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Free family fun this summer

Even if your kids are heading back to school soon, there's still time to make the most of summer. You can even do it without breaking the bank.

Here are 10 free activities around Georgia that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park (Atlanta)

Enjoy a day of history near downtown Atlanta. At this park, you and your family can tour King’s birth home and learn what inspired his civil rights leadership.

BabyLand General Hospital (Cleveland)

Here’s a daytrip for the kids that’s also a nostalgia trip for parents. Check out thousands of Cabbage Patch Kids and find the perfect one to “adopt.”

Lasershow Spectacular (Stone Mountain)

Free with parking, the laser show at Stone Mountain will wow your family with music, lights, fireworks and more.

The Columbus Museum (Columbus)

With a focus on history and the arts, this museum offers an ever-changing array of exhibitions and activities. Stop by before Sept. 8 to see an exhibit on the Miss Georgia pageant.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia (Athens)

Looking for a quieter side of Athens? Spend a day among the flowers at the State Botanical Garden, where you’ll find sections devoted to horticulture, native flora and other interests.

Noah’s Ark (Locust Grove)

Wild animals from tigers to bears to monkeys have made their homes at this sanctuary. Self-guided tours are free, but donations are welcome.

Black Heritage Trail (Columbus)

Tour dozens of black history landmarks on this trail, including the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center where luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald once performed.

Centennial Olympic Park (Atlanta)

Explore Atlanta’s Olympics history and take in the beauty of downtown. On a hot summer day, your kids will be thrilled to run through the splash pad.

Music at Chateau Meichtry (Ellijay)

It’s not just parents who can enjoy wineries. Chateau Meichtry is hosting several shows without cover charges, offering fun for everyone in your family.

Museum of Aviation (Robins Air Force Base)

Learn about Robins Air Force Base and its place in U.S. Air Force history. Your kids will love gawking over iconic aircraft at the museum’s multiple hangars.

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