Exploring Downtown Atlanta on a Budget

Planning a trip to downtown Atlanta doesn’t have to be wrought with financial distress. With the right hotel accommodations, a good concierge or front desk team member will be able to help you find many wonderful, free or very inexpensive activities to do in Atlanta. Here are some of the best activities to check out during your trip to Atlanta. Make sure to look for hotel packages in Atlanta to find some of the most cost-cutting savings with your stay!

Enjoy Modern Art

Head over to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to view some of the unique exhibits offered in Atlanta. There are free tours, screenings, and lectures to enjoy on Thursdays as the museum is open until 8pm. For the urban explorer, be sure to keep an eye out for Atlanta’s Living Walls scattered all throughout the city. Aiming to promote, educate and change the perspective of street art, each Living Wall brightens up an otherwise dull building and helps you gain an appreciation for street art in general.

Get in Touch with Nature

Atlanta is fortunate enough to have two enormous urban parks within its boundaries – Centennial Olympic Park and Piedmont Park.

Centennial Olympic Park offers guests to Atlanta 21-acres of space to explore, with tons of exciting events to enjoy and attractions to check out. Free concerts are often held in the park along with fun races and activities. From May until September, there are concerts in the park every Wednesday. Sit back, relax, enjoy a Googie Burger, splash through the Fountain of Olympic Rings and soak up the sun in this vast outdoor space.

If you are active and you want to focus on some fun activities, Piedmont Park is the place to be. Here you can enjoy some fun activities like day hikes and walks, biking, and fishing. If you brought your dog with you, they will be sure to enjoy Piedmont Park as well where there are some fun activities for dogs, having separate dog runs for small dogs and large dogs.

If you’re looking for even more opportunity to get out and explore the city, look no further than the Atlanta BeltLine. Connecting 45 neighborhoods and bringing the city together like never before, the Atlanta BeltLine includes over 33-miles of multi-use trails that connect some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, public parks and so much more. Rent a bike to experience all that the trail network has to offer!

Reconnect with the Past

Take a walk down the road of history by visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Here you can view 35 acres with modern-day monuments. You can learn about the different struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. and others who were focused on equality. You can take a moment to pay your respects to Dr. King at his gravesite and tomb. You can also tour the childhood home of Dr. King and visit the King Center, which includes information about the nonviolent ministry of Dr. King. This is a family-friendly activity that is a must-do if you are in the Atlanta area. Best of all, Atlanta’s new Streetcar can take you right to the King Center for only $1! Guests of the Ellis Hotel have the luxury of walking right outside the hotel’s front door and hopping aboard the Atlanta Streetcar to explore downtown quickly and conveniently.

Atlanta was home to the summer Olympics in 1996. The Atlanta History Center is home to several exciting artifacts from those Olympic games. The other fun aspect of the Museum is that it was used in the popular movie, The Hunger Games Catching Fire. The Swan House is a must-see area of downtown Atlanta to enjoy.

If cash is more your calling, take a trip to the Atlanta Monetary Museum! Guests to the museum can explore exhibits of historical artifacts and learn about the process of how money is made. You can learn about rare coins and currency along with information about the history of banking. Learn some in-depth information about the role of the Federal Reserve in the U.S. economy. You will be able to gain greater perspective on the monetary policy of the United States.

Explore the City’s Unique Shopping Districts

A great way to enjoy the day is to go out shopping at Atlantic Station. The Atlantic Station area is so large and enjoyable; there is even a zip code devoted to the area. You can window shop or spend time enjoying some other fun things like free movies. Wellness Wednesdays are one of the best events to enjoy if you love to work out as you can enjoy a yoga class for free when the weather is warm.

Take Advantage of Atlanta’s City Pass

If you’re looking for a way to gain entry into some of Atlanta’s most popular attractions without breaking the bank, consider purchasing an Atlanta CityPASS during your visit. The CityPASS saves you nearly half the cost of admission on 5 of Atlanta’s most popular attractions – including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, the High Museum of Art and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Best of all, having a CityPASS booklet allows you to skip the ticket line and head straight for the entrance, giving you the chance to explore all that Atlanta has to offer. Starting March 1, 2015 be on the lookout for new attractions to be added to your CityPASS options including the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights!

Finding affordable or even free things to do in the city of Atlanta is easier than ever before, allowing you to make the most out of your next visit. With so much to see and do, make sure you book your Atlanta hotel reservations in downtown Atlanta to place you in the middle of all the actions. The Ellis Hotel is the only hotel in downtown Atlanta that is next door to the MARTA Station and the new Atlanta Streetcar stop!

Make your downtown Atlanta accommodations even more affordable by taking advantage of the hotel packages and special promotions from the Ellis Hotel. With unparalleled savings on some of the best hotel rooms in Atlanta, you can’t go wrong by booking your stay at the Ellis Hotel. Conveniently located on Peachtree St. in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Ellis Hotel provides their guests with luxury accommodations backed by downtown Atlanta’s customary southern hospitality. Contact us today to learn more about our Atlanta hotel specials and let us surprise you during your next visit to Atlanta!

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