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Discovery Park of America, Union City

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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.
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.
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  • 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 »
  • Fantastic. Huge range of exhibits for all ages. Dinosaur exhibit, massive arrowhead collection, steampunk exhibit, torture chamber exhibit, vintage cars display, World War II display and so much... 
    Fantastic. Huge range of exhibits for all ages. Dinosaur exhibit, massive arrowhead collection, steampunk exhibit, torture chamber exhibit, vintage cars display, World War II display and so much...  more »
  • Second trip to see this great place. Brought someone new with me this time and they were thoroughly impressed with all the displays and interactive exhibits. It is a great museum and park that needs.....  more
    Second trip to see this great place. Brought someone new with me this time and they were thoroughly impressed with all the displays and interactive exhibits. It is a great museum and park that needs.....  more »
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  • 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!!!
  • We spent an entire day here. We were able to get through all of the exhibits, inside and out. Well worth the admission price, even if you have to drive a few hours to get there. I think there is literally something there for everyone. The kids especially liked the giant slide. All the employees we interacted with were both knowledgeable and very nice. We will definitely be back again. If you are planning to visit, arrive early to maximize the time you have there, you will need it. NOTE: Stand in the center of the inflated dome that looks like the moon, the acoustics are wild.
  • Totally awesome and worth the hour drive!! The place was sooooo big we didn't even get to see the 3rd floor where all the great kid interaction stuff is. Lol we barely flew through all the stuff we did. Definitely a repeat adventure.. A repeat adventure. (See what I did there) The interactive rocket launch rocked my kids world!!! And mine too!!! See you again soon!!
  • Amazing experience for a family! It was a wonderful rain day activity for our family. We loved it! SO diverse in the type of knowledge to be learned. Also many activities for the kids and honestly cost efficient for family entertainment. We ate lunch before we went, so we didn't have that added expense.

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