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Tennessee Tourist Attractions Ranked According to Attendance
Rank
'20
AttractionPhone
Website
Parent company
2019 visitors
Total employees
Full-time/Part-time
Description
Top local executive
Founded/Renovated
1Great Smoky Mountains National Park1
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-1200
nps.gov/grsm
NA
12,500,000
290
222/682
100 species of native trees, over 1,500 flowering plant species, 251 bird species, 69 mammal species, 39 reptile species, and 43 amphibian species
Cassius Cash
Superintendent
1934/NA
2The Dollywood Company
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
800 DOLLYWOOD
dollywood.com
NA
4,000,0003
4,5004
NA/NA
Dollywood theme park, Dollywood's Splash Country water park, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins, Dolly Parton's Stampede and Celebration Dinner Show
Craig Ross
President
1986/NA
3Cherokee National Forest
2800 Ocoee St. North
Cleveland, TN 37312
423-476-9700
fs.usda.gov/cherokee
USDA Forest Service
2,500,000
145
130/15
656,000 acre National Forest open to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities
JaSal Morris
Forest supervisor
1911/NA
4Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
615-416-2001
countrymusichalloffame.org
NA
1,297,433
217
178/39
Collects, preserves and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences
Kyle Young
CEO
1967/2014
5Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
615-833-1534
nashvillezoo.org
NA
1,266,764
NA
NA/NA
More than 2,700 animals, signature species exhibits, 110-foot-tall zip line, insider view of HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center
Rick Schwartz
President, CEO
1990/NA
6Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
901-333-6500
memphiszoo.org
NA
1,200,000
313
178/15
Home to more than 3,500 animals, representing over 500 species from around the world, showcasing exhibits over a 76-acre park
Jim Dean
President, CEO
1906/2020
7Tennessee Aquarium
One Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
800-262-0695
tennesseeaquarium.org
NA
753,324
164
155/9
Public aquarium educating visitors about fresh and saltwater ecosystems within two buildings and more than 9,000 animals
Keith Sanford
President, CEO
1992/2018
8Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841
423-569-9778
nps.gov/biso
NA
750,494
NA
NA/NA
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, natural and historic features
Niki Stephanie Nicholas
Superintendent
1974/NA
9Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol Dragway
151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
423-989-6900
bristolmotorspeedway.com
Speedway Motorsports Inc.
750,000
NA
NA/NA
Versatile multi-use venue hosting major auto races, football games, concerts, featuring a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 24 to 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways at the Speedway and encompasses the historic Bristol Dragway
Jerry Caldwell
Executive VP, GM
1961/2020
10Cumberland Gap National Historical Park5
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
606-248-2817
nps.gov/cuga
National Park Service
704,598
36
30/6
Commemorates the first great gateway to the west, including many miles of trails and scenic features found in the national park
Charles Sellars
Park superintendent
1940/NA
11Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
901-332-3322
graceland.com
NA
600,0006
NA
NA/NA
Iconic mansion and 14-acre estate formerly inhabited by Elvis Presley. 200,000 square foot entertainment complex that includes exhibits
Jack Soden
CEO
1982/2019
12Pink Palace Family of Museums
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
901-636-2362
memphismuseums.org
NA
482,455
NA
NA/NA
Pink Palace Museum/Mansion, planetarium, CTI Giant Screen Theater, Mallory-Neely/Magevney Houses, nature center
Kevin Thompson
Executive director
1930/2018
13Zoo Knoxville
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331
zooknoxville.org
NA
453,924
350
128/37
Accredited by the AZA and is part of the largest conservation movement on the planet, participates in more than 75 Species Survival Programs and cares for more than 750 animals
Lisa New
President and CEO
1948/Ongoing
14Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway, Ste. 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-5423
obergatlinburg.com
NA
418,035
316
290/26
Aerial tramway, mountain coaster, slide, chairlift, indoor ice skating and bumper cars, shopping, restaurant/lounge, skiing, snowboarding, tubing
The Anders Family
Owners
1973/2008
15Belle Meade Plantation
5025 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
800-270-3991
bellemeadeplantation.com
NA
335,7126
NA
NA/NA
Tours, event center, educational outreach programs, based on the history of the Belle Meade Plantation
Alton W. Kelley
President
1820/NA
16National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103
901-521-9699
civilrightsmuseum.org
NA
327,000
38
36/2
Chronicles the American civil rights movement from slavery to the present and serves as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change
Terri Lee Freeman
President
1991/2014
17Jack Daniel's Distillery
133 Lynchburg Highway
Lynchburg, TN 37352
931-759-6357
jackdaniels.com
NA
277,3576
NA
NA/NA
Historic distiller offering tours that include samples of its signature Tennessee whiskey
Larry Combs
Senior VP, GM, Jack Daniel's supply chain
1866/2016
18Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
901-636-4100
memphisbotanicgarden.com
NA
230,000
50
NA/NA
96-acre property, 31 specialty gardens; Japanese Garden of Tranquility, Urban Demonstration Sculpture, Rose, and Butterfly Gardens
Michael D. Allen
Executive director
1953/NA
19Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater
201 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
800-262-0695
tennesseeaquarium.org
NA
175,816
5
5/NA
IMAX Theater with the ability to show 2 & 3D films and can accommodate up to 384 guests
Keith Sanford
President, CEO
1996/2016
1 Extends across 800 sq. miles in Tennessee and North Carolina; 2 Temporary employees, 46 seasonal, 22 term; 3 Attendance number does not include Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa or Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins; 4 Employee number reflects pre-COVID-19 employment levels. Employee data includes Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country; 5 Located at the border of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia; 6 2019 survey data
Source: Attraction representatives, attraction websites. NA=not applicable or not available. This list and other Knoxville-area market data are available as Excel spreadsheets at www.knoxvillebookoflists.com. If you notice an error or omission, please contact Hayley Choy at 865-342-6494 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.

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