Things to Do Near Georgia State University

Take a break from studying and enjoy some nearby things to do near GSU.
  • A visit to Centennial Olympic Park is a perfect chill pill.
    A visit to Centennial Olympic Park is a perfect chill pill.
  • If you are a Georgia resident, get into Georgia Aquarium free on your birthday.
    If you are a Georgia resident, get into Georgia Aquarium free on your birthday.
  • If you are a news junkie, consider a CNN Studio Tour.
    If you are a news junkie, consider a CNN Studio Tour.

You’re a Georgia State student, so you probably know to check at your Student Center for discount tickets on things to do in Atlanta. One example is discounted movie tickets at Regal Cinemas (There's a Regal at Atlantic Station.). And since you are a student at a downtown university, you may already know that there are plenty of nearby things to do when you need a break from classes and studying. Even better, some of them are free. Here are a few of our favorites that are free and not so free:

First, the Freebies

  • Centennial Olympic Park – Smack in the middle of downtown Atlanta, this legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta is a wonderful place to go for a run, take a walk or just hang out with friends.

  • Woodruff Park –  Here’s yet another downtown park where you can enjoy some downtime in a green space. Go there and just chill. Bring a book to read by the fountains or enjoy the park's open-air reading room.

  • Little Five Points – You can spend money in L5P, but you don’t have to. It’s such a fun neighborhood that you’ll love just walking around. Take a stroll through Junkman’s Daughter, which has to be one of the quirkiest stores ever, anywhere.

  • Krog Street Tunnel – To borrow a phrase from another era before you were born, this tunnel is just plain groovy. You’ll see. Think of the selfie ops.

  • Ponce City Market – You, of course, can spend money there, but it isn’t required. It’s perfectly fine to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.

  • Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail Go for a walk, pedal if you have a bike. Get some exercise and fresh air. When you’re done, all that calculus may make a little more sense.

  • The King Center – Learn all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doesn’t cost a penny.

  • Georgia Aquarium – If you are a Georgia resident (and that doesn’t mean if you are from out of state and live in Georgia because you are a student), bring your state ID and get free admission on your birthday.

Nearby Churches

  • Central Presbyterian – It’s right across the street from the state capitol. Go on, you know you want to. Sunday service at 11 a.m.

  • St. Mark United Methodist – Right on Peachtree Street. Two Sunday morning services.

  • Big Bethel AME – Big Bethel is on Atlanta’s famous Auburn Avenue and has two Sunday morning services.

A Little Drama

  • Theatrical Outfit – Volunteer at this downtown theater and get comped on tickets to shows. Other advantages to volunteering include discounts to downtown restaurants and special invitations to events at Theatrical Outfit.

  • Fox Theatre – Frequently, the Fabulous Fox offers discount tickets to college students for exciting events such as Broadway shows. Investigate; you might get lucky.

  • Dad’s Garage Theatre Company – Volunteer here and enjoy these perks: “You'll see the show for free, the drinks are cheap, the staff is awesome and it's a heck of a lot of fun!”


  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum – Admission is only $6 with your valid student ID. Not only that, it’s wise to check the website from time to time because events are often free.

  • CNN Studio Tours – If you’re a news junkie then this is the tour for you. $15 with your valid student ID.

  • Center for Civil and Human Rights – Find out how to make the world a better place. You get $2 off admission price with your valid student ID. That makes your entry price $14.

For more things to do in Atlanta, check this guide

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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