A world-class educational and entertainment center in the heart of West Tennessee, Discovery Park of America is a must-see on the Summer vacation bucket list. Whether history, science, technology, or art, the 70,000 square feet of exhibitions invite all ages to innovatively explore trends and relevant insights across all topics. In a matter of minutes, you can see a 360-view of Union City from The Tower's observation deck, or experience an earthquake in a state-of-the-art simulator on the ground floor of the Park.
Here are a few highlights:
3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF
The Starship Theater is a 40-minute interactive journey through outer space. You have the chance to become an engineer, scientist, observer, and even a pilot in the 60-degree dome. Find science exhibits that answer many questions about our universe, including moon phases, meteorites, and a live capture of the stars through a NASA solar scope.
CUE THE WATER WORKS
Geysers, whirlpools, and ripple ponds, oh my. Children's "Water Works" science experiments teach the physical properties of liquids in an interactive light. A 20,000-gallon aquarium reveals underwater life and a new perspective of Reelfoot Lake.
DINE AND UNWIND
Take a mid-day lunch or caffeine break at The Café at Discovery Park, which offers a slew of sandwiches, a "Young Discoverers" menu with the usual suspects, and some healthy options, including hummus, garden salads and turkey pita. Catering options are available for large parties.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
Surrounding the artistic, historic and scientific-packed Discovery Park boasts impressive Southern architecture of the 1800s and early 1900s. The Settlement brings visitors back to an early 1800s small community, complete with interactive dog-trot log farm houses and a seasonal heirloom garden.
The Mill Ridge area sits nearby as it depicts late 1800s commerce industries—agriculture and blacksmithing, specifically—and an early education, one-room schoolhouse. Visitors are invited to observe and understand the laboring processes of corn meal and metal production.
Guests can even take a stroll to Freedom Square's reconstructed 1900s "Main Street" buildings with a Liberty Hall centerpiece and a life-size replica of the Liberty Bell on display.