Family Vacations: Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History These two giants of the prehistoric world can be viewed at the family-friendly Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 

The scene in the light-filled atrium of Fernbank Museum of Natural History depicts the struggle between predator and prey. You can almost feel the ground shake as Giganotosaurus chases down its intended meal, the huge Argentinosaurus. A flock of Pterodaustro, a small pterosaur species, and several larger flying reptiles swoop above the scene in the exhibit Giants of the Mesozoic. The rest of the exhibit displays a scene from the ancient Mesozoic period and reveals a fossilized tree, a prehistoric turtle, dinosaur footprints, and more.

This Atlanta museum's main exhibit, A Walk Through Time in Georgia, reflects the story of Georgia's natural history and the development of our planet with a series of realistic dioramas covering roughly 1.5 billion years. The hands-on Sensing Nature exhibit playfully demonstrates the role of our senses in interpreting our environment. The exhibit is filled with lights, videos, lasers, mirrors, optical illusions, and more, and kids can create a giant soap bubble and witness a tornado forming as they learn about human perception.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Information

Address: 767 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA

Telephone: 404/929.6300

Hours of Operation:

  • Mon.-Sat.: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sun.: noon-5:00 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $13; children, $11

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.