10 Family Summer Activities in East Tennessee

School's out for the summer! Make this year the ultimate staycation with 10 ideas below that are kid-approved! We won't judge if you want to do these activities and don't have kids -- this list has summer fun for everyone!

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Outdoor Community Pool

Did someone say pool day? Hangout poolside at one of the two community pools in Knoxville! Admission ranges from $3 – $4 per person.

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Wetlands Water Park

Water slides, splash pads and sprinkles galore! This park has five different water slides, a lazy river and a pool perfect for Mom & Dad. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

WHERE: Jonesborough, TN

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Indoor Rock Climbing

Have some play time in the AC! Take the kiddos to River Sports Outfitters for indoor rock climbing. Instructors are on hand to secure the ropes and teach the basics of climbing!

WHERE: Knoxville, TN

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Museum of Appalachia

Take a trip back in time to learn about life as a pioneer in the place we call home. Museum of Appalachia hosts early artifacts of mountain life in this region!

WHERE: Clinton, TN

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Hollywood Star Cars Museum

Hop in and buckle up! Get up close and personal with over 40 cars owned by celebrities and featured in major movies! The collection of cars is always changing – so you can go again and again!

WHERE: Gatlinburg, TN

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Roller coasters, incredible performances and the land of our Tennessee queen, Dolly Parton! Splash Country, Dollywood’s water park, is now open for the summer!

WHERE: Pigeon Forge, TN

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Sevier Air Trampoline Park

Jump, jump, jump around! Jump up and get down…with your family! Sevier Air is a giant indoor trampoline park with a ninja warrior course, perfect for the kiddos!

WHERE: Sevierville, TN

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Get a birds eye view of the Scruffy City with a 360° FREE tour inside Knoxville’s Sunsphere. Here are 10 things you should know about the landmark before your visit!

WHERE: Knoxville, TN

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Navitat at Ijams

Swing from tree to tree in our own backyard! Ijams Nature Center has an zipline canopy adventure center perfect for an afternoon of fun! Don’t forget to visit the sunflower patch while you’re there.

WHERE: Knoxville, TN

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Cool Sports

Kick around the soccer ball, cool down on the ice skating rink or hang out at the café! Cool Sports is an indoor sports center that allows your kids to be active without the summer heat!

WHERE: Farragut, TN

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