This post is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove project.
A sprawling urban center, the bustling city of Atlanta has much to offer beyond its most famous sights; the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. A trip to the city does not have to be an expensive affair. Stay in one of the more affordable hotels in Atlanta and consider these cool and interesting things to do to enjoy the city on the cheap.
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Piedmont Park & Atlanta Botanical Garden
One of the largest parks in the city, Piedmont Park is a great way to spend a day enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy the city’s beautiful skyline, get some exercise on the jogging track or tennis courts, ride a bike or take a dip in the swimming pool. Bring along a picnic basket and enjoy a lunch by Lake Clara Meer. Various park tours such as bird walks and historic tours are available to learn about the trees and wildlife of the area. Then, take a walk in the Atlanta Botanical Garden to enjoy springtime blooms of tulips, daffodils and more.
Open Air Music Events
Centennial Olympic Park
This 21-acre park, home to the dancing lit up Fountain of Rings, is a fun place to enjoy free music events from May to September such as Wednesday Wind Down every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8.00pm and live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1.00pm, featuring genres like jazz, R&B and reggae. At the Centennial Olympic Park, you can also take a self-guided audio tour to discover its history, architecture and music.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
On Thursdays, take advantage of the free entry to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to appreciate modern art exhibits by local and international artists, followed by lectures, tours and film screenings.
To appreciate art of a different kind, visit the city’s Living Walls, the work of a non-profit organization that promotes street artists and encourages the public to understand and appreciate the beauty of their works that brighten up otherwise unattractive corners of the city. Visit their website to know more about their year-round programs, lectures, workshops and exhibitions. It’s a good idea to check out their annual conference if it coincides with your visit.
Krog Street Tunnel
If like me you’re a fan of street art, then you simply cannot miss the Krog Street Tunnel between Inman Park and Cabbagetown. The work of local artists has turned this tunnel into a strikingly beautiful canvas that reflects the creative vibe of the city. This is a not-to-be-missed photo op!
For History Lovers
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Even if you’re not a hardcore history lover, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is still worth a visit, simply to pay your respects to one of history’s most distinguished personalities. The site consists of his gravesite and tomb, his childhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church. At the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, you can follow the original shoeprints of civil rights heroes. Video and audio presentations and the original writings of Dr. King are available at The King Center.
Atlanta’s Bohemian Side
Little Five Points
Get introduced to the city’s bohemian side at Little Five Points where you can wander through the natural foods market, shop for vintage treasures and clothes, get a few drinks at the many hipster bars and soak up the vibe as you watch street performers and buskers. With theatre, poetry, street performances, fabulous street art and a creative expressive crowd of locals, Little Five Points has plenty to keep you interested.
Have you been to Atlanta? What did you love most about the city?