Take a walk in Union City’s revitalized downtown and discover more about the area in its restaurants, shops and historic landmarks including the 1939 Obion County Courthouse and the 1927 Capitol Theatre, home to the Masquerade Theatre Company.

The theatrical company produces a variety of plays, children’s productions, workshops and concerts. Union City is home to the initial monument dedicated to an unknown soldier as well as the first Southern momument to a Confederate soldier.

Nature buffs will enjoy the 1,850 acres of bird habitat at Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge provides a major stopover and wintering ground for migratory waterfowl. Wintering concentrations of mallards may exceed 100,000 birds. During extreme winters, concentrations of Canada geese may exceed 30,000.

Northwest Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake, created by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12, encompasses 25,000 acres and harbors golden and American bald eagles and other shore and wading birds. Browse countless vendors, listen to great music and admire a variety of artistic works at the Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival on the banks of the lake. With more than 350 exhibitors, this is a festival you won’t want to miss.

When it’s time for a different kind of eye-opening action, be amazed by Discovery Park of America. Board the Starship Theater for a one-of-a-kind interactive motion simulator. Zoom down a super-fast slide along a 48-foot human form. Control a huge globe to drain the world’s oceans, or create your own weather pattern. Race solar-powered airplanes. Play with “Live Sand.” You’ll see antique cars and motorcycles in the Transportation Hall. Slide behind a bookcase to discover a suit of armor and other treasures, and learn about Northwest Tennessee’s land and creatures. Feel how the New Madrid Earthquakes changed the land. Press your nose against a 20,000-gallon aquarium. Take the family and watch Discovery Park of America work its magic.

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