Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd., Druid Hills
This place is heaven for science buffs both big and small. It’s worth spending time in the permanent, “Giants of the Mesozoic” exhibit, which features fossil casts of the world’s largest meat-eating and plant-eating dinosaurs, including a 123-foot-long Argentinosaurus (the largest known dinosaur). There’s also an IMAX movie theater, and Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre woodland preserve which is home to some 400 species of plants and wildlife.
The General Muir
1540 Avenue Pl., Druid Hills
Don’t let the hip, glossy subway tiled interior fool you: as far as delis are concerned, The General Muir is the real deal. You can expect some seriously good matzoh ball soup, sandwiches featuring the pastrami they cure and smoke in-house, and fresh, hand-rolled and kettle boiled bagels with proper schmear options like scallion horseradish and dill caper. While it's open for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch (all from a full-service dining room), we recommend it for lunch—there’s a separate counter service area where you can grab a great sandwich, plus bagels, salads, and pastries. Bonus: there's an espresso bar with locally roasted coffee and a full bar.
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