Discovery Park of America

  • December 7, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, TN, offers visitors a world-class educational and entertainment experience with more than 70,000 SF of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Closed Mondays except Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July.

Discovery Center
The centerpiece of Discovery Park is Discovery Center, a 100,000-square-foot building showcasing ten exhibit galleries: Children’s Exploration, Energy, Enlightenment, Military, Native Americans, Natural History, Regional History, Science/Space/Technology, and Transportation. In addition, a Special Exhibit Gallery features traveling exhibits.

Discovery Center’s multi-story atriums are filled with exhibits that invite visitors to open their minds to a greater understanding and appreciation of our world…past, present and future. Highlights include:

- A theater simulation of the[masked] earthquakes that shaped the land in this region as well as a planetary tour in the starship theater.

- A 20,000-gallon aquarium revealing the underwater life of Reelfoot Lake.

- A 60-foot replica of a human body with a 30-foot slide.

- Dinosaurs, fossils, Native American artifacts, military equipment, vintage automobiles, and dozens more hands-on experiences for children.

Discovery Center also includes a Grand Hall with space for meetings and social events for groups of approximately 300 people, as well as a Tower Room that accommodates about 70 people.

The Café at Discovery Park
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily
Open until 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.
View the Café menu here.

The Gift Shop
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily
Open until 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Outside at Discovery Park
Discovery Park’s 50-acre site offers visitors a variety of experiences. Highlights include:

- A water feature that bisects the site, flowing north to south. Originating at the circa-1800s gristmill, the water feature includes waterfalls and bridges as well as extensive landscaping. Japanese, European and American gardens allow visitors to connect with nature and learn about plants and flowers from around the world.

- Log cabins, farm buildings and equipment, and family items providing a glimpse into rural life in the 1800’s.

- A 100-year old church as well as a train station with a locomotive and various cars.

- A salute to American’s independence including a replica of the Liberty Bell.

Discovery Park’s mission is education: To enhance children and adults’ educational experiences and to inspire them to reach their full potential. Discovery Park’s exhibits and programs compel visitors of all ages to “see beyond” their current level of knowledge in many areas.

The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation is Discovery Park’s principal benefactor. The Kirkland’s are long-time supporters of education in the area. Their foundation has donated or committed approximately $80 million to the creation of Discovery Park and has created a program of $2-3 million continuing support after opening for operational support and expansion.

Cooperation and Involvement
Discovery Park of America is a cooperative endeavor with the citizens of Union City, as well as Obion and surrounding counties. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers helped to plan each area of the venue. Local and state government also played an active role in the Park’s development.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Got called in to work, oh well more $ makes for a merry christmas. Have a great time all.

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Union City is about 2hours away. This seems like a great idea would anyone carpool with me. I could swing a party of five. email [masked]. Please feel free!!! Not interested in driving alone. Thanks

    November 30, 2013

    • Charla Ceana S.

      I am going to visit my grandmother who lives over there that day so I will not be able to carpool but I will ask the others if they want to.

      December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to go but having a women's luncheon with my senior high classmates in Milan.

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be a great trip. Good idea!!!

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds interesting !!!!

    November 25, 2013

  • Charla Ceana S.

    The address is:
    830 Everett Boulevard, Union City, TN 38261

    November 25, 2013

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