Spring is FINALLY in the air, and that means spring break is right around the corner! If you are looking for a place that is affordable and also a fun time with the family and kids, Discovery Park of America is the perfect day trip to get out of town and play! Plus, students on spring break will get $2 off their admission ticket if you come on a weekday beginning March 22 through April 8! (No discount for the weekends. Sorry, Charlie.)Only 2 hours north of Memphis, TN, 2 hours west of Nashville, TN, and a little over 3 hours from St. Louis, Discovery Park of America is the place for families this spring break. You can explore our 50-acre park with outside exhibits including a big red Barn with antique farm equipment and tractors and an old charming chapel, and then explore our 100,000 square foot Discovery Center with nine different interactive galleries including dinosaur bones, classic cars and a military gallery that is comparable to some of the best in the world.
If you choose to spend one of your days with us at Discovery Park of America, what should you definitely see? We have composed a “Top 5 Must-Sees at Discovery Park” just to make sure you get the most out of your visit! And so, without further ado, enjoy our Top 5 Must-Sees at Discovery Park:
1. BODIES REVEALED
Each year, Discovery Park of America brings two traveling exhibits to Union City to add something new and intriguing to the already amazing facility. Last year, the traveling exhibit Titanic was here, and it was phenomenal. This year, however, you are not going to want to miss the awe-inspiring exhibit that has actual human bodies which have been donated to science for the purpose of educating the world about the amazing the human body. You will see and learn all about the muscular system, nervous system, skeletal system and even see the blood vessels that are everywhere in your body! It is truly an amazing exhibition, and it’s something you MUST SEE when you visit Discovery Park of America this spring break. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
2. The Giant Human Slide
The second MUST SEE at Discovery Park is the giant Human Slide! Weighing in at a whopping 12.5 tons, this 40-foot slide is one of a kind and is located at Discovery Park of America! You and the family can slide from the third level to the second level, and you may find yourself feeling like a kid again! The slide was ranked #2 in the WORLD by Rough Guides, a blog website that ranks different venues such as restaurants, places to visit, and more. And if you wear basketball shorts or leggings, be prepared to shoot out at the bottom super fast!
3. The Imagination Playground
If you have little ones in your family, there is something new for them to enjoy! We just opened the Imagination Playground on the upper level of the Children’s Gallery. This area is for those children who want to build with bright blue foam blocks and create rivers, forts, and whatever else they are inspired to build. Parents can hang out in this area and relax while their little ones play on the Imagination Playground. It is definitely something to check out if the older kids are experiencing the Earthquake Simulator or the Starship Theater.
4. The Train Depot
Another MUST SEE is the Train Depot on the south side of the grounds. If you enjoy old trains, or if you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, then you are going to love the trains at The Depot. There are three train cars that you can walk through and see how passengers would travel, and also you can see the engine that would be the powerhouse for pulling the train cars. You can even blow the whistle! Don’t forget about the bright red caboose. And just an FYI, if you find yourself back in Union City during the summer, Libation Station will be open May 5 through August 27 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 5-9 PM with live entertainment, free snacks, and a full bar with adult and non-adult beverage to purchase.
5. The 1800s Settlement
Lastly on our list of MUST SEES for your spring break trip to Discovery Park is the 1800s Settlement. There are several different log cabins that represent what it would feel like to live in a community in the 1800s. You can walk through the David Crocket Cabin, the Farm House, a Doctor’s Cabin, and learn about the Sleeping Beauty of Obion County. Take a rest on one of the porches in a rocking chair and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you. Being out in the Settlement is not only fun, but it is also an educational opportunity for everyone in the family. Be on the lookout for David Crockett himself. He might just point you in the right direction!
And there you have it: The Top 5 Must-Sees at Discovery Park of America for your spring break! There is plenty of other cool things to see at the park, including the torture Chamber, the Native Americans Gallery, and a 20,000 gallon aquarium. We hope that you will enjoy your spring break, take advantage of a beautiful day, and come see what Discovery Park of America has to offer. General admission prices for adults (ages 13-64) are $13.95; seniors (65+) are $11.95; and children (ages 4-12) are regularly $10.95, but they will be $8.95 during weekdays only beginning March 22 – April 8. Children 3 and under are free. The three special attractions that are permanently here are the Tower, the Starship Theater, and the Earthquake Simulator. Those are $3.95 each or $9.95 for the combo. Please check out our website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com or call 731-885-5455 if you have any questions.