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A.K. Bissell Park

A.K. Bissell Park, located in Oak Ridge, has a total of 38 acres and features a paved 1.25 mile loop, picnic shelter and performance paviliion. The park is also home to The Friendship Bell, an 8,000-lb. bronze bell that commemorates…

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Adventures Outdoors

Adventures Outdoors is a kayak, paddle board, and bike rental company. They bring new and exciting health and fitness activities to the Oak Ridge area to promote the health and well being of local and surrounding area residents as well…

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Alexander Inn / Guest House

The historic Alexander Inn, originally known as The Guest House, was built during the Manhattan Project to house official visitors and was later used as a hotel. Included on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic gem is just…

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American Museum of Science & Energy

For STEM teachers searching for inspiring science field trips, The American Museum of Science & Energy (AMSE) offers innovative learning opportunities that students won’t forget. As one of the best science museums in the southeast, AMSE’s diverse exhibits show how…

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Big Turtle Dog Park

The PetSafe Big Turtle Dog Park was built with a $100,000 grant from PetSafe, administered through the Legacy Parks Foundation. This generous donation to the city has provided the opportunity to construct Oak Ridge’s first dog park. Located in west…

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Centennial Golf Course

For years, locals have enjoyed playing Centennial Golf Course, a premier public golf course. Since opening in 1997, the 6,633 yard course has provided a fun and challenging golf experience for players of all skill levels. Crafted by renowned architect…

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Chapel on the Hill

This beautiful wooden chapel was Oak Ridge, Tennessee’s primary church during the Manhattan Project. Completed in October 1943, Chapel on the Hill was originally a multi-denominational chapel shared by Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish congregations. Nondenominational services are still held in…

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Cinemark Tinseltown USA

Looking to enjoy one of the latest movie releases? We have just the place at Cinemark Tinseltown USA! Enjoy reserved seating (that allows you to pick exactly the seat you want without having to arrive early), heated seating (yes, heated!),…

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Clark Center Park

Clark Center Park (formerly known as Carbide Park) is an 80-acre parcel under consideration by DOE for possible transfer from federal ownership. The Park area includes a swimming area along Melton Hill Lake, and incorporates two picnic areas, a playground,…

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Devil’s Triangle

The Devils Triangle, just north of Oak Ridge (TN) in the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau, is made up of some of the most unusual two lane twisty roads in Tennessee. This 44 mile loop includes TN 62, TN 116…

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Disc Golf

Groves Park: Known locally as The Mounds, the 18-hole course at Groves Park is a long and mostly open course resting upon a beautifully mature landscape. The site was formerly South Hills Golf Course. The course was opened in May…

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Farmer’s Markets

There’s nothing like a Winter or Holiday Market to spice up your weekend! Join us at the following Farmer’s Markets: Winter Farmer’s Market Every Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. St. Mary’s Catholic School | Click for Directions FARM…

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Haw Ridge Park

The 780-acre park is situated on scenic peninsula along the Clinch River between Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. With more than 30 miles of single-track and dirt trails to explore, this Tennessee destination is known for its mountain bike trails,…

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Historic Brushy Mtn State Pen

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was the last place you wanted to be sent to. Most commonly known as the “End of the Line,” Brushy was a maximum-security prison that held murderers, robbers, rapists, and evil men who committed heartless crimes.…

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International Friendship Bell

This 8,000-pound bronze bell is a testament to the hope for everlasting peace and goodwill throughout the world. Cast in Japan, the bell is the first monument between a Manhattan Project city and Japan. The International Friendship Bell is located…

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Jackson Square

Jackson Square lies at the center of the historic district, which once served as the city’s original town site. During World War II, this area was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today Jackson Square features a…

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John Hendrix Memorial Prayer Walk

The John Hendrix Memorial Prayer Walk is an easy half-mile historic nature trail that narrates the story of John Hendrix. On the prayer walk you will hear how John’s visions became a reality with the establishment of the city of…

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K-25 Virtual Museum

This virtual museum tells the story of the K-25 facility in Oak Ridge, which was used to enrich uranium to fuel one of two atomic bombs that would end World War II. The K-25 Virtual Museum tells the story of…

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Melton Lake Park

With 173 miles of shoreline, Melton Lake Park is the perfect location for an outdoor adventure. Strike up a sand volleyball match or cool off in the water beside picturesque shorelines that are ideal for SUP (stand-up paddle boards), kayaks,…

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Museum of Appalachia

Founded in 1969 by John Rice Irwin, the Museum is a non-profit organization, and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. This museum tells the story of a region which was settled by proud, hardworking people through the relics they made and used…

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Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park sits on more than 4,000+ acres and is located on Norris Reservoir. With more than 800 miles of shoreline, the park offers recreational boating, skiing, fishing, and more! In addition, the park also provides a fully…

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Oak Ridge Art Center

Known locally as the “Oak Ridge Art Center” or the “Art Center”, we are a private not-for-profit regional fine arts center and museum providing visual arts experiences and education to Oak Ridge and the surrounding region. Our gallery exhibitions typically…

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Oak Ridge Bowling Center

Looking to get the ball rolling on your Oak Ridge trip? We have just the spot at our Oak Ridge Bowling Center. This family friendly center has weekly discounts, concessions and more. We promise you won’t strike out by choosing…

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Oak Ridge Children’s Museum

When you fuse family-friendly activities with innovative learning opportunities, you get the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. With more than 20,000 artifacts showcased in more than 20 interactive exhibits, this entertaining museum delves into history, culture, Appalachian music, geography, and…

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Oak Ridge Civic Ballet

Oak Ridge Ballet’s mission is to provide opportunities for dancers of all ages and abilities to perform in front of an audience. Along with local talent, Oak Ridge Ballet Association also hires professional dancers to perform in productions like The…

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Oak Ridge History Museum

While the popular American Museum of Science and Energy tells the story of the Manhattan Project, it does so primarily from a scientific perspective. In contrast, the new Oak Ridge History Museum shines a light on the “human side” of…

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Oak Ridge Playhouse

The Oak Ridge Playhouse and Junior Playhouse is one of the oldest continually-operating community theaters in the country. The playhouse is a professionally-managed volunteer organization, which produces a diverse annual season of musicals, plays and children’s theatre for audiences and…

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Oak Ridge Public Library

The Oak Ridge Public Library is open seven days a week and librarians are eager to assist both residents and visitors alike! A variety of programs and events are open and available to the public. Attend a class in the…

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Oak Ridge Symphony

For more than 70 years, the Oak Ridge Symphony has entertained the Secret City with a variety of music and talent. Under the direction of conductor Dan Allcott, the Oak Ridge Symphony strives to celebrate Oak Ridge’s culture and distinctiveness…

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Obed Wild and Scenic River

The free-flowing Obed Wild & Scenic River and its 500-foot-deep gorges offer visitors unspoiled rugged terrain, exceptional waters, and incredibly scenic views. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts come from all over the world to enjoy the rock climbing and whitewater river sports…

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Outdoor Pool

Originally constructed in 1944 by the Corps of Engineers, the pool underwent major renovation in 1992-1993. Reopened in summer of 1994, the pool is spring water fed and considered one of the largest in the nation. Depths range from zero…

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Secret City Commemorative Walk at Bissell Park

Located in Bissell Park, this memorial honors the thousands of men and women who moved to a city that was not found on maps to help end World War II. The memorial’s oval walkway features 10 bronze plaques that tell…

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The Marina at The Preserve

The Preserve is excited to announce our full service public Marina is now open! The Marina is complete with 44 covered boat slips, fuel dock, and a ship store for all your boating needs. This is the only full service…

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UT Arboretum

The UT Arboretum is a project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. This 250 acre field research laboratory that develops new technologies in areas of modern forestry, wildlife resources management, and environmental stewardship. Home to…

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Wheat Burial Ground

Believed to be part of the Gallaher-Stone Plantation, this 1850s slave cemetery has more than 90 unmarked graves. The burial ground includes a poignant monument in memory of those held in bondage.

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Windrock ATV Park

This park near Oliver Springs is a 72,000-acre playground for thrill-seekers looking to have some good, dirty fun. Visitors from all over the region bring their off-highway vehicles (OHV), including ATVs, side x sides, dirt bikes, Jeeps/4x4s, buggies, and trucks,…

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Windrock Bike Park

Windrock Bike Park is the Southeast’s premier mountain bike park. Riders catch a lift to the top of the mountain on one of the bike park shuttles, then descend one of the 16 trails. The park is open from 10-5…

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Windrock Shooting Range

Windrock Shooting Range is a locally owned & operated shooting and training range. We are pleased to offer 6 pistol bays, a .22lr steel bay and an 100+ yard rifle range! Come shoot steel or paper with a rifle, pistol…

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Y-12 History Center

Learn more about the history of nuclear weapons, Y-12 National Security Complex, and Oak Ridge’s role in the Manhattan Project as you browse through New Hope Center’s artifacts, displays, photos, and videos. In an effort to end World War II,…

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