National Parks / Natural World in Tennessee with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Volunteer State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Tennessee offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Tennessee itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Big South Fork

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    Oneida

    Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area ...

  • Mud Island River Park

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    Memphis

    Last year nearly 200,000 visitors experienced this unique historical, cultural and recreational attraction. Visitors will enjoy a variety of activities including: touring the ‚½ mile Riverwalk ...

  • Lichterman Nature Center

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    Memphis

    A piece of nature in the city of Memphis, with nature walks, hands-on exploration, live animals, forest boardwalks and gardens!

  • Warner Parks Nature Center

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    Nashville

    The Warner Park Nature Center is an environmental education and recreation facility of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Bill Purcell, Mayor. The Nature Center is a place ...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • Obed Wild And Scenic River

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    Wartburg

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was ...

  • Memphis Botanic Garden

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    Memphis

    96 acres of beautiful botanic gardens in Memphis, perfect for those nature loving families! Also family activities, workshops, classes and concerts!

  • Cypress Grove Nature Park

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    Jackson

    Come and enjoy over 150 acres of beautiful river bottom land, view the nature center and enjoy picnic areas and an observation tower.

  • Ijams Nature Center

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    Knoxville

    Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and ...

  • Wilderness Station

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    Murfreesboro

    Explore this fun outdoor education and recreation facility, with back country hiking, campfire programs and educational activities! Tennessee nature is calling!

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  • 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!

  • Abraham Lincoln Museum

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    Harrogate

    Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the ...

  • Creative Discovery Museum

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    Chattanooga

    A fun, interactive and hands-on children's museum in Chattanooga, with attractions perfect for kids to learn, play and get creative!

  • Children's Museum Of Memphis

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    Memphis

    A fun children's museum in Memphis that creates great learning experiences through the hands-on exhibits and programs. Plus an outdoor splash park!

  • Casey Jones Home And Railroad Museum

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    Jackson

    Visit the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum located in Casey Jones Village and relive the life, and legend. Climb aboard the 130 ton replica of engine #382 and ring the bell just like Casey did. ...

  • Children's Museum Of Oak Ridge

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    Oak Ridge

    A children's museum dedicated to learning through play with interactive exhibits, for those children of East Tennessee!

  • Mud Island River Park

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    Memphis

    The museum is comprised of 18 galleries that showcase 10,000 years of history in the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

  • The Guinness World of Records

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    Gatlinburg

    There is an incredible line-up of feats, facts and records in an amazing display of unparalleled fun. Dramatic recreations come to life at the all new and expanded edition of Guinness World of ...

  • Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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    Gatlinburg

    A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Featuring the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with ...

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum

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    Pigeon Forge

    Come face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Count the spikes on a Stegosaurus tail. Stand next to one of the most common predators, the Allosaurus. Learn to spell “Parasaurolophus,” the largest ...

  • Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site

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    Gray

    Prehistoric museum fun in Tennessee with interactive exhibits, discovery carts, and a dig pit offering something for all ages!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    Pigeon Forge

    Kids can learn, explore, and experience history all aboard this amazing ship-shaped classroom called Titanic. That's only the tip of the iceberg!

  • Rustys TV And Movie Car Museum

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    Jackson

    Love movies? Love cars? Then perhaps we might have just found your perfect day out!

  • Customs House Museum

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    Clarksville

    Over 35,000 square feet of hands-on activities, exhibitions and special events surrounding art, science and history.

  • Museum Columbia Childrens Museum

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    Columbia

    Everything here is designed to be interacted with or handled so parents can relax; most exhibits come with relevant period or topic dressing up resources, plus hands on activities and learning games, ...

  • Hands On Regional Museum

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    Johnson City

    Offers over 20 permanent, interactive exhibits which provide fun and learning for all ages. Facilities include equipped roleplay settings, creative and constructive zones, physical play areas and ...

  • Rocky Mount Living HIstory Museum

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    Piney Flats

    Tour and explore recreated buildings with costumed characters and authentic contents, plus museum, heirloom garden, crafts demonstrations and regular events.

  • Knoxville Museum of Art

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    Knoxville

    Kids can immerse themselves in art and culture at the Knoxville Museum of Art - a creative, educational and FUN way to spend your family day out!

  • McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    Knoxville

    A fascinating museum for kids and families, with educational programs, exhibits, events for families and lots of fun things for kids to learn - all about natural history and culture!

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

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    Pigeon Forge

    Come face to face with your favorite A-ist celebrities at this fun Hollywood Wax Museum...it's Hollywood in the heart of Tennessee!