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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Atlanta Money-Saving Tips

Take the Time for a Stroll

Atlanta has a wealth of unique neighborhoods worth visiting. Castleberry Hill has trendy restaurants and art galleries, Atlantic Station provides seemingly unlimited shopping experiences, and Underground Atlanta (in the Downtown Area) hosts festivals and entertainment. 

All-access Pass

The money-saving Atlanta CityPass garners you cut-rate entry to four of the city’s top attractions (Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour, New World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, and the High Museum of Art), plus two of your choice from four others including the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Adults $64, children $45

Become an MVP

The Atlanta Braves’ MVP (Most Valuable Package) is a home run with baseball lovers: $89 gets you into a Braves game, the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Stone Mountain Park, and Six Flags over Georgia, a savings of more than $50.

Public Transit

A seven-day Pass on Atlanta’s MARTA system is just $17 for unlimited transport; the pass is sold at RideStores and Breeze vending machines. Weekend service is limited, so be sure to check schedules ahead of time. There is also a free trolley sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology that takes riders throughout the Midtown area.

Rent a Car

Atlanta is a sprawling city best explored by car – but with over 40 streets named “Peachtree” you should definitely get a map!

A Walk in the Park

Atlanta's Woodruff Park, Grant Park, Piedmont Park, and Centennial Olympic Park (site of the Centennial Olympic Games), are all free to enjoy. Try to catch free events at Centennial Olympic Park, like Wednesday Wind Down musical performances, each Wednesday from 5:30-8:00pm (April-September); the Fourth Saturday Family Fun performances (the fourth Saturday of each month, May-September); or the Music at Noon series, featuring live concerts each Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1pm, April through October.

The Place Where Dreams Began

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site is a free, 35-acre attraction that includes free parking and tours of Dr. King's childhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and historic Fire Station No. 6 (one of the first desegregated fire stations in the South). When you've paid your respects at Dr. King's gravesite, you can exit the historical site and end up smack in the middle of Atlanta's Sweet Auburn District, where restaurants abound. Check out Paschal's, one of the first African American-owned Atlanta eateries.

Visit Jim Henson

The Center for Puppetry Arts, a permanent museum with exhibits like Jim Henson: A Man & His Frog, is free of charge every Thursday from 1-3pm.

Biking and Walking

Through the development of new live/work/play communities and recent efforts by neighborhood organizations, Atlanta is slowly trying to become more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. The best places to get around by foot are Midtown and parts of downtown; just be sure to follow traffic signals and beware of cell-phone-chatting drivers.

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