Southeast USA Attractions
The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama’s most popular attraction, drawing more than 500,000 visitors annually. Approximately 750 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, kangaroos and endangered species from six continents.
Marine Life Oceanarium has been educating and entertaining families for over forty-eight years. Interactive exhibits, thrilling shows, educational sessions, train tours of the harbor area, and just plain fun are all part of the Marine Life experience.
No trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is complete without spending a few hours at Marine Life. Centrally located in Gulfport, Mississippi, Marine Life is just where you need it to be...close to hotels, beaches, restaurants, shopping, and casinos.
We are open year round, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, so you will never catch us in an "off season". And don't let unpleasant weather keep you away. Our shows and attractions are sheltered from the weather. So what are you waiting for? Come visit the largest family attraction in Mississippi!
Otter Bay - A kiddie pool area with a 6 lane racer slide, sprays and a total of 10 different interactive features
Lily Pad Lagoon - A toddler play area with a shallow pool and 3 different spray geysers
The Big Kahuna - A wave pool offering 27,000 square feet and many different types of wave action
Riptide Run- A mat racer slide delivering 347 feet and 6 lanes of sliding
Tubular Twister- A multi-slide complex with three different selections of thrilling spills, each approximately 300' in length
Big Splash Tree House- A Tree House Play Structure with 66 interactive play elements including pinwheels, troughs, 4 body slides, jets, waterwheels, and a giant bucket which dumps 1,000 gallons of water from above
Rollin' River- A lazy river featuring 870 feet of relaxation A Corporate Picnic Area for group and company outings (group packages, prices and menus available).
Surfside Water Park features a 450,000 gallon wave pool, a lazy river that winds throughout the park, 4 body flumes, 2 speed slides, and a brand new 5000 sq. ft kiddies area. The park also offers covered pavilions, volleyball court and 2 concession stands, restrooms with shower facilities, locker rental, lounge chairs, a gift shop and much, much more! We have on-site Emergency Medical Technicians and Red Cross Certified Life Guards.
From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden promises new discoveries around every corner!
Beautiful white sandy beaches along 14,000-acre J. Percy Priest Lake make for great fun or a kicked-back place to relax in the sun. Plus our activity-packed Big Splash pool area promises buckets of fun for young and old. The Wacky Pond Kiddie Pool will keep little ones entertained for hours. Our seven water slides offer thrills for every kid—especially the kid at heart—with nearly 700 feet of twisting, turning fun. Choose a pontoon boat or personal water craft and set a course for refreshing pleasure. Rent by the hour, half-day or day... or inquire about renting a slip for your boat at the Nashville Shores Yacht Club and Marina.
Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 1,500 tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into one of the largest "natural habitat" zoos in the United States. You won't find cages made of steel and concrete here! Our animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt.
The North Carolina Zoo grew from an idea initiated by the Raleigh Jaycees in 1967. Through a series of fund-raising events-including at least one professional football game-the site was selected and secured to be close to the center of the state. We are 75 miles east of Raleigh, 25 miles south of Greensboro and 75 miles northeast of Charlotte.
Gwazi is Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's mammoth double wooden coaster. It is also the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber and over 2 million bolted connections. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, Gwazi races riders through almost 7,000 feet of track and is two distinct coasters intertwined.
Located over 1120 feet beneath the surface, Ruby Falls is the nation’s largest and deepest waterfall open to the public. Hundreds of gallons of water rush over by the minute and amaze visitors.
Learn about Ruby Falls’ commitment to Environmental Sustainability including the installation of LED lighting and solar panels, recycling programs, and becoming the first U.S. attraction to receive the Green Globe certification.
The mission of the Jackson Zoo is to provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation.
Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and the nation.
Seven miles west of Marion, you may visit the site of one of Alabama’s last active plantations, one which has been in the same family since the early 1800s.
Most of the buildings are original to the site, and much of the handiwork of William Moore “the wagon maker” can be seen. Historic papers, a deed signed by Andrew Jackson, and other items of interest may be viewed in the Country Store. Farm equipment, such as wagons, plows, planters, hay rakes, and other pieces, may be seen also.
Come visit and see some some american history up close!
In November of 2004, racing champions Mario, Michael and John Andretti purchased what had been known as the Andretti Speed Lab in Roswell, Georgia.
The famed family made over $1 million in renovations that extensively improved the entertainment facility, provides an enhanced experience for all visitors, and permeates the Andretti touch and feel.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games opened to the public in March of 2005.
Excitement on land and adventures in the water. Waterville U.S.A., the ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park located in the beach resort community of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The Waterpark sports rides for everyone from the thrillseeker in you to the more relaxed family attractions. Ride 3 foot waves in our giant wave pool, feel the rush of our towering "Kamikaze" straight drop, speed down the twists of our water slides or relax on the 1,800 foot long float stream. Come see our newest attraction The Great White.
The Amusement park has grown over the last eight years to become the largest in the area, with the Cannonball Roller Coaster and Waterville 500 Nascarts, The Fun Depot for the little ones, and more.
South Carolina takes pride in this splendid Mansion, which has been "home" to more than thirty governors and their families through the years.
The public rooms are a repository of treasures - silver and china, furniture, paintings and documents - that remain permanently in the Mansion. All are illustrative of the rich history and heritage of South Carolina.
Welcome to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of the nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So come to Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.
Magic Kingdom theme park, one of 4 Theme Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, captures the enchantment of fairy tales with exciting entertainment, classic attractions, backstage tours and beloved Disney Characters.
Designed like a wheel with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, pathways spoke out across the 107 acres of Magic Kingdom theme park and lead to these 7 whimsical lands: Main Street, U.S.A.® area * Adventureland® area * Frontierland® area * Liberty Square * Fantasyland® area * Mickey's Toontown® Fair area * Tomorrowland® area Travel through these lands and see how fantasy becomes reality when you learn how to be a pirate, match wits with funny monsters and conquer mountains. Get swept up in the spectacle of splendid parades and fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom theme park—it's here that dreams come true for children of all ages.
Six Flags Over Georgia has unleashed a GIANT in 2006. Soaring over 200 ft. above the park and covering an area 8.5 acres in size, this much-anticipated steel monster is appropriately called: GOLIATH.
See an overview of GOLIATH, plus 10 other roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Check out the coaster science behind GOLIATH and take a virtual ride.
The Greenville Zoo is a 14-acre facility featuring hundreds of wildlife from all over the world including giraffe, monkeys, giant tortoises and elephants. Join us on a wildlife adventure through the zoo’s beautifully landscaped acres filled with up close and personal views of its residents! Through engaging programs, educational events and animal exhibits, the Greenville Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for the entire family that will keep you coming back all year long!
Bring your child to a play experience unlike any other around!! At Imagination Station the sky is the limit as your children play in a simulated" grown-up" world. Fabulous stations with endless possibilities for fun and learning! The Sun is always shining at Imagination Station, Inc. a creative play experience!!
Enjoy an all-inclusive tropical vacation designed to fit into one unforgettable day. All it takes is a reservation to get to a place where friendly dolphins and birds welcome you to their home in an exclusive, secluded tropical getaway.
Let the discovery begin right now. Journey into the fascinating world of Discovery Cove.
The tropical theme waterpark is filled with attractions and food and beverage outlets to bring smiles to every member of your family. The twenty-acre park features lush landscaping, a professionally trained aquatics staff, and is one of the most hospitable attractions in all of North Florida. Shipwreck Island has been entertaining families for twenty-five years on Panama City Beach. Don't settle for a sprinkle, come make a big splash at Shipwreck Island waterpark.
Drayton Hall is different. It’s the real thing, and it is the mission of the staff to preserve the property—that is, to keep it in near-original condition just as the National Trust received it from the Drayton family in 1974.
Instead of being restored to the vision of those who lived centuries after it was built, Drayton Hall is an artifact that has survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886, hurricanes like Hugo, and maybe most surprisingly today, urban sprawl.
On top of that, it’s not just that it’s a survivor. The main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States. The grounds represent one of the most significant, undisturbed historic landscapes in America. And Drayton Hall’s stories—stories of race, family, culture, sacrifice, innovation, and preservation—reveal who we are and where we’ve come from.
Welcome to Bellingrath Gardens and Home! An abundance of colors, fragrances and scenic views await you.
Throughout the year, this 65 acre Garden Estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season.
Point Mallard Park offers the great outdoors like you've never experienced it before! Hidden among North Alabama‘s wooded pines, the 500-acre family park lets you stay in tune with nature 365 days a year. Come play 18 holes on one of the South‘s best golf courses, stay in our 25-acre, wooded campground, visit America's first wave pool at our Waterpark, and/or cool off in the indoor ice skating rink!
Great performances are even better at The Peace Center. Architecturally and acoustically it is an amazing place to see a show! In fact, many of the world’s top performers look forward to returning again and again, and consider The Peace Center one of their favorite places to play. One artist’s representative recently called it, “a jewel.”
The Peace Center is at the heart of Greenville’s award-winning downtown. So, you can start your experience before you arrive on our campus, and continue well past the final encore, by enjoying the city’s shops, restaurants, and coffee houses, or simply taking a stroll down Main Street or along the Reedy River.
From white glove service to spacious leg room for every seat, The Peace Center was built for comfort—and The Peace Center staff works hard to make sure every performance is special.
Rapids on the Reservoir is a family-oriented waterpark located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Jackson, Mississippi. Rapids has over 25 fun filled acres of exciting water attractions and amusement rides.
Rapids also features over 3 acres of beautiful sun tanning decks and hundreds of relaxing recliners.
Day Star Charters has been serving Naples locals and its visitors since 1998. It is located near downtown Naples, Florida on Davis Blvd. at Brookside Marina.
The charter boat service offers a wide variety of custom, flexible, and private boat charters. Included are Offshore fishing charters and Backwater fishing charters. Offshore or Deep Sea fishing in Naples is very good all year. Catch and release, or mount a trophy catch. Inshore or Backwater fishing in Naples is also very good year round. Fish in these quiet, calm waters surrounded by the mangrove forest. Another choice offered is a combination of both types of fishing in Naples Florida in the same trip, called a Inshore/Offshore Combination trip.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Ripley's Aquarium and Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center together represent a $70 million cooperative project between the city and the entertainment company. The 115,000 square foot, 1.3 million gallon Ripley's Aquarium is home to 10-foot sharks, 8,000 exotic fish, and the world's longest aquarium tunnel.
Stone Mountain Park - A Family Vacation Destination in Atlanta, Georgia. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Amazing adventures await as you discover interactive children's attractions. Plus you'll not want to miss dozens of fun annual events such as the Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain Christmas, or the Indian Festival & Pow Wow. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages.
Striving to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.
Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg, Dollywood is one of the most popular family vacation destinations. Thrill to spectacular Dollywood theme park rides including the award-winning wooden roller coaster The Thunderhead™-the wildest ride in the woods. Family vacation fun features kiddie rides and 10 new family attractions in our expanded Country Fair area. Dollywood's live entertainment showcases the best in country, bluegrass, mountain and gospel music with more than a dozen stage shows. Master craftsmen demonstrate centuries-old crafts including blacksmithing, glass blowing and wood carving. Dollywood is also home to four of the South's largest festivals-Festival of Nations™, KidsFestsm, the new National Harvest & Music Celebration and Smoky Mountain Christmas. No matter what time of year you visit, Dollywood offers something special for every member of the family! Buy your tickets today!
Mississippi's #1 family attraction, Geyser Falls is a 23-acre water theme park located in Philadelphia MS. After entering the park, the excitement begins as you pass Geyser Flats with bubbling fountains, gurgling water pools and multiple spouting geysers. Inside the park, the endless attractions keep families entertained all day long with the little ones begging to go back.
Wild Adventures, the nations largest and fastest growing privately owned theme park. The park is continually growing and there is always something interesting to tell the public.
The Landing hosts more than 350 events each year including Florida/Georgia Weekend Celebrations, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, New Yearâ€™s Eve and Gator Bowl Celebrations, St. Patrick's Day and July 4th. Weekly events include live weekend entertainment in the center courtyard offering a variety of music including classic rock, oldies, contemporary, jazz, and top 40. The Landing also hosts a myriad of events for the community such as charity walks and runs and the Earth Day Ecology Fair. There is always something going on at The Jacksonville Landing, and a complete list of all Landing events can be found in the events section.
Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains in Maggie Valley, Ghost Town offers rides fit for the youngest buckaroo to the bravest outlaw. Ghost Town also features staged gunfights, live music and shows, crafts, food and lots more fun.
Step back into the Wild West at this timeless, family-fun destination located in a beautiful mountain setting surrounded with breathtaking views. Ghost Town in the Sky has something fun for all ages.
The Birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi is the only location in the world where you can see, feel and touch where the King of Rock & Roll began his musical journey.
Only in Tupelo can you walk into the room where he breathed his first breath, take a stroll to his favorite location as a boy to relax looking over Tupelo, and see first hand how it all shaped this young boy from Mississippi into the international rock & roll music legend he is today.
Over the last thirty-five years, the ASHOF has become the benchmark for other Halls of Fame across the country, with over 5,000 sports artifacts elegantly displayed in the 33,000 square foot building. Out of ESPN’s list of the top 100 athletes of the century, five out of the top fifteen greatest ever are in the ASHOF: Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, and Carl Lewis.
Georgia Aquarium - The World’s Largest and Most Engaging Aquarium Now is the perfect time to experience the world’s largest aquarium and one of the feature Atlanta attractions! With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you have never seen before! Purchase your tickets online to guarantee your admission to one of the top Atlanta attractions.
Get to know the Atlanta Botanical Garden's numerous themed plant collections. These gardens grow throughout the Garden and are cultivated for their preservation and in harmony with their place in the ecosystem.
At Fantasy of Flight you will experience the fun and adventure of flight at the World's Greatest Aviation Attraction.
Visit the Tennessee Aquarium on the Chattanooga Riverfront and see why it was rated one of the top aquariums in the country by TripAdvisor. Take a remarkable journey from a cove forest high in the Appalachian mountains to a coral reef in the blue depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, see thousands of animals and three living forests . . . exploring life above and below the water's surface.
Free to Enter Park...Visit Myrtle Beach's most popular Amusement Park with over 30 fun-filled rides to choose from! Freefall 110-feet on our newest attraction - the Slingshot Drop Zone! Ride our thrilling all-wooden roller coaster, the Swamp Fox and the largest Ferris Wheel in the state of South Carolina.
Myrtle Beach's Only Oceanfront Waterpark - Splash your way to some of the "coolest" fun on the Grand Strand, visit Myrtle Beach's only oceanfront Water Park! There are three wet and wild water flumes, one with a 185 foot drop, plus two exhilarating speed slides, two intermediate speed slides, and a spacious 400 square foot Lazy River with waterfalls.
Welcome to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the world’s most-watched marine life rescue and environmental education center. The aquarium's mission is to restore and preserve marine life & environment.
No matter what your age, there are plenty of rides and attractions at Silver Springs that will make you laugh, fill you with wonder, and provide a glimpse into what life was like here more than 10,000 years ago. Just as they did then, the springs pump out 550 million gallons of sparkling-clear water a day—enough to supply the entire city of New York.
Surrounding the springs is a marvelous diversity of animals and nature you simply won’t find anywhere else. Come and explore the stunning beauty of Florida in its natural state.
Silver Springs, Florida’s natural wonder, and Wild Waters Water Park are located just east of Ocala, Florida on S.R. 40. Take exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95.
Always something fun for everyone. With over 25 "Wacky" attractions including our three-quarter acre Lost Trail Maze, Panning for Gemstones, and the always popular Wacky Water Golf, we're sure you'll have a great time at Alabama's Big Cave and More, DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park. Attractions are open year round with the exception of the water attractions. Water attractions close at the end of October and reopen in April.
Located in Broadway-at-the-Beach, an entertainment and dining complex that features restaurants, rides, shops and the 85,000 square foot Ripley’s Aquarium.
Since its doors first opened in the Spring of 1988, Butterfly World has introduced hundreds of thousands of visitors to the wonders of Lepidoptera and the natural world around us all. Butterfly World is the largest butterfly facility in the world today.
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable institution also features a full day of fun activities. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants first planted in 1919 with a fascinating history.
In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing many of your favorite animals like lions, kangaroos, and monkeys. In addition, you'll also discover feature exhibits and an array of more rarely seen creatures like the African wild dogs or an Asian deer that barks and eats meat.
History lives at Old Alabama Town, where six blocks of authentically restored 19th and early 20th century structures beckon you to step back in time to the days of one-room schoolhouses & grist mills...
There are no facades or newly constructed buildings here! Our 19th century village features completely authentic 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition, carefully restored, and reopened to the public as a history museum. At Old Alabama Town, you will learn how early Americans of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama.
The J. L. Scott Marine Education Center endeavors to enlighten the citizenry to produce a cadre of well informed and knowledgeable stewards of our coastal ecosystems. The Center supports a career based working environment utilizing formal, non-formal, free-choice learning and higher education strategies focusing on the coastal ecosystems of the northcentral Gulf of Mexico to promote careers in marine sciences and foster community involvement.
American Classics and Muscle every Friday Sponsored by Pepsi-Cola®, this car show features show-quality vehicles from 1964-1979.
The orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year, with its main subscription series augmented by pops series, family concerts, and a full summer schedule including classical, pops, and free parks concerts. Its educational concerts for young people are consistently sold out and, along with outreach initiatives in schools and community centers, serve more than 50,000 youngsters annually.
Music Director since 2001, Maestro Robert Spano has led an innovative period for the ASO that has included commissions for video and animated installations in the concert hall as well as video interviews with living composers and a greater emphasis on contemporary repertoire.
When you think summer, think Wet‘n Wild. The largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun and have fun. With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone…from mild to wild…from tots to seniors. It's family friendly and the young kids (and mom and dad, too) will have a great time in Splash Island and Happy Harbor, our two large children's areas. When you're ready to kick back and relax after enjoying the over 3 million gallons of water fun, Wet‘n Wild Emerald Pointe offers an abundance of lounge chairs and shaded areas.
In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. This spectacular approach to his home symbolizes southern heritage and will take root in your memory for many years to come. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead, forming today's natural corridor and a scene that NBC Daytime television says is "a must see stop on any trip to Charleston, S.C."
Since the move to Grassmere in 1996, Nashville Zoo has created many new exhibits, hosted exciting community events and designed a variety of children's programs. Our Jungle Gym playground is the largest community-built playground in the United States and includes over 66,000 square feet for sliding, swinging, climbing, crawling and exploring. From African elephants to Bengal tigers and red pandas, Nashville Zoo provides a home to animals found all over the world. These beautiful creatures can be found in equally beautiful habitats like the new Giraffe Savannah, Alligator Cove, Red River Hog Habitat and many more. Other exciting additions include the Wild Animal Carousel and an interactive Lorikeet Landing exhibit where you can enter an aviary and be surrounded by more than 50 Australian parrots. The Grassmere Historic House and Farm still stand, providing a glimpse into farm life during the 1880s.
See the world differently... Take a relaxing walking tour through the Mississippi Petrified Forest on a shady paved trail among the ancient trees. You’ll enjoy the many points of interest along the self-guided 6 block nature trail.
The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a fascinating place, located in hills with ravines hollowed out by nature during the past century. The size of the petrified logs indicates that as living trees, these stone giants were over one hundred feet tall, and perhaps a thousand or more years old.
This art-deco hall honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the Hall is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of the likes of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins and the music that made them famous. Within this fine musical collection, visitors travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence "Pinetop" Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Space Arkestra.
The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.
The largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world, opened in 1992. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Dome is the home venue for the Atlanta Falcons, host to Super Bowl XXVIII and XXXIV, host of the gymnastics and basketball events for the 1996 Olympic Games and host to both a Men's and Women's NCAA Final Four.
Annually, the Dome hosts the Bank of America Atlanta Football classic, the SEC Football Championship and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Dome is equipped to handle large non-sporting events which include everything from major trade shows to concerts by such entertainers as the Rolling Stones and Backstreet Boys to religious events by such ministers as Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes.