Family Fun (Young Children)
Start your day at Hands On! Regional Museum and take a ride down the Katie Ellen coal mine, forecast the weather on WKID-TV and check out our ever-changing exhibits. Kids can become a pioneer, an explorer or an inventor – imagination is the only limitation.
Next, travel down I-26 to the Gray Fossil Site & Museum. This is the worlds largest Miocene Fossil Site where you will experience new species of fossils never seen before up to 5 million years old. Watch the paleontologist dig for bones at the observation area or join in the fun and dig for some in the kids dig area.
Enjoy a simple lunch at the fossil site or stop by one of the areas many restaurants before heading to Appalachian Caverns. Here you will take a one hour guided tour savoring the breathtaking beauty the labyrinth of corridors and rooms have to offer. Almost one mile of walkways, some winding through great rooms with ceilings reaching an impressive height of 135 feet, provide a full hour of excitement and adventure.
Enjoy the day at Wetlands Water Park in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. Lounge in the lazy river, take a dive down a water slide and enjoy the kiddy-sized play areas with water fountains and shaded swimming.
When you have had your fill of sun and excitement, travel into downtown Jonesborough. Visit the International Storytelling Center, take a carriage ride around the town, enjoy unique shopping and treat the kids at the local sweets shops.
Enjoy a trip to Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium. Originally a tract of land bought to protect the source of Kingsport’s water supply, Bays Mountain Park, at over 3,550 acres with a 44-acre lake in a natural valley between two ridges and 27 miles of hiking trails. It is one of the largest city-owned parks in the nation. Be sure to drop by the Nature Center and view the exhibits and visit the various wildlife habitats, including the famous wolves. There’s also a planetarium and an observatory on the grounds.