Things To Do in Tennessee

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

AMF Pla Mor Lanes

$28 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Two, Four, or Six Season or General-Admission Passes to Knoxcornmaze.com at Gilreath Farms (Up to 62% Off)

Knoxcornmaze.com at Gilreath Farms

Knoxville

$34 $15

Autumn-themed activities range from a giant corn maze to a micro-pumpkin slingshot contest and games such as horseshoes and cornhole

"Chicago" at Robert K. Walker Memorial Theatre on Friday, September 19 or Saturday, September 20 (Up to 43% Off)

Chicago

Robert K. Walker Memorial Theatre

$24.50 $14

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Famed Broadway show about the duplicitous Roxie Hart and the seductive power of corruption brims with "All That Jazz" and "Cell Block Tango"

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Bowling Package for Four or Eight at Lanes, Trains, & Automobiles Entertainment Depot (Up to 51% Off)

Lanes, Trains, & Automobiles Entertainment Depot

Murfreesboro

$99.84 $49

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Thirty-two lanes with automatic scoring and bumpers host bowling at center with arcade, laser tag, and bumper cars

Winery Experience with Tasting and Tour for Two or Four at Crown Winery in Humboldt (Up to 55% Off)

Crown Winery

Humboldt

$105 $49

Hilltop winery & Tuscan-style villa courts visitors with wine tastings, vineyard tours & commemorative souvenirs.

10 or 20 Group Exercise Classes at Synergy X Fitness (Up to 51% Off)

Synergy X Fitness

Johnson City

$75 $37

Dedicated instructors lead students through Les Mills Bodypump™, Les Mills Bodycombat™,I NSANITY®, P90X, and other classes

$49 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Team Tae Bo Fitness Franklin ($150 Value)

Team Tae Bo Fitness Franklin

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$150 $49

Fitness classes for everyone: cardio, strength, fat burning, toning, core-all in an energized and supportive atmosphere

Five Boot-Camp Classes at Custom Fitness (64% Off)

Custom Fitness

Hunters Hollow Neighborhoods Association

$33 $12

Commit to challenging workouts that fit all fitness levels

Tennessee-Handgun-Permit Class with Optional Handgun Rental at Guns & Leather Shooting Academy (Up to 47% Off)

Guns & Leather Shooting Academy

Multiple Locations

$112 $65

Eight-hour class focuses on basic defense, safety, laws, and shooting concepts, preparing students to apply for a Tennessee carry permit

One Month of Kids' or Adult Krav Maga Classes for One or Two at Tri-Cities Krav Maga (Up to 77% Off)

Tri-Cities Krav Maga

Kingsport

$150 $39

Certified instructors teach adults and kids moves for real-world self-defense originally designed by the Israeli Defense Forces.

One Month of Basic Fitness or Level 1 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Collierville (Up to 59% Off)

CrossFit Collierville

Collierville

$107 $49

Students build strength and learn funtional movements by using body-weight exercises, kettlebells, and circuit training

Corn Maze and Haunted House Admission for One or Two at North Georgia Corn Maze (42% Off)

North Georgia Corn Maze

Cleveland

$24 $15

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Navigate the twisting trails of a seven-acre corn maze before venturing into a haunted house teeming with giant pythons and mad scientists

$45 for One Month of Unlimited Karate Classes with a Uniform at O'Riley Karate Centers ($129 Value)

O'Riley Karate Centers

Multiple Locations

$129 $45

Internationally certified and licensed martial-arts instructor teaches karate to students of all ages and abilities

18 Boot Camps, Eight Boot Camp and Four TRX Classes, or Eight TRX Classes at Fitness Inspiration! (Up to 86% Off)

Fitness Inspiration!

Walnut Grove - Shelby Farms PD

$330 $49

Specialty workouts help clients tone muscle, build endurance, and burn calories while preventing fitness plateaus for better results

5 or 10 Drop-In Classes at Bikram Hot Yoga (Up to 61% Off)

Bikram Hot Yoga

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Studios heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit help to flush toxins out of organs; bodies undergo 26 poses that can strengthen muscles

Winery and Vineyard Tour for Two or Four with Tasting at Natchez Hills Vineyard (Up to 51% Off)

Natchez Hills Vineyard

Hampshire

$50 $25

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Tour a 3-acre vineyard and winery while learning about the winemaking process, then enjoy a complimentary tasting

Stained-Glass Workshop for One or Two at Stained Glass Accessories (Up to 53% Off)

Stained Glass Accessories

Towne Village

$95 $49

Workshop provides an overview of creating stained-glass pieces; students take home one or two finished projects

$42 for an Aerial Adventure Course and T-shirt at ZIPStream ($67.90 Value)

ZIPStream

Fall Creek Falls

$67.90 $42

Visitors jump, climb, and crawl through more than 70 aerial elements that include ziplines and wobbly bridges on a semi-guided adventure

$19.99 for Admission for Two and $15 in Shuckle Bucks at Shuckles Corn Maze ($39 Value)

Shuckles Corn Maze

Hendersonville/Gallatin

$39 $19.99

Autumn at the fun park includes a corn maze, wandering through pumpkin patches, decorating scarecrows, and other family-fun activities

Tennessee Fall Homecoming Visit for Two at Museum of Appalachia on October 12 (Up to 35% Off)

Museum of Appalachia

Clinton

$60 $39

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Festival features eclectic mix of bluegrass and Americana on 5 stages; includes historic demos, heritage arts and crafts, and Southern fare

Adventure Package for Two or Family of Four or Six at Adventure Ranch (Up to 54% Off)

Adventure Ranch

Morristown

$21.90 $11

Situated on Great Smoky Farm, fall-themed activities include large corn maze, petting zoo, 250 ft. super slide, and a pumpkin patch

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at King's Creek Golf Club (Up to 53% Off)

King's Creek Golf Club

Spring Hill

$111.90 $59

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Designed by Arnold Palmer, par 70 course seamlessly integrates three creeks, groves of trees, and bentgrass greens into 6,807-yard layout

10-Hour Speedboat or Pontoon-Boat Rental at Beach Island Marina (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Beach Island Marina

Beach Island Marina

$325 $175

Bounce over wakes in a tube towed by a speedboat or 24-foot pontoon boat in Norris Lake's tree-lined waters

Dragster Ride-Along or Drive from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 31% Off). Four Options Available.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

Super-Speedway Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Nashville Superspeedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

5 or 10 BarreAmped, Core Rhythm, UGI, or BUTI Yoga Classes at Serenite' Fitness (Up to 72% Off)

Serenite' Fitness

Mount Juliet

$80 $25

Ballet barre facilitates positioning as students perform small, isolated movements; Core Rhythm classes utilize Pilates and yoga moves

Trapeze Class for One, Two, or Four at CirqueFit Blue Ridge Trapeze (Up to 51% Off)

CirqueFit Blue Ridge Trapeze

Blue Ridge

$100 $55

Instructors that have worked with Ringling Bros. and other professional circuses teach beginners to soar through the air

Three or Five 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Blue Point Stables (Up to 56% Off)

Blue Point Stables

Lenoir City

$135 $60

Instructors give positive reinforcement in a safe atmosphere to keep morale high as riders learn English- or Western-style riding

Half-Day Two-Person-Canoe or Standup-Paddleboard Rental at Float A Boat (Up to 58% Off)

Float A Boat

Upper Duck River

$50 $22

Riders paddle along the Upper Duck River or Normandy Lake in two-person canoes or atop standup paddleboards

Tandem Skydiving for One or Two from Tennessee Skydiving, LLC (Up to 42% Off)

Tennessee Skydiving, LLC.

Tullahoma

$249 $149

Strapped to professional skydivers, jumpers leap from planes and soar downward toward a landing area spanning more than 700 acres

18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart and Range Balls for Two or Four at Highland Rim Golf Course (Up to 59% Off)

Highland Rim Golf Course

Joelton

$192 $79

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GPS-equipped golf carts whisk players across 18-hole layout replete with limestone bluffs, waterfalls, Scottish bunkers, and new greens

$125 for a High-Speed Drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini from Gotham Dream Cars ($249 Value)

Gotham Dream Cars

Music City Raceway

$249 $125

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

Gun-Range Membership for an Individual or Household at Shooter's Depot of North Georgia (40% Off)

Shooter's Depot of North Georgia

Ringgold

$165 $99

Memberships grant invitations to special events, unlimited shoot-out time, and discounts on ammo and accessories

$134 for an Eight-Hour Pontoon-Boat Trip from Douglas Lake Marina ($214 Value)

Douglas Lake Marina

Dandridge

$214 $134

Pontoons take passengers on leisurely eight-hour excursions

One or Three Months of Classes, Camp, or Birthday Party at Spirit Gymnastics & Cheerleading (Up to 57% Off)

Spirit Gymnastics & Cheerleading

Bon Aqua

$58 $29

Lessons and camps move pupils along through steadily progressing cheer, gymnastics, and tumbling curricula; parties include goody bags

Guided Off-Road Half-Day ATV Rentals for Two or Four from Four Wheelin' Expeditions (Up to 58% Off)

Four Wheelin' Expeditions Inc

Lynnville

$540 $229

Experienced ATV tour guides outfit guests with safety gear and ATVs, who then embark on a tour of Wooly's park

Three-Hour Whitewater Rafting Adventure for One or Two from Whitewater Express (Up to 51% Off)

Whitewater Express

Copperhill

$47.50 $24

Rafts journey down the Ocoee River in Tennessee, encountering class IV rapids and native wildlife

Tandem Paragliding Flight for One or Two From Flying Camp (Up to 46% Off)

Flying Camp

Dunlap

$189 $108

Gliders soar from the top to the bottom of Sequatchie Valley with an instructor while taking in beautiful views

One-Year Membership and a Range Visit for One, Two, or Four People at Carter Shooting Supply (Up to 52% Off)

Carter Shooting Supply

Harrison

$30 $15

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Members receive discounted admission to the range; indoor, climate-controlled facility with personal lockers

Four or Eight One-Hour Equestrian Flat-Riding Lessons at Showcase Equestrian Center (Up to 61% Off)

Showcase Equestrian Center

Gray's Creek Association

$50 $19.75

Lifetime rider, teacher, and trainer leads lessons to teach proper flat-riding technique

Month of 30-Minute Private Lessons or 10 Weeks of Group Piano Lessons at Music Instruction Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Music Instruction Studio

Multiple Locations

$120 $49

University-educated instructors equip musicians of all experience levels with pop, jazz, and classical training in various instruments

$14 for Autumn Outing with Hayride, Train Rides, and Pumpkins for a Family with Two Kids ($21 Value)

Priddy Farms

Bartlett

$21 $14

At a 23-acre farm, families relax on scenic hayrides, pick out pumpkins, and build scarecrows

$10 for a Drive-Thru Safari and Petting-Zoo Outing for Two at Circle G Ranch (Up to $18 Value)

Circle G Ranch

Strawberry Plains

$18 $10

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Cars of visitors explore the 160-acre park with 700+ exotic animals such as zebras and emus before heading over to the petting zoo

Six-Week Boot Camp for One or Two at Matt Eubanks' Training Camp (60% Off)

Matt Eubanks' Training Camp

Rossville

$175 $70

Boot-camp participants utilize cardio and strength training to build stamina and muscle tone

One- or Two-Hour Romantic Horseback Trail Ride for Two with Dinner at Calico Junction Mule Ranch (Up to 55% Off)

Calico Junction Mule Ranch

Hohenwald

$160 $75

Duos ride equine companions across ranch that brims with waterfalls and more than 100 miles of trails before enjoying a romantic meal

Hour of Trampoline Jumping for 2 or 4, or Birthday Party for 10 at Sky Zone (Up to 49% Off). 4 Options Available.

Sky Zone Memphis

Memphis

$34 $19

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An hour of fun fitness in facility with trampolines as far as the eye can see; parties include pizza and soda

“Late Nite Catechism” at James K. Polk Theater on Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m. (Up to 37% Off) 

"Late Nite Catechism"

James K. Polk Theater

$77.30 $49

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Catholic nun comically pontificates on the dangers of the modern world in a participatory theater performance

Four-Week Foundations Course with Optional Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Rhema (Up to 73% Off)

CrossFit Rhema

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$199 $55

Students in the Foundations course meet twice a week for four weeks, while learning how to safely push themselves in CrossFit workouts

Boos, Brews, and Booze Pub Crawl for One or Two from Chattanooga Brew Choo (Up to 50% Off)

Chattanooga Brew Choo

The Ice Cream Show

$25 $13

BYOB pedal-powered pub crawl takes guests on a tour of bars and haunted locales

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

Three Games of Glow in the Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf in Murfreesboro (Up to 55% Off)

Glowgolf

Stones River Mall

$42 $19

Eighteen-hole mini-golf course studded with windmills and loop-the-loop ramps, with walls adorned in jungle and underwater murals

Two 60-Minute Jump Passes or Jump Around Birthday Party for 10 at Sky Zone Jackson (Up to 50% Off)

Sky Zone Jackson

Jackson

$30 $15

Bounce along a sea of wall-to-wall trampolines, slam dunk in Sky Slam, and flip into a Foam Zone

$21 for $45 Worth of Martial Arts — Evers' Tiger Rock Martial Arts

Evers' Tiger Rock Martial Arts

Johnson City

$45 $21

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Frozen & Friends Fall-Break Camp on October 6–10 or 10, 11, and 13 at Christian Youth Theater (Up to 51% Off)

Christian Youth Theater

Multiple Locations

$200 $99

Students learn the fundamentals of musical theater, then present their skills in a showcase of Disney songs from "Frozen" and "Brave"

One Month or Two Weeks of Tae Kwon Do Classes with Uniform at Taekwondo Academy of Bartlett (Up to 74% Off)

Taekwondo Academy of Bartlett

Ellendale

$174 $49

Students build self-defense skills, strength, and discipline in tae kwon do classes

20 Fitness Boot Camp Classes from FIT FORCE (45% Off)

Fit Force

Hendersonville

$600 $330

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Two Private Pilates Classes with Optional Month of Group Classes at Pilates of Collierville (Up to 73% Off)

Pilates of Collierville

Collierville

$130 $39

Pilates exercises strengthen the core with the help of a mat or small equipment

$29.95 for a Half-Day Ocoee River Adventure with Rental Gear from Adventures Unlimited ($59.95 Value)

Adventures Unlimited

Ocoee

$59.95 $29.95

Beginner and experienced rafters navigate Class III and IV rapids in 14 ft. self-bailing rafts with help from guide

Glass-Lattice Design Workshop for One, Two, or Four at Designs by Sylvanye Glass Studio (Up to 73% Off)

Designs by Sylvanye Glass Studio

Smyrna

$175 $55

Students cut strips of colored and patterned glass that go through two separate kiln firings before becoming original glass-lattice designs

Virtual Firearm Training for 2, 4, or 8 People or a Party Package at QuickDraw Nashville (Up to 60% Off)

QuickDraw Nashville

Brentwood

$40 $20

Students train with various scenarios on a projection screen as they aim simulated pistols or rifles

Tennessee Handgun-Carry-Permit Course for One or Two at Pack'n Heat (Up to 43% Off)

Pack'n Heat

Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance)

$110 $65

State-certified handgun instructor who spent eight years on a SWAT team; eye and ear protection and range time included

10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Organic Fitness Factory (Up to 84% Off)

Organic Fitness Factory

Gallatin

$150 $29

Instructors help you get fit with fun, supportive classes including glow-in-the-dark Zumba, Tae Bo, and Pound, which is set to rock music

One or Three Group or Private Equestrian Vaulting Lessons at Winding Creek Stables (Up to 50% Off)

Winding Creek Stables

5

$30 $15

Introductory course helps riders make a smooth foray into equestrian vaulting, which blends horseback riding, dance, and gymnastics

Tandem Skydiving Jump for One or Two from Skydive Smoky Mountains (50% Off)

Skydive Smoky Mountains

Morristown

$298 $149

Adventurers safely strapped to experienced divers plummet from heights of up to 9,500 ft.; exhilarating free falls captured on video

Yoga or Zumba Classes or One-Month Membership at Olympus Athletic Club (Up to 80% Off). Three Options Available.

Olympus Athletic Club

Multiple Locations

$100 $20

Get fit with a roster of yoga or Zumba classes or become a full-fledged gym member, complete with childcare and personal training

Two, Three, or Five 30-Minute Horseback-Riding or Driving Lessons at Mike Wahl Performance Horses (Up to 56% Off)

Mike Wahl Performance Horses

Greenback

$80 $39

Seasoned instructors who have trained national champions teach students to ride or drive horses

Two-Hour Paintball Package for 2, 4, or 10 at Xtreme Paintball (Up to 50% Off)

Xtreme Paintball

Lebanon

$50 $30

Two outdoor fields set the stage for staff-monitored scenarios such as capture the flag and team elimination

Eight or Sixteen Women's Boot-Camp Classes at Niki G's Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Niki G's Fitness

Mount Juliet

$140 $35

Trainers encourage accountability while leading participants through ever-changing workouts that can be modified based on ability level

One Pizza or $10 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Pizza and Sandwiches at Oskie's Sports Bar & Grill

Oskie's Sports Bar & Grill

Concord

$15.99 $8

Gourmet pizzas, loaded burgers, and Cuban sandwiches served amid live music

$63 for $125 Groupon — The Academy

The Academy

Mansker Heights

$125 $63

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

"Imagination on Sand" at The Sablé Theater on September 1–30 (Up to 49% Off)

"Imagination on Sand"

The Sable' Theater

$34.99 $18

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An artist creates scenes in sand that come to life on stage with the help of trick-riders and dancers

$149 for One Tandem Skydiving Jump for One at Skydiving Nashville ($299.99 Value)

Skydiving Nashville

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$299.99 $149

Participants experience the thrill of a free fall while strapped to an experienced instructor

Eight-Hour Tennessee Handgun-Carry-Permit Course for One or Two at Direct Hit Shooting Academy (Up to 58% Off)

Direct Hit Shooting Academy

Loudon County (near Lenior City)

$90 $39

Meet the requirements to qualify for a Tennessee handgun-carry permit through classroom instruction and practice at an outdoor range

Two Private Lessons for One or One Semi-Private Golf Lesson for Two at Vantage Point Golf Center (Up to 51% Off)

VJF Golf Lessons at Vantage Point Golf Center

Alliance of Cordova Neighborhoods

$70 $35

Lessons with veteran golf instructor who evaluates players' needs through various drills and teaching techniques that improve their skills.

One-Hour Horseback Riding Lesson for One or Two at Hixson Riding Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Hixson Riding Academy

Hixson

$40 $19

Experienced staff lead hour-long lessons in the basics of riding and horsemanship

BYOB Flame-Working or Glass-Blowing Class for One or Two at Studio 1688 (Up to 56% Off)

Studio 1688

Grahamwood Neighborhhod Association

$100 $49

Artist Teresa White leads beginners through four styles of glass-working workshops, each including materials

Nashville Comic Con on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 50% Off)

Kane

Music City

$115 $57.50

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Celebs and award-winning artists convene for panels and photo ops; includes autographed photo of WWE superstar Kane

One Month of Unlimited CrossFit with Two Fundamentals Classes for One or Two at Rocky Top CrossFit (Up to 72% Off)

Rocky Top CrossFit

Knoxville

$205 $59

Athletes of varying ages and fitness levels work toward goals in constantly changing workouts that focus on functional fitness

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Becca Marino fought an eating disorder for 13 years before enlisting in a six-month recovery program. During this time, mentors surrounded and supported her. Thanks to their encouragement, she broke free of the eating disorder and nourished a desire to help others do the same. Marino marched off to earn a bachelor's in health, fitness, and recreational resources, specializing in exercise science. Then, she racked up personal training certifications to start her career in fitness. But even as she went to work in gyms, wellness centers, and other fitness facilities, she felt as if she couldn't help people the way she wanted to.

In 2009, she broke down the barriers that kept her from inspiring others and opened Fitness Inspiration!. She and her team promote mindsets and beliefs that facilitate external action. This positive approach to physical and mental transformation manifests itself in every workout, from personal and small-group training sessions to group classes and boot camps. Teachers also host wellness workshops and outreach events that nourish self-worth and awaken a desire for participants to treat their bodies like temples or shrines to JTT.

Becca's powerful positive methodologies won her a 2012 Natural Memphis award for Best Personal Trainer, and her Best Me! boot-camp program was awarded the title of Best Natural Body Care Program.

500 North Pine Lake Drive
Memphis,
TN
US

A log cabin sits huddled in the woods as breezes sway rolling grasses and flowerbeds across the 1,120 acres that surround it. A Federal-style mansion stands tall against the sky, its columns flanking a towering front door and presidential balcony. Carrying on a 200-year tradition, The Hermitage tells the story of the presidential family, its plantation's slave population, and the atmosphere of the time through 32 historic buildings and more than a dozen archaeological sites.

The mansion and visitor center boast 3,000 original objects and 800,000 archaeological artifacts on display, as well as 1,200 printed items, 3,000 photographs, and 800 manuscripts bearing the president's original handwriting and cappuccino stains. The mansion's Greek-revival woodwork and mantels frame original wallpaper, and glass cases hold Andrew Jackson's authentic glasses, slippers, top hats, swords, and canes. Inside the visitor center, the Jacksons' actual private carriage guards a hallway leading to collections of artifacts from the plantation's slave families and communities. Most items in the collections were purchased directly from the Jackson family, though many artifacts were uncovered in the late 1800s by the historic Ladies' Hermitage Association when they broke ground for a new Olympic-sized swimming pool.

On the outdoor grounds, trained guides usher visitors to the first Hermitage, a log cabin where the Jackson family lived while the mansion was being built, and Alfred's Cabin, the preserved 1840s quarters of the former groundskeeper. In the garden, winding trails take visitors past period plants and the Grecian-style tombs of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. The rest of The Hermitage's grounds contain a network of winding walking trails, as well as grassy areas and cabins where museum staffers host events, weddings, and birthday parties. Across the grounds, interpreters in authentic period dress direct visitors to the sites of historic events and often train grade-school students to do the same through the center's special school programs.

4580 Rachels Ln
Hermitage,
TN
US

Ijams Nature Center is committed to outdoor conservation and recreation, supplying members with rugged nature trails, an eco-friendly learning center, and a wildlife sanctuary spread over 300 acres. The visitor's center reduces energy emissions through passive solar heating, and most of the building's surfaces were constructed using materials made from recycled newspaper, cardboard, and grocery bags. New and permanent exhibits fill this space, such as Ijams Family History—which showcases the traditional preserved birds that highlight their passion for ornithology. Inside the forest exhibit, correct answers to questions light up components inside a giant walk-through tree, and glass cases hold specimens such as a hummingbird nest and snakeskin.

Heading outside, guests enter the raptor enclosure—a sheltered structure and small amphitheater housing a red-tailed hawk and turkey vulture, who read excerpts from their favorite Looney Tunes fan fiction during educational demonstrations. From here, all-ages visitors explore a greenhouse and organic garden. Children can frolic in Jo's Grove—an interactive nature play area replete with hidden spaces and materials for building a nature fort. Hikers and mountain bikers can traverse ten miles of surface trails that wind through mature woodlands, as well as Mead's Quarry and Ross Marble Natural Area.

2915 Island Home Ave
Knoxville,
TN
US

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, a nature preserve and landscape park, began as a vision in the 1920?s by John and Margaret Chambliss. In the late 1970s, a group of forward thinkers hatched an ambitious plan to bring Chattanooga citizens closer to nature. With the help of the Junior League of Chattanooga, the group raised more than $500,000. In September 1979, The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center was born. Since then, the center has had more than half a million visitors to explore its 317 acres containing a certified level IV arboretum, Civil War and Cherokee history, botanical gardens, and native plants, as well as raising awareness with educational programs for adults at schoolchildren. Their efforts have helped to conserve the approximately 45 native animal species inhabiting the Wildlife Wanderland, These animal species include a bald eagle, sandhill cranes, and endangered red wolves.

State-of-the-art when it was built, the environmentally engineered main building has remained largely unchanged over the past 33 years. Features such as solar-heating systems, southern-facing windows, and 99% natural R-38 insulation continue to model sustainable-building practices to park visitors and squirrels looking to passively heat their nests.

400 Garden Rd.
Chattanooga,
TN
US

As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.

585 S Riverside Dr
Clarksville,
TN
US

When patrons step into Lanes, Trains, & Automobiles Entertainment Depot, playful noises jostle their senses: the crash of bowling pins, the decisive zaps of laser-tag guns, the thunder of colliding bumper cars. The center shelters a spectrum of friendly competition under one roof, but at the heart are 32 bowling lanes. During open-bowling hours and late-night cosmic bowling, touchscreens tally strikes and automatic bumpers shift up and down to accommodate different players in case they decide to somersault down the lane.

Nearby, up to 16 laser-tag soldiers duck behind barrels and walls splattered with neon paint in the 2,500-square-foot Lazer Station. In the Spinzone, black lights and colorful spotlights swivel around a central traffic signal, which dictates the stops, starts, and illegal U-turns of bumper cars.

In the arcade, patrons battle for champion status and pick of pizza toppings at air-hockey tables, skee-ball machines, and racing video games. Professional competitors face off on flat-screen TVs at Tailgaters, an on-site eatery slinging burgers and pizza. Eight VIP bowling lanes, a designated party zone, and a stage for live entertainment and karaoke act as peaceful dignitaries in the 4,500-square-foot restaurant as well.

450 Butler Dr.
Murfreesboro,
TN
US