Things to do in Tennessee with kids

Tennessee is known for it’s breathtaking mountains and incredible music, and rightly so. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must see, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum takes kids on a journey of the country’s most popular music genre, and well, there’s Graceland. And icon in itself. (Give kids an education on how music used to be!)

But Tennessee is filled to the brim with other fun places to go with kids. Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo, Lucky Ladd Farms and Tennessee Safari Park are unique ways for kids to experience wonderful animals.

Why not take to the family out onto the rivers with companies like Chattanooga Riverboat Company? Incredible ways to see the state from a different angle.

And history loving kids..you just wait! Relive history at the Belle Meade Plantation, learn of the civil war with Fort Donelson Historic Battlefield, or let your imagination run wild with the dinosaurs at Coon Creek Science Center!

Oh yes….did we mention Dollyworld? Certainly a one-of-a-kind adventure for the family!

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  • Dollywood

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    Pigeon Forge

    With a theme park, water park and resort, this one of a kind day out in the Smoky Mountains makes for a great family adventure! On it's 125 you won't find the Hollywood sign - just Dollywood!

  • Lake Winnepesaukah

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    Chattanooga

    Kiddie rides, 14 story free fall, roller coasters...it must be the South's favorite family amusement park - Lake Winnie!

  • Nashville Shores

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    Hermitage

    Water park with loads of slides, wave pool, lazy river and water tree house plus interactive water playground. For over 7s the Treetop Adventure Park features over 100 challenges up in the trees, ...

  • Dollywood's Splash Country

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    Pigeon Forge

    Over 23 water slides, thrills and adventures to be had at Dollywood's Splash Country! Family fun with a SPLASH for all!

  • Wave Country

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    Nashville

    A great family friendly water park in Nashville, with one of the area's only wave-action swimming pools!

  • Wetlands Water Park

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    Jonesborough

    Offers an interactive kids' leisure pool with loads of fun features and a zero depth wading area for babies, plus lazy river and 3 flume slides at 80, 100 and 200 feet high!

  • Memphis Zoo

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    Memphis

    Over 3,500 animals waiting to be experienced in this century year old zoo in Memphis!

  • Tennessee Aquarium

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    Chattanooga

    The Chattanooga skyline features six magnificent peaks that top the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. River Journey is the original Aquarium building and features ...

  • Nashville Zoo

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    Nashville

    Add some exotic to your everyday with Nashville Zoo. Go on an African safari, see the many animals of the rainforest, and explore our 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym. One of the many fun family places ...

  • Knoxville Zoo

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    Knoxville

    Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.

  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

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    Sevierville

    Over 600 animals from over 130 species are waiting for you to visit them at this unique Rainforest Zoo - with plenty of family fun to be had in Tennessee!

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

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    Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

  • Lucky Ladd Farms

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    Eagleville

    An animal-tastic family fun day at Tennessee's largest petting farm!

  • Tennessee Safari Park

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    Alamo

    An animal filled 2 1/2 mile drive-thru park where you can feed many species of exotic animals, including a petting zoo with a giraffe in!

  • Chattanooga Zoo

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    Chattanooga

    Known as the best little zoo in the USA - this animal fun family attraction in Chattanooga will educate, excite and offer lots of fun animal encounters!

  • Graceland

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    Memphis

    A one of a kind experience to journey through the life of that iconic man we know as Elvis! A historic and musical exploration through the life of a legend!

  • Chattanooga Riverboat Company

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    Chattanooga

    The pride of the South is ready to entertain family members of ALL ages with the Southern Belle Riverboat! Cruise along the Tennessee River and experience sightseeing and delicious meals!

  • Ruby Falls

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    Chattanooga

    Anticipation builds, the temperature drops, a cool fresh breeze surrounds you as you are immersed in darkness. There is the thunderous sound of water splashing directly in front of you, and you feel ...

  • Chattanooga Ghost Tours

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    Chattanooga

    Spooooky ghost tours and hunts through the beautiful city of Chattanooga! Nightly tours through spring, summer and fall.

  • The Incredible Pizza Co and Fun Center

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    Cordova

    If you're not having fun, you must not be at America's Incredible Pizza Company yet! Check out all the cool attractions and in our Fairgrounds! Great for rainy days! One of the many fun family places ...

  • Chuckles Family Fun Center

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    Crossville

    Greetings from Chuckles; Cumberland County's #1 family fun center! Lots of exciting things to do and great food! Come and have a "Jungle of Family Fun" with us. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • The Monkey's Treehouse

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    Brentwood

    The ultimate playground for kids up to 8 years, with casual play, toddler areas and birthday parties!

  • Glow Galaxay

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    Franklin

    Glow Galaxy specializes in providing memorable birthday parties that are unlike any other. At Glow Galaxy we take care of the little details so that you can relax and enjoy your child's party.

  • BounceU Nashville

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    Nashville

    Fun open bouncing at this inflatable filled indoor play center in Nashville. Great for birthday parties too!

  • Kids N Play

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    Clarksville

    The wide array of activities accommodate children 0 to 12 years old, with role play town, adventure climbing structure, ball cannon arena, hand powered kart track and redemption games.

  • Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Centre

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    Hendersonville

    A family owned indoor inflatable play centre in Tennessee providing fun filled family time and exciting parties! Wide range of inflatables for all ages that continually change so visits never get ...

  • Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center

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    Kingsport

    Indoor fun in Tennessee, with fun inflatables, obstacle course, party rooms and much more for those active, bouncing kids!

  • Kids Play

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    Germantown

    Kids Play is a children's indoor play center and cafe designed to accommodate the entire family.

  • Area 51

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    Dyersburg

    Area 51 is Non alcoholic Family Activities Center. We have arcade games, pool tables, air hockey, bounce house and inflatables, kareoke, dance floor live DJ,and interactive games. Snack bar with ...

  • The Fire Museum

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    Memphis

    The Fire Museum of Memphis welcomes you to enjoy a unique experience among fire museums in the United States. We hope the information that follows will illustrate the scope of the memorabilia, ...

  • National Civil Rights Museum

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    Memphis

    A fascinating museum at the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, which takes you through an important time in American history.

  • Pink Palace Museum

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    Memphis

    One of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast, this museum has natural history exhibits, cultural exhibits, and a planetarium!

  • Coon Creek Science Center

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    Adamsville

    Have you ever imagined what amazing creatures lived in Tennessee 70 million years ago? At this natural history and science center, you can find out! Learning and fascinating family fun on your day ...

  • The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

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    Memphis

    The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, one of Memphis' premier art museums since 1976, specializes in impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and decorative arts. Throughout its history, the museum ...

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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    Nashville

    Parents get back to your roots, and introduce kids to a whole new genre of music at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Let the memories come back to life with this scrapbook of country music's history!