It’s Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day | Pretend at These Throwback Destinations

Today is National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. These novelty “national days” have pretty much gotten out of hand (National lima bean respect day? National crouton day?) but Time Traveler Day is a day you can have a lot of fun with.

The original intent was to have a day where you yourself pretend to be a time traveler, either coming to the present day from the future or the past. But what about taking a trip from the present to the past? Let’s take a look at some Festiva destinations where you can step back and experience a slice of what life was like in the past.

Branson, Missouri

For a bit of Branson history, including the famous Bald Knobbers, vigilantes who roamed the clear cut hill tops of the area more than 100 years ago, check out the famous Shepherd of the Hills outdoor show, now running for more than 50 years. This play under the stars takes place in a wild west style theater in the woods, with gunfights, stampeding horses, and a real cabin that is burned every night at the climax of the show. The play is family friendly, however, young children may be scared by the loud gunfights, which aim to recreate real frontier living. There’s never a dull moment- there’s square dancing at intermission, and the kids can burn off energy (and entertain the adults) in a potato sack race before the show!

Branson point and shoot (3)

Orlando, Florida

Old Town turns back the clock with old car shows, nostalgia shops, soda fountains, and a main street of yesteryear atmosphere. This outdoor shopping and entertainment area also has an adjacent amusement park complete with rollercoaster.

Old Town (2)

Charleston, South Carolina

This southern charmer oozes character: horse drawn carriages, gas lights, handmade goods at the historic Charleston City Market, and some of the country’s best restaurants, all set on a coastal backdrop. Take a historic city tour and learn of the antebellum history, or visit Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Take a sampling of some of the best southern cuisine you’ve ever tried during a food tour, or if the after hours are more your thing, take part in a ghost tour highlighting the city’s haunted past.

New Orleans, Louisiana

This southern city knows how to have fun in the excitement and history of the French Quarter. Explore intricate architecture, lively street performers, and the authentic art displays of NOLA. Travel this year to take advantage of special tricentennial celebrations going on throughout 2018.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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