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Tennessee Tourist Attractions Ranked According to Attendance
Rank
'16
AttractionPhone
Website
Parent company
2015 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
National Park Service
5,999,0972
3003
NA/NA
Home to 100 species of native trees, over 1,500 flowering plant species, more than 200 species of birds, 66 types of mammals, 39 varieties of reptiles, 43 species of amphibians
Cassius Cash
Superintendent
1934/NA
2The Dollywood Company
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
800 DOLLYWOOD
dollywood.com
Herschend Family Entertainment
4,000,0004
NA
NA/NA
Smoky Mountain-themed family amusement park with more than 40 rides and 15 shows, 35-acre water park and dinner show
Craig Ross
President
1986/NA
3USDA Forest Service 5
2800 Ocoee St. North
Cleveland, TN 37312
423-476-9700
fs.usda.gov/cherokee
USDA Forest Service
2,000,000
145
136/9
656,000 acre Cherokee National Forest offering hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, whitewater boating opportunities in ten East Tennessee counties
Ja Sal Morris
Forest supervisor
1911/NA
4Grand Ole Opry, Opry House Backstage Tours
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
615-882-5432
opry.com
NA
1,200,000
NA
NA/NA
Historic theater that showcases the biggest stars in country music, guided tours and artifacts from past country music legends
Steve Buchanan
President, Opry Entertainment
1925/NA
5Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
615-416-2001
countrymusichalloffame.org
NA
1,085,539
NA
194/NA
One of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music
Kyle Young
CEO
1967/2001
6Memphis Zoo6
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
901-333-6500
memphiszoo.org
NA
1,061,3177
260
NA/NA
More than 3,500 animals showcased in exhibits over 70 acres
Chuck Brady
President, CEO
1906/Ongoing
7Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol Dragway
151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
423-989-6900
bristolmotorspeedway.com8
Speedway Motorsports Inc.
950,0009
75
NA/NA
Half-mile oval drag racing track
Jerry Caldwell
Executive VP, general manager
1961/2016
8Cumberland Gap National Historical Park10
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
606-248-2817
nps.gov/cuga
National Park Service
840,601
41
27/14
Showcases natural passageway in the mountains, through which 300,000 pioneers journeyed between 1775 - 1810; 85 miles of trails across 24,000 acres
Sula Jacobs
Park Superintendent
1940/NA
9Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
615-833-1534
nashvillezoo.org
NA
808,281
174
134/40
Zoological and botanical park located on 188 acres just south of downtown Nashville offering more than 300 different animal species
Rick Schwartz
President
1990/NA
10Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway, Ste. 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-5423
obergatlinburg.com
NA
798,301
307
218/89
Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg’s Ski Mountain Coaster, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, winter skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing
The Anders Family
Owners
1973/2008
11Tennessee Aquarium11
One Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
800-262-0695
tennesseeaquarium.org
NA
700,000
NA
NA/NA
Non-profit aquarium featuring more than 300 species; River Otter Experience, River Journey exhibit, Ocean Journey exhibit, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute
Keith Sanford
President, CEO
1992/2005
12Graceland12
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
901-332-3322
graceland.com
Elvis Presley Enterprises
650,000
NA
NA/NA
Mansion and 14-acre estate formerly inhabited by the King of Rock 'N Roll, Elvis Presley
Jack Soden
President, CEO
1982/NA
13Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841
423-569-9778
nps.gov/biso
National Park Service
643,135
NA
NA/NA
Covers 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, protects the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries and boasts a wide range of outdoor recreational activities
Niki Stephanie Nicholas
Park Superintendent
1974/NA
14Pink Palace Family of Museums
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
901-636-2362
memphismuseums.org
City of Memphis
496,994
NA
NA/NA
Wide-ranging collection of historic, educational and technological attractions: the Pink Palace Museum, CTI 3D Giant Theater, historic Mallory-Neely and Magevney Houses, the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center (first accredited nature center in the U.S.)
Steve Pike
Director of museums
1930/Ongoing
15Zoo Knoxville
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331
zooknoxville.org
NA
440,000
180
100/80
More than 800 animals, Clayton Safari Splash, Black Bear Falls, Central American Birds exhibit, Gorilla Valley, Boyd Family Red Panda Village
Lisa New
President, CEO
1948/Ongoing
16Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
827 E. Brow Road
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
423-821-4224
ridetheincline.com
Chattanooga Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA)
411,361
NA
NA/NA
Trolley car ride up the side of scenic Lookout Mountain at a 72.7% grade incline
Matthew Higgins
General manager, Incline
1895/NA
17Ruby Falls11
1720 S. Scenic Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37409
423-821-2544
rubyfalls.com
NA
400,000
NA
NA/NA
The nation's largest and deepest waterfall that is open to the public
Hugh Morrow
President
1928/2008
18Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY13 42211
270-924-200014
lbl.org
USDA Forest Service
323,19115
NA
NA/NA
170,000 acres of forests, wetlands and open lands; hiking, fishing, camping, water sports; Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory
Tina Tilley
Area supervisor
1963/NA
1 Extends across 800 sq. miles in Tennessee and North Carolina; 2 Includes only recreational visitors to Tennessee sites in GSMNP. Does not include non-recreational visitors, or visitors to North Carolina sites; 3 200 permanent, approx. 100 seasonal; 4 Represents visitors to Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction; 5 Cherokee National Forest; 6 Source declined to participate. Information from Memphis Zoo Economic Impact report, published May 13, 2016; 7 2014 attendance figures; 8 Also www.bristoldragway.com; 9 Approximate. Actual attendance figures range from 900,000 to 1,000,000; 10 Located at the border of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia; 11 Source declined to participate. Information from Chattanooga Times Free Press article, May 13, 2015; 12 Source declined to participate. Information from Greater Memphis Chamber; 13 Land Between the Lakes covers 170,000 acres in Western Kentucky and Tennessee; 14 Also 1-800-525-7077; 15 Figure only includes registered visitors to campgrounds/welcome centers on the Tennessee side of park. Does not measure backcountry usage
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.knoxvillebiz.com. If you notice an error or omission, please contact Angela Akers at 865-342-6424 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.

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