I would like to hear from a parent who visited the park with their teenage children. I am 50 years old, and I like history; but I am torn as to whether this would be something my teenage boys would enjoy ? I know that they could learn a lot, but I need to make sure that they will be excited and open enough to the idea of going, so that they will be open to learning ?? Is there a mom or dad out there that is following my train of thought, and can give me their opinion ??
I am not a mom either. I think it would be interesting if the civil war was something the kids have studied or if they have an interest in it. From a kids standpoint just playing on the hills and seeing cannons (and maybe even reading historical blurbs posted along) and the other memorabilia could be interesting...depends on the kids I guess.
I took my nieces & nephew to the park. They're ages are 14, 11 & 9. They all really enjoyed it. Especially getting out to play on the hills, sit on cannons & especially the big iron/wood boat they have. We spent several hours & even enjoyed a picnic while there. They had lots of questions about what happened there & what everything was. My 14 year old niece is the one that was really interested in the Civil War since they were learning about this year in school. The other two enjoyed it, were willing to hear about it but we're just as happy to play on the hills. I hope that helps. They asked to go again next year.
I do not know the answer. I would certainly purchase the Ken Burns tape and let them get out and climb the hills. There were LOTS of teens when I was there. I agree with one other post, if they hate history, unfortunately, this will not change their mind.
I'm not a mom but we did go there. It's just driving thru mostly. There are sites to get out and look. Doesn't look like teenager stuff to me.
My son has had a love of history for years and is currently 19 and a Junior at Baylor. Of course, he is a history major and does Civil War reenacting, so this was a great trip for him. I would encourage you to take them because you never know what interest your visit might open up for them. There is more than just the battlefield to visit. There is the Old Courthouse, the Old Depot, tour some of the homes, especially Cedar Grove (there is a cannonball still stuck in the wall). Encourage them to embrace our nation's history... for better or worse.
We did not go with teens this trip, but toured Gettysburg years ago with ours and they loved it. Hire a guide. They make it so much better!
If your teenagers have expressed any interest in history I would say take them. If they think history is boring, your trip is doomed.
You could hire a battlefield guide to take you on a tour and personalize the events and tell the stories associated with various sites in the park, then you have a chance to interest them. But that option is more expensive.
It would depend on your teenaged boys; but my guess is probably not.
I’m 38 now but when I was 13 my parents took me to the Vicksburg battlefield...that’s when I became a History buff.
I would suggest you do a little homework.....find someone in your family, a friend's family, your town....who was at Vicksburg. What was their regiment? Then when you get to Vicksburg the rangers can tell you where that regiments monument is, and your boys can search for it. Take pictures. Anything you can do to personalize the experience will make it more interesting for them.
I used to be a teenage boy and yes, if you tell him that an important battle was fought here, he would be interested. Teenage boys love battles and war.
Sorry for my delay in responding i am not sure my son is 26 so no longer a teenager I know he would of liked it but he is a history buff and it may be boring if they aren't really into history, it is hallowed ground though it's peaceful and it gets you thinking about what those folks went through I hope this may help hope you have a great day
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