7 Bible-Centered Places for Your Family's Summer Vacation

7 Bible-Centered Places for Your Family's Summer Vacation
Summer is the time of year when many families like to go on vacation. The kids are out of school, the weather is warm, and it's a great time for a roadtrip! There are many places to choose from around the country (and even around the world!), but parents may want to consider taking their families to a place where they will not only have fun, but will learn about the Bible and be encouraged in their faith. Below are seven places in different parts of the country that provide fun, educational, and edifying experiences for the whole family!

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  • 1. Creation Museum

    1. Creation Museum


    "The state-of-the-art Creation Museum allows you to venture through biblical history, stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, planetarium, petting zoo, zip line adventure course, and much more. This 75,000-square-foot facility has welcomed over 2.5 million guests since opening in Petersburg, Kentucky," advertises the Museum's website.

    Unlike most museums which assume the truth of the Theory of Evolution, the Creaton Museum allows families to explore the earth God created from a biblical perspective.

    While you are in the area, you will definitely also want to check out Ark Encounter--a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark which is the brainchild of well-known Christian apologist Ken Ham.

     

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  • 2. The Holy Land Experience

    2. The Holy Land Experience


    Disney isn't the only theme park in Orlando, Flordia! The Holy Land Experience recreates and brings to life famous places of the Bible and the events that happened there. You can see a recreation of the Tabernacle, of Jesus' crucifixion, or the Jerusalem marketplace. There are real people dressed as Bible characters walking around as well!

    "The Holy Land Experience brings together the sights and sounds of the world of the Bible in a unique and interactive way unlike anywhere else.

    It is a living, biblical museum that takes you 7000 miles away and 2000 years back in time to the land of the Bible. Its combination of sights, sounds, and tastes will stimulate your senses and blend together to create a spectacular new experience.

    But above all, beyond the fun and excitement, we hope that you will see God and His Word exalted and that you will be encouraged in your search for enduring truth and the ultimate meaning of life," says The Holy Land's website.

     

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  • 3. Billy Graham Library

    3. Billy Graham Library


    The Billy Graham Library provides a special look into the life of beloved evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham. 

    "The Billy Graham Library is a 40,000-square foot experence where you'll 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 miles from where Billy Graham grew up in Charlotte, N.C.," says the Library's website.

    The Library includes a tour of the Graham homestead, an extensive bookstore, the Memorial Prayer Garden, and the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar where you can order delicious BBQ, sandwiches, and cookies.

     

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  • 4. Museum of the Bible

    4. Museum of the Bible


    The Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. will not actually be open to the public until fall, but perhaps you and your family may want to take a field trip even once school starts again. 

    "The museum in Washington, D.C. will be housed in a 430,000-square-foot building just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the nation’s Capitol, and it will open in the fall of 2017," says the Museum's website. "It will provide guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.

    Museum of the Bible will be an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life. It will span time, space, and cultures, inviting everyone to engage with the Bible. With three permanent sections and space for temporary exhibits, there will always be something new to explore.

     

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  • 5. Crystal Cathedral

    5. Crystal Cathedral


    The Crystal Cathedral is a wonder of architecture located in Garden Grove, California. It showcases both modern architectural design as well as tributes to the spendor of traditional Medieval-era cathedrals. 

    The Cathedral was completed in 1980 and is the largest glass building in the world. It contains 10,000 panes of glass. It also houses one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.

    The Cathedral is also a functioning place of worship previously for the Crystal Cathedral Ministries and now for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

     

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  • 6. Christ in the Smokies

    6. Christ in the Smokies


    Like the Holy Land Experience, Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens in Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers scenes taken straight from the Bible and the life of Jesus. The museum allows visitors to experience what life was like at the time Jesus lived.

    "Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens is one of the nation's foremost inspirational attractions.  We feature incredibly lifelike scenes telling the Story of Christ, utilizing life size figures, dramatic lighting, music and special effects. Everyone from Children to Seniors will enjoy seeing their favorite Bible stories come alive in the 3D Dioramas," says the museum's website.

    And while you're visiting the museum, you'll definitely also want to check out the Smoky Mountains themselves--a breathtakingly beautiful part of God's Creation!

     

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  • 7. A Christian Cruise

    7. A Christian Cruise


    Although this one isn't a specific place or location, it may be a great way to have fun with your family while being encouraged in your faith. 

    There are several cruises out there which are family friendly and include Christian seminars, inspirational speakers and preachers, and spirtually uplifting entertainment and often performances by well-known worship bands. 

    Cruises are also a great way to see places that you may not be able to afford if you opted for a more traditional vacation with the need for separate travel and lodging. 

     

    Some information taken from "7 of the Best Christian Vacations" and "10 Top Religious Attractions in the U.S."

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    Publication date: June 14, 2017