Coca-Cola is a must visit place when staying in Atlanta. Here, you can take a photo with the iconic polar bear mascot because this is the "Happiness Factory" for Coca-Cola! It has displays with lots of mythical objects from the brand, like bottles in bars all over the world! My favourite is the last room before the exit, where you can try all the drinks made by Coca Cola. The adults entry fee is about 10 €.
The Children's Museum of Atlanta, if can't say if I like it or not, because we had a very different idea of what it would be like. The entrance area, as in many other museum, has lockers and brochures. The price was high, about $12 per person (9 euros), compared to what I was used to and the place is funny because it does not have its own building, it is located on the ground floor of an apartment building. However, it is more than a museum, there are interactive displays and a park of diversions to which children can go on their own and play with different elements but practically understand the operation of each. For me it was frustrating, I wanted more educational support to explain to my kids the reason for everything and I ended up sitting down and let them roll. I must admit that every space understood or not, is so much fun, especially with eight years on the mechanical side, making a crane with balls and seeing how each circuit generated some other movement, action and reaction. There was also a mini farm and you could learn about all stages of food, from the farm, the garden, packaging, transport and store. There was a story area with costumes for imaginative play and a musical. It's a place to play. Admission is valid for all day, and inside there are machines with snacks and drinks, but there is the option of going out to eat and then returning. We spent all day there, because we were happy, but you could also bring a good book to sit and wait while exhausted. The museum can also organize on site events and children's parties. It has no parking, but in the area has plenty. THe are also has the highest concentration of tourist attractions and is near the centennial park.
This museum opened in the year 1905 by the Atlanta Art Association. Currently it is the biggest art museum in the southeastern United States. It is in the arts and shopping district of the city, and is proud to offer a permanent collection of over 11,000 works. In November of the year2005, this majestic museum opened 3 new buildings, in a lively city of the arts in Midtown Atlanta: the Woodruff Arts Center.
This places was created in the year 1980 with the objective to preserve every one of the places where Martin Luther King lived and died. Here you can take a long walk around the visitor center, which traces his life and his work, as well as the church where he was born.
I've been to my fair share of natural history museums, and I have to admit, the Fernbank is well done. However, if you've ever been to a similar museum, you'll find this one isn't too out of the ordinary. Still, it's worth a visit if you're either very interested in the subject matter or if you are traveling with kids, who will love the interactive exhibits.
The main atrium has some great dinosaur skeletons, which is fun even for adults and the IMAX theatre offers showings of potentially great documentaries, depending on their schedule during your visit.
The museum is easily reached via public bus if you don't have your own car (and in Atlanta, public transit is a great thing!). Check schedules ahead of time, especially on Sundays.
If you're planning on visiting the Fernbank and a number of other Atlanta attractions, I'd suggest checking into the CityPASS for discounted admission.