Kid-Approved Activities in Northeast Tennessee

Planning your family vacation is an open canvas for creating memories that will last a lifetime. On your next trip to Northeast Tennessee, rest assured knowing there are adventures everywhere to keep the kiddos smiling, exploring, and more connected than ever.

Parks and Recreation

There are endless opportunities to explore local parks around our corner of the state. From revamped downtown playgrounds to open play areas and sports facilities, kids are invited to roam and wander.

*Please note leashed & pet-friendly parks are marked with paws icons.

Local Parks

King Commons Park & Founders Park 🐾

Jacob’s Nature Park  🐾

Tannery Knobs Bike Park  🐾

Steele Creek Park  🐾

Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park

Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport  🐾

Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park  🐾

David Crockett Birthplace State Park  🐾

Sycamore Shoals Park  🐾


Museums & Attractions

Aside from an abundance of parks and recreation, Northeast Tennessee boasts an eventful downtown life all throughout the region with lively attractions to keep the vacation itinerary filled with things to do.


Tiebreakers Arcade & Restaurant

Bristol Motor Speedway

The Kingsport Carousel

Fizzy Fairway Putt Putt

Wetlands Water Park

Brights Zoo

Kingsport Aquatics Center


Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Hands On! Discovery Center and Gray Fossil Site



Festival season is quickly approaching, and along with big musical acts coming to Northeast Tennessee is the amount of family-friendly events in our region. Grab tickets while they last!

Meet The Mountains Fest in Johnson City


Appalachian Trail Vista

The Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival in Bristol lineup was recently revealed with some stellar headliners!


There are ample opportunities to get the kids outside to explore and exercise in nature. Whether you take a family bike ride to the Watershed Trails in Hampton or a hike up Roan Mountain, there are endless opportunities to play and learn about the beautiful trails in our backyard. Skip rocks at South Holston Lake, or take a guided fishing tour with River Run Angling with catches like rainbow and brook trout.

Photo By: USA Raft Adventure Resort

USA Raft Adventure Resort

Blue Ridge Paddling

Doe Mountain Recreation Area

Check out 10 Best Family Adventures in Northeast Tennessee here!

*Please practice Leave No Trace ethics when recreating outdoors.


There’s More Up Here!

Check out Tennessee’s Kid Reviewed program for extra fun ideas when you visit our state.

Start your adventure the right way, and book your flight to Tri-Cities Airport (TRI).