Atlanta is a city that is packed with cultural attractions like museums that will appeal to the whole family. Whether you are interested in ancient artefacts or want to see more contemporary additions, there will be something here for you. Fernbank Museum of Natural History Everyone will love this museum which is packed full of fossils and dinosaur bones, with a great exhibition on the Mesozoic period. One of the skeletons is more than 120 feet in length. It is a great place to travel back in time and find out what the Earth was like before humans came along. Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in the region, thanks to the wide variety of marine life that calls the place home. Take a look at the puffins and penguins or feed the dolphins. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can take the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. For more information, contact the aquarium directly. Michael C. Carlos Museum For those who want to get a little closer to life in ancient Egypt, then this is the place to visit. The museum is home to several permanent collections, and one of these is a range of Egyptian artefacts. Find out more about mummies and Egyptian tombs. Atlanta History Center If you visit the city, don’t forget to take the opportunity to find out more about the history of this particular region, and the Atlanta History Center is the place to do that. The attraction covers 33 acres, and you can find memorabilia from the 1996 Olympic Games as well as other notable events in the city’s history.
The dance community in Atlanta is a strong one, and no matter what sort of dance you want to see – or take part in – there is something here for you. Ballet The city’s ballet company dates back to 1929 and has built a solid reputation as one of the leading dance companies in the US. It is also Georgia’s official state ballet club. The company regularly puts on classical ballet performances as well as introduce its fans to original contemporary productions. Dance Collective For contemporary dance, take the time to see a performance by the Atlanta Dance Collective. This is a group of performers who work together to showcase their skills at various events in a variety of venues. Check out one of the community festivals that are held regularly in the city, such as the Fulton County Dance Week, Dance Canvas and the Atlanta Fringe. Beacon Dance This is another community performance organization, but as well as performances, they also regularly hold workshops and classes – a great place to learn a few new moves. The projects that they put on are intended to be interactive with the audience. Many of their performances are staged in unusual venues, making them fun to see. Full Radius Dance This is a dance company that works with both able-bodied and disabled dancers. Their work is designed to be educational, and the company has built a strong reputation for inclusiveness. Modern and challenging dance techniques are used. The aim is to produce artistic performances and not simply provide ‘therapy’ for the performers. Every year the company takes part in the MAD Festival and puts on a concert.