September 23, 2019

Looking for Fun Things to Do in Atlanta? Check out These From-the-Field Tips!

On a networking trip to Georgia, I leisurely strolled through Underground Atlanta – a revitalized historical shopping venue – sampling pralines, and shopping for such treats as peach syrup and Vidalia onion dressing. Food products are among my favorite frugal souvenirs. While it’s possible to spend a fortune, there is in fact a wide variety of affordable ways to see the city. Here are Trek Hound’s top tips for things to do in Atlanta.

Food: Veteran travel writer and Atlanta resident Jan Schroder favors Bocado Atlanta for full-flavored food at a budget price. According to Schroder, the roasted poblano and pimento cheese sandwich with bacon and fried green tomato – available for less than $8 during lunch hours – is worth checking out. She’s also a fan of the $9 daily lunch special offered by Peter Chang Chinese Cuisine throughout the work week.

Tourism: The High Museum of Art is free to active duty military members, and offers half-price tickets on Thursday evenings. The King Center is free of charge, and allows visitors to tour the home and church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Feel like a splurge? The Atlanta History Center offers a big bang for your entrance buck. Ticket prices may start at $16.50 a pop, but include six historical gardens, and one of the largest history museums in the country. Also included are three historical homes, including that of “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell.

Nature: Piedmont Park is a great freebie for those wanting a break from the hustle and bustle, and offers jogging trails, winter skating and a dog park. Fernbank Forest – the only undisturbed tract of forest inside Atlanta’s city limits – is free to all and a great place to enjoy shade on a hot day, along with groomed trails and wildlife spotting.

Nightlife: Advice expert Tiffani Murray, creator of the “Stuck on Stupid” series of self-help books, has lived in Atlanta for more than fifteen years. The Loft, a smaller musical performance venue at Center Stage in midtown, is one of her top nightlife picks for great entertainment with affordable ticket prices. For club atmosphere and great cheap food without the club prices, Murray points to Twist. There’s no cover, and the parking is free. Twist also offers a strong selection of dinner tapas and wraps for less than $10.

Clearly there are a number of things to do in Atlanta that offer tremendous value. What are your favorite secrets for visiting the A?

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