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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 nine free activities around Georgia that everyone in the family can enjoy.

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

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

BabyLand General Hospital (Cleveland)

Here’s a day trip 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.”

The Columbus Museum (Columbus)

With a focus on history and the arts, this museum offers an ever-changing array of exhibitions and activities.

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 sections are devoted to horticulture, native flora and other interests.


Black Heritage Trail (Columbus)

On this trail, you can tour dozens of black historical landmarks, including the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center, where luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald once performed.


Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

The nation's only industrial power canal still in use for its original purpose, this historic Savannah River towpath is the perfect place to hike, bike or paddle your way through seven miles of nature.

Augusta Canal


Centennial Olympic Park (Atlanta)

Explore Atlanta’s Olympic history and take in the beauty of downtown. Your kids will be thrilled to run through the splash pad on a hot summer day.

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.


Phinizy Center & Nature Park (Augusta)

The Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is open to the public all year from dawn to dusk and works to promote leadership for sustainable watersheds and economic vitality through research, education and connecting people to nature.

Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park


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