Whether you’re a long-time resident of Atlanta or simply visiting the city, you should make time to explore some of Atlanta’s top attractions. With world-class museums, animal exhibits and pop-culture icons, Atlanta offers fun attractions for people of every age. However, it can be expensive to fully explore everything the city has to offer.
There are many attraction discounts available to help your dollar stretch farther when enjoying Atlanta-area fun. From blog giveaways to group discounts, from free admission days to tickets that bundle several attractions, there is a discount available for just about every place you wish to visit in the ATL. Check out the following options and start saving on your Atlanta vacation or staycation today.
CityPASS is one of the best-known attraction discount programs in America, offering bundled ticket discounts for adults and children in most major cities. Travelers who purchase an Atlanta CityPASS enjoy 40 percent off general admission to five of Atlanta’s top attractions, with seven total attractions to choose from:
- Georgia Aquarium
- World of Coca-Cola
- CNN Studio Tours
- Zoo Atlanta OR National Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR College Football Hall of Fame
You may purchase a CityPASS online or at any of the listed partner attractions. You can also choose to have printed paper tickets or receive a mobile voucher to scan at each location. Note that some locations will require you to show an ID when using your CityPASS and you may have to wait in line with other patrons. A CityPASS also comes with discount coupons to save on dining, shopping, transportation, souvenirs and entertainment options during your visit to Atlanta.
Free Admission Programs and Free Admission Days
Georgia residents can enjoy free admission to Zoo Atlanta and the Center for Puppetry Arts museum by viewing a video available at certain metro-area libraries. After viewing the DVD, guests can complete an online form to receive four free tickets for the chosen attraction. The Center for Puppetry Arts DVD program includes a 25 percent discount on the purchase of four Family Series performance tickets.
The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University has a similar library-based program that allows free admission for up to six people. Simply check out the family pass and head to the museum to enjoy artwork from ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa, Rome and other international locations. The Carlos Museum is also open for free on specific days each month. Check its online calendar for the next free admission day, especially if you do not have a Georgia public library card and cannot participate in the free family pass program.
Although many free admission programs are for local residents only, some visitors can receive free admission at certain Atlanta attractions. The High Museum of Art offers free daily admission for veterans and active duty service members and one guest. Simply provide your military or veteran ID during normal hours of operation. The Georgia Aquarium offers free admission to active military members on Military Mondays, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.
Most Atlanta attractions offer group discounts to groups of 10 or more visiting the location at one time. The World of Coca-Cola offers regular group admission discounts and a VIP Guided Tour option that is limited to 10 guests. CNN Studio Tours offers group VIP tours as well, which are limited to 12 guests at a time, or larger groups of 20 or more can schedule a Behind-the-Scenes group tour.
School groups and other large groups can visit most Atlanta attractions for a reduced fee by scheduling visits ahead of time through the attraction’s website or over the phone. Some tours are not necessarily discounted but offer experiences that can only be experienced with a group. This includes the Behind the Seas tour at the Georgia Aquarium. These tickets must be purchased in addition to regular admission, however taking advantage of other admission discounts can allow you to afford paying for this additional experience.
Another type of group discount is offered at most attractions for members of certain groups or clubs. For example, military members and veterans can receive 10 percent off Georgia Aquarium general admission every day. Members of the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) can show their membership cards at certain attractions to receive a percentage off general admission. Many attractions also offer discounted tickets to senior citizens, students (with college ID) and children under age 12.
Atlanta has an active community of bloggers and social media influencers who often post attraction ticket giveaways and discounts online. Simply search for “Atlanta mom bloggers” to connect with sites that frequently review attractions and offer giveaways.
For example, the Macaroni Kid network of bloggers has mom bloggers representing several metro Atlanta cities and neighborhoods. Macaroni Kid bloggers post special giveaways and longer-lasting discount programs, such as 40 percent off adult admission to Medieval Times dinner theater and a discounted All-Attractions Pass to Stone Mountain Park. Atlanta Parent Magazine is another local source for links to online giveaways and discounts.
Internet-savvy shoppers and tourists know to check Groupon before planning any outing. Although offerings change daily, it can be a good resource to obtain discounted passes to Atlanta attractions. Groupon Atlanta offerings can include 30 percent off the Skyview Ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta, up to 57 percent off admission to the Fernbank Science Center’s planetarium show and 29 percent off admission to the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
Affiliated with TripAdvisor, Viator lists current deals and opportunities at over 100,000 locations worldwide. Current Atlanta offerings include a guaranttlantaeed lowest-price admission to Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta. Viator offers discount admission and lowest-price guarantees to tours and attractions that might not be easy to find otherwise, including discounts on the Margaret Mitchell “Gone With the Wind” Tour and a Segway tour through midtown Atlanta. Viator also offers discounts on theater tickets, ghost and vampire tours and a small group tour to Atlanta Botanical Gardens.