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7 Fabulous & Free Georgia Vacation Ideas You Have to Try

Updated on May 20, 2015

Frugal Fun for Families in Georgia

If you are on a budget, you can still have a lot of fun and experience many of the hidden treasures of the great state of Georgia. All of the ideas that are included in this article are free to experience. However, there will be times where you may want to upgrade your visit or contribute a donation so that these venues will be available to many other families for years to come. These instances are noted in each of the special considerations. Enjoy!

1) Georgia Museum of Art

A young artist uses a palette to create vivid works of art.
A young artist uses a palette to create vivid works of art. | Source

What You Need to Know About the Georgia Museum of Art

Location: 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-4662

Hours:

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A Map to the Georgia Museum of Art

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90 Carleton St. Athens GA 30602:
The University of Georgia, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA

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The Georgia Museum of Art is a wonderful venue to take a relaxing stroll among the masters and students art work alike.

Thoughts About The Georgia Museum of Art

When I first visited this museum, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and breadth of the collection of art work. It includes works that were created before Columbus sailed to the Americas all the way to the current, contemporary works of students within the University of Georgia's fine Arts program. While this museum would be a wonderful place to take a date, the staff also offers many programs for young families. Even if you give yourself plenty of time to peruse the exhibits, you'll surely want to come back.

2) Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Memorial

What You Need to Know About the Martin Luther King Jr. Center

Location: 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Phone: 404-526-8900

Hours:

  • 9 AM - 5 PM Every Day;
  • Summer Hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day are 9 AM-6 PM;
  • Ranger led tours of MLK Jr.'s birth home are conducted daily from 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Fire Station Number 6 is staffed by volunteers from 9 AM - 5 PM

A Map to the King Center and Historic Site

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450 Auburn Ave Atlanta GA:
450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA

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Get detailed directions to visit the birth home and memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thoughts About The King Center and National Historic Site

Every time I visit the MLK, Jr. Center, I am impressed with the level of care and detail that has gone into preserving the memory of this Civil Rights leader. The birth home has been meticulously restored and maintained and the tours truly are a treat for ages six and up. However, even younger children can enjoy the exhibits in Freedom Hall, the Visitor Center and Fire Station Number 6. Additionally, there are films viewings that will transport you back in time to the days of Martin Luther King Jr. and his co-laborers for justice.

3) State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Close up of pink tulips in a flower garden.
Close up of pink tulips in a flower garden. | Source

What You Need to Know About the State Botanical Garden of GA

Location: 2450 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30601

Phone: (706) 542-1244

Hours:

  • The Visitor Center: Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM- 4:30 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM- 4:30 PM
  • The Grounds: 8 AM- 8 PM Daily

A Map to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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2450 South Milledge Ave Athens, Ga:
2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605, USA

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Take a nice stroll amongst the flowers and plants at this beautiful Georgia garden located in Athens, GA.

Thoughts on the State Botanical Gardens of GA

Breathing beauty will surround you and your family as you stroll through the gardens. They are extensive enough to truly appreciate the variety of North Georgia flora. Staff is friendly and informative. The only draw back is the Georgia heat. Make sure to visit well before noon if you want to peruse the visitor's center and get the full benefit of your experience. Or if you don't mind skipping the visitor center, an evening stroll may be just for you since the grounds stay open until eight.

4) Free Savannah Tours

This is the official flag for the city of Savannah GA.
This is the official flag for the city of Savannah GA. | Source

What You Need to Know About These Savannah Walking Tours

Location: Savannah, GA (Tours Begin from Johnson Square)

Phone: (912) 429-2975

Hours:

  • 10:30am Monday-Saturday
  • 1:30pm Everyday
  • 5:00pm Friday-Monday


See What the Free Savannah Walking Tour is All About

Thoughts on Savannah

I love this city. Romantic, historic, artistic-- it's no wonder General Sherman couldn't bear to burn it down; so the legend says. Savannah has an enduring spirit about it. From the excellent heritage to great seafood, to River street and the birthplace of the Girl Scouts. I just wish I had started my visit with a free walking tour to learn more about the city before diving in. But you don't have to make the same mistake! Check these guys out!

Contact the Free Savannah Tour Company

To schedule your free tour visit the Free Savannah Tours website or call 912-429-2975.

5) David J Sencer Center For Disease Control Museum

A 3D image of a virus, much like what you may see at the Center for Disease Control Museum in Atlanta.
A 3D image of a virus, much like what you may see at the Center for Disease Control Museum in Atlanta. | Source

What You Need to Know About The CDC Museum

Location: 1600 Clifton Road NE; Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone: 404-639-0830

Hours:

  • Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

A Map to the David Sencer Museum at the CDC

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1600 Clifton Rd.Atlanta GA,30329:
Emory University, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA

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Get an up close and personal look at the Atlanta Center for Disease Control's David J. Sencer Museum.

Thoughts on the CDC Museum

What a great opportunity to learn more about the Center for Disease Control, infectious diseases and how they are contained. The CDC, in an effort to reach out to the community at large has opened its door to us. If you have a budding scientist (age ten and up), you won't want to miss this opportunity. It's truly a valuable edutainment experience.

6) National Infantry Museum

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What You Need to Know About the National Infantry Museum

Location: 1775 Legacy Way #220, Columbus, GA 31903

Phone: (706) 653-9234

Hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Special Considerations: While admission to the museum is free, a $5 donation is requested.

A Map to the National Infantry Museum

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1775 Legacy Way Columbus, GA 31903:
1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA 31903, USA

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A visit to the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA is an excellent way to learn more about the soldiers who have protected our country.

Thoughts About the National Infantry Museum

This museum is a dignified memorial to many brave soldiers who dedicated their lives to keeping our country free. You won't want to miss the clever use of multimedia and memorabilia to tell an interesting story. A must see for ages six and up!

7) The Fernbank Science Center

Georgia Pines are prevalent on the nature trail at the Fernbank Science Center.
Georgia Pines are prevalent on the nature trail at the Fernbank Science Center. | Source

What You Need to Know About the Fernbank Science Center

Location: 156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30307

Phone: (678) 874-7102

Hours:

  • Monday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • During the summer the center opens at 10 am and closes at the same times listed above

Special Considerations:

If you want to enjoy the planetarium, there is an admission charge of $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

The Map Will Show You How to Get to the Fernbank Science Center

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156 Heaton Park Dr. Atlanta GA 30307:
156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA

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The Fernbank Science Center is an excellent free educational resource in Georgia.

Thoughts About Fernbank

Not to be confused with the also excellent natural history museum which bears the same name, this science and nature center is a great way for kids and adults to get a hands on learning opportunity free of charge. From space capsules to fossils, there are enough exhibits to keep you occupied for a few hours.

If you do choose to experience the planetarium, you will not be disappointed. It's a truly educational and enjoyable experience.

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