Local Destinations and Educational Resources

Festivals and Events

Pellissippi State 2010 Hot Air Balloon Festival 
Date: October 1-2, 2010 
Description: Hot air balloon glows and flights, tethered balloon rides, entertainment, crafts and kids’ activities 
Contact: Pat Myers Phone: 865-694-6400 
Location: Pellissippi State Community College, Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, TN 37932 
Website: http://www.pstcc.edu/balloons  
Email for more information: communityrelations@pstcc.edu 

Secret City Festival

Bee Keeping Field Trip Opportunity

Howard Kerr is a beekeeper in Maryville. Contact him in the spring, around April, and he will be glad to set up a field trip for the kids. He has some smaller sized beekeeper outfits for the kids to use. The bees are busy with the flowers at that time of year, so it is really the safest time for the kids to see them up close and learn about them. Mr. Kerr is retired from Oak Ridge, his wife is from Russia, and he hosts Russian students every year. You can also buy local honey from him. His number is 982-6750 and his cell is 216-2550.

Fruit, Vegetable and Berry Picking

Black Oak Farms in Corryton.
They have blackberries and peaches ready in early July. Their number is 687-6900.

The Fruit & Berry Patch in Halls.
They have apples ,sour cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches during the summer. Grapes and corn are usually ready by late July and then pumpkins in October. They also have fruit slushies, cider, fried pies, BBQ sauce, honey, and apple butter for sale. They are located on McCloud Rd in Halls. Their number is 865-922-3779 (92-BERRY). Fruits may be picked from daylight to dark most of the summer. Store hours are 8am to dark 7 days a week from May 1- Dec 15 and 9am to 5pm M-F in winter. The owner, Dennis Fox, is a very knowledgeable and helpful man. His son(s) help him run the farm.

Hoot Owl Hollow Blueberries
Established in 1981, Hoot Owl Hollow Blueberries offers Pick-Your-Own, On-the-Farm Market, and Wholesale Rabbiteye Blueberries

Milne Farm in Greenback. 
The Milnes are a home schooling family. Click on the link there for directions and call for hours at 856-2193.

Fort Loudoun in Vonore 

Roane State College's Observatory 

Roane State Community College's Observatory (Tamke-Allan Observatory) has public stargazing every 1st and 3rd Saturday.

2009 is the National Year of Astronomy and there will be some special activities and presentations there.

Tamke-Allan Observatory http://www.roanestate.edu/obs/ 

Map to Tamke-Allan Observatory http://www.roanestate.edu/obs/visit.htm 

Wilderness Wildlife Week

Below is the link to learn more about the seminars and hikes that are scheduled. http://www.mypigeonforge.com/winterfest-wilderness.asp 

Public Libraries

Art Circle Public Library-Crossville

Blount County Public Library

Greenback Public Library

Kingston Public Libary

Knox County Public Library

Oak Ridge Public Library

Pigeon Forge Public Library

Sevier County Public Library

Townsend Public Library


The 6th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day Click the link to register for your free museum ticket.

American Museum of Science and Energy

Farragut Folklife Museum

Fort Loudoun

McClung Museum

Museum of Appalachia

Sequoyah Birthlplace Museum


Aquarium of the Smokies

Black Bear Jamboree

Black Oak Farms

Blount County/Maryville Parks and Recreation

Blount Mansion

Blue Ridge Parkway

Cades Cove

Challenger Center

Cherohala Skyway

Cherokee Caverns

Cherokee National Forest

Cherokee, North Carolina

The Comedy Barn


Douglas Lake


Ft. Loudon State Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Guinness World Records

Ijams Nature Center

James White's Fort

Knox County Parks and Recreation

Knoxville Zoo

Lookout Mountain

The Lost Sea

Mayfield Dairy

Melton Hill Dam

Norris Lake

North Carolina Waterfalls

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ober Gatlinburg

Pigeon Forge Community Center

Rainforest Adventures

Ramsey House Plantation

Ripley's Aquarium Of The Smokies

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Rock City

Ruby Falls

Sam Houston Historic School House

Sevier County Parks

Sevierville Community Center

Tamke-Allan Observatory

Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga

Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Tennessee Valley Fair


Tuckaleechee Caverns

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

WDVX Blueplate Special

West Bicycles

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

World's Fair Park

Resource Web Sites

The Ambassador - Online newspaper/publication written by home school students

Townsend Web Directory