Updated for 2020!
People are always looking for free things to do in Atlanta. Here’s one that is ALWAYS FREE!
Immerse yourself in a little bit of Georgia history with a FREE tour of the Governor’s Mansion. The public tours are open for visitors three days a week for most of the year, starting on February 5, 2020.
The tours are described as “a hybrid of a guided and self-guided tour,” because you can set your own pace as you move from room to room, but there is a docent stationed in each room to answer questions and describe what you’re looking at.
The tours are open from February through November on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. It’s recommended that you allow a minimum of a half-hour to see everything before the Mansion closes at 11:30.
NOTE: Things happen, and sometimes a tour may be cancelled. PLEASE take a moment to double-check online or via a phone call that the tours are happening on the day you want to attend.
The Mansion’s web page features a virtual tour with photos and descriptions of each room, architectural features, and noteworthy furnishings and art.
For security reasons, you may not take a backpack or oversized bag with you.
If you’re planning an outing for a group of ten people or more, please reserve in advance by calling 404-261-1776.
The Mansion’s address is 391 West Paces Ferry Rd, in Atlanta.
About the venue
The current Georgia Governor’s Mansion sits on 18 acres of property, on West Paces Ferry Rd. in Buckhead. It was built in 1967, first occupied in 1968, and is the fourth Governor’s Mansion to exist in Georgia. The mansion architect was A. Thomas Bradbury.
The very first Georgia Governor’s Mansion was located in Milledgeville, Georgia, which was then the state capitol. It housed Georgia’s head of state from 1838 to 1868.
When the state capitol moved to Atlanta in 1868, a large Victorian house on Peachtree St. was designated as the Governor’s Mansion, and 17 governors lived there before it was torn down in 1923. It’s now the site of the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
The third Georgia Governor’s Mansion was located in Ansley Park, on a midtown street now known as the Prado — and 11 governors called it home before it was torn down in 1968.
Governor Kemp is the ninth governor to occupy the current Governor’s Mansion.
More upcoming FREE things to do around Atlanta:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Atlanta, GA 30305