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Have a Long Weekend in Atlanta on a Budget

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Planning a vacation in a rocky economic climate can be difficult and quite costly for many people. But even during tough times, we all deserve the opportunity to get away and enjoy ourselves. As you consider different options for vacation plans this summer, why not plan a long weekend down south in Atlanta, Georgia. A long weekend can help you relax and recharge, and there are a number of ways to enjoy the city to the fullest while still staying within your budget.

Atlanta is a beautiful, scenic city, and one of the best ways to spend a day during your visit is to simply set out on foot for a walking tour. Moving around at your own pace can truly allow you to take in the sights and sounds of this historic city – including The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site - without spending a dime and while getting a little bit of exercise in the process. You may even want to spend some time checking out the campuses of some of Atlanta’s most well-known colleges. And with so many colleges in the area, there are several easy ways to find cheap entertainment and dining on and around nearby campuses.

Do Some Bargain Hunting

For discounts on paid attractions in Atlanta, same-day, half- price ticket booths at Underground Atlanta and Lenox Square can get you great deals for Zoo Atlanta, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and more. And because Atlanta is very much a “sports city”, be sure to try and catch a baseball game when traveling in the summer. Tickets for Atlanta Braves games cost only $5 for seats and just $1 for standing room only.

Free Events

Atlanta also hosts a number of free events throughout the summer months. Every Wednesday evening, the famous Centennial Olympic Park offers Wednesday Wind Down entertainment, and Music at Noon every Tuesday and Thursday from noon – 1 p.m. On Fridays, free live music can be heard on Broad Street from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. thanks to the SunTrust Lunch on Broad program. Free movies are also offered around the city during the summer. On Thursdays, Piedmont Park’s Screen on the Green shows a free film courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.

When booking your stay in the city, Atlanta hotel deals can also help you save on the total cost of your trip. Atlanta Hotel packages and best rate guarantees will ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck while still enjoying the most luxurious accommodations in the city.

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