10 Things to Do in Clinton That You Shouldn't Miss

April 5, 2018 Darleen Reid

Clinton is a city in Anderson County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 9,841 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Anderson County. Clinton is included in the Knoxville metropolitan area.
Restaurants in Clinton

1. Norris Dam State Park

125 Village Green Cir, Rocky Top, TN 37769-5003 +1 865-426-7461
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Norris Dam State Park

Norris dam was the first built by the TVA in the late 1930s.

Reviewed By Leigh C - Clinton, Tennessee

I grew up in this area and spent a lot of time on Norris Lake with the family with boats and a houseboat. Lots of picnics growing up there also. We now have moved back to the area and still go to look around and visit. Just went to walk thru the cabin and camping area. You will see lots of wildlife. Great walking trails, trout fishing, and beautiful views. You can find camping areas for tents or trailers or RVs, etc., cabins (rustic) or modern cabins. Lots of attractions near b for day trips also.

2. Museum of Appalachia

2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716-6756 +1 865-494-7680
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

Museum of Appalachia

The Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum--a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind. Roam the 65-acre complex and experience a recreated Appalachian community complete with: -36 authentic log structures (including Mark Twain's Family Cabin) -Farm animals -Over 250,000 artifacts in 3 buildings, with vast collections of folk art, music memorabilia, baskets, quilts, Native American artifacts, and much more. The Museum hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including Sheep Shearing Days, July 4th Anvil Shoot, "Days of the Pioneer" Antique Show, and A Candlelight Christmas.

Reviewed By Fortyfivefifty - Boston, Massachusetts

The mission to preserve and interpret the local cultural heritage is a commendable and worthwhile endeavor, but the resources and management seem to be lacking. The ticket price might suggest that a lot of activities and visitor services are included in the experience, but this did not seem to be the case at all. Most of the historic buildings were vacant, roped off for stabilization or infrastructure issues, or totally empty. There were very few costumed interpreters on the grounds, few animals, and many of the indoor exhibits were poorly organized and run-down. Because the Museum seems to think itself quite above what it's actually worth, I decided to write a more critical review, since I expect an experience commensurate with what I paid. Had the price been a bit more humble, I would have enjoyed the experience as just a nice little small-town museum instead of feeling royally ripped-off.

3. American Museum of Science & Energy

300 S Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-6726 +1 865-576-3200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 414 reviews

American Museum of Science & Energy

Reviewed By cafcode - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Very thoughtful and complete museum largely dedicated to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Great museum with hands-on exhibits that kids (of most ages) will love. Highly recommended, especially for readers of, "The Girls of Atomic City" or say, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb".

4. Norris Paddling Adventures

Marina Driveway, Norris Dam Marina, Norris, TN 37828
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5 based on 31 reviews

Norris Paddling Adventures

We provide self-guided rentals and discovery class in top of the line watercraft; single, fishing & tandem kayaks, hydrobikes (water bikes), canoes and Stand-Up Paddle Boards, for a 1-2 hour paddle, a 4 hr. 'half day' tour for time to picnic, swim and explore or a full day lake adventure. We welcome individuals of all ages and skill levels, including young children and pets. Our experienced staff can also provide guided excursions.

Reviewed By RimRocksCabins - Karbers Ridge Illinois

My daughter and I wanted to learn the basics of kayaking and Norris Paddling was perfect in every way. Paul is not only a great instructor but enjoyable to be around in general. Equipment was excellent, location could not be any better (Norris Lake). Was just the BEST experience. Taking my husband in a few days to see if he enjoys as much as we did. Great way to begin your kayaking adventures.

5. MaxAir Trampoline Park

229 E Emory Rd, Powell, TN 37849-4016 +1 865-362-5039
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

MaxAir Trampoline Park

Reviewed By Traveler672 - knoxville, TN

Do all of these places smell like feet?

We had a coupon for one free hour so we took the kids this week. They enjoyed it.
Compared to other trampoline parks it was a little disappointing as their trampolines are raised up almost in cages. This means you cannot watch your kids jumping and having fun.

6. Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

461 W Outer Dr, Oak Ridge, TN 37830-3714 +1 865-482-1074
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

Reviewed By balinesian - Jacksonville, Florida

Loved this museum! I was amazed by the numerous displays, and here is a short list of my favorites: real log cabins and period clothing for the children to put on; birds in a pond with secret staircase; mining tools and view into tunnel; information about and memorabilia from the Manhattan Project and the birth of this "Secret City"; puppets from all over the world along with a puppet theatre; Tug boat with dams, locks and water; and trains to drive and climb around.

I about lost my mind when I found the doll houses! Told the others to go ahead and I would catch up so that I didn't have to hurry past these.... There is one that is about 160 years old. Wow!!

7. Little Ponderosa Zoo

629 Granite Rd, Clinton, TN 37716-5641 +1 865-457-5536
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Little Ponderosa Zoo

Reviewed By Konasmother - Monterey, Tennessee

Last October, my daughter took her family to visit Little Ponderosa for my oldest granddaughter’s birthday. She wants to become a veterinarian, and has been working with clinics for 5 years. The zoo features exotic animals and rescues from people who couldn’t maintain their choices, and even animals rescued from drug operations. Jack is one of those - he’s a kissing kangaroo!! December 4, 2017, the barn caught fire due to an electrical problem, and burned to the ground. Forty animals perished despite the effort of human and other animals best efforts to save them. My family took me there after the fire. I met Charlie, a canine who repeatedly entered the barn to save goats, and suffered the collapse of the roof. He had some injuries, but reportedly, will be okay. On December 30, there was a fundraiser to help with rebuilding. Then there was a memorial service at the zoo - white doves were released in honor of the lost animals, and, through tears, it was extremely moving. A monument is to be selected and placed in remembrance. This is not an ordinary zoo - the animals are there to help autistic children, they visit senior citizen homes in an attempt to lift spirits. Annually, they are part of nativity scenes. If ever in the area, try to visit this unique attraction, if only to pay your dues.

8. The Miner's Circle - Mine Explosion Graves

1030 New Clear Branch Rd, Leach Cemetery, Rocky Top, TN 37769-5624
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5 based on 4 reviews

The Miner's Circle - Mine Explosion Graves

Reviewed By pathfinderwavohio - s.ohio

Site of the fifth worse mining accident in the United States. Located behind the Clear Branch Baptist Church. Marked by a large monument surrounded by circles of the tomb stones of 184 of the 214 miners who lost their lives on May 19, 1902.
The explosion kill every adult male in the town but three. It was very sad but interesting, worth a quick stop to see.

9. Haw Ridge Park

Edgemoor Rd, between TN Highway 162 and Melton Valley Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Haw Ridge Park

Reviewed By PaulyPauly2014 - Knoxville, Tennessee

We arrived on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.... We waked some, walked out on a pier, rode our bikes on the paved trail and near the water front and also rode down toward edgemoore road trail. Plenty of benches to rest on and water fountains too. It's also dog friendly and a water bowl was near one of the fountains! It's a great place and they also have hiking trails off the paved trails too! Very clean and well kept and all around fun in nature! Highly recommend and always look for new places to ride bikes or just walk....

10. Green McAdoo Cultural Center

101 School St, Clinton, TN 37716-2326 +1 865-463-6500
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5 based on 17 reviews

Green McAdoo Cultural Center

Reviewed By Adele K - Richmond, Virginia

This museum is situated in a former segregated elementary school building. As you walk up to the school, there is a scupture depicting the twelve brave African-American students who integrated the Clinton High School before Little Rock in Sept., 1956. The tour begins with a video giving background of the events. The museum has an extensive collection of testimonies, letters and news articles. The tour guide, who happened to be the brother of one of the twelve, was very helpful in sharing his experiences and answering questions. We found this a moving and a necessary visit.

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