Hit the brakes, honey! Throughout our lovably quirky South, you can find everything from dancing mermaids to alligator farms. Here, some of our nostalgic favorites—and the colorful characters keeping them kicking.
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Hit the road and visit some of our favorite Southern unique, family friendly attractions.
Don't miss one of the three 30-minute mermaid shows a day (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.).
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Weeki Wachee, Florida; weekiwachee.com
Learn more about Mermaid Theater
Make sure you see one of the alligator feedings! Wes says most alligators eat only once a month, but he feeds his three times a day (11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.), and those that are hungry partake. Be warned: Gators don’t have good table manners.
Summerdale, Alabama; gatoralleyfarm.com
Learn more about Alligator Alley
Don't miss all of the unusual species of animals—including leopard frogs, sheep frogs, and salamanders—that call the caverns home.
Boerne, Texas (Exit 543 off I-10);cascadecaverns.com
Learn more about Cascade Caverns
In addition to the train and shows, Tweetsie offers 13 theme-park rides.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina; tweetsie.com
Learn more about Tweetsie Railroad
This family-run tradition is celebrating 50 years of business with its signature blend of rides, games and family entertainment.
Rehoboth Beach, DE; 302/227-1921
Like the signs say, “See Rock City!” Located atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City amazes with massive rock formations, native plants and stellar views.
Lookout Mountain, GA; seerockcity.com
Give in to your wanderlust and explore the world's longest cave system. Topside the park offers more than 70 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horse-back riders.
Mammoth Cave, KY; www.nps.gov/maca
Experience history through the eyes of a child as you explore galleries filled with thousands of vintage toys, lunch boxes, and childhood collectibles.
Baltimore, MD; www.geppismuseum.com
Take a leisurely stroll through the forest trails and marvel at stone formations that were once living trees. Stop by the gift shop to pick up a piece of petrified wood to take home.
Flora, MS; mspetrifiedforest.com
Started as a re-creation of a 1880s style mining town, Silver dollar city had become an award-winning tourist destination with theme-park thrills and history lessons for the whole family.
Branson, MO; silverdollarcity.com
Just look for the statue of Pedro as you travel along I-95. This highway stop has eats, fun tourist shopping and attractions like a reptile exhibit and small theme park.
Dillon, SC; thesouthoftheborder.com
Hear the rocks sing in this subterranian concert hall. The Great Stalagpipe organ is the world's largest instrument, and it covers more than three acres.
Luray, VA; luraycaverns.com
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