Since we are a home school family, we try to work many of our outings around a lesson of some sort. In preparation for our visit to Ivy Green we watched The Miracle Worker and I assigned my teenagers to read a few books about Helen Keller. We only went with one family so we didn't qualify for a group discount, but flashing our AAA card saved us a few dollars.
The entire tour is short and doesn't take much time. You could expect to do the tour and see everything on the grounds in less than an hour. My children were inspired to learn that she was able to overcome the severe disabilities that she had and consider her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan a true inspiration.
Don't miss the water pump where the miracle breakthrough occurred or the 'moon tree' that grows on the grounds.
Big Spring Park is nearby and a great place to stop before or after your tour for a picnic lunch and is sure to be a hit with younger kids.
This is the birthplace of Helen Keller - the famous woman who was blind, deaf, and mute. This is her birthplace and where she was raised. There are tours most days, and you get a real sense of what The Miracle Worker experienced while working with Helen. If you go in the summer, be prepared to be extremely HOT! But, there is a great thing every June called The Helen Keller Festival! Highly recommended!