Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
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Key Info

450 Auburn Ave. NE

Price & Hours

Free
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
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Walk in the footsteps of one of history's most important figures with a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Here you'll find the modest home where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised. You can also head over to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor. And at The King Center, you'll find engaging exhibits on the civil rights movement and King's gravesite. These, along with several other landmarks and museums, are jointly considered a national historic site.

Most agree a trip to Atlanta must include time spent at this historic site. Many travelers recommend arriving early to take a free 30-minute guided tour of King's birth home. Tours start at 10 a.m. and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekdays and Sunday mornings are the least crowded, according to the National Park Service. Also, remember to wear comfy shoes since the entire complex is spread across several city blocks.

This historic property is located in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood, about a mile east of the city center and a half-mile northeast of MARTA's King Memorial train station. The No. 3 bus and the Atlanta Streetcar also have stops nearby, and free parking is available in a lot on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Admission to all of the property's attractions is free. The site is open year-round – except major holidays – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the website for more details.

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