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Here Are 6 Interactive Museums in Tennessee Recommended by Tourists (with rates!)

If you’re looking for a fun day trip or a weekend getaway, consider visiting one of the many museums in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. From art and history museums to science museums to music museums, there’s something for everyone in this great state. Here are 8 museums rated 5 stars by tourists!


  1. Titanic Museum Attraction (Pigeon Forge)

Experience the life and stories of those who were transported onboard Titanic, brought to you by the fun crew of Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. As you walk through the exhibits, a card about the passengers on Titanic will be given to each visitor. The information learned from reading these profiles can help people better understand and honor the 2,208 Passengers & Crew by learning their stories. Some of the amazing things you could experience here are touching a growing iceberg (yes!), See the World’s Largest TITANIC Ship built of 56,000 LEGO Blocks, and so much more!

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Bring your kids for an enjoyable interactive experience! No worries for international visitors because there’s an Audio Tour included and is available in English, German, Mandarin & Spanish.  

Location: 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Admission Rates:

ADULT AGE 13 and Up: $35.00 + tax
AGES 5-12: $15 + tax
AGE 4 and under: Free
FAMILY PASS: $115 + tax (2 adults & up to 4-children ages 18 and under)


2. Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville)

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If you’re looking for a chill museum visit with your family and friends, or alone (’cause why not?) Head out to KMA!

The Knoxville Museum of Art is home to one of the most diverse collections in East Tennessee, with works from around the world. The permanent exhibits offer an introduction to this rich culture, old and new, of the Southern Appalachians.  Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee, a permanent exhibition of works from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth century, spotlights the compelling and heretofore largely unknown visual arts legacy of Knoxville and the region. The Admission is FREE!

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Location: 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37916

Admission Rates: Free


  1. Cannonsburgh Village (Murfreesboro)

Step into the village and be transported to a time when life was simpler. You can see how pioneers lived out their lives, living in Cannonsburgh Village Murfreesboro representing more than 100 years of early Tennessee history! Cannonsburgh, the original name for Murfreesboro, is a reconstructed Southern village with a gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, log home, church, general store, and a working blacksmith’s shop that serve as reminders of life in pioneer times. See the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh Village.


Location: 312 S. Front St. Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Admission Rates:: Free self-guided walking tours

2. Customs House Museum and Cultural Center (Clarksville)

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something more than just history. The museum has over 35000 square feet of space filled with science, and art pieces from all around the world as well as an extensive collection of Tennessee-based culture!

Location: 200 S. Second St. Clarksville, TN 37040

Admission Rates:

$12 Adults (18-64)
$9 Adult Military, College Students, Seniors (65+) and CMCSS Teachers
$5 Children (3-17)
Free for children 2 and under
Free for Museum Members

The Museum also offers a monthly FREE admission day, which is the second Saturday of every month.


  1. Graceland (Memphis)

Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis Tennessee is open daily with tours that allow you to see all aspects of his custom jets and other memorabilia he left behind.
You can also go shopping at our new entertainment complex where there will be something for every fan! The all-new Graceland Exhibition Center features three rotating exhibits, the TCB Food Hall and Jungle Room Bar.


Location: 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116

Admission Rates:

2. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (Nashville)

Your museum trip in Tennessee wouldn’t be complete if you don’t go to a music-related museum.

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Musicians from all genres of music are honored at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. You can find some truly historic artifacts inside the museum. For example, you’ll be able to see instruments played on original recordings by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hank Williams Sr., as well as George Harrison! There’s also a lot that covers music history from before World War II all the way up until contemporary times with artists like The Supremes (a group known best for their number one hit “You Make Me Feel Like) Hearing Things”, Frank Sinatra, the iconic Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Chicago and more!

Location:  401 Gay Street Nashville, TN 37219

Admission Rates:

CHILD (6-17) : $15.00

ADULT: $28.00



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Extremely Fun Places to Take Kids in Middle Tennessee

Kids these days are spending more time on their screens than with friends and family. Treat your kids to some fun adventures around Middle Tennessee this weekend. I have compiled a list of these great places that will keep the kids entertained for hours with no worries. So pack up the kids and get ready for the best weekend ever!

  1. The Adventure Park (Nashville)

It’s not “Tennessee” if it’s not “Nature-ish”. The Adventure Park is the newest and largest forest climbing park in Nashville!  Besides being recommended by TripAdvisor, the park claims to be good for your health, where you can appreciate nature while engaging in activities that are fun, challenging, and build your kids’ confidence. It’s not only for your children but for the whole family! Expect to use all of your strength by taking the obstacles with ziplines and you get to choose the level of difficulty for the“aerial trails”.

Price Range: $36 – $54

Reopens: March 5, 2022 (Full schedule here)

2. Discovery Center (Murfreesboro)

Murfree Spring’s Discovery Center is the perfect spot to take your little ones if they are looking for an interactive museum experience. They have a new fun exhibit where kids could try out surfing, snowboarding, kung fu, and climbing a canyon. This is to test their balance, strength, coordination, and endurance. They also have other permanent exhibits to check out for.

They also offer other Sensory Friendly programs and events as well as infant and toddler classes. When school is out, they have exciting camping activities packed with innovative games, projects, and activities, all designed to help kids learn, socialize, and have fun! Also, if you want to be extra, have your kids’ best birthday ever at Discovery Center.

Price Range: Ages 2 & up: $8 (Get tickets here)
Younger than 2: FREE
Members: FREE

Opening Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

3. Soar Adventure Tower (Franklin)

SOAR Adventure Tower is the ideal destination for your next team event. SOAR offers many different options for your group to not only enjoy but never forget. The unique tower creates a safe and interactive atmosphere that features 4 levels and over 110 climbing elements that will challenge kids and adults both mentally and physically. They also offer an 18 hole miniature golf course for the sporty little ones! With over 10 custom designs, musically themed holes that can only be found in Music City! After your climb or during your round of golf, you can enjoy a frosty cold beer or cider from their new bar! Is your birthday upcoming? Celebrate it here!

Price Range: $29 – $45 (Get tickets here)

Opening Hours: Varies every month

4. Honeysuckle Hill Farm (Springfield)

The earlier you start planning your fall season, the better! Honeysuckle Hill Farm highlights Tennessee farming life from September to October. It has evolved into Middle Tennessee’s Largest Outdoor Halloween Attraction. Since opening, they have been completing every families’ Fall experience with their Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Petting Farm, Pumpkin Train, Hay Ride, and a Pumpkin Cannon; with over 75 “farmtastic” rides, the corn maze, and other family fun attractions, it’s definitely for everyone! Honeysuckle Hill Farm now covers 200 acres and manages about 150 of the finest farmhands in Middle Tennessee. How cool is that?

Price Range: $15 – $44 (Get tickets here)

Opening Hours: September 25 to October 31

5. Fall Creek Falls State Park (Spencer)

Tennessee’s state park system was recently ranked by the National Recreation and Parks Association as one of the top 4 state park systems in the country. Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park is a must-see for family with kids who want to reconnect with nature and of course, who loves scenic beauty!  Falls Creek is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks. The resort-style amenities offer everything from water activities to hiking trails, RV Camping, and even white water rapids. The park is a veritable hot spot for outdoor adventure, with more than 29,800 acres that span across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. After a long day, indulge yourself with the all-u-can-eat buffet at the Gaul’s Gallery Restaurant while looking at the beautiful view of all Creek Lake.

Price Range: FREE

Opening Hours: For reservation


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Famous Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tennessee

The new year is coming! If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tennessee, then look no further. Here are our favorite places to toast the new year with friends and family in Tennessee.

Take note: Dates are only applicable for 2021-2022


First on the list is one of the biggest parties happening in 2022 nationwide, Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville. The gates to the venue will open at 4:30 p.m., on December 31st 2021! People are going to see Fisk Jubilee Singer, DJ Aydamn, Zac Brown Band, and Dierks Bentley with a variety of special guests. This year, they’re ringing in the new with a bang! Join the fun for exclusive music note drop and fireworks show—you’ll get your hands on 100 pounds-worth of biodegradable confetti too (we know how much you love throwing that away with no guilt).

Four selfie stations with giant props will be onsite this year including an LED 2022 sign and a red light-up Music Note sign. If you want to make your night extra special, purchase the Nashville’s Big Bash Package which includes a minimum 1-night hotel stay at a participating hotel, hand warmers, Nashville koozie, locally made popcorn, and more. Perfect!


Make your last day of 2021 a celebration by going to Memphis and joining in on all the fun happening around town. The famous Beale Street, one of America’s iconic streets, will complete your night by dancing to live music and enjoying the bars and restaurants. Consider B.B. King’s Blues Club At Sea for live music from funky and fast to soulful and smooth, the band does it all while you enjoy a signature drink or dance the blues away.


Creative Discovery Museum

Chattanooga is full of family-friendly activities. There’s always something going on in this city, especially every new year.  Creative Discovery Museum prepared special events to look forward to on Dec. 30, 2021 at 6-8 p.m. Catch the exciting crafts in the Art Studio, go shooting off mini Mentos geysers, dance with mom & dad in the atrium, and unleash your inner artist crafting New Year’s hats.

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If you’re looking for some parties exclusive for 18+ to 21+ adults, head out to these bars: Unknown Caller cocktail bar, The Signal, Rosecomb bar, and The Moxy Start your year right with live music, DJs, dancing, drinks, food and so much more.

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New Year’s Eve in the Smokies is pretty much the best experience! Don’t miss the 33rd annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Dec. 31, 2021, at the base of the Space Needle (on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road). It is known as one of the largest celebrations in Tennessee. Approximately, 50,000 people spend their New Year’s Eve here every year. The most awaited part of the event is the fireworks blast from the roof of the 400-foot tall Space Needle to choreographed music with an LED light show. Live music begins at 10 p.m. and includes headliners Slippery When Wet, the Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band. Best part? it’s FREE!


Try a different way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year under the stars with live music by the Mike Snodgrass Band at 10 p.m and food trucks at the iconic Sunsphere in Knoxville. Dance to DJ-led tunes starts at 9pm while you enjoy mouthwatering treats from your favorite chefs, all in an iconic location like no other!

At the top, the lights are beautiful and creates a romantic ambiance. For teens,  enjoy ice skating at Holidays on Ice until 10 p.m. and more. For the main event,  catch the most awaited ball drop from the Sunsphere at midnight.


If your family wants some laid back celebration, spending it to one of the most beautiful hotel in Tennessee is the best option. From the name itself, DollyWood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa will make your dream a reality. Tucked away in a beautiful cove in the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this hotel is a well-appointed, reimagined property that features a variety of accommodations and amenities. 

Light up the mood with some live entertainment of jazz, acoustic folk, or rock with a family-friendly DJ. Not a fan of so much noise? Snuggle up for movies, crafts and games while waiting for midnight or have deep conversations by a bonfire. Then, gather your loved ones together for a fireworks display and an appearance by Dolly Parton on screen as you countdown to 2022.

Plan your New Year’s Eve travel to Tennessee, where you can make memories and kick off 2022 in a big way.

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Experience a Unique Christmas-Themed Hotel in Tennessee

Welcome to the Best Christmas Ever! That’s what you’ll be saying when you stay at this Tennessee-based hotel that is decorated in all things festive. The hotel has a lot of activities for people of all ages, and it will make anyone feel like they’re in the holiday spirit. Check it out below!

With a name like The Inn at Christmas Place, you know this hotel is all about the holiday season. Actually, you don’t have to wait for Christmas to go here ’cause it’s Christmas every day of the year! With a stunning view of the Great Smoky Mountains, this award-winning space is located right at the foothills. The hotel boasts everything from beautiful gardens to Bavarian architecture and will provide you with all that much-needed Christmas spirit for your vacation in Tennessee!

You will be blown away by the luxurious interior of this hotel. The hospitality at this hotel is truly second to none, and there are always bustling events in the lobby. The hotel offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with their complimentary hot breakfast, visits from Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus, access to a fitness center, bedtime cookies, and a sparkly landscaped outdoor space that will make you never want to leave the place!

The indoor pool is a refreshing year-round retreat, and especially fun for the kids in the winter months. Good news! It’s open 24 hours a day. They also have a Large Hot Tub for those who want to relax and a 95 ft. Figure-8 Waterslide Outdoor Pool for more fun!

The beautiful, themed rooms and suites are stunning, as well! You’ll get to indulge in flat-screen TVs and decorated Christmas trees. The mini-suites offer up gas fireplaces for those chilly nights. They have various rooms to choose from: The Double Queen Room, King Mini-Suites, Two Room Suites, & Santa Suite.

The Inn at Christmas Place knows how to put a lot of attention into its offerings. The folks here make sure to celebrate the best holiday of each year every single day. Your kids will love the performances by a two-story glockenspiel. Most of the guests who go here come back because of three major reasons: its clean space, incredible hospitality of the staff, and the interior & exterior of the hotel.

Will you be visiting this holiday season? Or perhaps, any other day that you’d like it to be the holiday season? Don’t miss this chance! The Inn at Christmas Place has a limited number of rooms available, so reserve your stay as soon as possible. Merry Christmas, folks!

Exact Location: 119 Christmas Tree Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868


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You Should Not Miss These Christmas Events in Tennessee This Year [2021]

Who doesn’t love Christmas? From the twinkling lights to the holiday parties, it’s hard not to get into the spirit of things. If you’re looking for some new traditions this year or just want an excuse to explore Tennessee in December, here are several events you can celebrate Christmas in Tennessee!

Applicable dates: 2021/22 events


Pigeon Forge Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas is an event that thousands flock to every year. The Tennessee Christmas Light and Music Shows is the state’s largest drive-thru holiday light show, with over 2 million lights along a 2.5-mile route are programmed to music and new, colorful displays. Catch them live every night at 5 p.m. rain or shine and on all holidays. 

Applicable Dates: Nov. 12, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022

Location: James E. Ward Agricultural Center

Bristol – Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway

If you’re looking for the most epic light show in this region, look no further than Speedway In Lights! The largest holiday spectacular at Bristol Motor Speedway’s drag way will be held at Highway 394 (not on Volunteer Parkway). The lights are so beautiful and captivating that it’s hard to take one step without being fascinated. The best part of going to Bristol Motor Speedway is the 90-minute driving radius Ice Rink. You shouldn’t let this one slip away!

Applicable Dates: November 12, 2021 to January 1, 2022

SEE ALSO: The Wessyngton State Story

Gatlinburg – Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter

A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains is made even more magical at Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter event.

See winter decorations including a 40-foot tall Christmas tree at the Anakeesta plaza on the Parkway. Feel like you’re in the North Pole with all of its glimmering lights and winding paths as you ride up to Anakeesta Mountain. This is one way for people who live there year round, but visiting tourists will come across enchanting holiday decorations on their travels through town during December time! The fire pits are lit warmly at night so that visitors can enjoy themselves while they sip hot cocoa from the new Hot Chocolate Trail before going home again. The experience isn’t complete without carolers singing festive tunes outside Vista Gardens.

Special Event Your Kids Will Love:

  • Special Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 (includes pre-breakfast Santa Parade)

Applicable Dates: November 11, 2021 to February 2022

Gatlinburg – Lights Over Gatlinburg at Gatlinburg Skylift Park

Experience America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in a whole new way this December as Gatlinburg Skylift Park is decked out for the holidays with more than 60,000 lights coordinated to classic Christmas music. Photo opportunities at the 30-foot tree and lighted trees along the new SkyTrail will complete your night. The “Lights Across Gatlinburg” provides an unforgettable experience with access to the SkyBridge during daytime where you can explore a new Tower called Tulip. It offers mountain views on each level while telling an inspiring story of renewal and rebuilding after the 2016 wildfires. Then, you can return at night to see the park twinkle with holiday cheer for free!

Huntsville – Ghosts of the Past at Christmas

In Tennessee, you might not have known it, but for centuries people have been telling ghost stories at Christmas. A great way of getting into the spirit is with an spooky story – and who doesn’t enjoy being terrified? (Me! Just kidding!) 

The ghosts of the past live on at Christmas time in Huntsville, Tennessee when you visit one-of-a kind haunt called “Ghosts Of The Past At Christmas.” A perfect opportunity for some spooky fun with history and tours that will leave your hair standing up on end! Book your tour today as tickets must be purchased in advance.

SEE ALSO: Spend Your Day Right in Murfreesboro


Lebanon – Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas is an event that thousands flock to every year. The Tennessee Christmas Light and Music Shows is the state’s largest drive-thru holiday light show, with over 2 million lights along a 2.5-mile route are programmed to music and new, colorful displays. Catch them live every night at 5 p.m. rain or shine and on all holidays. 

Applicable Dates: Nov. 12, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center

Nashville – The Nutcracker

The whole family can enjoy “Nashville’s Nutcracker” presented by the Nashville Ballet. This annual holiday production features a sparkling journey through the Land of Sweets with nods to Nashville’s history and new, surprise elements. Feel the magic of beloved characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Drosselmeyer, Madam Bonbon, and, of course, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker. The spectacular show is a Nashville family tradition. There’s always something new and exciting to see at this event, with glittering sets that captivate the audience for hours on end!

Applicable Dates: December 15-24, 2021

Christmas in Clarksville, Tennessee

Make memories that will last a lifetime at the many holiday events and activities in Clarksville. For those looking for some action in winter, the ice rink at Downtown Commons is open now through Jan 10th. For just $12 for adults and $10 for kids, you can take a spin with your family for skate rentals.  Christmas on the Cumberland is the most popular holiday activity as it features over 1 million lights in displays along the half-mil Riverwalk at McGregor Park now through Jan. 1, 2022.

Planning to drive around the town? No problem!  Head to the Clarksville Speedway’s Drive-Thru Christmas Lights which features more than 3 million light displays along the one-mile track. If you want a different entertainment experience, check out the holiday classic at The Roxy Regional Theatre like “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” among others.

Applicable Dates: January 2022

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Cookeville – Christmas in the Park

December is a busy month for the people of Cookeville. From illuminating their 40-foot tree to welcoming in Christmas, it’s clear that this town loves celebrating! Expect Christmas-inspired activities ranging from downtown carriage rides, meet and greets with Santa, concerts, Christmas Movies in the Park and the Christmas Forest exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum. 

While you’re nearby be sure to check out Monterey, Tennessee’s Christmas Home & Hearth Celebration; the more-than-50-year-old evening Christmas Parade through downtown Cookeville; and the drive-through light attraction Hidden Hollow Lights that is open now through New Year’s Day. 

Applicable Dates: Open now to January 1, 2022


Memphis – Museum of Science & History

A magical experience awaits you in this amazing place where beautifully decorated Christmas trees welcome you and your family. Kids will love the model trains and Gingerbread Village. Make sure to take photos with Santa in his snow globe. Catch your favorite holiday movies, “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “The Light Before Christmas” at the Giant Screen Theater and see the “Season of Light and Laser Holidays” shows at the AutoZone Dome Planetarium. Before heading home, don’t forget to drop buy at the museum’s gift shop for unique gifts.

Applicable Dates: November 20, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021

Covington – Dickens Christmas

Take a journey through time and space to the Victorian era during Dickens’ Christmas in Covington, Tennessee. The streets of the city as well ass the historic court square will be transformed into Charles Dickens’ world, with Victorian characters and carolers. You’re encouraged to wear Victorian era costumes if you feel like it!  Additional holiday events taking place in Covington include the Festival of Trees at the Tipton County Museum Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 2021 and performances of “A Wicked Christmas Carol” Dec. 10-18, 2021 at the Historic Ruffin Theater.

Union City – Let It Glow Holiday Light Show

The “Let It Glow” light show in Discovery Park of America is coming up and it’s sure to be a spectacular holiday experience! The event will feature more than 1 million lights synchronizing with Christmas songs. This great attraction starts on November 12th through December 31st 2021, so don’t miss out if you’re near West Tennessee during this time frame! If you’re not comfortable being in a crowd, make your way to the drive-thru light show on the 50 acres of the heritage park. This year, you can walk through part of the light show on the grounds.  Indulge with great food and get warm with a great hot chocolate in local cafes around the town. 

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Spend Your Day Right in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Located approximately 34 minutes south along I-24 from Nashville, Murfreesboro serves as the Rutherford County seat with its picturesque riverside setting and history-making for all ages. The sports games in this area are some of the most entertaining around, and it’s also home to the state’s largest college, Middle Tennessee State University. If you’re planning to stroll around or move to Murfreesboro, here is a list of things you should cross off your list.

  1. Travel Back in Civil War Era at Stones River National Battlefield

The Battle of Stones River, also known as the Civil War’s most blood-soaked battle and one where more than 10 percent of those who fought were killed or wounded.
The nation was divided into two camps: North vs South; freedom versus slavery. The stakes could not have been any higher for this crucial contest to determine which way Americans would go in their quest for America’s future.

2. See the Grand Architecture of Oaklands Mansion

Oaklands Mansion is one of the most historically significant buildings in Civil War-era America; nestled in Oaklands Park, a native tree arboretum and natural wetlands, which includes Maney Spring as well as heritage and native gardens. Listed on the National Register, it served as a hospital for soldiers and civilians alike during that time period when tensions were high between North and South states. It was also one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee, playing host to famous people like  Sarah Childress Polk (wife of President James K. Polk).

3. Let Your Kids Enjoy at Discovery Center

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a children’s museum that offers educational hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages. Kids will love the 5 Senses – with a life-sized nose, tongue, ear, hand, and eye that dive into the senses of the body; Creation Station where artists can create masterpieces with chalk, paper, cardboard, paint, clay, and more; the Farmers Market which teaches how many miles the average meal takes to arrive on plates and information on buying local; and Water Works that covers interactive systems of pumps, wheels, and pipes, teaching the power of water. With hundreds of fun exhibits, twenty acres of outdoor wetlands, daily programs, and a two-story slide, the whole family will definitely love it!

4. Boost Your Energy at The Miracle Field

The David Price Miracle Field is a special need baseball and playground facility. The goal is to help children and adults alike to forget about their day-to-day struggles. Children of all abilities love to enjoy sensory stations, zipline, ramps, and turf. After exerting a lot of energy, grab your lunch on one of the covered picnic tables or at one of the concession stands. 

5. Complete Your Day With A Nice Meal at Alley On Main

From appetizers to handmade desserts, their menu focuses on fresh steaks, seafood, and pasta. Every item on the menu is scratch-made each day.  If you are having lunch or dinner, they have daily specials and seasonal items that rotate in and out of their menu.  The recipes at The Alley on Main have been passed down for generations. They also cater for special occasions – having a semi-private dining area in the back section of our restaurant that holds up to 30 guests comfortably.  Catch live music

6. Grab a Drink at Hop Springs Beer Park

Enjoy the rolling hills at the new Hop Springs Beer Park, the tasting room, and the ultimate hangout spot crafted by Steel Barrel Brewery. You’ll find an extensive list of craft beer, live music every weekend, and delicious food at the family and dog-friendly venue. Hop Springs is open from Wednesdays to Sundays. 


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Tennessee Favorites: Thanksgiving Day

Family Getaways

Reconnect with Nature

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a spectacular place to explore on Thanksgiving. Hiking trails and wildlife await those who venture into this wonderful realm of natural beauty! Take the aerial tramway from downtown to Ober Gatlinburg, where ice skating, ski trails, and snow tubing await. 

Give Back To The Community

Join the annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet by Nashville Rescue Mission and help prepare and serve meals to thousands of homeless people. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach children how to appreciate the things they have in life by helping those less privileged.

Don’t Forget to Join Fun Events Around The Corner

Be sure to participate in the Winterfest Weekend at Graceland, which features a tree lighting ceremony, take advantage of the 3 million LED lights shining in the city. Take a drive or even a walk through downtown Gatlinburg, and you take in the bright colors of glowing lights with representations of bears, deer, rabbits, foxes, squirrels, and other traditional holiday scenes.  There will also be arts-and-crafts stalls, and food vendors selling lip-smacking fare. You may also visit the Orpheum Theatre to revel in Thanksgiving performances. Take your kids to visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home.

Shopping Galore

Make use of Black Friday deals to complete your Christmas shopping while you enjoy your Tennessee Thanksgiving getaway. There are many shopping destinations in the Volunteer State offering Thanksgiving weekend retail therapy. Get unbelievable bargains on early festive season gifts for family and friends.

The Island – Pigeon Forge

 Head out to The Island, which has over 60 high-quality retail shops selling jewelry, souvenirs, artwork, handbags, accessories, and more. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the quaint town of Pigeon Forge has a number of places where you can finish your shopping for the festive season.

Tanger Outlets – Sevierville

Visit the Tanger Outlet while spending your Thanksgiving weekend in Gatlinburg, where you can shop till you drop and benefit from immense savings. Shop for great deals on anything like winter coats, boots, camping gear, recipe books, high-end cookware, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, and much more.

West Town Mall – Knoxville

West Town Mall is probably the biggest mall in Tennessee. It’s very popular with over 150 stores, of which 40 are exclusive to Knoxville. has an array of brand stores where you can pick up amazing bargains on clothes, footwear, lingerie, jewelry, and more. You can find your favorite restaurants for sure at this mall.

Skip the Stress of Cooking and Cleaning

Thanksgiving at the Read House’s Bridgeman’s Chophouse – Chattanooga

Spend Thanksgiving weekend in Chattanooga at one of the longest continuously operating hotels in the southeast, The Read House, where guests can feast out at the hotel’s Bridgeman’s Chophouse’s special Thanksgiving features. With elegant guest rooms, delightful dining, and historical beginnings, it makes for a well-spent Thanksgiving with your closest friends and family.

Adele’s Thanksgiving 2021 Buffett Menu – Nashville

Dine on a buffet spread of locally sourced, traditional Thanksgiving food at Adele’s in Nashville while sipping on their 2021 signature cocktail specials, Pumpkin White Russians, and Cider & Maple Old Fashioneds. Their menu includes cheese and charcuterie, apple sage pork loin, roasted prime rib, southern buttermilk cornbread staffing, basked mac and cheese, apple crumble, pecan pie squares, and much more.

Backyard Grill – Monroe

Local restaurants in Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland region will be offering turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving weekend. Whether looking to pick up orders to go or dine-in, Dixie, Bobcat Den, Country Kitchen, Farm House, and Backyard Grill has all your Thanksgiving fixings covered.

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10 Crazy Facts About Tennessee You Probably Didn’t Know

Tennessee is a large state in the south-eastern United States. It’s known for its music and culture, as well as being home to many caves and rivers. However, there are facts about Tennessee that you might not know! This blog post will give you facts about Tennessee that not many people are familiar with.

  1. Tennessee earned its nickname as, “The Volunteer State” during the War of 1812

Tennessee is a state full of die-hard Volunteers who fought for the country. The nickname, “the Volunteer State,” was given to Tennessee after sending 1,500 volunteer soldiers to fight in defense during the Battle at New Orleans in 1812. The answer lies in the long and honorable history of self-sacrifice, courage, and patriotism of its citizens.

2. Nashville isn’t the birthplace of country music

It’s no surprise that the country’s music capital, Nashville is home to many stars and it’s known to be Music City. But Bristol is actually the official birthplace of country music for several important reasons. Find out HERE.

3. Reelfoot Lake came from shaky beginnings

The lake was formed entirely from a series of earthquakes in 1811-1812. A series of catastrophic earthquakes shook West Tennessee and the rest of the Central Mississippi Valley. Some reports said that the quakes were strong enough to awaken sleepers in Washington, D.C., and allegedly some tremors were felt twelve hundred miles away in Quebec City, Canada. 

These days, the 15,000 acres of water in Reelfoot Lake State Park brings visitors from all over the country to explore bald cypress trees and nesting pairs of eagles. The perfect place to go for those who love photography. It’s one-of-a-kind!

SEE ALSO: Here are the 7 Best Lakes to live near in Tennessee

4. Martin Luther King, Jr. took his last breath at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is an inspiration that will never die. He took his last breath at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, and people all over still come to see what’s left of him there today.

After his death, the motel became a landmark and now is preserved as the American Civil Rights Museum.

5. Kingston was the state capital for one day, September 21, 1807

This was a result of a treaty with the Cherokees. In the Tellico Treaty of 1805, the Cherokees requested that the state capital be moved to Kingston, and the state agreed as part of the treaty.

Unfortunately, the Indians didn’t stipulate how long they wanted the capital at Kingston. The legislature met there for a few hours on September 21, 1807, making Kingston the capital for one day. They then returned to Knoxville which once again became the capital. 

6. The Knoxville World’s Fair in 1982 hosted 11,127,786 people

We find that to be exceedingly fascinating. The World’s Fair brought people from all over the world to Knoxville to see exciting new inventions, food, and international displays. The fair’s theme, “Energy Turns Our World,” debuted many inventions pertaining to energy and its practical applications.

SEE ALSO: 5 Most Awaited County Fairs in Tennessee You Shouldn’t Miss Every Summer

7. Copper Basin was discovered from space. INSANE.

The three man-made marks on the planet that were visible from space were said to be the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Copper Basin (CB) in Tennessee. The Copper Basin in southeastern Tennessee became the site of increasingly extensive and successful reforestation efforts. 

8. Home of the LARGEST freshwater aquarium

In Chattanooga, you will not only find a freshwater aquarium but a newer saltwater aquarium as well. Head out to Tennessee Aquarium with your friends and family. The Tennessee Aquarium is one of the world’s largest freshwater aquariums, and easily Chattanooga’s biggest attraction, contributing more than $115 million to the city’s economy annually.

9. Home of 10,000 caves

Cumberland Caverns

Tennessee is home to 10,000 caves beneath its mossy hills and flat farmlands. While you cannot enter all of these caves; there are others that offer magnificent and one-for-the-books experiences.

SEE ALSO: Tennessee’s Scariest Places and Their Shivering Stories

10. Jack Daniel’s made his fortune in Lynchburg

Lynchburg is in Moore County, the smallest county in Tennessee. Even though it’s home to the Distillery, it’s a dry county and has been ever since Prohibition.

One more fact about Jack Daniel is that he died awfully after kicking his safe and allowing the wound to get infected.

What actually happened was that one morning Jack came into work early and decided to open up the safe for the day, rather than waiting for his nephew to arrive. Legend has it that he became frustrated as he repeatedly got the code wrong, and kicked the safe, breaking his toe. It is said that this injury brought on the blood poisoning that took Jack’s entire leg, and eventually his life.


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Fun, Spooky Halloween Activities in Tennessee

This Halloween, make sure you carve out some time to enjoy the festivities! Tennessee has many fun and spooky activities to choose from. We have compiled a list of things that are Halloween-themed for you. Make sure to check them all out before deciding what activities would be best for your family this year!

1. Go to a Pumpkin Patch

List of Best Pumpkin Patches in Nashville and Middle Tennessee

A trip to Tennessee wouldn’t be complete without checking out cute pumpkin patches. The children’s laughter filled the air as they ran around picking out pumpkins bigger than their teeny bodies. Plan to balance out a full day on the farm with a fun hayride for the whole family, too!

2. Get Lost in Corn Mazes

Location: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Oakes Farm – Corryton

Most pumpkin patches in Tennessee have their Corn Mazes, too! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s up to the challenge of figuring out how to get through all those tricky twists and turns! It’s definitely so much fun when you do it with your friends and family in Halloween costumes!

3. Have fun on a Trunk or Treat

Upcoming Events: “Fire Truck or Treat” in Gallatin, TN

Nope. This is not a typographical error. You read it right. Trunk-or-Treat is changing the way people Trick-or-Treat. A bunch of parents band together (typically in a school or church parking lot), deck out their trunks with Halloween decorations and let their kids meander from car to car, collecting candy at each stop. Some nonprofit organizations and fire departments are joining the trend too! Which makes it more interesting.

4. Join Ghost Tours or Visit a Haunted House

The spooky stories of Tennessee’s haunted houses are enough to keep even the bravest soul up at night. From abandoned madhouses and creepy caves, there is no shortage when it comes time for a ghost tour. The guided walks through old buildings filled with spooky tales and legendary figures known across America (because of the Civil War) will complete your Halloween season.

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5. Unlock challenges at Escape Rooms with Friends

Test your wits against the challenging clues, perplexing puzzles, and maddening mysteries embedded in escape rooms with your friends this Halloween! Every room presents a different scenario and unique series of clues, each more enticing than the next, so gather some friends, family, or coworkers and come put yourself to the test.

6. Beat your Friends on a Zombie Paintball Game

Put your shooting skills to the test by taking on the undead during an interactive Zombie Paintball experience. You have the option to do this whether it’s Day or Night. We know it’s a lot scarier when the darkness fields the place while you shoot on “live” flesh-eating undead creatures who are hungry for their next meal.

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7. Watch a Halloween Special Show

One great example is to see the SPIRIT: The Authentic Bell Witch Experience. Basically, you will be witnessing a show about a terrifying story that mainly happened in the venue itself. As creepy as it sounds, visitors come from around the world to Adams to watch the magnificent show and to get a closer look at the site of the Bell Witch hauntings.

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Spend your Me Time in these 5 Relaxation Spas in Hendersonville, TN

There is no better way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. It’s hard to find Me Time these days, but ladies and gentlemen, you deserve a break. Here are 5 relaxation spas around Hendersonville, Tennessee. Thank me later.

  1. Exhale Massage and Wellness –

From the first time you walk in to our doors, Exhale Massage and Wellness is committed to giving each person a personalized experience that’s tailored for their needs. Services include: Exhale Wellness massage, prenatal massages, focused massages, recovery massages, and lava shell massages.

Location: 110 Sanders Ferry Road Hendersonville Tennessee


2. Hendersonville Wellness and Spa –

Hendersonville Wellness and Spa is the ultimate destination for relaxation. With unparalleled service, they provide clients with results that last far into their day-to-day lives. Using cutting-edge technologies and the finest medical-grade products, every treatment is customized to specific needs to help clients reach goals quickly and effectively. The spa offers treatments including Esthetics by Celeste, Hydration Haven, Custom Care Clinic, and natural weight loss solutions.

Location: 216 Shivel Drive Hendersonville Tennessee


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3. Kneaded Relief Massage Studio –

The professionals at Kneaded Relief Massage Studio know that every person has a different pain threshold and will react differently to treatments. This is why they make sure everyone’s needs are met, no matter what level your condition may be on! Owned by three wonderful women, they desire to help people live pain-free lives with the help of massage therapy. Services include: integrative massages, prenatal massages, and chair massages.

Location: 394 West Main Street Hendersonville Tennessee


4. Salt Medspa Halotherapy –

Salt MedSpa has a number of different treatments for respiratory ailments. You’ll feel tension slipping away as your body unwinds from a stressful day, and peace takes over by taking their services which include Halotherapy (salt therapy), hydrafacials, massages, facials, waxing and eyelashes, and infrared sauna. They have helped many people’s lives by reducing congestion, cleansing the lungs and eliminating toxins in an instant yet soothing way.

Location: 393 East Main Street Hendersonville Tennessee


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5. Tranquil Garden Massage Spa –

The Tranquil Garden Massage Spa is a unique oasis of calm that offers an array of therapeutic, relaxing treatments to help you find your inner peace;  performed in a nurturing, warm, and inviting space in order to truly be effective. They have made it a goal to provide health benefits that can be felt by everyone they encounter by combining medical expertise with an authentic spa-care experience. They are experts providing body massages, salt chamber (halotherapy), sauna, hydrotherapy, and reflexology.

Location: 200 Anderson Lane North Hendersonville Tennessee


I can’t help but feel like I need much ME Time. I bet you’re feeling the same way I do! 

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