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Fernbank Science Center

156 Heaton Park Drive NE, At Artwood Road off Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA GA 30307
404 378 4311
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Ranked #41 of 194 attractions in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Science Museums
Owner description: Highlights of this science museum include an exhibit on the development of life in Georgia over the past 500 million years, the original Apollo 6... more » Owner description: Highlights of this science museum include an exhibit on the development of life in Georgia over the past 500 million years, the original Apollo 6 space capsule and the world's largest telescope dedicated to public education. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This place has been my favorite destination since I was a small child, and took field trips there. As an adult, I take my little girl on a weekly basis, and she is just as enchanted by it as I was. We participate in the "Exploring Nature with Your Child" program with ecologist Al Tate, Thursday nights at 6:30. It's... More

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Savannah, GA
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53 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our family visited with an 11 and 15 year old boys. It wasn't really big, but they had some neat displays of animals that live in Georgia. They had a neat outdoor area to learn about composting and native insects. We didn't stay for the planetarium (extra cost) but they have one that starts every hour. It was a nice,... More

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Brownsboro, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We took the family there and had a 4 year old and a 2 year old. The children play area is educational and very fun for the kids. We had a hard time getting them to leave the area. We will be returning here in the future. The kids can play there for a long time. I went out on... More

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Amanda, Ohio
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a blessing it was to find this free science center. It has a donations box. My teen put her allowance in, that's how much she liked it.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Call before you go. I have tried to visit with my children 3-4 times during regular hours and they have been closed every time. I have heard very nice things about the exhibits and trails, but never been able to see them myself.

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Top Contributor
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23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Relatively small facility offers a taste of everything from pond life to space exploration with an emphasis on earth science. Animal exhibits are taxidermy. Live snakes, spiders, reptiles, and active bee colony. Nice outdoor trails/exhibits as well. Planetarium has designed shows for every age (except infants) but limited hours and showings so plan in advance. It is free but we... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

well we all really enjoyed it. My husband and I , grandma, and 3, and 4 year old set out this rainy day to go to see the planetarium, since our zoo plans were shot. when we arrived and inquired on buying planetarium tickets we were told it was closed until much later. well we browsed around inside and saw... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I was really looking forward to this visit to the Fernbank Science Center. Although, I was slightly disappointed, I did like that the center had the feel of age to it and a wealth of information for kids and family alike. However I do think that younger children will have a better experience than teens. The planetarium was large and... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Fernbank Science Center is, although an older facility, still a wealth of information for kids and family alike. Housing the area's largest planetarium, this intimate setting brings one into the night skies as if it were in one's own back yard. You will want to check on the daily schedules, as this is a popular attraction for schools, so... More

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Let me start by saying we have been coming here since high school & still LOVE the place for a fun afternoon 3 decades later. If you are looking for some cheap fun, this is the place for you. Parking is FREE, to get in is FREE, & they only charge a small fee to see the planetarium. We even... More

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