Atlanta on a Budget
June 30, 2018
Visiting Atlanta on a budget? No problem. There are plenty of things to be seen and to be done. They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing right? Not only because it’s very hot during the summer, but Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport holds the record for moving passengers. Although the city is a modern metropolis, with world class attractions, food and entertainment, one might feel the southern roots of the city – polite people that take their time to talk to you and try to help you.
The first thing someone visiting Atlanta on a budget might enjoy seeing is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. In case you want to improve your knowledge on Martin Luther King Jr., or just pay your tribute to this great man, then this is the place to be. Visitors can see his crypt, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as pastor, his childhood home, and many other interesting things. Inside the church you can listen to his teachings, his voice being recorded and passed on to the ones that want to listen. Entrance is free and open daily.
The best way for someone visiting Atlanta on a budget to move around the city is by using the public means of transportation called MARTA. MARTA stands for Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. You can call MARTA at any time during the day, or you can check their schedule online. If you plan on visiting a lot and moving from one neighbourhood to another, then a visitor’s pass for the bus and train system is the best solution. Purchasing more cards at the same time, offers the buyer a discount, that can also be handy when visiting Atlanta on a budget.
A nice place to visit while in Atlanta is Centennial Olympic Park. It was originally created to be a meeting point for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and became a great attraction for tourists worldwide. It also has a children’s playground, lots of places you can eat, drink, have a snack, or just admire the pop-up water fountains. There are free special events, ´´Wednesday Wind Down´´ and ´´Enjoy Music at Noon´´. ´´Wednesday Wind Down´´ is held only during Wednesdays, while ´´Enjoy Music at Noon´´ is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.
For the Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Garden and the High Museum of Art, visitors can buy half price tickets from AtlanTIX, provided the tickets are used the same day as the purchase date. The Atlanta Zoo occupies almost 40 acres and has in display more than 1000 species. This zoo is famous for its gorillas. There are more gorillas residing here than anywhere else in the United States.
Money or no money, everybody can have a great time visiting Atlanta on a budget, and the experience is quite unique.