Sandy Springs, Ga offers a world of fun adventure for the family. It sits along the Chattahoochee River, so visitors can take advantage of the outdoor-centric adventures she offers. There are also free museums, free concerts, free family programs and more. Big Tree Forest Preserve, Island Ford and Sandy Springs Playable Art Park are just three of our favorites. What about you?
Free things to do in Sandy Springs, Ga
Sandy Springs Playable Art Park. Enjoy six large art installations that beckon children to climb, run and explore. This is on e of the main attractions along Abernathy’s 7-acre linear park.
Morgan Falls Overlook Park. This playground is large, with clean and unique equipment. It is on high-quality “fake” grass, which I happen to love because it is always perfect for a picnic. Picnic tables are nearby, as is gorgeous views of the river, large “porch” swing chairs overlooking the water, a short but fun hiking trail, and a fire pit area.
Morgan Falls River Park and Dog Park. Just down a short road from the playground park is a dog park, with a walk along the river and a view of the dam. You can also bring a fishing pole (get your license ready!) It’s a great place to explore when you need a break from the slides and swings.
East Palisades Trail. This 3.5 mile easy trail runs along the Chattahoochee River with gorgeous views of the river rock formations and a bamboo forest. Atlanta Trails calls this one of the Best Spring Hikes and a Top 10 Favorite Hike.
Big Tree Forest Preserve. Big Tree is one of MY favorite places in Atlanta, and one of the first places I started hiking with by kiddos. We love the wooded trails and easy places to splash in the water. If you do nothing else on this list, make a visit here!
Cycling. The City of Sandy Springs is an ideal place for cycling enthusiasts. The City is focused on expanding the on-street cycling network and promoting safety through education and enforcement efforts. Here is a map of the Chattahoochee/Johnson Ferry Park Loop, with links to additional cycling routes.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Part of the linear Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is in Sandy Springs, including our favorite entrance, Island Ford. Most visits require a $3 parking fee (or an Annual Pass,) but there are a few free days each year. Here is the 2016 schedule:
- January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16 through 24: National Park Week
- August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Anne Frank in the World Exhibit. This exhibit uses over 500 photographs to tell the story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who kept a diary while she hid with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Anne grew up in Europe amidst the events that culminated in World War II and the Holocaust.
Concerts by the Springs. Enjoy the summer concert series at Heritage Sandy Springs. 2016 is the 20th anniversary! Scheduled on Sunday evenings throughout the summer, this season will feature five unforgettable performances with a variety of popular music. Picnic baskets, coolers and blankets are welcomed; no outside tables please. Additional food will be available for purchase from specialty food vendors and food trucks. Beer, wine, sodas and water will be available for sale. All concerts are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and are FREE to the public. Schedule to be posted soon.
Turtle Tours. Also at Heritage Sandy Springs, young preschoolers can enjoy Turtle Tours on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Based on the Smithsonian Institution’s Early Enrichment program, Turtle Tours is FREE for children ages 2-5 and accompanying adult. Donations welcome.
Heritage Sandy Springs Museum Exhibit, Sandy Springs: Then & Now. Visitors can see exhibit Wednesdays and Saturdays thru Aug 1, 2016. The two-gallery exhibit uses historic photographs, modern studio art, and multimedia components to mirror the past with the present. The combination of still and dynamic art forms, visual and audio representations, and the participation of multiple age groups makes it an engaging exhibit for all.
Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. Don’t miss the farmer’s market, held every Saturday morning from April-November. Over 50 vendors offer an abundance of fresh, local and organic produce, along with pasture-raised meat and pork products, farm fresh eggs and dairy products, and a wide variety of speciality and prepared foods.
Kids Bowl Free. In Summer, sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program with Stars and Strikes of Sandy Springs.