Morristown, Tennessee is a great city for all stages of life, whether it’s raising a family or retirement. With schools letting out for the summer, now is a great time to take advantage of everything Morristown has to offer for the young and the young at heart. If you have special young people in your life like grandchildren, grandnieces/nephews or even great grandchildren, summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to share some quality time with them and make new memories together. Whether your grandchildren are coming for a visit or Morristown natives themselves, there are plenty of adventures to have. Here are our top five suggestions:
- The Briarwood Auto Safari is a hidden gem of the area. Ride through four miles of beautiful pasteur land in the comfort of your own vehicle to observe and feed zebras, water buffalo, elk, deer, ostriches, llama, rams and many other intriguing animals. For even more animal fun, you could also take a trip to the Knoxville Zoologic Gardens, which offer a greater array of animals to observe, if not the opportunity to feed them from your car.
- The Three Rivers Rambler is an authentic steam train that travels along the beautiful Tennessee River. Children will love the chance to have their own Thomas the Tank Engine adventure and you’ll love their enthusiasm and scenery. With uniformed conductors and interesting tidbits about the area’s history, you’ll have not only an amazing afternoon outing, but some great conversation points to leap off from about yesteryear and share some of your own memories with the little ones.
- The Star of Knoxville Riverboat is another fun outing that will let kids feel like they are traveling back in time. They’ll love marveling at the paddle-wheeler design that harkens back to another era. The sightseeing and lunch cruises let you experience the beauty of the Tennessee River from a whole new perspective, while the dinner cruises are an opportunity for old fashioned elegance. There are even special holiday cruises such as for the Fourth of July, which offer an unparalleled view of the fireworks.
- Dollywood Theme Park is must-see summer attraction. With so many shows, rides, and events, it can easily be a repeat-adventure. The Dixie Stampede is especially popular, and kids will love to watch the horses go through their paces. Ripley’s Aquarium, the Titanic Exhibit, and other Pigeon Forge staples are also wonderful outings. Finish up the day wit home of Gatlinburg famous pancakes!
- The Knoxville Art Museum is another great way to spend a few hours with little ones. Many of the art deals with the Knoxville region, and they might enjoy seeing familiar scenes as interpreted by artists who have lived here in times past. You can treat the different art works as a kind of story time, and might find they create opportunities to tell share your memories. There’s even a special Creative Corner, an interactive play area for children of all ages where they can engage with art hands-on.