Rugged Beauty, History Lessons, Wildlife & Water


Somewhere between boating, birding, wildlife and history, Northwest Tennessee whispers a challenge. Are you ready to do something you’ll never forget? Go where bald eagles nest or where the forest and lake become one.

Experience the call of the wild. The paradise of Northwest Tennessee is a dramatic landscape tailor-made for outdoor explorers.

Explore the flooded cypress forest at mysterious Reelfoot Lake which was created by an earthquake. Paris Landing State Park on gigantic Kentucky Lake and nearby Land Between the Lakes provide a vacation playground, teeming with water sports, golfing, biking, fishing, hiking and camping. Take time for a history lesson in the great outdoors while seeing relics and a Civil War monument at Lake Barkley.

Get in on a different kind of action at Discovery Park of America in Union City. Experience the one-of-a-kind interactive motion simulator. Zoom down a super-fast slide along a 48-foot human form. Control a huge globe to drain the world’s oceans. Race solar-powered airplanes. Play with “Live Sand.” See antique cars in the Transportation Hall. Discover a suit of armor and other treasures after you slide behind a bookcase. Feel how the New Madrid earthquakes changed the land. Press your nose against a 20,000-gallon aquarium.

Taste the sweet flavors at the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival. Sink your teeth into crispy Southern-fried catfish, a deep-fried tradition at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Paris. The Trenton Teapot Collection is the largest collection of rare porcelain nightlight teapots brought from Asia, Europe and Africa. Gaze at real pearls in the making at Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm, and take home a strand from your memorable trip to Northwest Tennessee.

Experience Northwest Tennessee

Come play and practice your particular brand of rugged individualism. Of course, we have plenty of shopping, antiques, museums, and history when you get around to taking a break.

Northwest Dec 1 - 31 Let It Glow Light Show at Discovery Park of America Union City, TN Over 380,000 lights that will twinkle and shine as you drive through the Let It Glow Light Show! Open 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $5.00 per vehicle / $10 per bus If you arrive on a bus that is too large to go through the light exhibit, Discovery Park will have transportation for $1 per person! (Sponsored by the City of Union City, TN) learn more Northwest Dec 6 - 20 Polar Express at the Train at Discovery Park of America Union City, TN *SOLD OUT* December 6th, 13th and 20th- Polar Express at the Train (Sponsored by Simmons Bank in honor of Robert Kirkland) The Polar Express movie comes to life with show times of 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. $10 Members / $15 Non-members learn more Northwest Dec 8 - 20 Festival of Trees Paris, TN Paris Henry County Heritage Center is partnering with the Downtown Paris Association in sponsoring "Festival of Trees" for 2015. It will run from Tuesday, Dec 8th through Sunday Dec 30th. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. learn more Northwest Jan 1, 2016 - Feb 29, 2016 American Bald Eagle & Waterfowl Tours Tiptonville, TN American Bald Eagle & Waterfowl Tours Daily learn more Northwest Feb 5, 2016 - Feb 7, 2016 Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival Tiptonville, TN Annual Eagle Festival - Eagle Tours - Bird of Prey Shows - Vendors - Children's Activities learn more

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