Free Georgia Attractions

Georgia's moderate climate, with warm summers and mild winters, makes the state a prime place to visit any time of year, but free attractions can make it a more affordable place to visit as well. Several historical sites and museums offer free admission, such as the Columbus Museum and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Local cultural centers and gardens provide plenty of free things to do. Eleven Visitor Information Centers across the state can provide even more insider information on free zoo and museum days, as well as other special deals for tourists on a budget.

Columbus Museum

Since 1953, the Columbus Museum has been a free community resource dedicated to collecting and preserving art for generations to come. Recently acquired collections include drawings by Whistler and Homer, while longstanding exhibits include artifacts from the Radical Reconstruction era as well as 18th- and 19th-century American drawings. With regularly changing exhibits, a trip to this museum is never dull.

The Columbus Museum

1251 Wynnton Road

Columbus, GA 31906


State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Georgia visitors and residents can explore horticulture for free at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia. Gardens include herbs, native flora and garden art such as bronze sculptures and fountains. The space includes approximately 5 miles of nature trails where hikers can spot wildlife and do some birdwatching. Admission is free.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

2450 South Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA 30605


The King Center and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Those in Atlanta can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to see where King was born and the surrounding historic Sweet Auburn Area. You can take a guided tour of Martin Luther King Jr.'s home at no charge. Registration for the tour is in person at the National Park Service Visitor Center and reservations cannot be made in advance. At the nearby King Center, you can tour Freedom Hall, the Eternal Flame and Dr. King's Crypt. Admission is free.

National Park Service Visitors Center

450 Auburn Avenue, Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30312


Sacred Heart Cultural Center

Augusta's Sacred Heart Cultural Center's art exhibits and special events and garden festivals are free educational entertainment for all ages. Themes of the center's monthly speaker series, choral concerts, silent movies and other educational presentations are constantly changing, making a visit to the center a fresh and exciting experience for repeat visitors. Self-guided and guided tours are available. Admission is free.

Sacred Heart Cultural Center

1301 Greene Street

Augusta, GA 30901