There are many wonderful hotels and resorts in the Atlanta area where families can stay when visiting the region, but after food and room expenses, the budget can certainly be stretched. It’s always good to know that there are many free activities for families in Atlanta and the surrounding area that one can enjoy and never have to take out the wallet or purse. Of the dozens of choices, here are but a few.
The Woodruff Arts Center
During the summer, the Woodruff Arts Center presents Create-ATL—family-oriented programming sponsored by the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre Group, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, featuring numerous free activities that begin at 1 p.m. every Sunday. Among these activities are family festivals, art making, musical story times, instrument making and an instrument petting zoo, acting classes, and much more. There are also opportunities to experience first-class productions and exhibitions at the center and four larger scale Sunday festivals during the season.
Fernbank Science Center
Depictions of nature in the environment and the disappearing habitations in the state of Georgia, along with mounted specimens and a few live animals, are among a number of exhibits featured at the Fernbank Science Center. There is also a composting demonstration, a coop of live chickens, and a rock and mineral walk. In addition, there are astronomy displays that include a collection of meteorites and the center’s primary claim to fame—the actual Apollo 6 spacecraft from the unmanned test flight of the Apollo 6 Saturn V rocket. The center also has a planetarium with a 500-seat theater and 70-foot dome, though there is a charge to enter the planetarium.
The Museum of Aviation
The Museum of Aviation is located next to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. The facility covers 51 acres and includes four exhibit buildings housing 90 different historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, spy planes, fighter jets, bombers, bi-planes, missiles, and cockpits, as well as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Having grown to become the U.S. Air Force’s second largest museum, it is also one of the largest aviation museums in the country. The museum is meant to honor America’s veterans and their families and serve as a reminder of the legendary U.S. Air Force tradition and educate and inspire its visitors, as well as recruit for the future.
Plenty more activities for families in Atlanta await those who come to visit or for those residents lucky enough to live in and around the Peach State’s capital city.
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