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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