Atlanta Family Vacation Ideas On a Budget

Plan your next family vacation in Atlanta without breaking the bank.
  • A CityPASS gets you 40-percent off admission to Georgia Aquarium. (Joleen Pete)
    A CityPASS gets you 40-percent off admission to Georgia Aquarium. (Joleen Pete)
  • Atlanta offers fun for the kids in the way of playgrounds and parks. (Joleen Pete)
    Atlanta offers fun for the kids in the way of playgrounds and parks. (Joleen Pete)
  • Piedmont Park offers great views of the Atlanta skyline. (Benjamin A. Pete)
    Piedmont Park offers great views of the Atlanta skyline. (Benjamin A. Pete)
  • Families enjoy great deals to Zoo Atlanta. (2015, Gene Phillips)
    Families enjoy great deals to Zoo Atlanta. (2015, Gene Phillips)
  • MARTA is a convenient and inexpensive way to travel throughout ATL.
    MARTA is a convenient and inexpensive way to travel throughout ATL.

You may think a big city is not the way to go when planning a budget vacation, but big cities are often filled with a wide variety of entertaining and fun things to do that won't break the bank. Here are some of our favorite budget and family-friendly tips and ideas for vacationing in Atlanta. 

Free and Cheap Things to Do
From street festivals to historic tours, there is something going on nearly every day in Atlanta for free. Check out our extensive list of free things to do. Our favorites include tours of the MLK Jr. National Historic Site and History Oakland Cemetery. Pack a picnic and let the kids run off some steam at one of the 21 best playgrounds in Atlanta. Explore the city by foot or bike on the Atlanta BeltLine.  

Who doesn’t love a great deal? Here are some cool things to do in Atlanta for $10 or less. Check out the Planetarium Show at Fernbank Science Center or take in a show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Spend the day exploring Stone Mountain Park for just the cost of parking. If you plan to stay in the city for a few days, you’ll want to visit favorite Atlanta attractions like Zoo Atlanta, World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame and Georgia Aquarium. You’ll definitely want to pick up a CityPass, which is good for nine days and gets you 40-percent off on top attractions.

Insider Tips:

  • Check out this list of discounted tickets for great deals and even tips for getting free admission to some of our favorite venues and events.

  • Remember to inquire about military and senior discounts.

Where to Stay
Budget hotels in Atlanta offer great value at affordable rates, with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, airport shuttle service and complimentary breakfast. Many are located close to the city's top attractions. 

Getting Around
One of the best things about big cities is the plethora of public transportation, notably cabs, buses, ride services and trains.  Atlanta has them all. If you’re on a budget, be sure to hop on MARTA, which provides affordable transportation from the airport to Buckhead and all neighborhoods in between. Check out the website for a map and tips.

Upcoming Events
When planning your visit to Atlanta, be sure to check out our calendar of events for what’s happening and what’s hot.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 4-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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