The 12 Kid-Friendly Tennessee Attractions You Should Visit

The 12 Kid-Friendly Tennessee Attractions You Should Visit

From thrilling roller coasters to lush gardens and historic stories, kids of all ages love visiting these Made in Tennessee destinations.

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Bike wheels rolling over wooded trails. Laughter among Tennessee's lush gradens located around the state. The pure adrenaline rush you feel as you fly along the tracks of the world's fastest wooden coaster. The awe of the vast scenic landscapes, Civil War stories, and exhibits that transform learning into a memory. A family vacation is just a click away at Make it memorable. The family vacation of a lifetime is Made in Tennessee. 

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium – Kingsport

Explore the park's 3500 acres along beautiful hiking trails and mountain bike trails. See artifacts from the earliest families who settled on Bays Mountain in the mid 1800's. Take a trip through space or catch a glimpse of bobcats, wolves, river otters, turtles, white-tail deer, and rattlesnakes.

Dollywood – Pigeon Forge

Dollywood will soon be home to the world's fasted wood coaster. The ride will be open soon after Dollywood's opening day, March 19. Breaking coaster barriers are what Dollywood does best as the theme park is also home to  Wild Eagle, America's first wing coaster and FireChaser Express, America's first dual-launch family coaster, launching them forward and backward.

Outdoor Knoxville – Knoxville

From rock climbing, fishing and biking, you can find adventure just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Knoxville's downtown. The best part is that Outdoor Knoxville supplies all the equipment you need to have an authentic Made in Tennessee adventure. So, get outside along the blueways and greenways, parks and natural areas Knoxville has to offer.

Rock City – Chattanooga

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From seeing Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina at Lover's Leap, to discovering Fairytale Caverns and Mother Goose Village, the kids will love expelling some energy among the beautiful gardens. Take them along the 180-ft. suspension bridge, a perfect place to snap a picture of the Chattanooga Valley.

Museum of Appalachia – Clinton

Home to 3 dozen historic log structures, exhibits filled with thousands of authentic Appalachian artifacts, gardens and free range farm animals keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. Learn how life was like for the first Tennessee settlers.

Museum of Scott County – Huntsville

A museum built, curated and maintained by students, for students (and the general public) is making its mark on Scott County. Exhibits are vast, ranging from the prehistoric era to coal mining and  a Pioneer Playroom where children can dress up and participate in "hands on" experiences. Couple that with historic structures and farm animals for a uniquely educational visit.  

Adventure Science Center – Nashville

Exploration waits with interactive activities that are found in the Adventure Tower where Earth Science, Creativity and Innovation, Sound and Light, Air and Space, and Health and Energy are blended to create non-stop fun. Continue on to Space Chase where cosmic rays, the Star Walk and Infrared Wall can be found. Catch a performance in the planetarium and even a laser show.

Carnton Plantation – Franklin

Civil War history comes to life with the stories that are included with the tours at this plantation. Learn why the Battle of Franklin was significant, travel up the wooden stairs to the second floor where it was said body parts of soldiers reached the second story window. The floors are still stained with these men's blood. Take in some fresh air in the Garden at Carnton and extend your tour with a silent walk through the Carnton cemetery.

Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum – Jackson

Learn the incredible story of the railroad hero Casey Jones through interactive exhibits and artifacts. Enjoy a meal at the world famous Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store Restaurant; tour the Providence House and The Village Chapel, Casey Jones Mini-Golf and the Shoppes at Casey Jones Village. End your visit sweetly with some confections from the authentically recreated 1890's Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe.

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center – Brownsville

Plows, fertilizers and planters pulled by mules and horses are on display to help tell the story of West Tennessee's cash crop: cotton. An old roller gin, cotton baskets and sacks are also displayed. Kids can see 11 species of catfish a model of the alligator snapping turtle and hear stories from Uncle Luther, modeled after the late Luther Windrow who grew up on the Hatchie River.

Discovery Park of America – Union City

An immersive experience of a wide range of topics is just inside this multi-million dollar museum. Experience the historic 1811-1812 earthquakes that formed Reelfoot Lake; take a 40-minute interactive ride through outer space in the Starship Theater; and see West Tennessee from new heights by climbing up to The Tower and step on the two glass floor panels in side and four panels outside for a different view.

Memphis Zoo – Memphis

Explore the 70 acres of habitats that house more than 3,500 animals. Opening this spring, the Zambezi River Hippo Camp that is an immersive experience as visitors will be able to stand on a balcony of a lodge to see hippos and crocodiles. Underwater views an explorative fishing village are all included in the new exhibit. 

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