I’m feeling like a really bad parent. My children are now adults - one graduated from college and the other one has a year of college to go. This week I have discovered a gaping hole in their upbringing: we never took them to The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Not only did we never take our children there, I never even knew it existed. I hang my head in shame.
The Henry Ford is so much more than a museum. Yes, it presents a thorough and inspirational tour of Ford’s contributions to the automobile industry (including, of course, the assembly line and Model T), but it also houses a staggering display of American ingenuity, innovation, and history well beyond Ford himself. The museum honors a great range of American innovators, treating visitors with vivid, often hands-on experiences that bring the country’s history to life.
Go beyond the walls of the museum itself and you will find Greenfield Village: 240 acres of historic homes, farms, and working craft buildings. The village recreates life in America’s earliest days, giving visitors the opportunity to walk the streets, enter the buildings, chat with the residents, eat the food, and even ride in the Model T and Edison steam locomotive of the 17th- and 18th-centuries.
My own kids may have missed out on this extraordinary museum experience, but I can make sure their kids get at least one trip to Michigan. If I had not even heard of The Henry Ford then I’m afraid to ask how many other fascinating, educational destinations there are in this huge country that my kids have missed out on.
So now I need your help: when I have grandchildren, what are the must-see locations, like The Henry Ford, in your state? If I were to start plotting on a map the places my grandchildren should see and experience, where should we go? Please share below the #1 destination in your area so we can all start making plans for summer 2016, and so we can build our future grandchildren’s to-visit and to-do list!
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