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29 Things To Do With Kids in Tennessee

The Volunteer State is a big place, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities from the western, middle, and eastern regions to the many attractions of Nashville.

Here are 29 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. Catch a NASCAR race Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol.

2. Enjoy a family hike at Montgomery Bell State Park.

3. Check out the Roller Coaster Yard Sale at the Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park near Cookeville.

4. Choose a flick at the IMAX 3D movie in the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

5. Grab a seat on the Missionary Ridge Local train ride at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

6. Take the little ones in the family to Mrs. Pott’s Playhouse in Dickson.

7. Reserve a lane at Thunder Alley Family Center.

8. Enjoy fishing the Tennessee River at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park near Camden.

Davy Crockett Park TN

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

9. Catch a family-friendly film at the historic Franklin Theatre in yep, Franklin.

10. Try whitewater rafting in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

11. Hit the waterslides at Nashville Shores Waterpark outside of Nashville.

12. Try the paddleboats over at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills.

13. Get a picture in front of the iconic Sunsphere in Knoxville.

14. Don’t miss Pioneer Camp Crockett at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park between Johnson City and Newport.

15. Try a night hike at Big Ridge State Park in Maynardville.

16. Check out the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville.

17. Be sure to see Elvis’ own Jungle Room at Graceland in Memphis.

18. Load up on bait for your family fishing trip to Cherokee Lake in Morristown.

19. See the World's Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.

20. Hit the Disney Store, LEGO Store, and Build-a-Bear Workshop at Opry Mills in Nashville.

21. Try the Musical Petting Zoo at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

22. Wander through the shops, restaurants, and statues along Music Row.

Great Smoky Mountains TN

Great Smoky Mountains NP

23. Grab a seat on the Big Fork South Scenic Railway in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

24. Find your favorite ride or catch Kidsfest at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.

25. Try a family bike ride in Fall Creek Falls State Park.

26. Grab some ice cream after a trip to Gymboree Outlet at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville.

27. Try the Junior Ranger program at Shiloh National Military Park south of Jackson.

28. Go horseback riding at the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center.

29. Hop in some swimming holes at Natchez Trace State Park.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Home Place Inn

170 Highway 641 N, Camden TN 38320-1328
Phone: (731) 584-2222  |  Fax: (731) 584-9628  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Heritage Inn

7641 Lee Highway, Chattanooga TN 37421-1027
Phone: (423) 899-3311  |  Fax: (423) 899-4259  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Royal Inn

3644 Cummings Highway, Chattanooga TN 37419-2313
Phone: (423) 821-6840  |  Fax: (423) 508-3500  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Thunderbird Motel

900 S Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville TN 38501-4018
Phone: (931) 526-7115  |  Fax: (931) 526-7115  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Executive Inn

2338 Highway 46 S, Dickson TN 37055-9558
Phone: (615) 446-0541  |  Fax: (615) 446-9950  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Franklin Inn

1308 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin TN 37064-3041
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7

Best Western Carriage House Inn & Suites

1936 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson TN 38305-2478
Phone: (731) 664-3030  |  Fax: (731) 664-3030  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus Cedar Bluff Inn

420 N Peters Road, Knoxville TN 37922-2332
Phone: (865) 539-0058  |  Fax: (865) 539-4887  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Strawberry Inn & Suites

7260 Saddlerack Street, Knoxville TN 37914-9575
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10

Best Western Knoxville Suites - Downtown

5317 Pratt Road, Knoxville TN 37912-2706
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11

Best Western Tree City Inn

809 Sparta Street, Mcminnville TN 37110-2631
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12

Best Western Galleria Inn & Suites

8635 US Highway 64, Memphis TN 38133-4122
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13

Best Western Plus Gen X Inn

1177 Madison Avenue, Memphis TN 38104-2202
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14

Best Western Plus Morristown Conference Center Hotel

130 Cracker Road, Morristown TN 37813
Phone: (423) 587-2400  |  Fax: (423) 581-7344  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

15

Best Western Chaffin Inn

168 Chaffin Place, Murfreesboro TN 37129-6901
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16

Best Western Suites Near Opryland

201 Music City Circle, Nashville TN 37214-1220
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17

Best Western Plus Music Row

1407 Division Street, Nashville TN 37203-4015
Phone: (615) 242-1631  |  Fax: (615) 244-9519  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

18

Best Western Plus Belle Meade Inn & Suites

5600 O'Brien Avenue, Nashville TN 37209-3014
Phone: (615) 354-1711  |  Fax: (615) 353-0664  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

19

Best Western Newport Inn

1015 Cosby Highway, Newport TN 37821-7323
Phone: (423) 623-8713  |  Fax: (423) 623-1804  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

20

Best Western Plaza Inn

3755 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863-3813
Phone: (865) 453-5538  |  Fax: (865) 453-2619  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

21

Best Western Toni Inn

3810 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863-3816
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