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Once school is finally out and the kids have finished that last homework assignment, its time to start Summer vacation! Most kids already have written down a long list of activities they just have to do this summer and parents are wondering how in the world they will be able to afford half of it. Summer for a kid is a magical time. It's time to sleep in, go fishing, play baseball, hang out with the neighborhood kids, make new friends, swim and take several road trips! There are many things for families to do this summer. Be sure to check out the city you live in first, often we overlook many local things to do and most of the time it's free!  One place for a great family weekend getaway is going to Atlanta, Georgia!  Below you can read about several places to see for free or small admission fee!  Make sure you call before you go to make sure you don't have to have reservations or there is not a waiting list. 
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. Visit this nature preserve and you can wonder various trails to see mountains, farmland, lakes, and more on more than 2,000 acres. 

Atlanta BeltLine Tours.  You can take a narrated bus tour of the Beltline, a transit, trails and parks project connecting Atlanta's neighborhoods. The tours run Fridays and Saturdays. 
Centennial Olympic Park. Come to the park on a warm day and the kids can enjoy splashing in the Fountain of Rings. This well-groomed park pays homage to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. 
Georgia Capitol Museum and Tour Program. Here you can see your  government in action under the Gold Dome, constructed from 1884-1889. The museum includes historic flags and artifacts. 
High Museum of Art. This is Atlanta's premier art museum and it has more than 11,000 pieces. It is free for active and veteran military on Sundays and Tuesdays and free for Fulton County residents the first Saturday of each month. 

Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary. If you love animals this is the place to go. You can see all types at this wildlife rehabilitation center. 

Roswell Fire Museum. Learn about the city's firefighting history and see a 1945 Ford American LaFrance Pumper Truck and 

Yellow River Park. Explore 566 acres of forests and wildflowers along the Yellow River; also mountain biking, hiking and horse trails.

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