A dream that became a Kingsport original – that’s the Carousel, one of the most unique and popular attractions in the region. The menagerie-style Carousel features 32 beautiful hand-carved wooden animals, 24 rafter-based creatures and two chariots – each lovingly and painstakingly fashioned by a dedicated group of Kingsport craftsmen. The animals, many of which took as much as 800 to 1,000 hours to carve, include horses, a unicorn, wolf, tiger, frog, and many others. The carousel took six years to complete includes 24 exquisite bird paintings and 24 rounding boards that feature painted scenes from Kingsport’s storied past.
The Kingsport Carousel is open Wednesday through Sunday and the cost to ride is $1 per person. For the most up-to-date schedule and current hours, please visit their Facebook page or call the carousel directly at 423-343-9834.
Putt Putt Mini Golf and OMG Mini Golf are two other options for the entire family. You can safely play two courses outdoors at Putt Putt Mini Golf, and play-year round indoors at OMG Mini Golf.
Looking for a fun and safe activity for the entire family? Then look no further than the 15-spot Kingsport Selfie Trail! Capture the amazing sights around the city on the Kingsport Selfie Trail. It’s simple and easy… just find a Selfie Location Marker, take a selfie, and share your photo using the hashtag #CaptureKingsport.
Kingsport’s Miracle Field is now open! The Miracle Field removes the barriers that keep children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these athletes arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that is about a third the size of a normal field and accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices. The mound and all of the bases are flush, allowing amputees and those in wheelchairs to travel over the surface more easily and safely. While the field will be mainly used by special needs children and young adults, it can also serve seniors and wounded veterans.
If you’re family is heading to Kingsport for a visit, a trip to Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium has to be on your bucket list! A stunning nature preserve, bays mountain park is one of the most scenic spots in northeast Tennessee, stretching across 3,550 acres. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, the park includes 38 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, bird watching, and sight-seeing. The largest city-owned park in the state, visitors can choose from a wide array of activities to take part in, including enjoying the pristine 44-acre lake, as well as:
Warrior’s Path State Park, spanning 950-acres, is named for the great Indian warpath that was used by the Iroquois in war raids with the Cherokee and other Native tribes, is a magnet for families. Why? Because there’s so much to do at warriors’ path, which means you’re in for plenty of family fun and adventures.
One of the park’s greatest attributes is its Boundless Playground where children of all physical and mental abilities can play together. It’s the only Tennessee State Park that features this remarkable play area which opened in 2007. Other fully accessible areas include the Lions Narnia Braille Trail that has eight sensory stations along a quarter-mile that relays the story of Aslan of The Chronicles of Narnia, the Anderson Treehouse, and the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater.Other activities include: