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VOX 5: FREE Things For Atlanta Teens to Do this Summer

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Many teens are looking to get out after two years in the pandemic — being stuck at home. I know that it can be expensive to go out with friends and I want to share a few free opportunities in and around Atlanta. This list is curated with young adults in mind, and each of these places offers unique memorable experiences. 

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 

Atlanta Contemporary is admission free every day! According to the website the center’s focus is “changing the way we all see art.“ Atlanta Contemporary is known for fostering upcoming artists, and having primarily BIPOC and women-made art in their studio. There are many engaging events held at the center such as their summer Art Parties.  Atlanta Contemporary has a unique collection of art everyone needs to see. Consider paying them a visit.

Address: 535 Means St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Website: Atlanta Contemporary
Opening hours: Tues- Wed 12- 5 PM Thurs 12- 8 PM Fri- Sat 12- 5 PM Sun 12- 4 PM
(Closed on Mon)

Atlanta Beltline

Summer is the perfect time to explore the 33-mile path at the Atlanta Beltline. The path is a loop that meets several parks and establishments around Atlanta– there are many free fitness classes and events held along the Beltline. A popular stop along the path is Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, Atlanta’s first public skatepark. According to the website it has “tremendous features, amenities and recreational offerings of its own.” The Atlanta Beltline is also known for its countless displays of art and murals. The Beltline is a great place to exercise, take pictures, and spend time with friends. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Address: Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, Atlanta, GA 30312

Website: Atlanta Beltline 
Opening hours: Open 24 hours 
Although the Beltline is open 24 it’s not encouraged to be out late.

Colony Square

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Colony Square is located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta with so much to offer. They have frequent free events, vibrant energy, a food hall, and retail options. They have various classes and social events on the square weekly, especially during summer! There is free yoga on Wednesdays, live musical performances on Fridays, and so much more. To keep up with their spectacular events, visit their website and check their updated schedule. 

Address:  1197 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361
Website: Colony Square 
Opening hours: Mon- Fri 8:30 AM to 10 PM Sat 10 AM to 9 PM Sun 10 AM to 7 PM 

Old Mill Park 

Looking for an outdoor adventure? Old Mill Park is a beautiful property that features a roaring dam, historic trails, a covered bridge, and 1850s mill ruins. It’s a hidden gem along Vickery Creek in Roswell. The park is known for its photo-worthy sights and appeal. There is plenty to enjoy in the area, whether you have 30 minutes or the whole day!

Address: 95 Mill St, Roswell, GA 30075
Website: Old Mill Park 
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 7 AM to 7 PM Sat-Sun 7 am- 9 PM

Noah’s Ark

Though Noah’s Ark is outside of metro Atlanta, it’s worth the trip. Noah’s Ark is a nonprofit Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, GA, home to 1,500 animals and 100 different species. The property has numerous natural habitats for the animals as well as a picnic area, playground, and nature trails available to all guests. Self-guided tours are always free of charge to visitors of all ages. Bring your walking shoes and your camera. Donations to the animal sanctuary are always welcome.

Address: 712 L G Griffin Rd, Locust Grove, GA 30248
Website: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary 
Opening hours: Habitat: Tues – Sat 12 PM to 3 PM | Welcome Center: Tues – Sat 9 AM to 4 PM (Closed Sunday & Monday)


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