We started out by heading the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site governed by the National Park Service. It’s beautiful! The whole park is a few blocks of historical buildings (Ebenezer Church, King’s boyhood home, etc.), a lovely rose garden with a cool statue of a half naked father and son, Martin and Coretta’s mausoleum on top of a pool and a free museum that details MLK’s life as he grows up in the segregated south with some great video clips. My favorite clip talks about economic parity and King’s effort to work to improve the financial prospects of Black people.
One of the best parts of the park was the playground! When you park in the National Park’s lot for free, you pass a wonderful playground on the way to the MLK sites. There were structures for older kids and things that toddlers could get on. We put the baby on the slide and the bouncy swing thing. He loved it.
On the map of the MLK area we realized that the Jimmy Carter Museum and Library were about a half mile away. We went over and found that the grounds were beautiful! There is a koi pond and lots of garden area. We were too cheap to pay the $8 entrance fee to the museum, but we had a good time exploring the grounds a bit.
Marietta Fire Museum
We tried to make it out to the Marietta Fire Museum, and we ended up in front of the fire station but we couldn’t find parking. We drove around the station looking for a free place to park, but found nothing so we left.
What a cute park! Centennial Park is about a city block and has grassy space, two play grounds a splash pad and a few neat statues. It’s also really close to the ferris wheel. The only problem is the parking. We saw signs touting early bird parking for $5 but when we got close it was $5 … per hour. We eventually found metered parking near Legal Sea Food (around the corner from Subway). It came out to about $2 an hour, but another driver was kind enough to give us his ticket as he left his spot. Score!
I also would have liked to check out 4th Ward Park, but we didn’t get a chance to.
What’s your favorite free thing to do in Atlanta with a toddler?