Museums: This highly interactive museum provides activities, stories, crafts and performances. Regular interactive traveling exhibits always offer something new. Permanent exhibits include Fernbank NatureQuest, the newest way for kids to explore nature and science through immersive exhibits; A Walk Through Time in Georgia, with a dinosaur gallery and a giant sloth; and Sensing Nature, demonstrating the role our senses play on our interpretation of the environment. Other features in the museum include its floors made of fossils, the star gallery, its forest and rose garden. Fernbank Forest is currently being re-established by the museum, but you can take a guided walk periodically. Check the calendar for details. Don't miss the new outdoor exhibit coming in 2016, separate from Fernbank Forest.
Best Attractions & Activities: Located along Ponce near the Carter Center, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is an interactive museum that will appeal to people of all ages. Permanent exhibits include dinosaur fossils and massive skeletons, an exhibit dedicated to Georgia's geography, 16th Century Spanish artifacts from St. Catherines Island and an exhibit exploring the world's various interpretations of personal adornments (everything from jewelry to masks). Visiting exhibitions and regularly scheduled educational and social events add to the appeal. The museum is also home to a five-story IMAX theater (the biggest movie screen in Atlanta) airing acclaimed nature films at multiple times throughout the day.
Local Expert Kelly Skinner Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "Spice up date night with a Friday night venture to the museum's popular Martinis & IMAX experience."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Dinosaurs, films with cocktails, beautiful grounds, regularly rotating exhibits and an active calendar make this a must-see for kids and adults.