Christian Attractions in North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee

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In March I mentioned some places we have visited in the Northeast as well as some that we would like to see in the future.  These are some we have visited or heard of in the Southeastern states. Christian attractions are found all around the world. In future blogs I will tell about some we know of and have experienced further west and I would appreciate hearing from you about your experiences with any of these or with others I don’t know about.

The Billy Graham Library – Charlotte, North Carolina

Library-Grounds-16This is a 40,000-square-foot experience that will allow you to discover the life and legacy of America’s Pastor. Designed to reflect Billy Graham’s journey from a humble farm boy to an international ambassador of God’s love, the barn-shaped building is situated on 20 landscaped acres, only a few miles from where Billy Graham grew up. Retrace Billy’s dynamic life journey through stunning multimedia presentations, interactive kiosks, photos, and memorabilia. Tour the home Billy Graham lived in from age 9 until he left for college. Meticulously restored using 80 percent of the original materials, the Graham family home place will give you an intimate look at Billy Graham’s roots. It is open Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed on Sunday.

Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
704-401-3200, http://www.billygrahamlibrary.org/

Holy Land Experience – Orlando, Florida

JerusalemThe Holy Land Experience is one of the largest Christian attractions or museums in the country. It offers customers reinterpretations of Biblical events amidst a Hollywood-style Middle Eastern atmosphere with exhibits like the Jerusalem Street Market, the Judean Village and the Jesus Boat. Shows take place throughout the day, and a large collection of historic Bibles is on display at the Scriptorium. They have created the Holy Land Experience to give people a very affordable opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of the Holy Land right here at home. This is a living, interactive faith experience that transports you back thousands of years to experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, historical time frames.  Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Holy Land Experience, 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32821
(866) 447-7235,  http://www.holylandexperience.com

Wordspring Discovery Center – Orlando, Florida

Wycliffe PanoramaOne of the world’s largest sources of Bible translations comes from the Wycliffe Bible Translators. Wycliffe’s American headquarters are in Orlando, where it offers a Bible museum at its Wordspring Discovery Center. The displays show how the Bible came to be such a powerful and important book throughout the history of the world. There are interactive games at Wordspring for kids, and loads of historical relics and information for history buffs. Monday through Friday 9 AM – 4 PM.

Wordspring Discovery Center, 11221 John Wycliffe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32832, (407) 852-3626,  http://www.wycliffe.org/Wordspring/

The Jesus Film Project – Orlando, Florida

Jesus FilmThe headquarters of the nationwide college ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, is located in Orlando, Florida. One of the most fascinating attractions at its headquarters is the tour of the evangelistic Jesus Film Project. This film shows how Christianity has, and continues to spread throughout all corners of the earth. Visitors will see behind the scenes looks at how a film is produced, and will even get to have an interactive experience by recording their voice for a simulated translation. Tours Monday – Friday 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Campus Crusade for Christ, 100 Lake Hart Drive, (407) 826-2300
Orlando, FL 32832,  http://www.jesusfilm.org/aboutus/tours.html

Creation Studies Institute – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

CSI childrens-museum-programsThe leaders of this ministry have discovered that while many educational centers / museums have extensive programs showing many of God’s wondrous works, almost none of them have attributed the works to God, but to evolution. They determined that there is  a great need in the community for an interactive creation museum. This is one of the few museums that tell the story of our origins from a creationist’s perspective. Focused primarily on the Ice Age, this museum displays many kinds of fossils and the huge Columbian Mammoth bones found in Florida. Saturdays 11 AM – 3 PM

Creation Studies Institute, 2701 W Cypress Creek Rd Suite 1,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309,  1-800-882-0278,  http://www.creationstudies.org/museum.html

Dinosaur World – Plant City, Florida

Dinasaur WorldDinosaur World is the name of three outdoor museums, this one in Plant City, Florida, another in Cave City, Kentucky, and the third in Glen Rose, Texas, where visitors can see up close and life size the amazing creatures that once ruled the Earth. The dinosaur models, up to eighty feet in length and based on the latest scientific discoveries, are made of fiberglass, steel, and concrete. The dinosaurs are arranged in groups of as many as eleven of a single species, in a variety of settings. Dinosaur World displays more dinosaurs than any other — over 150 spread across 12 acres, many of impressive scale and workmanship. No other dino park that we know of has a full-size Ultrasaurus and two T-rexes out by the interstate, just as eye-catching billboards. Nestled among a lush assortment of native vegetation, the dinosaurs are so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving through the shadows cast by the many native trees. Open daily 9 AM – 5 PM.

Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL 33565, (813) 717-9865,  http://www.dinosaurworld.com

Creation Adventures Museum – Arcadia, Florida

Creation Adventures MuseumA Christian ministry whose purpose is to explore the awesome wonders of nature, teaching young and old to ask questions about their origin, history, and destiny, encouraging Christians to understand God’s world in the light of God’s Word. The museum, located on seven acres of property near the banks of the Peace River in Arcadia includes a fossil collection with elegant specimens from around the world, but with an emphasis on Florida fossils, and a small book/gift store. See the web site for schedule.

Creation Adventures Museum, 1220 W. Imogene Street, Arcadia, FL 34266,  (863) 494-9558  www.creationadventuresmuseum.org/

The Upper Room Chapel and Museum – Nashville, Tennessee.

Upper Room ChapelEach year over 10,000 visitors come to pray, meditate or simply view the beauty of the chapel. The chapel features a nearly life-size woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper. Guest speakers visit from many different churches from various denominations and from across the globe. The museum houses international collections and at various times throughout the year special collections are featured such as the Ukrainian egg exhibit from Ash Wednesday through May, which tell the story of Easter. Open Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM.

Upper Room Chapel and Museum, 1908 Grand Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203  877-899-2780 ext. 7207  www.upperroom.org

Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Jesus and the ChildrenThis museum gives you the remarkable experience of walking through a Biblical world of 2000 years ago, seeing life-size, life-like representations of important scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.  Everyone from Children to Seniors will enjoy seeing their favorite Bible stories come alive in the 3D Dioramas. Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens features incredibly lifelike scenes telling the Story of Christ, utilizing life size figures, dramatic lighting, music and special effects. Included in a tour is a remarkable sculpture of Christ, ancient coins and precious gems. Open daily at 9 AM

Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens, 10 River Road,  Gatlinburg, TN 37738, 865-436-5155  http://christinthesmokies.com/

Treasuring the Word Rare Bible Museum – Sevierville, Tennessee

Treasuring The WordThe museum houses a collection of artifacts, rare Bibles, Bible pages, and rare books telling the exciting chronological history of the Bible’s progression into the English language. Enjoy a walk through history as the museum collection introduces you to the people, places, and events that made it possible for English-speaking people to have the Bible in their language. March through December:  Monday – Saturday 10  – 5

Treasuring the Word Rare Bible and Book Museum, 1338 Parkway, Suite 2, Sevierville, TN 37862, 866-659-9673, http://www.treasuringtheword.org

2 thoughts on “Christian Attractions in North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee”

  1. I can highly recommend the holy land experience. it makes it much easier to picture some of those things you read about the Bible such as the tabernacle the temple and the ark. instead of measurements you can actually see it finished product and what you have read and studied comes to life. The scale model of Jerusalem during Jesus time with the spken presentation also makes it easier to understand the day of Jesus’ arrest and the path he probably followed that day. They really try to stick to what the Bible says and avoid speculation as much as is possible.

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