This wonderful aviary and botanical garden features hundreds and hundreds of exotic birds, many of which you can feed, touch, and interact with. Bird species include a variety of parrots, toucans, magpies, horn bills and much more! As you walk the the scenic pathways throughout the grounds, you can also enjoy the tens of thousands of gorgeous plants and flowers on site.
This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the early settlers of Cades Cove.
This secular Smoky Mountain overnight camp offers both educational and recreational activities, with an emphasis on free-thinking. The educational activities focus on critical thinking and scientific inquiry. Recreational options include swimming, hiking, campfires, arts and crafts, shows, group games, movie nights, and more. This camp is for kids ages 8-17.
- Average breakfast/lunch price $8/adults, $4/kids
Featured in Southern Living Magazine as one of the “South’s Best Flavors,” this small regional chain offers several locations throughout the Smokies. Serving a variety of tasty breakfast items, their claim to fame is, of course, the pancakes. You can even create your stack, choosing from over 10 different toppings!
This fun and FREE event, at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, is for parents and children ages infant to 4. Children will have the opportunity to examine masks from the museum and make a mask of their very own to take home.
This adventure packed overnight camp offers 1, 2, 3, and 4 week options. Activities include hiking, caving, rappelling, rock climbing, challenge courses, rafting, tubing, horseback riding, canoe trips, backpacking expeditions and more! Programs are available for kids from age 10-18.
For kids, Blount County Parks and Rec offers gymnastics and tumbling classes, dance classes, karate classes, swim team, ballet classes, sewing classes, art classes, and pottery classes. The department also offers a variety of sports leagues including, football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. This department also offers summer camps and maintains local playgrounds, which offer pavilion rentals for birthday parties. A variety of classes are also offered for adults and seniors.
This camp serves kids in grades pre-k – 10 and offers 3 different programs: K’Tonton, Milton Collins Day Camp, and Swim Team. Camp activities include sports, arts, swimming, tennis and more! All races, creeds, and religions are welcome.
Located just 20 minutes from Ducktown, TN and 1 hour from Cleveland, this popular orchard and farm offers a variety of pick-your-own crops, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Throughout picking season, visitors can also take tractor tours across the farm property.
In addition to u-pick, there is also a farm store with a large variety of pre-picked produce, fresh baked goods, canned goods, and more!
There is also a delicious cafe on-site serving up seasonal favorites for breakfast and lunch, including their famous apple cinnamon bread.
- July – Ginger Gold, June, and Zestar
- August – Blondee, Detroit Red, Gala, Golden Supreme, and Johnathon
- September – Ambrosia, Cameo, Crimson Crisp, Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jona Prince, Mcintosh, Mutzu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, September Wonder, and Smokehouse
- October – Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Candy Crisp, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gold Rush, Hampshire, Pink Lady, Splendor, Stayman Winesap, Topaz, and Yates
This park features an awesome swimming lake with jump dock. Just as other premium parks, this location also features separate sections for small and large dogs. This park is located inside Tommy Schumpert Park, which has ball fields and facilities for humans.
The children’s museum features a variety of educational classes and hands-on exhibits. Exhibits include a rain forest room, model trains, waterworks, a bird room, doll house, historical toys, nature room, Native American history and much more! The museum also has a birthday party room that can be rented for private events.
In addition to daily educational fun and birthday parties, the museum offers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) based spring and summer day camps. The camps allow kids to experience hands-on learning in a variety of themes.
This museum features of variety of permanent and rotating exhibits. Admission is free on Sundays and free for children 16 and under every day of the week.
Each 1/2 day summer camp spans over 4 days, with a goal of teaching campers proper etiquette and social skills.
Pick-Your-Own Crops: blueberries, blackberries, rasberries
This art studio provides classes specifically for kids. Classes include painting, drawing, sculpting, and more! This studio also holds an annual chalk drawing event at Maryville college, Chalk the Walk. Summer camp programs are also available. This studio is associated with Fine Arts Blount.
Run by Knoxville Parks & Recs, this art center/studio offers pre-k classes, youth, and adult classes in a variety of media. Birthday parties and summer camp options are also available.
This self-proclaimed screampark is set on the actual Jeremiah Lexer plantation and boasts 5 scary attractions! Lexer is Tennessee’s most notorious serial killer and, according to Frightmare Manor, you may be able to actually glimpse his spirit on the property. This is a seasonal attraction.
- Average Sunday brunch price $9/adults, $4/kids
- Average lunch price $11/adults, $8/kids
- Average dinner price $17/adults, $8/kids
This delicious surf-and-turf restaurant is serving up all your favorites for lunch and dinner including salmon, tuna, crab cakes, steaks, chicken, burgers, and more. They also offer a limited Sunday brunch menu.