By Sue Rodman
Looking for things to do on MLK Day in Atlanta? You don’t have much time, the holiday weekend is almost here. Below are some suggestions from Field Trips with Sue on Things to do on MLK Day in Atlanta. We’ve even added in an extra option if you don’t mind traveling a bit. What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments section.
Visit the MLK Historic Site: The Martin Luther King Historic Site is part of the National Park Service. Kids can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at the front desk to help guide them through the museum. Trading cards are available at the desk as well. We pick these up whenever we visit a National Park and have quite a collection now. If you want to visit the MLK Birth Home, get there early. Tickets are free, but on a first come, first served basis and this weekend is sure to be very busy.
Eat Around the World: Near the MLK Jr. National Historic Site is the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the oldest public market in Atlanta. Inside you’ll find vendors hawking local Southern cuisine like Sweet Auburn BBQ, or a favorite of Field Trips with Sue readers, Grindhouse Burger, but you’ll also find specialty treats from around the world. My favorite, a Venezuelan street food called an arepa from Arepa Mi.
Volunteer at a State Park: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” was a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To celebrate his holiday, Hard Labor Creek State Park will conduct a service day, working in an old clear cut removing brush so that planted Longleaf Pine can survive. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Register in advance by calling the park. 706-557-3001.
Take your Preschooler to the Georgia Aquarium: Georgia Aquarium’s Me and Mommy ticket offer is back – and this deal includes dads, grandparents and caregivers as well. For only $39.95 plus tax, you’ll receive an adult Total Ticket and up to 4 children’s Total Tickets (ages 5 and under)! The Total Ticket includes admission to the aquarium, AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow and Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies.
See a Hockey Game: The Gwinnett Gladiators have a special deal for their game on Monday, Jan. 20 which starts at 12:30. For $12 you get a game ticket, hot dog and soda. Plus I’ve been told ALL the Gladiators will be available for autographs after the game. To order call 770-497-5107 or go to groups.gwinnettgladiators.com and use the coupon code SUE120. You must order by Jan. 16 to get the discount.
Visit the Atlanta History Center for FREE: The Atlanta History Center is hosting a FREE admission day on Martin Luther King Day, and we invites you, your family, your friends, and anyone else you might think of to come celebrate the holiday by exploring the history of the region that shaped such an incredible leader. FREE admission includes access to the museum exhibits, living history experiences at the Smith Family Farm and the famous Swan House, and access to the 22 acres of gardens and trails.
See a Buck for a Buck at the Yellow River Game Ranch: My kids LOVE the Yellow River Game Ranch. The Game Ranch`Dollar Days` for the winter season, where everyone is admitted for only $1 per person, are on Mondays, December 23, January 20 and February 17. Bring your mom, dad and your pesky little brother to visit the squirrels, chipmunks, brown bears and deer and maybe have the eating out of your hand.
Hit the Slopes: Check out the deals on lift tickets at Southern ski resorts like Beech Mountain, Cataloochee and Wolf Ridge from Liftopia. Here are some other great Family Ski deals from an article I did for Minitime Family Travel.