Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Three Amazing Weekday Tours for Zero Dollars

Have a weekday off and think you can't see Atlanta on a zero dollar budget? You'd be wrong...very, very wrong. But, I don't like to call people wrong, so let's just say I'm here to enlighten you to another way of thinking.

I'd like to hereby propose an itinerary of three incredible tours that will cost you only the amount of gas or public transit to get to each location...AND parking and admission are free! 

Here we go...

Georgia Governor's Mansion
Tour #1: The Georgia Governor's Mansion - these tours are fantastic! One of the most unique aspects of the tour of the Georgia Governor's Mansion is that each room has its own docent. That's right. There's enough to know about each room and its artifacts that the information is spread out...making your visit as information rich as you would like.

This is a tour you want to do in the morning. Tours are available throughout the year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., but get there no later than 11:00 a.m. because the Mansion closes at 11:30 a.m. Free parking on the grounds.

I'm also told that on occasion, the Governor and Mrs. Deal will come downstairs to greet visitors.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Tour #2: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Monetary Museum - this is a fascinating tour! You get to see first-hand the cash-processing operations where daily there are millions—that's right, "MILLIONS"—of dollars are counted, sorted, or shredded. At the far end of the Museum you even get to see some of the Bank's automated vault and robotic transports.

While that's all cool, the other exhibits on display are state-of-the-art and way beyond anything I was expecting. It promises to impress.

These self-guided tours are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will have to pass through security and be sure to check the website before going just to make sure they're not closed. Street parking is available, but pay very close attention to the signs.

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CDC Museum
Tour #3: David J. Sencer CDC Museum - that's right, the CDC has a Museum. And it's not just any Museum. It's a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum. AND it's incredibly impressive. I'm not sure what I was expecting the first time I went—and yes, I was a little nervous—but I was blown away! The learning, the art, the interactive stations...it's a one-of-a-kind experience!

Tours are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and they have extended hours on Thursdays to 7:00 p.m. Parking is onsite and is free...Security will guide you as to where to park.

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So, there are three, what I think are pretty awesome tours...and they don't cost a dime! I think you'll be more impressed after you've toured all of them. Feel free to spread them out or conquer them all in a single day—recommend in the order listed.

Now that you have your free weekday tours on your calendar, head over to the wanderlust ATLANTA Facebook Page to learn about tours and some great photos!

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