Fun Things to Do in Tennessee

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Tennessee’s location in the mountainous south makes it an ideal playground for kids and moms who love the outdoors, but it has several indoor options for entertainment as well.

Free Fun

Fun can be education, and it can also be free. You can visit the Mayfield Dairy (http://mayfielddairy.com/) to see how a dairy functions. If you choose to have ice cream while you are there, that will cost money, but you can visit for free. If you live in Chattanooga, take your kids to see the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (http://www.choochoo.com/), where they can see the train the hotel was named after sitting on the grounds.

Educational Fun

Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum (www.cdmfun.org) is a great place to take kids ages 10 and younger to learn through play. It sits near the riverfront district and is known as one of the country’s best children’s museums. Exhibits include water play, art studios, and creative discovery rooms. Murfreesboro also has a children’s museum, the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring (www.discoverycenteronline.org). A highlight of a visit to this mouse is the chance to slide down the 2 ½ story super slide. Nashville’s Adventure Science Center (www.adventuresci.com) appeals to families with older kids. While it has hands-on discovery areas for preschoolers, it also has more mature options, like a robotics exhibit, to appeal to older kids.

Environmental Fun

One of the best places to truly experience nature in Tennessee is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bring good shoes, because you will want to get out and hike to get a close look at the environment. Tennessee has many zoos you can take your kids to when they want to see exotic wildlife. Options include the Knoxville Zoo (www.knoxville-zoo.org), the Memphis Zoo (http://www.memphiszoo.org/), and the Nashville Zoo (http://www.nashvillezoo.org/), among others. Chattanooga is home to the Tennessee Aquarium (http://www.tnaqua.org/), which has a variety of underwater and coastal animals you can see close up.

Seasonal Fun

One of the most popular Christmas events in Tennessee is Christmas in the City in Knoxville (http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/christmas/). Here you can see rooftop and street-level displays highlighting the season through lights. The city also has an open-air ice rink that is open during the Christmas season. For fall fun, consider a trip to Allardt and its annual Great Pumpkin Festival (http://www.nicesingles.com/festival).

Just for Mom Fun

When you get some time to yourself, why not hit one of Tennessee’s many antique galleries (http://www.tnvacation.com/listing/antiques/)? Even if you don’t buy anything, you can enjoy browsing the eclectic mix of trinkets and treasures. When you need some peace and quiet, the award-winning A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa (www.amomentspeace.com) in Franklin could be just what the doctor ordered.

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