5 Cheap (But Fun) Things To Do in Atlanta
A list of five incredibly fun things to do around the city for $10 or less per person. If one of those people is a senior or child prepare to save even more!
I’m a big believer that you don’t have to spend money to have fun. I’m serious. It is perfectly possible to have incredible amounts of fun for less than $10. In fact, it’s so easy, I’m not sure we should ever spend more than that for a good time. I’m looking at you movie theatre ticket prices.
With the holiday season around the corner, lots of people are trying to save money and at the same time, facing groups of friends and relatives coming to town looking for things to do.
Not to worry.
I have put together a list of five incredibly fun things to do around the city for $10 per person, even less if one of those people is a senior, child or student.
Everyone is different, so each suggestion appeals to a different personality type which allows you to choose the activity that best suits your groups’ preferences.
1. For the Historian
Atlanta is a city full of notable history, dating back to the early 1800s when they built a railroad system to the Midwest. Later the first planned residential neighborhood, Innman park, was built and populated with mansions that showcase all the Victorian grandiosity of the 1860s. This historic and impressive neighborhood is one of the nine areas available for a guided walking tour by the Atlanta Preservation Center. All tours are led by knowledgable volunteers and a tour is just $10 for adults. Anyone at all interested in history is already familiar with Atlanta’s rich and storied history, but even the least scholarly of us can be entertained and dazzled by these structures which often resemble art more than buildings.
2. For the Nostalgist
Do you remember drive-in movies? Getting the kids packed into the car wearing pajamas and popcorn butter smudged cheeks, staring wide eyed through the windshield at the screen from the comfort of the backseat. Even if the most exposure you’ve had to a drive in is that one scene in Grease, you may still hold a certain nostalgia for times gone by, and the drive-ins that have gone by with it. Well, fear not, there is at least one drive in theater still available for your viewing pleasure. Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre is located in in southeast Atlanta on Moreland Ave and tickets are just $9 per person. They offer all the biggest movies playing across the country but in a truly unique and now rare atmosphere.
3. For the Thrill-Seeker
Some people are just wired differently. They enjoy scary movies. They aren’t afraid of the dark. And they actually seek out heights. These are the Thrill-Seekers. And I’ve got just the thing for them. In Downtown Atlanta there is a hotel called The Westin. This 72-story structure is a sight to behold, just like the city its in when viewed from the top floor restaurant, the Sun Dial. Now, the Sun Dial can be pricey, but its really the ride up to the restaurant thats the attraction. After taking an 85-second stomach dropping ride in the glass elevator on the outside of the building up 7,323 feet you will reach the observation deck. From there, for just $8 you can enjoy thrilling 360 degree views of downtown Atlanta that you won’t soon forget.
4. For the Outdoorsy One
Stone Mountain Georgia is famous for, you guessed it, Stone Mountain. Its more than 5 miles in circumference at its base and has an elevation of 1,686 feet at its peak. Its also home to the largest relief sculpture in the world, depicting three civil war generals. But if you’re more interested in the view from the top of the mountain than the side of it, you’ll want to take advantage of the park’s most popular attraction, the Summit Skyride. A round trip will cost $10, a one way just $6. From the top take in views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and nearly 60 miles of Georgia landscape on a clear day.
5. For the Adventurer
If you haven’t tried rock climbing yet, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. Its an incredibly engaging and enjoyable group activity that tests your strength, your perseverance and your problem solving. Build self confidence, trust and friendships as you scale the walls and encourage each other to push to the next level at Atlanta Rocks! rock climbing gym. For bouldering only the admission is just $10. It’s a bit more if you want to try climbing from one of the 50 different top-roping stations. There's belay training and equipment rental available for first timers. But the cost is quickly slashed by the amount of fun had while there, and by taking advantage of one of their many special discounts.
There you have it. Five affordable incredibly fun activities to keep you occupied in and around Atlanta. So maybe sometimes it costs a bit more than $10, but obviously being broke isn’t any kind of excuse to stay home.
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