Sponsored Post – Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau sponsored our trip to U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. All opinions are my own.
We’ve driven by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center several times and always make the comment that we need to stop there and check it out. We got the opportunity to do just that on a Sunday this summer. We arrived before opening and explored the walking trail. It turned out to be the perfect plan, because just as it started to get hotter the building opened, and we continued exploring the history of the U.S. Army and the wars that have been fought for our country.
Starting on the walking trail, we were able to enter several of the bunkers and see what it is like when fighting a war in the field. We traveled through time, as we saw the buildings that would have been used during the early wars and World War II, as well as what is used today for protection of our troops. My daughter particularly liked of the obstacle course along the walking trail, which challenged her to learn how to do the “army crawl”, as well as scale a wall and walk quickly on a narrow balance beam.
The tanks, helicopters, and other army vehicles along the trail were interesting to see up close, and after we got to see everything outside, we headed to the main building to continue our educational journey through time. Inside, there is an Army jeep parked in the lobby which was a great photo opportunity for the kids. We explored the museum for a while, as there are quite a few amazing and interactive exhibits. Our favorite exhibit was the parachute simulation, as you try to pilot your parachute to land with your squad instead of landing in the trees. We didn’t have much luck, but it was fun to try.
The Heritage Center is free admission, and also has a gift shop located in it. The Heritage Center is the perfect place for an older child who is studying the wars for additional hand-on learning.
Sponsored Post – Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau sponsored our trip to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. All opinions are my own.