If you are local, you have probably driven past this building many times driving around Peachtree St and never thought to enter. Mainly because it looks like a sinister mansion with tall walls and no windows - and rightfully so. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta wouldn't exactly pop up as a tourist attraction or a place you'd want to visit but it is free and open to the public - well, at least the museum part of it. The Visitors Center and Monetary Museum has exhibits to teach you about the Federal Reserve system and its role in the economy. Might sound like a good school field trip but it actually does have a lot of interesting information relayed in interactive formats. If the economy is something you like learning more about then you could spend a few hours in here. I happen dot have very little time to spare so could only do a quick walk around of the space. They do have a parking deck but parking on the street or other public decks in the area is easy. You will have to do a security check at the entrance and cannot take into the museum space any large bags and purses, or other carry-on items. You are allowed to keep your phone on you but cannot take calls or pictures. The museum itself has a nice flow to it and begins with an introduction to the US central banking systems and how monetary policy works. Each room gradually leads into the other so keeping track of the story flow is easy. The cash corridor talks about currency, notes, gold and coins. They also have an interactive money game to show you the flow of the economy. There is a short video you can view as well but the most exciting part for me, as well it will be for others I am guessing, was the room at the very end where you could view cash-processing. You can see employees and machines working to count and sort cash and screen for counterfeits. All that machinery is pretty impressive. And while at it, look upward at the ceiling and notice the number of cameras there - talk about a no-pressure job! This location is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks in the country to make up the central bank. If this sort of thing interests you then make sure you have at least an hour or two to spare. There are no restaurants here or gift shops. They do have restroom facilities though. I paired my visit here with my visit to the Margaret Mitchell House and lunch at Cafe Agora nearby.
When someone invites you to the Rock Ranch at the Rock, you go. If nothing else, curiosity strikes when you hear that name. And its right here in Georgia! A little over an hour away from the metro area, this is a hidden gem, if you can call a space that big 'hidden'. I certainly had never heard about it before and decided to take on the offer for a visit. Lucky for me, they were celebrating a themed day with the Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary celebration so I got to see the place decked up for the occasion. They have events and themed activities all year round so you should check their calendar before you go. I found it a great place for families with kids or larger groups and though my husband and I visited by ourselves, we did have a great time and thought it a fun destination for local families. They have zip lining, farm animals, rock climbing, a corn maze and a few other attractions. Of specific interest to us, as a couple, were their options to rent cabins inside the property. Friends of mine who have visited since I told them about it attested to the fact that their kids were busy all day long, if you want to get keep them occupied and have them tired from joy then this place is it!
10 year home!
Atlanta GA was my home for my first ten years in the United States - the city has so much to offer :)
Atlanta Travel & Tourism Guide from Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau