My family went to the Discovery Park of America in Union City over Spring Break and really enjoyed it.  This is a great day trip for school-aged kids – a bit like The Pink Palace on steroids.  It’s about 2 hours and 20 minutes from East Memphis, so it was easy to get there and back in a day.  We spent less than four hours at the museum and were home for dinner.  Buy your tickets online before you go to get through the line faster, and have plenty of snacks in your car (we went outside at one point and had a quick snack before moving to the outside areas).

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The museum has three levels, two large outdoor areas and three special areas (additional charge): Starship Theater (interactive space-mission movie), Earthquake Simulator (movie simulation of the 1811-12 earthquakes) and an Elevator to the Tower.  I especially enjoyed the Earthquake Simulator as I learned a lot from it (and my kids enjoyed it too).  The Starship Theater is best for kids who can read as that helps with the interactive part.  We skipped the Tower but I bet the view is amazing.  There is one cafe with a good variety of adult and kid food (sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pizza).  If you start at the lower level and make your way up you’ll find it makes the most sense chronologically.

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Yes – I went down the human slide. It was fast, and fun!

Here’s what you’ll see:

Lower Level

Dinosaurs, military, transportation and more.

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Entry Level

Regional history, Native Americans, Earthquake Simulator, military (Civil War through Afghanistan), Reelfoot Lake, toddler play area

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Crawl through a hole and end up inside the aquarium!

Toddler play area

Toddler play area

Upper Level

Science, space, technology, Starship Theater (interactive space voyage movie), energy, Children’s Exploration Area with giant human slide

Selfie - I knew I was cold but my blue hands were a surprise

Selfie – I knew I was cold but my blue hands were a surprise

Trying to shine the light on the target to make the planes fly - solar energy!

Trying to shine the light on the target to make the planes fly – solar energy!

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Outside

Early 1800’s settlement community (log cabins, garden), early 1900’s community (Liberty Bell, firehouse, drug store, school house, chapel, barber shop), train depot and trains, gardens

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The train whistle is LOUD

The train whistle is LOUD

I'll let you use your imagination on a caption for this one

I’ll let you use your imagination on a caption for this one

Discovery Park of America
830 Everett Blvd.
Union City, TN 38261