Hello! This is Jessica from For Blue Skies and I’m going to be sharing with you 5 Budget-friendly things to do when you’re in Atlanta.
Even though I live in sunny California, Atlanta is close to my heart since I have family that lives there. I visit frequently and have come to really love it. It’s a big city mixed with southern hospitality, it doesn’t get any better than that. There is so much to do and can actually get a little overwhelming so I’ve put together a list for those who are looking to have fun on a budget.
Piedmont Park- Midtown, Downtown Atlanta
This is probably my favorite spot in Atlanta. If you’re looking to get outside, soak in the sun and relax then this is the place to go. Very popular with residents and tourists, it does tend to get pretty busy, but since it’s so open it never feels that crowded. You can enjoy a picnic, walk around and explore the beautiful hidden areas, feed the ducks at the lake, and more. You can also visit the botanical garden or enjoy a movie on a big screen at dusk in the summer. Fun fact: You might recognize this park as a ton of movies film in Atlanta, including “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and “The Change-Up”.
Stone Mountain- Stone Mountain, GA
Stone Mountain is such a cool and unique spot. While it’s not technically in Atlanta, it’s located about 30 minutes outside of the city and definitely deserves a visit. You can easily make a day out of walking around and exploring. There’s the Historic Square which houses an amazing collection of original homes built back in 1793 to 1875. If that’s not your scene, then you can go and ride the Skyride where you take a cable car up to the top of Stone Mountain and you can see the famous carving in the mountain from up close. It’s pretty epic. Finish it off with the laser show at night and you can call it a pretty amazing day.
Cost- Parking $15, Tickets (includes everything): $26 (adults) $20 (children) *Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals*
Festivals- All Over Atlanta
Atlanta is a festival-loving city and they go on year round. And even better, a lot of them cost you nothing to attend. Some of the bigger festivals include the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Street and Music Fest, and the Atlanta Arts Festival.
Walking Dead Tours (Self-Guided)- All Over Atlanta
Do I have any Walking Dead fans reading this? Yep, I thought so. I’m sure you already know that the tv show is filmed in and around Atlanta. Filming locations are well known nowadays and you can easily put together your own list of places that you’re dying (get it haha?) to see in person. I myself have gone and visited Woodbury, the town that the creepy Governor ran. It’s a fully functioning little town and they have the coolest Walking Dead gift shop and you can go downstairs to see a motorcycle that Daryl rode. If you want info on where filming locations are, you can find pretty much everything on Google Maps.
Oakland Cemetery- Downtown Atlanta
Seeing a cemetery may not be on top of people’s lists when visiting a city, but this is no ordinary cemetery. It’s a garden cemetery and it is absolutely gorgeous, you don’t want to miss it. This is a historical landmark and quite a few famous historical figures are buried here. You can walk around and give yourself a self-guided tour using their app that you can download for free.
About the author: My name is Jessica and I’m the creator behind lifestyle blog forblueskies.com. I have a passion for beauty and fashion, travel, and living a positive life. Follow Jessica on Instagram and Facebook.