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Tennessee Tourist Attractions Ranked According to Attendance
Rank
'17
AttractionPhone
Website
Parent company
2016 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
6,335,1602
NA
NA/NA
100 species of native trees, over 1,500 flowering plant species, more than 200 bird species, 66 types of mammals, 39 reptile varieties, 43 amphibian species
Cassius Cash
Superintendent
1934/NA
2The Dollywood Co.
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
800 DOLLYWOOD
dollywood.com
Herschend Family Entertainment
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 Dixie Stampede and Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventures3
Craig Ross
President
19864/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
130
130/NA
650,000 acre Cherokee National Forest located in 10 east Tennessee counties along the border with North Carolina. Outdoor recreation opportunities: camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, mountain biking, fishing
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
1,170,926
NA
NA/NA
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
5Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112
901-333-6500
memphiszoo.org
NA
1,100,000
260
NA/NA
More than 4,500 animals showcased in exhibits over a 70-acre park
Chuck Brady
President, CEO
1906/Ongoing
6Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
615-833-1534
nashvillezoo.org
NA
894,161
244
160/84
Home to more than 2,100 animals from all over the world
Rick Schwartz
President
1990/NA
7Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway, Ste. 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-5423
obergatlinburg.com
NA
854,505
307
218/89
120 passenger Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg's Ski Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Indoor Ice Skating, Wildlife Encounter, Maze, Kiddie Rides, the Shops at Ober, Seasons of Ober Restaurant and the Loft Lounge, winter skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing
The Anders Family
Owners
1973/2008
8Cumberland Gap National Historical Park6
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
606-248-2817
nps.gov/cuga
NA
820,387
NA
NA/NA
Located at the borders of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park commemorates the historic passageway - the first doorway to the west - through which 200,000 to 300,000 pioneers journeyed between 1775- 1810.
Sula Jacobs
Park superintendent
1940/NA
9Tennessee Aquarium
One Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
800-262-0695
tennesseeaquarium.org
NA
741,723
263
170/93
River Journey (freshwater exhibits), Ocean Journey, River Otter Experience, more than 300 species on display
Keith Sanford
President, CEO
1992/2017
10Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841
423-569-9778
nps.gov/biso
National Park Service
684,715
NA
NA/NA
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. Miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, outdoor recreational activities
Niki Stephanie Nicholas
Park superintendent
1974/NA
11Graceland7
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
President, CEO
1982/2017
12Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
827 E. Brow Road
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
423-821-4224
ridetheincline.com
Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority
481,791
9
8/1
The world's steepest Incline Railway known as America's Most Amazing Mile. Climb aboard the Incline Railway and take on the views from high atop Lookout Mountain at the top station.
Matthew Higgins
General manager, Incline
1895/NA
13Zoo Knoxville
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331
zooknoxville.org
NA
473,679
249
160/89
More than 800 species of animals, Clayton Safari Splash, Black Bear Falls, Central American Birds exhibit, Boyd Family Red Panda Village
Lisa New
President, CEO
1948/Ongoing
14Pink Palace Family of Museums
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
901-636-2362
memphismuseums.org
City of Memphis
436,8618
NA
NA/NA
Pink Palace Museum, historic Mallory-Neeley and Magevney Houses, AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center
Steve Pike
Director of museums
1930/Ongoing
15Jack Daniel's Distillery
133 Lynchburg Highway
Lynchburg, TN 37352
931-759-6357
jackdaniels.com
Brown Forman
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
16Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
901-636-4100
memphisbotanicgarden.com
NA
225,000
NA
NA/NA
96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens; My Big Backyard family garden offers a place for jumping, splashing, digging; Seijaku-en, Japanese Garden of Tranquility; Herb Garden, Sculpture Garden, Rose Garden
Michael D. Allen
Executive director
1953/NA
17Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater
201 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
800-262-0695
tennesseeaquarium.org
NA
197,131
263
170/93
Only cinema in Tennessee using the new IMAX with Laser projection system, presenting 3D movie experiences like Amazon Adventure and Journey to Space
Keith Sanford
President, CEO
1996/2016
18Tennessee Valley Railroad
4119 Cromwell Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-894-8028
tvrail.com
NA
122,663
135
NA/NA
Railroad operations and museum preserving the history of railroads in the South
Tim Andrews
President
1961/NA
1 Extends across 800 sq. miles in Tennessee and North Carolina; 2 Includes only visitors to Tennessee sites in GSMNP. Does not include visitors to North Carolina sites; 3 Attendance number does not include Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa or Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins; 4 Dollywood; 5 Cherokee National Forest; 6 Located at the border of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia; 7 Source declined to participate. Information from an article published May 23, 2017, in The Advocate.; 8 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 Angela Akers at 865-342-6424 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.

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