The Andy Griffith Show ended in 1968, but look no further than Mount Airy, N.C. to find Mayberry. Here, residents have embraced their favorite hometown boy, Andy Griffith, and what he did for their small town. Griffith’s, The Andy Griffith Show drew from his memories of growing up in Mount Airy to create one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. Today, travelers flock from around the world to the real Mayberry. The Visitors Center tracks guests from all 50 states, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand.
The world’s most visited exhibition, Body Worlds is back at Discovery Place with an incredible new presentation: Body Worlds & the Cycle of Life. The original Body Worlds made its Discovery Place debut in 2007, shattering attendance records. Over 40 million people in more than 90 cities in America, Europe, Asia, and Africa have seen it.
SEA LIFE Aquarium at Concord Mills has re-launched its Octopus Enrichment Program. Here visitors can learn about the life of Giant Pacific Octopus and watch the aquarist team engage the resident octopus through several stimulating games. A team member hides food in Mega Blocks, and then children watch an octopus break apart the blocks to get food. An octopus can develop the mental capacity of a five-year-old and these puzzle-solving activities stimulate their intelligence.
Getting to the checkered flag at the holiday finish line just isn’t the same without a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR Hall staff has an infield full of fun holiday activities for families to get their Christmas engines roaring. The events include Ice Skating, Santa Sleepover in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Breakfast with Santa, Tree Lighting, and much more. Don’t wait for a caution flag, zoom on over to the NASCAR Hall of Fame by waving your green flag and get your family’s holiday spirit racing. [Read more…]
The upcoming holidays are always greatly anticipated and often the source of some of our happiest memories. However, if you’re not careful, holiday spending can wreak havoc on your family’s budget. Wanting your family to participate in some holiday fun without emptying your wallet? Here are 3 FREE holiday activities my family has attended and thoroughly enjoyed. All it cost us was the gas to get us there!