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Discovery Park of America is at 830 Everett Blvd. This 50-acre indoor-outdoor park engages visitors of all ages with interactive exhibits about history, the military and science. Centered prominently outside is a 100-year-old church, discovered in middle Tennessee and purchased specifically for the park, as well as an 18th-century schoolhouse, a working gristmill, a rail depot with train cars, a replica 1700s public square and a frontier settlement with log cabins.

Ten learning galleries inside the Discovery Center feature everything from a working Gutenberg printing press and the Wright brothers' first airplane to a 22,000-gallon aquarium with sea life and a STEM Landing exhibit featuring a rocket engine and a Blue Angel airplane. Military enthusiasts will want to check out the collection of military vehicles—including a PT-17 Stearman bi-plane suspended from the ceiling—and climb into a Vietnam-War era helicopter.

An indoor playground and a giant slide housed in a 60-foot-tall replica of a human body are kid-friendly favorites. The Children's Discovery Garden offers an outdoor play area. Special exhibits available for an extra fee include an earthquake simulator, a starship theater and a 120-foot viewing tower with a glass elevator and glass floor panels.

Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.

One-day ticket $14.95; $12.95 (ages 65+); $11.95 (ages 4-12). Two-day $19.95; $16.95 (ages 65+); $14.95 (ages 4-12). Special exhibit (Earthquake Simulator, Starship Theater or The Tower) $3.95; combination ticket for all three special exhibits $9.95.
Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (also Memorial Day and Labor Day). Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 6 hours minimum.
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