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).
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.
Here’s what you’ll see:
Dinosaurs, military, transportation and more.
Regional history, Native Americans, Earthquake Simulator, military (Civil War through Afghanistan), Reelfoot Lake, toddler play area
Science, space, technology, Starship Theater (interactive space voyage movie), energy, Children’s Exploration Area with giant human slide
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
Discovery Park of America
830 Everett Blvd.
Union City, TN 38261