Frequently Asked Questions
Discovery Park of America is a unique 100,000-square-foot museum surrounded by a 50-acre heritage park in Union City, Tennessee. The museum offers a variety of programs, exhibits and hands-on activities both inside and out that enriches the lives of guests, leaving visitors inspired to See Beyond.
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Yes! You are welcome to rent out the ATA Room, the LEC Room, the Reelfoot Room, and the Tennessee Room during our operating hours.
No, we encourage all clients and their guests to rent a room from one of the three hotels next door so they can have a relaxed area to get dressed in for their event.
Yes! We do welcome the bride to have the option to put on her wedding gown in the back room of the Chapel on site.
Unless you book out the entire park for your event, there is a possibility of another event being held on the same day/night as yours. We make it a point to make sure no guests overlap or come into your event space you have rented.
If you are getting married at The Chapel you and your guests will park in the parking lot beside The Chapel and then drive up to the main parking lot from there to enter Dinosaur Hall for your reception venue if you have rented out both spaces.
Yes! The MainStay Suites, The Sleep Inn, and the Holiday Inn Express are right next door!
The only pets allowed on the grounds of Discovery Park of America are service animals.
Yes! Ceremony only packages are offered and are available for both day/evening times.
Wedding Planners are encouraged, as the events team does not plan your event.
All venue spaces have heating and air
This is the exciting part of having your wedding or event at Discovery Park, you can make it your own and spend as little or as much money as your budget allows. We charge clients for the rental of the venue space, extra hour time if needed, linens, bar services, and add-ons needed such as audio/visual needs.
Discovery Park books out two years in advance if needed.
We ask that all caterers send us their insurance information as soon as you book with us, this way we can go over the rules and regulations with them before you secure them for your event.
You are welcome to use our vendors list as a guide to help you, you are not required to book directly from this list.
Yes, we also require the clean-up of all sparklers and ashes they leave behind.
Discovery Park does not allow confetti, fog machines, glitter, tall candles without coverings, or helium balloons.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your tour!
Please reach out to email@example.com to get your date on the calendar. We reserve your date with a signed contract and a down payment towards the event.
No outside food or beverage is allowed
Discovery Park of America handles all alcohol sales, no outside alcohol is allowed on the property. If you want a cash bar there is a $50 fee where your guests pay for their drinks on their own and you just pay for the bar to be set-up and available. If you want to purchase the drinks for your guests there is a gratuity fee of 18% on the total tab. For example: If your bar tab total at the end of the evening is $1,000 your gratuity is $180 and this amount will go to the bartender (18%) so the total you will pay would be: $1,180.
Yes, but we do reserve the right to stop serving customers at any time if the bartender deems necessary.
Candles are allowed, we prefer candles that are in vases and do not drip. If the candles used drip and ruin the linen there is a cleaning fee.
Clients are responsible for all set-up of décor, such as table pieces, charger placements, lighting candles, silverware placement, napkins, photo booths, cakes, in memory tables, registration, gift, and anything that is brought in from outside. Discovery Park is responsible for all physical table setup and chair placement. If linens are rented through Discovery Park we will place and pick up the linens for you.
Client is responsible for all clean-up, anything that is left on the tables or that is brought in from the outside is required to be taken out by the client. Discovery Park is responsible for the clean-up of the tables, chairs, and linens if purchased through the park.
Your rental company will need to contact the events team for drop off and pick up times.
No, clients are required to book, set up, and clean up rental chairs on their own.
There is security at Discovery Park of America 24 hours a day
Please have the vendor contact the events department to set-up a tour or call for any questions they might have.
YES! This is strongly encouraged!
YES! The events team will send you a list of detailed questions and then make you a layout for your event if needed.
No, the client is required to cut their own cake.
Most artifacts are permanently placed in most areas of the park. There are a few excerpts in certain areas.
No-the caterer will need to supply all food related items. Client is responsible for bringing their own cake plates if there is a cake brought in for guests.
Yes! You can add up to two hours extra time for $200 per hour
When the park is open and your event is after hours, the events team will set-up your event starting at 3pm day of.
Plan your special event with us!
If you are looking for a unique place to have your wedding, corporate meeting or special event, you’ve just discovered it. Discovery Park of America’s venues provide a totally immersive experience for your guests.
Our professional events staff bring years of experience to make planning your event pleasant and carefree and the variety of unique spaces available means your event will be a unique happening unlike anything else in the world.