One of the things I love best about living in the Atlanta, Georgia area is that there are a lot of family-friendly, educational places to visit with our kids. The Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum of Art, the World of Coca-Cola, Six Flags, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden are all here – and that’s just to name a few!
Here’s the problem, though: We have four children and we are living on a pretty tight budget. All of the attractions I listed above are at least $18 per ticket and, with six people in our family, that adds up quickly. We’ve been to most of the attractions here, but we usually have to wait until a special occasion before we can afford it.
But – it turns out that there are plenty of great cheap Atlanta homeschool field trips here too! And we’ve collected the best ones to share with you!
The Best Cheap Atlanta Homeschool Field Trips
Michael C. Carlos Museum: The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University features a collection of ancient historical artifacts that is awesome for kids. There are works on display from ancient Africa, Greece, Rome, and the Americas. Tickets are only $8 for adults and $6 for kids. Plus, kids under age 6 are free!
Cochran Mills Nature Center: Cochran Mills Nature Center is a museum and nature trail featuring local wildlife. Kids can get a close look at native Georgia animals, including alligators, lizards, snakes (shudder), owls, and bats. My kids had a blast walking the nature trail, exploring a nearby waterfall, and having a picnic at the park down the road. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for kids.
Fernbank Science Center: The Fernbank Science Center (not to be confused with the Fernbank Museum of History) is a planetarium with monthly astronomy shows and programs for kids and adults. The thing that’s tricky is that the shows are only available on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoons, so you’ll have to deal with crowds. But it’s definitely budget-friendly! Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids.
Hammonds House Museum: Home to modern African-American art, the Hammonds House Museum is a wonderful field trip for art lovers. The museum rotates exhibitions a few times each year, but since it’s a small facility, you can wander around and look at the exhibits as long as you like. It’s almost never crowded, except for during special events. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
Zoo Atlanta: This one isn’t as cheap as the others. In fact, a one-day ticket can run you about $20 per person. But, here’s why Zoo Atlanta makes the list: The family memberships are about $100, which means you can buy one and visit the zoo as many times as you want in a year! Plus, the parking is free and *here’s the kicker* – you can bring your own food inside. Yay for not spending $30 on a large pizza!
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This post is part of The Best Homeschool Field Trips linkup from iHomeschool Network! Click over to read our fellow bloggers’ favorite field trip picks!
Learn some of the other ways we save money and manage to keep homeschooling in the ebook “How to Afford Homeschooling”!
What great ideas. We have been to Atlanta a few times. We really enjoyed the MLK memorial, the Highland museum, and visiting centennial park. We also did the big ticket items like the zoo, coca cola world and the aquarium.
fantastic! pls do share at the practical mondays link up too! I’m looking for good field trip ideas:)