Blount County offers an exciting variety of both indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families. From scenic mountain hikes to historical museums and fantastic farm tours, there is enough to keep you busy in any season.
Free Indoor Activities
1. Lowes Kids Clinics – Free hands-on workshops for kids ages 5-12. Workshops are held on select Saturdays. Contact your local store for details.
2. Home Depot Kids Workshops– Free hands-on workshops for kids ages 5-12. Workshops are held on the 1st Saturday of each month. Contact your local store for details.
3. Vienna Coffee House – Preschool story time, Thursdays during the school year. Cost, whatever you decide to spend on coffee and/or treats (no purchase required). In conjunction with Fairview United Methodist Church.
4. Blount County Public Library– Storytimes for infant and toddlers
5. Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library (Townsend) – Afterschool story time.
6. Blount County Parks and Rec – Offers a variety of kids classes (cooking, art, sewing, swimming and many more) and family fun festivals throughout the year. Costs range from free to inexpensive. Some activities are held indoors and others are held outside.
7. Foothills Mall Indoor play place – Climb, skip and slide with old or new friends in the cushioned play area. Perfect for days when when the weather is less than desirable. Cost free.
8. Chick-fil-A Indoor Play Area – Climb, skip and slide with old or new friends. Perfect for days when when the weather is less than desirable. Cost, whatever you decide to spend on food/beverages. Chick-fil-A also holds free special events throughout the year with free food and children’s activities. Contact your local branch for details.
10. Clayton Center for the Arts – Enjoy free rotating art exhibits. The Arts Center is located on the Maryville college campus. This activity is most appropriate for older kids in middle or high school.
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Inexpensive Indoor Activities
11. Michael’s – Hands-on craft classes for kids and adults. Typical cost of $5 or less.
12. TNT Gymnastics – In addition to regular classes, the center offers open gym nights for $5/per child. Parties also available.
13. Perpetual Motion – In addition to regular classes, the center offers open gym nights. Parties also available.
14. Foothills Gymnastics – In addition to regular classes, the center offers parents nights, open gym sessions and birthday parties. Costs vary per event.
15. Roller Arena Party Zone – Indoor roller skating with day and evening hours. Cost varies by date and time of entrance. Cost ranges from $3-$7/per person. Skate rentals are $2/per person.
16. Crest Bowling Lanes – Cost varies by date and time of entrance. Youth bowling leagues available.
17. Carmike Cinemas
18. Smokey Mountain Heritage Center – The museum host both permanent and traveling exhibits. Special family fun events are also offered all throughout the summer. Admission cost: children 6 and under free, children over 6 $5/per person, adults $7/per person.
19. Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum – Enjoy touring a variety of historic trains, buildings and artifacts. Hours vary by month. Visit website to confirm availability.
20. Blount County Historical Museum – Explore a variety of historical artifacts, including an awesome firetruck. Admission $3/per person, children 8 and under free.
21. Tuckaleechee Caverns – Children under 4/free, children ages 5-11 $7, adults $16
22. Primary Players Children’s Group (Clayton Center for the Arts) – This is a non-profit children’s theatre group. Sign your child up to perform or enjoy watching the play at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
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Free Outdoor Activities
23. Maryville Farmers Market – Located across from the Vienna Coffee House, this quaint market features a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, farm-fresh meats and eggs, vibrant flowers, herbs and artisan crafts. The market also typically features live entertainment. It’s free to walk around, but product prices vary by vendor.
24. Blount County Greenways – Feed the ducks and enjoy a variety of wild life and you meander over 9 miles of paved walking trails that wind through Maryville and Alcoa. The trails are shaded and welcome both bikes and dogs (bring your own poop bags). View the Greenway map for info on parking and restrooms.
25. Sandy Springs Park – Located along the Greenway, the park offers 3 different playgrounds to accommodate a variety of age groups. The park also boasts picnic areas, a party pavilion, indoor restrooms and a variety of ball fields/courts.
26. Springbrook Park and Duck Pond – The park, playground, duck pond and fishing area are free for all to enjoy. Pavilions and grills are also available.
27. John Sevier Park – The park, playground, picnic areas and grills are free for all to enjoy.
28. Swimming at the Townsend Y – Pack a picnic lunch and take a dip in the cool water at the Y (not YMCA). This is a fresh-water swimming hole located where 411 forks towards either Cades Cove or Gatlinburg. The small parking lot connected to the swimming area is located just before the fork on the left-hand side, if coming from Townsend. This is a natural setting and there is no lifeguard on duty. Although the swimming hole keeps pretty busy, you may encounter wildlife. You also have to climb over some rocks to access the swimming area, which may not be best for very young children. Please swim at your own risk. Cost free, no charge for parking, no restrooms.
29. Shadows of the Past Trail in Townsend – Paved walking and biking trail in townsend, with historical landmarks along the route. Recommended for older children, due to proximity to highway.
31. Hedgewood Gardens – Gorgeous wildflower garden, but it keeps odd hours. Call to confirm that the location is open, prior to planning your trip 865-984-2052.
32. Cades Cover Driving Loop and Visitor’s Center – Enjoy a meandering ride along the scenic ridding loop, while looking for bear, dear, elk, coyotes, turkeys and other wild life. Don’t forget your camera. Stop and visit a variety of historic homes, and churches along the loop. Picnic areas and restrooms are available at the visitor’s center. The visitor’s center also boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits depicting historical mountain life. Hiking trails are scattered throughout the loop. Various ranger led programs are also available at this location. Contact the visitors center or more details.
33. Movies in the Park – During the summer, enjoy free outdoor movies along the greenway. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No glass allowed.
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Inexpensive Outdoor Activities
34. Parkway Drive-in – Open in spring, summer and early fall. Enjoy 2 movies for only $6/per person. The theater will show a kids movie 1st and adult movie 2nd. Concessions available for an additional cost.
35. Sam Houston Historic School House and Museum – Educational activities held both indoor and outdoor. Price varies by individual program. See website for more details.
36. The Friendly Farm – Experience farm life by petting and feeding a variety of adorable animals. A variety of farm- centered seasonal activities are also offered, including a pumpkin patch and various child-friendly workshops. Cost for special events is typically under $10 per child.
37. Maple Lane Farms (Greenback) – Hosts a variety of seasonal farm activities including corn maze and pumpkin patch.
38. Liles Acres Organic Farm – Various educational programs centered around all aspects of organic farm life. Cost $5-$7/per person.
39. Wildwood Farm – Various educational programs centered around raising farm animals.
40. Rutherford Farm -Pick your own mouth-watering fruits and veggies. Crops and prices vary by season.
41. Falls Blueberry Farm – Pick your own plump ripe blueberries. Pay for blueberries by weight at the end of your trip.
42. John Sevier Community Pool – Community pool entrance is $4/ per person.
43. Springbrook Community Pool – Community pool entrance is $4/per person. Concessions available.
44. Tubing (Townsend) – Enjoy a scenic float down the river. This activity is free, if you have your own tubes (don’t forget the life jackets). A variety of local companies also offer all-day tubing and transportation for $10 or less per day.
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Worth the Expense
46. Studio 212 Arts – Offers a variety of semester long art classes in several age ranges. Cost varies by class $65- $150.