If you're someone who cares about how animals are treated, this probably isn't the place to bring your family. There's no indication the animals are rescued and their cages/habitats are much too small. The non-animal exhibits were fine, but we left feeling icky about what we paid to support.
Yep, you read that right-this is my favorite place in Atlanta so far. I had no expectations and just enjoyed every bit of it. The all about Atlanta history section is well curated and the interactive story board and "tell your own Atlanta story" booth are great touches. My son thoroughly enjoyed the Civil War Exhibit. Being from California we don't get much of that history and this one made the war come alive. He got to lift a musket and go into a trench and really see what it would have been like during that time.
We loved the Swan House and my daughter just coming off the Hunger Games series loved seeing all the location sites. The woman who played the house owner's interior decorator inside the parlor was awesome and funny and told great stories. At the farmstead there was a gentleman who told about the farmer there and it is such a nice touch to hear in "first person" what it was like in these time periods.
The Civil War cabin is worth walking to and exploring. And we finalized our time back in the center at the folk art exhibit.
We ate at the little restaurant in the center called Souper Jenny. This is so worth it!!! The food is delicious and I loved how they encouraged no cell phones and talking to a stranger as you share a table. I highly recommend ending your time at the center with a bowl of soup from here.
This Center is also a Blue Star Museum which means military gets in for free (plus an additional guest!)
Having received free admission to this museum by purchasing tickets to the Atlanta History Center, we decided to check this out. My sister had just watched a PBS documentary on Margaret Mitchell (the author of Gone With the Wind), and talked of what a feisty woman she was, so we were all curious to see where she wrote this infamous novel.
Now my kids have never read nor watched GWTW, but I hopefully have encouraged them to be curious about writers, so there was still something in it for them. Our tour guide is a grad student and obvious fan of Margaret. He definitely brought her to life for us and helped make us see GWTW as a book that applies to more than just the south. There isn't a whole lot to this tour as her apartment was tiny, but he encouraged the kids to touch ANYTHING so they of course did. It was fun to see them try the 1930s phone, toaster, and typewriter.
Upstairs there are pictures and stories of the premiere of the movie (in Atlanta not LA), and across the grass is another building that houses the original front door in the movie and a documentary on making the movie.
I think this tour is definitely for anyone (not just fans of the book), and if you're like me, you'll leave wanting to read it.
Centrally located between the CNN Studios, the Aquarium, and the Sky View, the Centennial Park is a good stop to walk around and stretch your feet. When we were there (January) the grass was dormant and the Olympic Ring fountain was off due to the Georgia drought (?), but it was still cool to see the monuments to different 1996 Olympic stories. This was also the time they have an outside ice rink up and the Chinese New Year celebration. (That looked worth checking out.) But we didn't have much time, so we took a brisk walk around and moved on to our next thing on the itinerary.
This was definitely worth it. We were thinking about going to the Aquarium but only had two hours. My daughter mentioned she watches Kid CNN News at school so we popped in here and so glad we did.
This place was pulsing with energy and starting the tour we took the longest freestanding escalator and waited as everyone got to take silly breaking news photos that later are available for purchase.
Our tour guide was good at explaining how the monitors work, what the producers and directors do, and we even listened in on an active show. My daughter got to be the volunteer to show how the meteorologist's green screen works. And peering down at the news writers and editors got this writers blood pumping.
You should be in good walking condition for this-no strollers, and there are 8 flights of stairs. There's a food court at the base of the building so we planned our tour perfectly to sit and eat afterwards.
If my conservative, Fox News-loving dad liked this tour I think that pretty much sells it!