We spent almost three weeks in Tennessee. The first week was very chill. During the second week the girls went to my in-laws so I got extra caught up on the blog (let’s keep that momentum going), and for the last few days, we got a little more adventurous, including a trip to the Discovery Park of America.
I moved to Tennessee right before the beginning of my junior year and consider it one of my hometowns. My in-laws still live in the house that they moved into when hubs and I married about fifteen years ago.
Union City has never been a town that I craved going to (I am a big city girl) but given my reason for moving to Tennessee in the first place (my mom’s husband’s factory closed down) I hurt for Union City when one of their major factories closed down 2011, which is chronicled in Ronnie Dunn’s Cost of Living music video.
Yet what I didn’t realize was that the town already had something in place to help their fellow neighbors out, something that would help the economy and teach those seeking knowledge about the area in a fun manner.
The park opened in 2013 and my girls had been several summers before (2014 or 15 I believe). Here was our experience this time:
Before we left Martin, my mother had to pay her electric bill. We all got super excited when they gave the girls suckers. It was like being a kid at the bank all over again!
After paying we entered the second floor and saw this guy. What you may not realize is his leg is a slide. A fun, fast slide that I rode probably more than anyone else that day- four times!
I took a picture of this because while we were in Tennessee “dying of heat” all I could think is how blessed we were that the heat we were dealing with was nothing compared to the record-breaking 114 degrees Texas was dealing with. Bless hubby’s heart, he works outside a lot of the time.
The meteorite was especially cool to Nevaeh because she loves space!
Here’s the section my husband would like. It has cars from the different ears. This section was my favorite because the cars were really neat looking at during this era. Many of the cars we own are from the 50s and 60s.
Bonus points that the one has a surfboard on it.
I took this picture because it was a scary looking fish. What I didn’t realize until last night is how many fish in the sea and river there are right now that is similar to this guy. My husband’s new show he and Nevaeh like show off all the interesting fish out there.
The tower is an extra cost but one that is well worth it. For those of you who went when the park first opened, they have changed it a bit since the last time you’ve been. Before you were given a specific time to come up on your ticket. Now you can come and go as you please.
This was an interesting area to me because they talked about the earthquakes in the area. Did you know that one of these earthquakes created Reelfoot Lake? While we were up there, I told the girls about my most memorable earthquake experience… one I should definitely blog about!
Another thing to note was that there was a section of the Park dedicated to Reelfoot Lake. Unfortunately, my phone died and I was not able to get pictures. Some of the video footage I got was from the fish you can find in Reelfoot Lake so be sure to check that out below.
I had to take a picture of this one as well because it cracked me up. Sounds like it was WAY harder to be a teacher in the 1800s than it is now (although I still miss my bright red hair).
There was a lot more that we did which I shared in a blog post.
If you are looking for something fun to do with kids in northwest Tennessee, this is a must. It’s especially great for keeping their minds active in the summer or for those of you who are homeschool parents.
Have you been? Tell me about your experience. Want to go? Let me know what intrigues you the most.