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Fort Macon State Park – Atlantic Beach, NC

Fort Macon State Park is a restored Civil War-era fort, a museum, a coastal education center and also offers a beautiful beach for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Watch the movie in the Visitor's Center to hear of the storied past of this fort before setting off to explore yourself.  There are many recreated room scenes to get a feel of what life was like at the Fort during it's different periods of occupation.  Museum rooms offer insight into weapons, historical dress and communications to name a few.  We were lucky to see a musket demonstration while we were there and sometimes they will have cannon demonstrations!  Plan a couple of hours to see everything.

Admission is Free!!

9am - 5:30pm Daily for Fort Macon
Beach open Memorial Day - Labor Day 10am - 5:45pm

2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC

(252) 726-3775
Museum of Ancient Life/Thanksgiving Point – Lehi, UT

Museum of Ancient Life offers one of the world's largest display of dinosaur skeletons in a beautifully laid out setting. Over 50 hands-on exhibits geared to all age groups. They offer special exhibits, Late Night with Rex, and a changing 3D movie (extra charge).

Thanksgiving Point
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, Utah 84043

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm
*Closed Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Check website for pricing information

Thanksgiving Point also offers Museum of Natural Curiosity, Gardens, Farm Country, and a movie theater. Check into the Flex Pass if you are going to do more than one attraction.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum – Chattanooga, TN

Take a break from the hectic and relax on a ride back in time at Tennessee Valley Railway!  Historic steam locomotives pulling vintage passenger cars travel along rail lines from the early days of Chattanooga.  Short on time?  There is usually a "Local" ride which is about an hour.  They offer longer train excursions as well as specialty train trips such as Day Out with Thomas and North Pole Express.


Trains run at various times, especially weekends. Please view their website for schedule calendar.


4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN
Tryron Palace – New Bern, NC

Tryon's Palace is know as the first state capitol of North Carolina.  The mansion that stands today may only be a replica of the original completed in 1770, but impressive none-the-less. The original structure burned to the ground right after the state capitol was relocated to Raleigh,  It wasn’t until the 1950’s that this modern recreation “faithful to the original architect’s plans” was built on the same site and opened to the public.

Tours are offered of the mansion, other historical homes nearby, gardens and the North Carolina History Center as part of their One-Day pass.  The Visitor Center said to see everything it would take about 4 hours.  There are options to pick and choose what you would like to visit.  For kids, touring the formal gardens only is a great way to get the experience of the place but keep the kids outdoors where they can do some exploring.


Tryon Palace is only closed five days a year: Thanksgiving Day, December 23-25 (2015), and January 1. For the rest of the year, hours are as follows:

Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Governor’s Palace has guided tours every half hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The Kitchen Office is a self-paced building open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dixon and Stanly houses have guided tours throughout the day. The North Carolina History Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with the ticket desk for additional information and specific tour times.

Noon to 5 p.m.


529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC
Tips - The Gardens are stroller friendly.  You may want to bring sunscreen, water and bug spray to be on the safe side.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center – Huntsville, AL

General admission to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center includes access to historic Shuttle Park, Rocket Park and all indoor exhibit areas such as the main museum atrium and the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Also included are daily guided tours of the Saturn V Hall, featured traveling exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, museum simulators and a behind-the-scenes tour of Space Camp.

Extra charge for IMAX and/or National Geographic movies and the Space Flight Center Bus Tour.

Museum open 7 days a week 9am - 5pm - Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Check website for current pricing information


One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
Vulcan Park – Birmingham, AL

Vulcan Park is home to the statue of Vulcan, Roman god of fire and forge.  Perched high above Birmingham, he watches over the city.  It is free to walk around the park but there is a charge to visit the Museum and the Observation Tower. Check the website for current pricing.

The park is stroller-friendly and has picnic tables available that have an incredible view of the city.

Museum open 7 days a week 10AM - 6PM

Observation Tower open 7 days a week 10AM - 10PM
(205) 933-1409

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