National Prisoner of War Museum
496 Cemetery Road
Camp Sumter, commonly know as Andersonville, was the largest, and most infamous, of 150 military prisons used during the Civil War. During its existence, over 45,000 Union soldiers were held prisoner within its walls.
The site later became a National Cemetary for the almost 13,000 who died as prisoners at Andersonville. It is also the location of the National Prisoner of War Museum remembering all American prisoners of war.
Experience first-hand one of the most diverse plant collections in the country at Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Children's Garden is home to living collections of a different sort: honeybees. During warm weather months, see the inside of a beehive as bees feverishly make honey behind the safety of a glass case. A stepped vegetable garden demonstrates the various stages of edible gardening. The conservation bog piques curiosity with Venus Fly Traps and Pitcher Plants. In the spring, the entrance garden brims with colorful springtime flowers. This is a great place to visit with your kids and your homeschool group.
Atlanta, GA 30305
The Atlanta History Center has ever-changing exhibits about the history of Atlanta and the South, from folk art to golf. Perhaps, the most exciting addition to their collection is the relocation and reopening of the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama. Both a historical piece depicting a monumental Civil War battle and an artifact in its own right.
Cycloramas were similar to the Imax theaters of today and gave a larger than life view of events. The Battle of Atlanta is one of only two cyclorama’s existing in the United States, the other being the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.
At 49 feet tall and longer than a football field, this 10,000-pound piece of history is sure to impress.
The Biblical History Center in LaGrange, Georgia is a museum that helps people encounter the ancient biblical world through its history and culture
George Vanderbilt’s quest for knowledge was a lifelong passion, and his legacy of learning continues today at Biltmore. Biltmore Estates offer programs for students, including experiential educational, Biltmore House tours, and a homeschool festival that makes for a great hands-on family field trip.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Blue Ridge – For the homeschooler who has seen every episode of Thomas the Tank Engine or can rattle off engine types faster than a locomotive, a ticket on this four-hour round trip ride around the Toccoa River in a vintage rail car will create memories that last a lifetime.
Starting at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, riders take a four-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River through the Chattahoochee National Forest. The first leg of the adventure takes riders on a one hour trip to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, nestled deep in the mountains on each state’s line. Passengers enjoy all the towns have to offer during a two-hour layover before taking the one-hour return trip through the scenic forest and back to the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
241 Depot Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Rated one of the top attractions in Atlanta, is a fascinating and educational experience for all ages. Using an innovative polymer preservation process, the Exhibition features more than 200 real human bodies and specimens from each system of the human body. Come explore, experience and celebrate the wonder of the human form.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Dahlonega – Can your homeschooler list of every species of wild cat? Does he/she dream in zebra black and white? Then your animal lover will be giddy at the idea of visiting native and exotic wildlife from all over the world. Don’t forget to ask about volunteer opportunities if you live close by, too.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is home to over 100 exotic and native animals. These animals are rescued due to being orphaned, abused, illegally purchased or just in need of a forever home.
CHESTATEE WILDLIFE PRESERVE & ZOO
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy, Dahlonega, GA 30533
95,000 square feet. A 45-yard indoor football field. More than 50 engaging and interactive exhibits. A shrine to the greatest to ever play or coach the game. All in the heart of downtown Atlanta.
The Museum houses the largest collection of artifacts relating to Marietta and Cobb County's history. Originally built as a cotton warehouse in 1845, the building was remodeled to become the Fletcher House Hotel in 1855. Today the museum houses galleries and exhibits featuring collections from General History, Home Life and Military.
The Marietta Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the history of Marietta and Cobb County by providing an educational, enlightening, and engaging experience.