Not many people have heard of this hidden gem, one of the most interesting places in the United States. Little Five Points is about 15 minutes from Downtown Atlanta. Here you'll find street musicians, craft brewers, tattoo shops, sushi houses, second-hand clothing stores, poets, rock bars and the occasional scruffy type who hasn't bathed in a week. I want to particularly highlight two record stores: Criminal Records and Wax N Facts. The first specializes in indie music, and is a monstrous store where you're sure to find something interesting. The second offers used, good-condition vinyls. These two shops ooze history!
You can escape the streets here, too, and find historic houses. But be careful if you're tempted to move to this hippie paradise ... despite the hot Atlanta weather, not one of these houses has air conditioning, so as to keep electricity low. One interesting thing is that in the 70's, the governor tried to build a highway through this area. The locals brought a court case and won, and since then Little Five Points has been known as Georgia's rebel town.
Important: don't confuse it with another area, named Five Points. You don't want to go there!
Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Atlanta, surrounded by huge houses and mansions, the Science Museum is also known as Ferbank Museum or Ferbank Science Center. Admission is $20, but there is a small student discount (making it $18) if you have a student card. Parking is free, and there's a small playground outside with a dinosaur theme. Why dinosaurs? Because that's the focus of the museum. Just inside, you'll find two giant replicas of dinosaurs (don't ask me what they are!) that you can touch and pose for pictures with.
Further in, there's a lot more about these great beasts, as well as a shop and a 3D cinema where you can see the National Geographic documentary produced by the same foundation that sponsors the museum. Upstairs is more devoted to science and archaeology, with stones, shells, bowls and bones dating back millions of years on display. I recommend visiting at least once. You can make a day trip and also visit the nearby art museum.