For an activity that is as much fun for the adults as for the kids don’t miss Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary. It is the home of over 1,500 animals with over 100 species represented. Best of all – it’s free to visit! The exotic animal habitats are open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 3:00 p.m. and the nature center, playground and picnic area is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Train enthusiast? Pack a picnic and spend a few hours watching the more than 40 trains that pass through Locust Grove from the comfort of the new Locust Grove Train Watching Platform. Stroll across the street for some pizza from Slices or a to-die-for dessert from The French Market & Tavern.
The Heritage Park Veterans Museum has more than 20,000 pieces in the collection, some of which are incredibly rare, but the true value is in the stories. Every uniform, vehicle, medal and piece of memorabilia has a story behind it and the military veterans who serve as volunteer guides bring those stories to life and with them the solider who wore, drove or owned each piece. Admission is free and this incredible collection is supported solely on donations.
Additional military history, this time with an emphasis on army aviation, can be experienced at the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. The hangars that serve as the home for the flying museum of Vietnam-era Huey and Cobra helicopters are located in Hampton at the Henry County Airport. Admission is free Tuesday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Another free place to get a little free history lesson is Nash Farm Battlefield & Museum. This property was the site of considerable military action during the Civil War and has been meticulously preserved. The park is open seven days a week and historical markers provide a self-guided tour. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. They have a children’s room where kids can try on period costumes and artifacts from the grounds are on display.
Take the family or meet up with friends at J.P. Moseley Park for a free round of golf…disc golf! The J.P. Moseley Park Disc Golf Course is a championship caliber 18-hole course. Make sure to bring your own disc.