Sally Walker Davies 2017-01-11 01:18:26
FireChaser Express at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge The best time of year to make family memories in Tennessee is any time of year! From picking pumpkins to hiking trails, channeling your inner Elvis to cheering on our sports teams, every season in Tennessee is full of family fun. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga FALL Crisp air and colorful leaves abound, and Tennessee’s agricultural heritage is on bountiful display in the fall. Rent a cabin in the Smokies, pack up the kids, and hit the road. Along the way, pick your own pumpkins, find your way out of a corn maze or simply pick up some natural fall décor at the Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch (McMinnville), Jones Orchard (Millington), Oakes Farm (Corryton), or Autumn Acres (Crossville). In Chattanooga, take in the fall splendor on a Southern Belle Riverboat Cruise, and visit the top-rated Tennessee Aquarium. Walk through the woods at Pickwick Landing State Park (Pickwick Dam) and the Cherokee National Forest. Watch the air acrobats show off at the Memphis Air Show in Millington—where kids of all ages will delight in the chance to get up close to all sorts of planes—and the pilots who fly them. Duck March at The Peabody Memphis WINTER Tennessee glows in the winter. Enjoy dazzling lights of holiday displays and festive family fun in our small towns. Tour the winter wonderland that is Winterfest celebrations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville with millions of animated lights displayed; wander through Lookout Mountain’s Enchanted Garden of Lights high above Chattanooga, or go all-out on winter fun driving through the Bristol Motor Speedway, lit with 2 million lights along a 5-mile route through the track and grounds. Find old-fashioned holiday fun in Franklin at Dickens of a Christmas, Cookeville’s Christmas in the Park and Memphis’ Christmas at Graceland. Cheer on teams from the Big 12, SEC, ACC and Big 10 at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis and Music City Bowl in Nashville. SPRING Spring in Tennessee overflows with natural beauty and wonders to explore, as our state blooms with color. Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art blossoms with flowering trees and bushes, while the canopies of the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge are full and lush— both are gorgeous spots for spring nature walks. Explore Discovery Park of America in Union City. At Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, new trails and attractions lure bikers, hikers and zipliners out of doors, while live music beckons across the state, including Knoxville’s Concerts on the Square. SUMMER The biggest festivals and attractions in Tennessee are made for summer fun with the family. At Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, parents can take a cue from the kids and indulge in the rip-roaring fun of roller coasters and other theme park rides. The animals at the Memphis Zoo love to lounge in the sun, or in the case of the polar bears and hippos, swim in their pools. Take a page from their book and cool off while exploring the swimming holes and waterfalls in the Upper Cumberland, paddleboarding on the Tennessee River or kayaking South Holston River. If music is your jam, then head to Nashville for the CMA Music Festival in June, or to Memphis for the annual celebration of all things Elvis during Graceland’s Elvis Week in August. From corner to corner, Tennessee is made for family fun! Picture Perfect Cades Cove near Townsend A lush, green valley surrounded by undulating mountains, Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts breathtaking beauty, wildlife and historic buildings. In short: it’s the perfect spot to snap a photo. Share a picture on Instagram using #madeintn. Dickens of a Christmas, Franklin
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