Atlanta has a robust art scene with museums, theaters, shopping, dance and a whole gamut of various art and cultural sorts. However, experiencing them all and taking the whole family can take a toll on the wallet. Luckily, local cultural venues are aware of this and still want to give Atlanta families the opportunity to experience their offerings. A closer look at many venues show some secret discounts to a special day to attend for deeper discounts or just places that aren’t top of mind but a hidden, budget-friendly spot.
High Museum


1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA

Free admission for Fulton County residents first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Regular admission: $18/adults, $15/seniors and students, $11/children 6-17, Free/children age 5 and under

Fulton County residents can enjoy free admission to the High Museum of Arts on the first Saturday of every month. All that is necessary is a valid driver’s license, a utility bill, or a school I.D. from a Fulton county school. The offer is subject to availability, so it’s advisable to go earlier in the day. A few upcoming exhibits this year at the High are the huge canvas work of Hale Woodruff and an intimate photography collection entitled “Picturing New York/Picturing the South,” showing the lives from each side of the country. Plus the High announced that in 2013 it’s bringing the very famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” to the museum.

The New American Shakespeare Tavern


499 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299

Discount Tickets: $12 tickets for General Admission Previews on Thursdays; $15 tickets for General Admission Previews on Fridays

This super talented theater troupe who specializes in Shakespearean performances offers a cheaper, preview performance for each play. A preview performance is typically the night before opening night. It’s a time for the actors and directors to perform the show in front of a live audience for the first time. Sometimes the director may make some adjustments to the show after a preview and before opening night after seeing the audience’s reactions.  The Shakespeare Tavern offers a discounted ticket to seeing usually the same performance audiences will see after opening night at a higher price point. Some upcoming performances this year are “Much Ado About Nothing,” “As You Like It,” and “Twelfth Night.”


Dad's Garage Theatre Company (credit:

Underground Atlanta booth
65 Upper Alabama St.
Atlanta, GA
(404) 588-9890

Hours: Tues to Sat – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This ticket service offers half off tickets on the day of the performance. Tickets are available based on the discretion of the theater. Popular venues usually participating in this service are Actor’s Express, Fox Theatre, Dad’s Garage, Shakespeare Tavern, Theatre in the Square and more.  Check for daily discounted tickets to Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Cyclorama, Fernbank or Wren’s Nest. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Underground ticket booth or on the website.

Georgia Aquarium


225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000

Free admission on your birthday
Hours: Sun to Fri – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Residents of Georgia can receive free admission to the Georgia Aquarium on their birthdays.  For free admission, simply bring in your valid driver’s license or a copy of your birth certificate.  In fact, the offer is for a free Total Ticket, which gives admission to all galleries and shows. Regular weekend admission for an adult is $34.95, a child $28.95, and seniors $30.95, but it’s cheaper during the week.

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Jimmy Carter Library and Museum


441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
(404) 865-7100 

Admission: $8/adults, $6/ Seniors (60+), Military, and Students with IDs, Free/16 and under
Hours: Mon to Sat, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Sun, 12 p.m. – 4:45pm

This presidential library and museum is very affordable for a family trip. All kids 16 and under get in free. Adult and senior admission is under $10, so that’s hard to beat as well. This museum is a very cool insight into Carter’s presidential years with lots of administrative photos, archives and paperwork from his time in the White House. This is a must-see stop for the history buffs.  The museum has different temporary exhibits such as one on George Washington Carver through May 27.

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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at