Attractions for Children in Tennessee

Attractions for Children in Tennessee
Tennessee is home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is one of the most visited parks in the United States, according to the National Park Service. Tennessee has many attractions that range from rare scenery, amusement parks and historical locations. With such a variety of attractions, there is something for any type of child. Because many of the major attractions in Tennessee are outdoors, you have to pay attention to the weather forecast.

The Children's Museum of Memphis

The Children's Museum of Memphis contains about 20 permanent exhibits that will stimulate a child's curiosity through art, music and hand-on activities. Some of these exhibits include an art collection, and virtual banking in which visitors are able to write checks, learn about the banking industry and try to break into a simulated bank vault. For the more adventurous child, the Skyscraper Exhibit will entertain and promote social, motor and reasoning skills as kids 4 and older navigate their way up through an eight-story high wire and wood structure. Along with the standard exhibits, there are also traveling exhibits that educate while incorporating activities and unusual demonstrations. The museum opened June 16, 1992, and has had nearly 3 million visitors.
Hours of operation:

The Children's Museum of Memphis
2525 Central Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Tel: 901-458-2678


Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Located on the outskirts of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies features various tanks that are filled with more than 10,000 sea creatures from around the world. Ten exhibits are in the aquarium, each of which focuses on a species and aspect of the aquarium. Some of the more popular exhibits include the Rainforest Exhibit, which accurately depicts vegetation and fish species within its 150,000 gallon tank. The Ocean, Coral Reef and Shark Lagoon exhibits provide insight into the underwater world of some of the most vibrant fish species. These educational tanks place visitors within inches of brightly colored fish, intricate coral reefs and deadly sharks. Among the exhibits, the Touch a Ray Exhibit is among the most interesting as it allows visitors to touch a variety of sting rays within a safe environment.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Tel: 888-240-1358

Rock City Gardens and Lookout Mountain

Outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is known for its world-class aquarium, Rock City Gardens rests atop Lookout Mountain. This destination was voted as one of the top 101 places to visit by National Geographic as well as other leading publications, according to Rock City. The main attraction within Rock City is the 4,100-foot-long walking trail that guides visitors throughout botanical and geological surroundings. Within this trail, you will pass a 90-foot waterfall as well as Lover's Leap, which on a clear day you are able to see seven states without moving: Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. For those who seek adventure, the Swing-a-Long Suspension Bridge spans 180-feet over the Chattanooga Valley. Unlike other Tennessee attractions, Rock City Gardens is pet friendly. Another amenity of this attraction, all vehicle parking is free, including RVs and large buses.

Rock City Gardens and Lookout Mountain
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750
Tel: 800-854-0675


Article Written By Jonathan McLelland

Jonathan McLelland has been a professional writer since 2005. He has worked as a story writer and editor for the international sitcom, “Completing Kaden,” as well as a proposal writer for various production companies. McLelland studied communication and theater at St. Louis Community College.

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