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 Feb 11 Wine & Bourbon Tasting at Discovery Park of America Union City, TN Fine Wine and Strong Bourbon will be among the tastings at the "Blind Wine & Blind Bourbon Tasting" in Dinosaur Hall at Discovery Park of America. Come and put your taste buds to the test as you sample some expensive and not-too-pricey wines and bourbons. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 731-885-5455. learn more Northwest Mar 6 - Apr 1 24th Annual Photo Showcase Paris, TN Photo exhibit by professional and amateur photographers. Sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. Admission is free to the public. This is the 24th year the Paris-Henry County Arts Council has sponsored this event. learn more Northwest Mar 26 Walmart Dino Egg Hunt at Discovery Park of America Union City, TN Come and join children of all ages as we have our third Dino Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America! You will even have the chance to meet the Easter Bunny! learn more Northwest Apr 3 - 29 31st Annual Artists Showcase Paris, TN Oil and watercolor paintings and sculptures made by professional and amateur artists on display. Sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. Admission is free. This is the 31st Annual Artists Showcase. learn more Northwest Apr 22 - 24 Civil War Days at Discovery Park of America Union City, TN Civil War Days is an annual weekend event that takes place every April on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America. Reenactors set up camp and recreate the atmosphere of what it was like in the days of the Civil War. This is a unique weekend event that will have firing demonstrations, campfires, and other Civil War era events and items. learn more

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