Take a Scientific Trip to Albany, Georgia
Posted on 9/14/2014 by Rashelle
It’s technically not quite autumn yet, but with the kids back in school, parents may be thinking of family weekends that are educational as well as fun. Last month we shared some tips for creating a historically-educational itinerary, and this month we have a science-themed list of attractions that are both exciting and unique! Take a look below at what only Albany has to offer:
- Chehaw Park – Chehaw has over 800 acres of excitement and adventure like no other wilderness park around, originally designed by Albany naturalist and creator of TV’s “Wild Kingdom,” Jim Fowler. Visit the 100-acre zoo, or spend some time in natural habitat exhibits with animals both native to southwest Georgia and from all over the world.
- The Flint RiverQuarium – A jewel among the nation’s many aquariums, this nature center celebrating the Flint River’s 350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico is like none other. Housing more than 100 species of animals native to the river, the RiverQuarium is one of the few open-air aquariums in existence.
- Radium Springs Gardens – This scenic park is one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders, pumping about 70,000 gallons of crystal-clear, 68-degree water per minute from an underground cave. It was once a highly-sought location for swimming and a popular gambling casino, but has been preserved as a natural garden and scenic area since the casino was destroyed by area flooding decades ago. Some of the most beautiful photographs of the area can be taken here at Radium Springs.
- Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden – One of several different gardens to explore at Radium Springs, the Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden was selected in 2012 as an Outstanding Pollinator Habitat by the prestigious organization Monarchs Across America. Here, all ages can enjoy the delicate winged beauties and flowers they pollinate in a colorful and serene environment.
- Wetherbee Planetarium and Science Museum – Housed at Thronateeska Heritage Center, the Wetherbee Planetarium is a special place indeed; its newly-installed full-dome projector system is one of only two in the Unite
- d States (the other is at Yale University). The Planetarium screen five different shows daily from Thursday through Sunday, and also features various live presentations as well.
Recently, journalists David Dickson and Mysha Theriault visited Albany and wrote an outstanding article on the many different science adventures to be found here! Check David’s article out by clicking here.