West Tennessee is where you can find adventure in untouched nature, music icons, and even an earthquake simulator. History, culture and endless fun collide to give families an unforgettable, Made in Tennessee Spring Break.
Discovery Park of America – Union City
The world-class museum offers entertainment in an educational setting. With 50 acres and 70,000 square feet of exhibits ranging from nature to technology to science, the museum is home to a Human Slide, Earthquake Simulator, The Tower and the Starship Theater. Outside, enjoy gardens, 100 year-old buildings and a train station from the 1800s.
Pink Palace of Family Museums – Memphis
One of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast, this museum posts a replica of the first self-service grocery store, cultural and natural history exhibits, dioramas and audio-visuals. Travel through space at the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium and catch an immersive film in the CTI 3D Giant Theater.
Ghost Section of Wolf River
Take in some fresh West Tennessee air as the Ghost Section has some of the last natural landscape of its kind. An untouched forest ecosystem and tranquil waters wait as the cypress trees live in a shadowy pool. The trail is well-marked for people paddling along, discovering the natural beauty of this Tennessee location.
Tina Turner Museum – Brownsville
The restoration of Flagg Grove School transformed Tina Turner's childhood one-room schoolhouse into a museum of the globally-known singer's accomplishments. An authentic chalkboard, desks and benches were also preserved to tell the story of education for African-American students in the 1940s and 1950s. The Queen of Rock's memorabilia is vast complete with costumes, gold records and her high school yearbook.
Mud Island – Memphis
The Mississippi River Museum tells the story of the Lower Mississippi River. It served as transportation during the Civil War, influenced songs and served as a guide for early settlers and Europeans. The Mud Island River Park is an exact model of the River and features 20 cities, concrete wedges that locate the main rivers that flow into the Mississippi, and a one-acre dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico that serves a pedal boat ride around the Gulf area.
Green Frog Farm – Alamo
A collection of restored historic buildings are surrounded by the beautiful rural area of Tennessee. There are more than 20 structures ranging from cabins to a moonshine shed and a 1910 cotton gin. Stay in The Cabin in the Pines or The Holly House, two cabins secluded in the quiet solitude of nature.
Tennessee Safari Park – Alamo
You don't have to travel far for a safari. One of the largest collections of zoo animals in the state, the Park is home to primates, exotic birds, cranes, tapirs, kangaroos and buffalo. Take a tour to see ostrich, emu, a reticulated giraffe, African warthog and axis deer.