See an animatronic statue of Johnny Cash at the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.
Courtesy Mirrorpix/Everett Collection

Entertain the family with one of these free activities near you.

Hoover: Bud’s Best Cookies
Take the South’s best-smelling factory tour as you ride a tiny train through one of the country’s last family-owned cookie companies. or 205/987-4840

Tuskegee: Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Listen to a recording of George Washington Carver teaching a class at the Tuskegee Institute, and then go see where the famed Tuskegee Airmen trained to fly and fight during World War II. or 334/724-0922

Little Rock: Arkansas Arts Center

Check out the large collection of works by regional artists, as well as contemporary crafts and decorative arts.  or 501/372-4000

Pine Bluff: Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame
Sing along with an animatronic statue of Johnny Cash at this hall of fame that honors 79 talented Arkansans in the Pine Bluff Convention Center. or 870/536-7600

Apollo Beach: Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

Manatees come in from the cold at this marine sanctuary between November and April. The aquatic mammals are attracted to Tampa Electric’s warm-water discharge canals. or 813/228-4289

Miami: Yoga in Bayfront Park
Work off those holiday pounds during free yoga classes in the Tina Hills Pavilion (at the southern end of Bayfront Park) every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evening. or 305/358-7550

Savannah and Atlanta: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Galleries

Artwork and fashions designed by SCAD students and graduates fill galleries in Savannah and Atlanta. or 912/525-4727 (Savannah), 404/253-3141 (Atlanta)

Cleveland: BabyLand General Hospital
New Cabbage Patch babies are born and older soft-sculpture ones are repaired at the headquarters of the popular doll company. The new hospital opened on a scenic 650-acre site in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia earlier this year. or 706/865-2171

Louisville: “Woman on the Run” at the 21c Museum Hote
Artist Tracey Snelling uses scale models, video clips, and photographs to tell the story of a woman escaping from either danger—or the law. The multimedia exhibit fills a contemporary art gallery connected to the boutique hotel. or 502/217-6346

Berea: “Artists at Work” Tours
Watch glassblowers, woodworkers, potters, weavers, and other artisans create their crafts on a walking tour of Berea’s galleries and studios. or 859/986-2540

Eunice: Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Learn how to sing, dance, and cook like a Cajun. Located at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve inEunice, the cultural center offers free Cajun music, dancing, and cooking classes every Saturday. or 337/457-8499

Baltimore: Hampden Village Block Party

Hampden Village block party Release your inner poet during this neighborhood block party, which offers musical performances and open microphone events the first Friday of every month.

Glen Echo: Glen Echo Glassworks
Watch as professional glassblowers create works of art (and sign up for classes).

Jackson: Mississippi Governor’s Mansion

Get into the Christmas spirit during a guided tour of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion all decked out with holiday decorations. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday (reservations required). or 601/359-6421

Hancock County: John C. Stennis Space Center
See where NASA tests its huge rocket propulsion engines during a tour of the space center, and then check out scale models of spacecraft in the StenniSphere. or 800/237-1821

St. Louis: Saint Louis Science Center

More than 700 exhibits fill the state’s largest science center. Experience technology in a hands-on way in “Cyberville,” and conduct a real science experiment in the “Life Science Lab.” or 314/289-4400

Durham: Rhine Research Center and ESP Parapsychology Museum

Believe in ESP? You might after visiting this center.

Wilmington: Screen Gems Studios Tours
See where the CW television network’s drama One Tree Hill is made during a tour of this film lot.

Oklahoma City: Holiday River Cruises

Enjoy holiday lights as you take in the city skyline from a boat’s deck (or inside its heated cabin) during a free Sunday cruise on the Oklahoma River. or 405/702-7755

North Myrtle Beach: Barefoot Landing

Set along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Barefoot Landing boardwalk connects a variety of North Myrtle Beach shops, restaurants, and hotels as it passes through acres of lakes that are home to coastal birds and wildlife.

Gatlinburg: Cades Cove

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cove’s 11-mile, one-way loop road passes century-old buildings, hiking trails, and rolling fields. Watch for deer. or 865/436-1200

Memphis: Center for Southern Folklore
Take a break on South Main Street at the Center’s Folklore Hall and Galleries. or 901/525-3655

San Antonio: Mariachi on the River Walk

Part of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, the free “Serenata en el Rio” performance (December 2, 2010, 6-8 p.m.) features hundreds of musicians playing on the illuminated-for-Christmas River Walk. or 210/225-3353

Dallas: Uptown Neighborhood Trolley
Ride to Uptown’s shops and art galleries on the M-Line’s electric trolley cars. The trolley connects the Cityplace West Village, McKinney Avenue area, and the Arts District. or 214/855-0006

Eagle Rock, Virginia: Blue Ridge Vineyard’s Soup ’n Sip Sunday

This month, the vineyard on the eastern edge of the Shenandoah Valley warms up visitors with its “Soup ’n Sip Sunday” (December 5, 2010, 1-5 p.m.). Enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and a cup of hot mulled wine while listening to live music.

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