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Tennessee Tourist Attractions Ranked According to Attendance
Rank
'18
AttractionPhone
Website
Parent company
2017 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
11,338,894
324
321/3
100 species of native trees, over 1,500 flowering plant species, more than 200 bird species, 66 types of mammals, 39 reptile and 43 amphibian varieties
Cassius Cash
Superintendent
1934/NA
2The Dollywood Company
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
800 DOLLYWOOD
dollywood.com
NA
4,000,000
NA
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 Show2
Craig Ross
President
1986/NA
3Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
615-416-2001
countrymusichalloffame.org
NA
1,244,764
390
249/141
Collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. Includes exhibits, publications, educational programs
Kyle Young
CEO
1967/2001
4Cherokee National Forest
2800 Ocoee St. North
Cleveland, TN 37312
423-476-9700
fs.usda.gov/cherokee
USDA Forest Service
1,200,000
130
130/0
650,000 acre Cherokee National Forest located in 10 East Tennessee counties; camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, mountain biking, fishing
JaSal Morris
Forest supervisor
1911/NA
5Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
901-333-6500
memphiszoo.org
NA
1,100,000
274
168/16
Home to more than 4,500 animals, representing over 500 species from around the world, showcasing exhibits over a 75-acre park
Dr. Charles Brady
President, CEO
1906/Ongoing
6Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
615-833-1534
nashvillezoo.org
NA
964,760
260
234/26
Home to more than 2,100 animals from all over the world, Soaring Eagle zip line, Kangaroo Kickabout Shell Station, Lorikeet Landing
Rick Schwartz
President & CEO
1990/NA
7Tennessee Aquarium
One Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
800-262-0695
tennesseeaquarium.org
NA
963,322
249
170/79
River Journey (freshwater exhibits), Ocean Journey, River Otter Experience, more than 300 species on display, IMAX 3D Theatre3
Keith Sanford
President, CEO
1992/2017
8Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway, Ste. 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-5423
obergatlinburg.com
NA
798,496
300
190/110
Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg's Ski Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, indoor ice skating rink, Wildlife Encounter, winter skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, Kiddie Land & Rides
The Anders Family
Owners
1973/2008
9Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol Dragway
151 Speedway Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
423-989-6900
bristolmotorspeedway.com4
Speedway Motorsports Inc.
750,000
NA
75/NA
Versatile multi-use venue hosting major auto races, football games, concerts, featuring a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways
Jerry Caldwell
Executive Vice President and General Manager
1961/2016
10Cumberland Gap National Historical Park5
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
606-248-2817
nps.gov/cuga
National Park Service
737,547
37
32/5
Commermorates the first doorway to the west, through which 200,000 to 300,000 pioneers journeyed between 1775-1810
Sula Jacobs
Park Superintendent
1940/NA
11Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area6
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841
423-569-9778
nps.gov/biso
NA
684,715
NA
NA/NA
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, outdoor recreational activities
Niki Stephanie Nicholas
Park superintendent
1974/NA
12Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
901-332-3322
graceland.com
Elvis Presley Enterprises
600,000
NA
NA/NA
Mansion and 14-acre estate formerly inhabited by the King of Rock 'N Roll, Elvis Presley
Jack Soden
CEO
1982/2017
13Zoo Knoxville
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331
zooknoxville.org
NA
495,055
252
127/125
More than 800 species of animals, Clayton Safari Splash, Black Bear Falls, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Lisa New
President, CEO
1948/Ongoing
14Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
827 E. Brow Road
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
423-821-4224
ridetheincline.com
CARTA
489,548
20
12/8
The world's steepest incline railway known as America's Most Amazing Mile, spectacular views of the Tennessee Valley
Matthew Higgins
General manager, Incline
1895/NA
15Pink Palace Family of Museums
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
901-636-2362
memphismuseums.org
NA
436,8617
NA
NA/NA
Pink Palace Museum, historic Mallory-Neely and Magevney Houses, AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center
Steve Pike
Director of museums
1930/Ongoing
16Belle Meade Plantation
5025 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
800-270-3991
bellemeadeplantation.com
NA
327,978
68
52/16
Tours, event center, educational outreach programs, based on the history of the Belle Meade Plantation
Alton W. Kelley
President
1820/NA
17National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103
901-521-9699
civilrightsmuseum.org
NA
302,041
47
43/4
Chronicles key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement with over 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories and interactive media, guiding visitors through five centuries of history
Terri Lee Freeman
President
1991/2014
18Jack Daniel's Distillery6
133 Lynchburg Highway
Lynchburg, TN 37352
931-759-6357
jackdaniels.com
NA
269,011
600
NA/NA
Historic distillery offering tours that include samples of its signature Tennessee whiskey
Larry Combs
Senior vice president, general manager, Jack Daniel's Supply Chain
1866/2016
19Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
901-636-4100
memphisbotanicgarden.com
NA
230,000
NA
NA/NA
96-acre property includes 31 specialty gardens; Japanese Garden of Tranquility, Herb Garden, Sculpture Garden, Rose Garden
Michael D. Allen
Executive director
1953/NA
1 Extends across 800 sq. miles in Tennessee and North Carolina; 2 Attendance number does not include Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa or Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins; 3 Theater located 201 Chestnut St., Chattanooga, 37402; 4 Also www.bristoldragway.com; 5 Located at the border of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia; 6 Source declined to participate. Information from 2017 survey; 7 From FY2016 Annual Report
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 Hayley Choy at 865-342-6494 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.

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