10+ Memorable Things to do on MLK Weekend in Atlanta

Looking for things to do over the MLK Weekend in Atlanta? We’ve got some suggestions for you from celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to enjoying some time with your family.

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 10+ Things to do on MLK Weekend in Atlanta

Below are some suggestions 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 MLK 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 MLK weekend is sure to be very busy.

Sweet Auburn Curb MarketEat 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 our 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, a perfect lunch for MLK weekend or anytime.

Explore MLKs Final Days: The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville is performing The Mountaintop Jan. 12 – Feb. 12. The show explores the fateful nights in 1968 when Martin Luther King visited the Lorraine Motel. Although there isn’t a snow on MLK Day, there are several over the MLK weekend. Here are discount tickets to The Mountaintop.

Volunteer at a State Park: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” was a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate the holiday volunteering at Georgia State Parks. Panola Mountain and Red Top Mountain are both have structured days of service during the MLK Weekend.

MLK Day of Service: In addition to the Georgia State Parks, several organizations are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events for the MLK Day of Service including Oakland Cemetery, Hands On Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Decatur Service Project.

Learn African American History at Oakland: Oakland Cemetery is one of the best places to learn history in Atlanta. For MLK weekend, take a walking audio tour and learn about the men and women who shaped Atlanta and the African American experience here. Best of all the tours are FREE.

Center for Civil and Human Rights: This is the best civil rights museums of it’s kind. How long can you sit at the lunch counter with people jeering in your ear? MLK Weekend is a perfect time to visit this museum.

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Make sure to pick up the free trading cards at the MLK Jr. National Historic Site.

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 $44.95 plus tax, you’ll receive an adult general and up to 4 children’s Total Tickets (ages 5 and under)! Before you go, check out our post on the Georgia Aquarium. 

Visit the Atlanta History Center for FREE: The Atlanta History Center is hosting a FREE admission day on Martin Luther King Day, and invites you, your family, your friends, and anyone else you might think of to come celebrate the holiday by exploring the history of the regioin, plus delving deeper into subjects from Civil War slavery to civil rights movement-sparked integration. 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. The Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown is also included in the offer.

See a Buck for a Buck at the Yellow River Game Ranch: My kids LOVE the Yellow River Game Ranch. The Game Ranch has`Dollar Days` during the winter season, where everyone is admitted for only $1 per person. They don’t have the dates marked on their website, but in the past MLK weekend has been one of those days, so you may want to ask.  Bring your mom, dad and your pesky little brother to visit the squirrels, chipmunks, brown bears and deer and maybe have them eating out of your hand.

MLK Weekend Getaways

Visit Birmingham, AL: The summer of 1963 was a pivotal time in the Civil Rights movement, and Birmingham. AL was the center of the struggle. Learn what happened that summer with a weekend visit to Birmingham, AL.

Hit the Slopes: MLK Weekend is a popular time to hit the slopes at Beech Mountain or any of the other North Carolina ski resorts. If you aren’t a skier, you may want to head north to do some snow tubing and just playing in the snow.

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Sue Rodman | Travel Editor & Advertising Manager

Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

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