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Discovery Park of America is a museum, park and garden located in Union City, Tennessee. The park sits on of land off of Everett Boulevard, near the proposed Interstate 69. It features exhibits and activities on local history, nature, military history, art and science.To visit Discovery Park of America and get the most from your holiday in Union City, create itinerary details personal to you using our Union City planner.
Design commenced on the $100 million project in July 2008. In 2009 Boston-based architect Louis Siriani was hired to replace the first architect.
The park opened in November 2013. It was financed by Union City-based Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation, which has also earmarked $2 million a year for 20 years to cover operating costs and buy exhibits.
Discovery Park features many galleries in the Discovery Center, the main building at Discovery Park. The center includes: a children's gallery with hands-on activities; the Energy Gallery, which features a 20-foot model of a generator; an Enlightenment section that features a suit of armor and a model of the Ark of the Covenant; a Military section that includes a PT-17 Stearman airplane from World War II; a Native Americans' section that features many arrowheads and a Woolly Mammoth's skeleton; a Natural History section that features a Dinosaur room with skeletons of real dinosaurs; the Regional History section that features many living creatures from the local Reelfoot Lake complete with a crawl-space dome where people can look up in the water; a Science, Space, and Technology section that has an interactive star ship theater; a Transportation section scheduled to feature cars from all over the world, including the NASCAR 2007 Chevy Budweiser #8 and a Ford Model T; and a traveling exhibit hall.
Discovery Park of America reviews
We loved discovering history and science at our fingertips! The staff was welcoming and played with our family. Not once did we feel like we were intruding or touching something we shouldn't as we...
We loved discovering history and science at our fingertips! The staff was welcoming and played with our family. Not once did we feel like we were intruding or touching something we shouldn't as we... more »
Went to Union City to visit Dixie Gun Works and our hotel was right next to Discovery America so we decided to check it out. Admission was only $10 to celebrate their anniversary, we did not add on...
Went to Union City to visit Dixie Gun Works and our hotel was right next to Discovery America so we decided to check it out. Admission was only $10 to celebrate their anniversary, we did not add on... more »
Family fun for everyone: hubby and I and 4 kids ranging from 15 to 7 years of age. We all had a good time! Large facility, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Large outdoor area, if you had a little one, you might want a stroller. No outside food or drink, but the Sabin’s cafe inside the Discovery Park was reasonably priced and kid friendly food, including salad and other healthier options in a cold case. The exhibits were really well done, the staff were kind and helpful and we especially enjoyed Taylor the Rock Guy! We stayed almost the whole day and still didn’t see everything. The price of admission, without adding any of the extras (there was enough to do without the simulators) was acceptable, especially for 6 hours of fun. The only exhibit we didn’t get to enjoy was the outdoor maze, the trees weren’t planted yet. The train was super cool. The rocket with its launch buttons were a favorite of my kids. I didn’t get a picture of the giant human slide! They wanted to do that more than once. So many cool things to experience, see, and enjoy!
Great place!! We was there bout 5 hours and seen everything except for the special attractions. We was outside and it was hot but just about every building we went in except for the old time cabins had air conditioning so it really gave us a way to cool off along the way. It wasn't crowded we wasn't rushed to the next building. It was a great experience for the kids they loved it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. Well worth the money!!!
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