprinkler in your front yard.
96. Fox Brother’s BBQ – If you haven’t eaten this BBQ then you haven’t had the best BBQ you’ll ever have. Yet. Stop by this BBQ dive and you’ll never eat a pork sandwich anywhere else again.
97. Beltine - Walk, run, or bike through Atlanta on this path through the city.
98. IKEA - For a store that’s known for it’s furniture, this place has some of the best food at the lowest prices in the city. Get a huge breakfast for $.99. That’s cheaper than Waffle House. Unfortunately, they’re not open at 4:00am.
99. Treetop Quest - Feel like a lost boy in this tree top world.
100. Genki - Would you like some cheese with your wine? How about noodles or sushi? Every Wednesday, enjoy half off bottles of wine.
101. Shout - Exactly what you’ll be doing when you hear about their happy hour deals. On Sundays, it’s all you can eat pizza and salad for $10. Monday through Friday, $10 all you can eat sushi during lunch. And 1/2 priced bottles of wine and champagne on Tuesdays.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to add more in the comments section! Also, click here to read Part I.
Article by: Lindley Knight (@lindleyknight)