Friday's MYSTERY getaway: A museum that’s under your radar

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Here’s your Friday getaway:

discovery park of america

Where to go: Union City, TN

Drive time: 3 hours


This trip is perfect for travelers:

who want an uncomplicated day trip.

Discovery Park of America offers many events all year long.

The museum is known for their annual air show and innumerable history exhibits!

Here are some specific examples of events offered in 2019.

April 20 – Dino Egg Hunt
May 4 – Cardboard Boat Regatta
May 16 – Singer Songwriter Night
June 22 – Discovery Park of America Car Show
June 28 – Member’s Only Park after Dark
July 4 – Independence Day Celebration
Aug. 2 and 3 – Tractor Show at Discover Park of America
Aug. 29 – Members only sneak peek of “Hot Wheels: Race to Win,” a temporary exhibit which will be on display Aug. 30 – Jan 5, 2020
Nov. 29 to Dec. 30 – The 5th Annual Let it Glow Light Show

But you don’t really need to plan a visit during an event in order to have fun.

Visitors say there is so much to see and do that you can hardly fit the museum’s exhibits into ONE day. In fact, this is the feedback we hear most from travelers who have visited Discovery Park of America:

“You need more than one day at this museum!”

Discovery Park of America has stellar reviews.

A Real Find!

This is an excellent place to visit for all ages! I have been there many times. I find something different I have not seen every time! It is filled with so many different types of interest! From dinosaurs to a pioneer village and more! A great museum plus many other activities are offered here on a regular basis! Need to check their website regularly. A cafe and gift shop is also available in the main building. There are other buildings of interest, a large pond with fish, turtles, & ducks, a Japanese Garden with a Koi pond, a water mill, too many things to mention. They have a variety of venues offered. Discovery Park of America is definitely a great place to visit!

-Visitor review from TripAdvisor

Here’s what else you need to know.

  • There is a dining/cafe area on-site.

  • There are outdoor areas to explore, dress appropriately for the season.

  • The city does not have much to see besides the museum that’s why many people advocate for NOT spending the night. If you come for just a day trip, plant to arrive as soon as the museum opens and stay until it closes.

  • If you do spend the night, be sure to check out nearby Reelfoot Lake!

  • BEWARE OF SPEED TRAPS near the museum. Supposedly, there are cameras that give out speeding tickets like candy to unsuspecting tourists.


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What else can you do at the museum?

  • Escape room

  • Tram

  • Earthquake simulator

  • Starship Theater

  • Viewing tower

For ticket prices and museum hours, click here.

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Where should you stay if you are planning an overnight trip?

Try these nearby hotels, all within 10-15 miles of Discovery Park of America.

Quality Inn, Union City, TN

Hampton Inn, Martin, TN

The Meadows, Fulton, KY (boutique hotel option)

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