If you live in the southeastern region of the United States, then more than likely you’ve heard of Ruby Falls, Tennessee. This unique underground waterfall and limestone cavern is a favorite destination for many families. We’ve passed by it for years, but we finally made the stop and visited on our last trip back from Atlanta. Wow, what an amazing experience! We learned tons about the different speleothems or cave formations such as stalactites, and stalagmites, plus so much about cave and cavern formations.
The weekend of our daughter’s birthday, the Knoxville Zoo had their Dollar Days. This is where you can get $1 tickets to the zoo so long as you bring non-perishable food donations for each ticket purchased. I bought six tickets and we invited Uncle Joe and Aunt Stephanie to come along with us. The children were so excited to visit all of the animals. They could barely contain their excitement all week leading up to our day at the Knoxville Zoo!
We had a zoo day this week! We took the children to a local private zoo in Limestone, Tennessee called Brights Zoo. We have been to this zoo several times in years past and have always enjoyed it. You can read about our very first time going to Brights Zoo here. It was quite a memorable experience. This visit, too, was memorable because it was our daughters first experience at Brights Zoo.
Last week my sister and brother in law came down from their farm in Tennessee to visit us here in Georgia. We decided to spend our day at Zoo Atlanta. We adore this zoo for all of it’s wonderful animals and for all of the educational opportunities they provide.
While on our holiday in Tennessee my two sisters and I made a trip to Gatlinburg. We were going to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies with the children. I wasn’t sure if our daughter, Jade, was old enough to really enjoy it. So, when we got there and she excitedly showed us the fossil marks in the walkway, I knew she was going to have fun.
On Saturday my husband and I took our children to the Booth Western Museum’s 12th birthday celebration. The museum is located in Cartersville, Georgia. It is dedicated to all things western as you can tell from the enormous statue at the entrance of the cowboy on the bucking bronco. The Zoo Atlanta Mobile was out front giving a presentation about Pandas for this occasion. Our son, Gabriel, found it fascinating, but our daughter, Jade, thought the blades of grass were more interesting.
On Friday I took our son, Gabriel, on a hike with a group of other homeschoolers. This hike was led by a Ranger and was going to cover the native edible plants in our area.
Brights Zoo is a privately owned zoo in Limestone, Tennessee! We have passed by it for years when visiting my sister, but had never stopped and visited until this past vacation. We were in for a treat!
On Sunday we took the kids to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This is a lovely nature center filled multiple trails, a butterfly garden, and many wildlife animals that have been rescued or in the process of rehabilitation. Once we got the map, our son, Gabriel volunteered to be our map holder and guide.
This weekend we went to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. This is my son, Gabriel’s, favorite museum of all time. Just their gift shop alone has him speechless. He is a huge fan of both their Fossil Gallery and their Mineral Gallery. I’m always impressed with it myself! I apologize now for the bombardment of pictures you are about to experience.