TAKE AN EDUCATIONAL VACATION IN SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE

From historical museums and natural wonders to zoos and even classes that teach crafts like knife making, Sevierville offers many ways to enrich your knowledge this year. Whether you’re a longtime homeschooling family, are making the most of a virtual school year, or simply love to learn, these fun activities will help keep the whole family learning while having a great time. Read on to learn more.

Rainforest Adventures
Biology

Showcasing over 600 live animals, Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo is committed to conservation and preservation and is home to unique and beautiful creatures from around the world. Spend time watching lemurs play, learning about endangered animals, and feeding friendly goats. rfadventures.com

Forbidden Caverns
Geology

Even with more than 8,000 caves in the State of Tennessee, Forbidden Caverns shines as one of the most spectacular. Visitors are given an entertaining and educational hour-long tour highlighting the history of the caverns and its dazzling rock formations. forbiddencavern.com

Tennessee Museum of Aviation
History

Aviation history comes to life at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Rare warbird aircraft, including two Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, a Douglas A1-H Skyraider, a P51-D Mustang and more are housed here in Tennessee’s official repository and archive for aviation history. Many of the aircraft on display are airworthy and can still be seen flying in the skies above Sevierville during impromptu flights. Tnairmuseum.com

The Relic Room at Smoky Mountain Knife Works
History | Geology | Paleontology

Part museum, part store, The Relic Room at Smoky Mountain Knife Works puts history in your hands. Peruse the retail shelves for treasures including dinosaur bones, Civil War bullets, Roman coins and an ever-changing selection of artifacts and memorabilia that rival many museum collections. Smkw.com

Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum
History | Americana

Marvel at 90+ muscle cars worth over $8 million dollars. Muscle Car Review magazine calls it “a spectacular landscape of wall-to-wall legends.” With an ever-changing mix of cars, museumgoers can enjoy a different experience each time they visit Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum. Musclecarmuseum.com

Sky High Air Tours
Aviation | History

Take flight with pilot Marc Hightower in a fully restored 1927 Waco Biplane. Enjoy an aerial tour of Sevierville and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and learn the history of the plane from the pilot who lovingly cares for it. skyhighairtours.com

Uncle Hank’s Knives
Knife Making

Make a keepsake you’ll always treasure while learning to forge, hammer and sharpen your own knife. This class, taught by Uncle Hank himself, is ideal for one or two people – but small groups can visit too. Make a knife from a nail, a horseshoe or a bolt and finish it off with a leather sheath made by Hank’s wife, LouAnn. Unclehanksknives.com

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