In addition to miles of sand fringed with beach grass and cooled by salt breezes, Cumberland Island National Seashore is the spot to star-gaze, hike meandering trails, bird-watch and catch cultural sights, all within easy reach of the Landmark Historic District of Jekyll Island, to the north.
It's a wollop of a historical dose offered at one of the largest history-oriented facilities in the Southeast, the Atlanta History Center and Museum. Find on the center's 33 sprawling acres sites like the perfectly postcard-worthy Swan House, a historic mansion furnished with period things and perched amidst lush gardens; Tulie Smith House and Farm, good for a glimpse of farm life during the nineteenth century; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum (associated with the 1996 games) and a research center. Brush up on your Civil War history through artifacts, displays and documents, learn about the growth of Atlanta from its early roots and look for fine art and crafts on show from regional artists as you take in this well-rounded complex.
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