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Things to Do in Tennessee

From mountain music in the east to Beale Street’s blues in Memphis to country music in Nashville, here everyone has a song in their hearts. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, is tops in the nation. In Chattanooga, celebrate the Tennessee River at the aquarium and learn about the city’s railroad past. Nearby, the Ocoee River is a whitewater rafter’s dream. Natchez Trace Parkway runs south from Nashville, where there are plenty of attractions and things to do. Throughout the state, Civil War battles raged, leaving stories to be told. Memphis boasts its BBQ restaurants and Graceland, the home of Elvis, king of rock ‘n roll. Spend some time here…hotels, cabins, condos and B&Bs available.
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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

121 Monument Avenue
Greeneville, Tennessee
The historic site includes a visitor center with a museum showcasing the 17th president of the United States, the actual tailor shop where Johnson worked and a video presentation.

Andrew Johnson succeeded President Lincoln after his death, however Johnson was challenged with mending the country and subsequently was the first president to be impeached. In President Johnson's early home, exhibits depict his life prior to assuming the presidency....
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Rafting in the Smokies/Family Adventure

813 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Offering one to three-hour guided whitewater rafting and float trips on the Pigeon River near the Great Smoky Mountains. The Upper Pigeon River features 12 Class III and three Class IV rapids over its five miles. The Lower Pigeon River is more forgiving with Class I to 111 rapids, making the six-mile run perfect for the entire family.
Hours & Admission
Late March to October, Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., depending on scheduled water releases; scheduled releases late May to early September, Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Rafting in the Smokies

Ramsey House Plantation and Gardens

2614 Thorngrove Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee
This historic home, built in 1797 by Thomas Hope for Francis Alexander Ramsey and his sons, is set on 100-acres of rolling Tennessee hillside in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

The house is a Georgian-style design and is significant for its original interior and exterior architectural features. The exterior is made from local pink marble and blue limestone and the interior contains elaborate wood detailing, as well as early furnishings and decorative arts. The house was unusual...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

Three Rivers Rambler

900 Neyland Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee
The Three Rivers Rambler is a 90-minute, 11-mile train ride that highlights East Tennessee's unique history and beauty. Guests aboard the train, pulled by a fully restored 1925 steam locomotion, enjoy a trip along the Tennessee River beginning in downtown Knoxville and traveling past historical sites such as the Three Rivers Trestle, where the French Broad and Holston River join to form the Tennessee River.

The Three Rivers Rambler train ride is in the process of a two-to-three year...
Hours & Admission
May to November, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., except University of Tennessee home football game dates when Railgate is held. Extended hours and days for themed events, such as Easter, fall foliage, and the Pumpkin and Christmas Express. Admission.
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A Walk in the Woods Guide Service

4413 Scenic Drive East
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
An approved National Park Service Great Smoky Mountains outfitter authorized to operate in the park.

Expert guide services in varying specialties take visitors through relative areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Offering hiking, backpacking, fishing and photography guide services, plus guided tours and a hiker shuttle service.

Personnel are...
Hours & Admission
Varies by hike. Admission.

Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee
For more than 60 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for children in the tri-state area. The center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs that invite visitors of all ages to explore how science, invention and innovation affect their lives.

Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity, and engages the senses in the fascinating world of science. Visit the planetarium to learn about the solar system and the universe and to watch...
Hours & Admission
Science center: Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Planetarium (fee with science center admission): Monday to Friday 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Saturday 11:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Laser light shows (fee; no science center admission required): select Saturdays 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Closed major winter holidays. Admission.

Adventure Ziplines of Sevierville

1628 Parkway
Sevierville, Tennessee
Offering daytime and nighttime adventures on up to six ziplines ranging from 450 to 2,000-feet long that can travel up to 50 miles per hour. The highest point is 65 feet, while the average height is 35 feet. For first time zippers - you’re attached to a safety line at all times. Professionally trained guides. Age and height requirements apply.

Also located at the Adventure Park are the Five Oaks Riding Stables*. (*see separate listing)
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Admission.

Alewine Pottery

623 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Robert Alewine’s love of pottery continues to this day. Find handcrafted works including classic southern Appalachian Mountains designs. See dishes, pots, cups, vessels and lamps, among others.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Amazing Mirror Maze

919 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Perfect entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the city’s largest mirror maze, along with a 15-minute sound and light show.
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission.

American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE)

300 South Tulane Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
The site of the now famous Manhattan Project and home of one of America's National Laboratories, the AMSE is a center for exploration dedicated to personalizing science and technology. Exhibits include a civil defense station, science and technology station and interaction with real robots.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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