Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia: Budget and Family Friendly

Welcome to Atlanta...

We took a family road trip to Atlanta, Georgia and used the CityPASS to visit some of the ATL's great attractions. Atlanta has a special place in my heart because my husband attended college at Georgia Tech and we have family and friends in the area. Although, we've been to the city many times, we wanted to make it a priority to visit attractions and do some sightseeing as a family.

First things first, I had to do some research and find deals so my family could enjoy the city while sticking to our budget. We used discount tickets to attractions as well as hotel points and dollar promotions. We eat well on our budget at inexpensive local favorites.

How We Did Atlanta On a Budget: 



Saving on Entertainment:

I found a helpful website, www.CityPASS.com and was able to save a tone on admission to Atlanta's top attractions, including Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour, College Football Hall of Fame or Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Center for Civil and Human Rights or Zoo Atlanta.

The Atlanta CityPASS was perfect for my family because it gave us an opportunity to visit a wide variety of attractions for one price, adults (age 13 and up) $76.75 and children (age 3-12) $62.50. The cost broke down to $12.50 - $15.35 per person per day; which was great compared to gate prices. We purchased our tickets online before we left for vacation, but CityPASS can also be purchased at any of the participating attractions.The CityPASS comes packaged as a nice booklet valid for nine consecutive days, starting with the first day of use. An added bonus, no long ticket lines for us because we had our CityPASS booklet/ticket in hand, which allowed us to skip the line. With three little children in tote, no waiting in line was huge. We took four days to explore the city and we chose five centrally located attractions in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

Click on the links below to go inside each attraction we visited!



Georgia Aquarium

World of Coca-Cola

CNN Studio Tours

College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Saving on Hotel Accommodations:

Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta

We stayed at a couple hotels during our time in Atlanta, but the one that stood out most to me was the Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta. This hotel was centrally located and we were able to book our room with points and dollars to save a lot of money.

At all the hotels we stayed at breakfast was included, that was an essential part of our money saving strategy. You can really eat up a great deal of your budget eating out while on vacation. We also stopped at a local store and picked up snacks for our room.


Saving on Food:


Fat Matt's Rib Shack

We have lots of family and friends in the Atlanta area and were lucky enough to enjoy most meals with them. But we couldn't come to Atlanta without visiting Fat Matt's Rib Shack. This is a requirement for visiting Atlanta as far as my husband it concerned and he wouldn't be denied this meal, it's that good!

We enjoyed our trip immensely and I hope some of our tips helps you save a few bucks if you find yourself in the ATL!

This is not a sponsored post, just my thoughts!

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